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  • Pheromones for cat anxiety

    Does anyone have experience with using Pheromone to help with anxiety issues in cats? I have a cat that has always been anxious during severe weather, but lately has been licking her hair off her legs.

    She was checked by the vet and all tests came back showing nothing wrong. The only change was my DD added a kitty to the house this past fall and she does not wish to be friendly with him. Good thing is the kitty befriended the dog and plays with her, but in the little interaction the two cats have the older one expresses loudly her displeasure to be even near him.

    Vet suggested a few things:

    First was prednisone (thinking missing hair was from possible flea allergy - no fleas found on her)

    Second was Pheromone therapy

    Third = anxiety meds

    So I'm going to try the next step with Pheromone therapy to see if we can calm her enough to stop her from licking her hair off. I'm hoping this will also help with storm related anxiety since that season is getting closer.

    Has anyone tried this? Did it work? Do you have a suggestion of which type or brand I should try?

  • #2
    The Feliway plug ins are effective, but they can really get to be a little expensive and I have a terrible time of remembering to change them.

    I'm using this collar on my sink pee-er and I think it does help. It's cheap enough to try, at least, and because it's actually *scented* (it smells a little like lavender) I have an easier time remembering to swap her to a new one when I can not longer get a whiff. While she is an indoor only cat and not prone to acrobatics, I leave it on very loose so if she does ever get caught up it will simply come over her head, and it is theoretically break away anyway, with several slits cut in it near the buckle end.

    I'd give it a try, although if it does NOT work, I wouldn't discount all pheromone therapy completely, and I would give the Feliway diffusers a try before crossing it off your list entirely and moving on to the next thing.


    • #3
      I used about four Feliway diffusers and had really great results with them to the point where I was able to back off and now don't use them at all. Wal-Mart sells them for $10 less than Petco around here.
      Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


      • Original Poster

        Thanks both of you. I think I'll try the diffuser first and see if that works.


        • #5
          Another plug for Feliway. It may take a few weeks to notice a difference in your cat, but there's a good chance if you give it time it will work.

          Also...likely not the case, but I also have a cat who used to lick the hair off his belly and legs. We often assume soemthing is wrong with the cat (ie. abdominal pain etc) so make sure you rule any health issues out - but a lot of the time you are right, its simply anxiety or behavioral issues. Especially if they are young.


          • #6
            I am having brillant results on the use of an Adaptil Collar on my very timid BC - it is the phereome of a lactating bitch and they do one for cats as well. The brillant results are that a stranger was able to pat her the first time that she met them - the first time in her life of 20 months (other than me ). It used to be that she needed to meet them about 6 times before she would even come out from behind me. And she was heavily socialised as a young puppy and was not abused and .... all of the other excuses.

            The vets who know her well are astounded at the change in her when she danced into the clinic for her exam on Friday last and sat out in the open next to a strange person and their dog. Prior to this, if we were doing any diagnostics, she had to be sedated and the first sedation was given in my car!

            For the first time in her life, she is sleeping deeply through the night. Her exercise and mental recovery levels are improving daily - and she has only had the collar on for 2 weeks.

            Yes, I am a convert

            ETA: Spelling correction
            Still Working_on_it - one day I will get it!


            • #7
              We've got an anxious neutered male cat who will start spraying when stressed. The Feliway diffusers are great, one on each level of the house. We buy off EBay in bulk, much cheaper! He's also on daily Prozac.

              We moved 5 weeks ago, nary a mark in the house from him (knock wood!).