Feliway - adverse reactions??

(5 Posts)
aniceearlynight Sun 17-Jan-16 22:39:18

Hi there. Out lovely cat has had an eye infection and has become very stressed by having to have eyedrops put in her eyes twice a day. She is always quite timid and shy but had become very jumpy/nervous and started darting away/flinching whenever me or my DDs approached, obviously fearing we were going to put in the drops. Made me feel awful, like some sort of animal abuser! Anyway, vet suggested stopping the antibiotic eye drops immediately as she was 'head shy' and trying a Feliway plug-in in the hope it calm and soothe her. Came back from vet on fri and plugged it in immediately. She has since beome quite manic - keeps running skittishly from one end of the kitchen to the other, done a large poo on the decking immediately outside the back door (first time ever) and brought in not one but two live mice, who she has cruelly played with/chased all round the kitchen table...help! I have just had to rescue mouse no.2 and usher it gently out of back door with large broom! Could it be the Feliway causing all this strange behaviour? It certainly isn't soothing and calming her. Don't think it can just be the trip to the vet upsetting her as this was the fourth trip in 2 months and she's been fine after the other ones, even those that required vaccinations. I am a cat novice and we have only had her since November (neighbours left her behind when they moved house sad) so any advice would be gratefully received...

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 18-Jan-16 07:49:52

Apart from the poo on the decking everything else whilst not what your cats normal behaviour is in the realms of normal cat behaviour.
Both my cats at various points of the day do mad running around the kitchen. Mice is within normal range. From what you are describing your cat is exhibiting playful behaviour which would suggest the Feliway is making her more settled and more likely to play.

sugarplumfairy28 Mon 18-Jan-16 09:42:31

The Feliway gives out a happy hormone, which actually the same one cats give out themselves when they wash themselves, although the label suggests it can take a few weeks to build up a reaction. If you think the plugin is causing a problem though, resort to old school methods. Put some butter on her paws and encourage her to groom which should make her feel more relaxed.

fenneltea Mon 18-Jan-16 14:16:13

I'd say she's having what we call a 'mad half hour' apart from the poo.

It sounds as if the Feliway may be helping her to feel happier. Our vet now recommends something called Pet Remedy which they find more effective and it is cheaper too.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 21-Jan-16 23:38:49

One of mine voiced her displeasure at the Feliway diffuser by crapping right next to it.

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