Feliway Pheromone for Cats

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Classic Diffuser

Feliway is designed to help keep your cat calm, relaxed, safe, and happy.

  1. Feline Pheromones

  2. Feliway Helps with Calming Your Cat

  3. Diffusers

  4. Diffuser Usage

  5. Feliway Optimum Diffuser

  6. Feliway Help Diffusers

  7. Feliway Classic

  8. Feliway Spray

  9. Feliway Multi-Cat Diffuser

  10. Most Cats

  11. In the Clinic

Feline Pheromones

Feliway is a feline or cat pheromone, a chemical communicator. This pheromone is naturally produced by cats and the mother cat to her kittens, it aids cats in feeling relaxed, calm, safe, and happy.


Feliway Helps with Calming Your Cat

Feliway offers various formulas for their diffusers that help with different behavior issues including scratching, fighting, anxiety, stressful events, urinating outside the litter box or spraying. If your cat is urinating outside of the litter box, make sure to have it checked out by a veterinarian first as this can be a medical issue that can include urinary tract infection (UTI), crystals in the urine or bladder stones. Cats release pheromones when they rub their face, scratch, claw at objects, bump heads with other cats or you, rub their bodies on surfaces, and/or spray to mark territory.

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Diffuser Close Up
Vet Tech Tips Feliway Diffuser Close Up


Diffusers are convenient for plugging in, releasing pheromones into the environment and providing a calming feeling for up to 30 days in a 700-square-foot area. It is best to plug the diffuser in the room where the cat spends most of its time, where there is stress for the cat, or where conflict with other cats occurs in the house.


Diffuser Usage

When purchasing a diffuser, it includes a 30-day supply of Feliway to be changed every 30 days and the diffuser itself should be changed every six months if continuously plugged in. There should be a 4-foot open space around the diffuser to make sure it gets into the air and the cat gets the benefits from the pheromones. You can buy refills separately from the diffusers.

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Optimum Diffuser
Vet Tech Tips Feliway Optimum Diffuser

Feliway Optimum Diffuser

The Optimum Diffuser is best for addressing scratching, urine spraying, tension, conflicts between cats, hiding, and reactions to changes.

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Help Diffuser
Vet Tech Tips Feliway Help Diffuser

Feliway Help Diffusers

Feliway Help Diffusers are best for short periods, trying out the product to see if it will help your cat, or for brief stressful events such as you being away from your cat for a period, renovations to your house or construction nearby, traveling with your cat, or having company over and you know it stresses your cat out or your cat hides when other people are in the house.

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Classic Diffuser
Vet Tech Tips Feliway Classic Diffuser

Feliway Classic

The Classic line includes a diffuser and a spray. The classic line is suitable for stress-related scratching, urine spraying, hiding, and/or home changes. The diffuser is effective when plugged in and left plugged in for a day or two before a stressful event and leaving it plugged in until your cat returns to normal behavior.

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Classic Spray
Vet Tech Tips Feliway Classic Spray

Feliway Spray

The Feliway Classic Spray is ideal for carriers, vehicles, new environments, scratching, or spraying. Make sure to spray Feliway, let it sit for a few minutes and then introduce the cat to the area. The spray should never be sprayed at or on the cat.

Vet Tech Tips Feliway Multi-Cat Diffuser
Vet Tech Tips Feliway Multi-Cat Diffuser

Feliway Multi-Cat Diffuser

Another product line Feliway has is the multi-cat diffuser. This diffuser is designed for reducing common signs of tension and conflict among multiple cats such as fighting, chasing, and blocking others in the house from doing what they want. This diffuser is best placed where most conflicts occur.


Most Cats

While Feliway generally helps with stress and anxiety in most cats, it may not be effective for all. Trying it is the only way to know if it will benefit your cat.


In the Clinic

In veterinary clinics where I have worked, we often sprayed towels or cages for most cats, and it helped to reduce stress in most of them. Some patients required frequent respraying but if it helped them to be calmer and less stressed, we were happy to respray it.

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