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Feliway (also marketed as Comfort Zone) mimics a natural cat pheromone that produces a calming effect for cats. 

A little spray placed hours before putting a cat in a kennel or placing a diffuser near the litterbox reduces stress in these areas.
 Diffusers in target rooms or on each floor of the house produce a calming effect on cats and may be helpful in multiple cat households. Replace plug-in diffusers monthly.

Signs of Feline Stress:

1)      Hiding
2)      Frozen Posture
3)      Aggression (due to fear)
4)      Anorexia (lack of appetite)

Signs of Feline Relaxation:

1)      Eating
2)      Sleeping
3)      Self grooming
4)      Exploring the room
5)      Approaching the litterbox in a relaxed state.

Feliway is usually indicated for urine marking.  Evidence of marking is spraying urine on vertical surfaces.  A normal urinalysis, serology and physical exam help rule out underlying medical sources of discomfort. Urination on horizontal surfaces, although less common, may also be marking.  Feliway is also indicated if the urination occurs on peoples' objects or near power locations such as doors and windows or elevated objects.  Another clue that inappropriate elimination is marking in the same areas repeatedly.

Urine or Feces Marking

Feliway spray is applied with one quick spray anywhere a cat tends to "mark" when the cat is not there. The spray needs to be applied daily at approximately 8 inches from the floor. 

When the cat rubs the area with check glands instead of marking with urine, reduce the Feliway application to Monday, Wednesday, Friday for 30 days.

This product is not indicated for cases where the inappropriate elimination is due to a medical cause such as bacterial cystitis, interstitial cystitis, urolithiasis, urethritis, neurologic dysfunction. Medical exams and diagnostics identify medical conditions such as incontinence or PU/PD due to diabetes, renal insufficiency, pyelonephritis, pyometra, hyper-adrenocorticism, hyperthyroidism, hepatic insufficiency or primary polydipsia.

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