Is Feliway® Effective for Modifying Cat's Behavior?

What to Know About This Pheromone-based Behavior Modification Product

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What is Feliway®?

Feliway is a product that contains the synthetic version of the naturally occurring facial pheromones of cats. A pheromone is a chemical marking agent excreted by cats to mark their territory and can server as an attractant to the opposite sex.

What is Feliway® Used For?

Feliway® — and the related product, DAP® (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) — has many touted uses, including, but not limited to, reducing or eliminating the following behaviors:

  • Urine marking
  • Aggression
  • Facial marking
  • Stress reduction at the veterinarian, groomer, kennel, or while traveling
  • Scratching on vertical surfaces

How is Feliway® Used?

Feliway comes in two forms: pump spray and plug-in room diffuser. Neither form is to be used on the cat directly! The plug-in is simple, just plug it into a wall outlet and it lasts approximately 30 days, providing coverage for 500-650 square feet. The spray is to be used on surfaces that the cat is marking. I also used some on an old towel and then laid the towel across "territorial areas" for my cats, such as clean (but unfolded) laundry.

Does Feliway® Actually Work?

This is the all-important question. Some people that love this product, while others claim that it doesn't work at all. Here's what a few viewers of this site had to say:

"I purchased and tried Feliway many years ago... must have been when it first came out here in California. I found that it didn't work at all. I have a multi-cat household and it just didn't work. The most it did was put me off a bit as it does have an odor and if you're sensitive to odors or have allergies to scents, this isn't a good product to be using." - J.Z.

"I've used Feliway and DAP. They are both wonderful. When I run out I see a difference in the cats and dogs. I'm a veterinarian." - D.S.