Calcifer has always been a rather nervous, high strung cat. He jumps at the slightest noise and hides under the bed when someone visits. He has a hard time relaxing enough to eat a full meal sometimes. Thankfully we live in a fairly low stress environment here, so he is able to relax a little more now. I have found one product to be really useful in keeping him more calm. It’s called Feliway from Comfort Zone. The official Feliway site describes Feliway as “a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.
By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment.
As a result, Feliway can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation and help prevent or reduce the stress caused by a change in their environment.”
I first discovered this product shortly before I moved and it really helped both cats deal with a very stressful situation. I use both the diffuser and the spray. It also seems to help keep Calcifer and Ginko from getting carried away when they play fight (sometimes Cal can get a little rough).
I haven’t used it in a while, but Calcifer seems to be “spazzing out” more often than usual lately, so I just ordered a refill for the diffuser. There’s very little odor that I can smell, and I really haven’t seen any adverse effects from either the spray, which you spray on their bedding, cage, scratching post, etc. or the diffuser, which simply plugs into the wall.
I hate to see my fluffy boy stressed out, hiding, and not eating, so hopefully with the diffuser plugged in again he’ll be more calm and laid back. Really he needs to take lessons from Ginko, the King of Calm and Relaxed 😉