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
- 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.