Feliway - does it work?

(29 Posts)
merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 10:05:17

We are having a lot of increasingly nasty fights between two of our four cats. Our vet and the breeder consistently recommend Feliway; I've used the plug-in before in two rooms of our house and didn't really see any change. Have any of you used this product successfully?

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 16-Jul-14 10:09:36

No.
One of my cats pisses behind the front door when she's unhappy, feliway made not a jot of difference, I also tried some stuff you rub on her head once a week, that didn't work either.
That said, I don't think she is hugely miserable or anything, just a bit humphy and less easy going than the others.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jul-14 10:56:47

I know that some posters here have had good success with it and they may comment later but I've always looked on it as a 'transitioning' thing to enable cats to adjust to something. I'm not sure how effective it would be if there was a situation which was truly unacceptable to them in the long term.

I'll be interested to see other posters' thoughts.

splendide Wed 16-Jul-14 11:41:42

I'm not sure but I think so (sorry bit unhelpful)!

I used it when my cat stayed at my mum's for a week and I was surprised by how OK she was with the unfamiliar surroundings but haven't got a control to compare it to I'm afraid.

SpandexBallet Wed 16-Jul-14 12:05:20

Didn't help a bit with our little lady.
So either it's useless or just doesn't work on naughty torties grin

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 12:17:46

Thanks all. Yes Cozie, I suspect that the problem is far more deep-rooted and the Feliway would only be a band-aid. Amazing how every animal health care professional pushes the stuff though.

Bakersbum Wed 16-Jul-14 12:26:16

We tried it when introducing a new cat to established cat, it was the new cat that had (has) issues, established cat was fine. Didn't make a bit of difference, but Pets at Home gave me the money back after trialling it for 2 weeks, which I thought was quite good. Not sure if we gave it long enough though.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 16-Jul-14 12:36:30

It is never the total solution looking at the cats facilities is a very important, but it helps.
From the sounds of things you need input from a specialist cat behaviourist like Sarah Caney.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 16-Jul-14 13:16:35

I tried the spray, it made mine worse confused.

Cat relationships are complicated, if two are falling out there's reasons we can't hope to fathom.

RubbishMantra Wed 16-Jul-14 13:46:26

Like others, I've used it, but don't have a control. Actually, on reading this thread I just checked to see if mine had run out, because MCat is getting a bit hissy and stroppy with MKitten, after a period of them being friends... confused

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 13:47:32

True dat. My problem is with Bengal Boy 2. The breeder says that he may slow down a bit when he hits two (he's 1yr 8 months). I've never known a cat like him, can't be stroked or cuddled and is totally bonkers. It's like living with a fox or a squirrel.

MerdeAlor Wed 16-Jul-14 13:50:30

It didnt help when our cats were fighting, we ended up rehoming one of them sadly.
Feliway did work when we introduced our new dog to the cats. It made the communal animal areas safer for them. I think they adjusted much more quickly.

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 16:42:18

The vet has now suggested a cat behavioural therapist; £110 for a consultation! Have even thought of rehoming but can Just imagine him bouncing from one home to the next when people discover what a handful he is. Bugger.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 16-Jul-14 17:26:40

How many bengals do you have? Mines very obviously an only cat but has calmed down.

You'd be tripping over cats here though if we didn't have an anti-social one.

HopefulMum111 Wed 16-Jul-14 17:39:39

I do find it helps, but it isn't a cure. I also have four cats and have turned all the upstairs rooms in Feliway rooms. It is expensive, but I really have noticed the difference. Then again, not all the problems have gone away. Good luck with your cats.

OldCatLady Wed 16-Jul-14 17:51:14

It turned my grumpy scratchy cat into a loving affectionate one! Since she was a kitten she wouldn't let anyone pick her up or hold her...plug in the feliway and voila! My 11 year old kitty practically jumps into my arms!

Probably just depends on the cat...

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 18:21:13

Two Bengals, one Burmese (6) and a Siamese (8). Bengal 1 is bonkers but tries to rub along with the older two, he never attacks them. Boy 2 just can't leave them alone, despite being much smaller than either of them. I would hate to have to re home him, he's my responsibility bonkers or not.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jul-14 18:32:41

Lordy. Two Bengals, one Burmese and a Siamese ? You must be a very brave person because that sounds like a recipe for Last Man Standing to me.

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 19:03:27

The issue is not my bravery but my bloody stupidity sad. The Burmese is the toughest cat I've ever met and the terror of our street but behaves beautifully indoors. The poor Siamese is the problem, she hates the Bengals but, while Boy 1 just avoids her, Boy 2 cannot leave her alone. I should have known it would end up like this, Although Boy 2 is the maddest Bengal that even the breeder has ever met.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jul-14 19:17:12

Cat behaviourists can be wonderful although even with them, you'll occasionally come across a situation which just can't be helped. (In my own experience, there's usually a Siamese involved there but that's just what I've come across myself. Our family's Siamese boys have always been pretty Spartan in their outlook - you know, 'Come home carrying your shield or on it' etc.)

You may just have that although I don't know the cats so can't tell. How do you treat the cats individually?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 16-Jul-14 19:30:39

Well, try the feliway first plus some zylkene off amazon.

Then try the behaviourist.

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 20:09:54

I try to be pretty even-handed with them but it's hard as the Siamese has done that extreme bonding thing that they do and is fixated on me (nice that someone is). Burmese boy and Boy 1 are cuddly and great fun; smothered in affection by my three teenage kids. Boy 2 is untouchable by anyone other than my sweet, gentle 18yr old Dd1. We do try to tame him with affection but only Dd1 will do, he follows her around like a little dog.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jul-14 20:33:14

......the Siamese has done that extreme bonding thing that they do and is fixated on me.....

Achhh. That's the very devil - nice in one way but it can make life hard to deal with if there's another cat around to pose a potential threat in their minds. Is she spraying at all or showing signs of petulance ?

merlincat Wed 16-Jul-14 21:08:03

No spraying but just looks quite miserable. She hardly leaves the kitchen now when she used to have the run of the house. I feel so guilty, especially when she does the whole face-lighting-up thing whenever she sees me...

cozietoesie Wed 16-Jul-14 22:23:06

Do you take her to bed with you every night?

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