Did you know that stress and anxiety can play a big role in many feline diseases?
Urinary health, immune-responses and well-being can all be affected by stress. This means our stressed cats are at greater risk of contracting disease due to an inability to display 'normal' feline behaviours. An anxious cat may develop 'inappropriate' behaviours, such as urinating where they are not supposed to, vocalising, over-grooming or scratching as a means to deal with their stress.
While some stress-factors we can help minimise (for example providing plenty of clean litter trays, water sources and hiding places up high) other stressors are harder to minimise, (for example multi-cat households, new infants, renovations, time spent in catteries etc). This is where Feliway can help.
Feliway is a copy of the Feline Facial Pheromone, the pheromone cats use for friendly territory marking in their own environment. Pheromones are species specific, meaning that you and your other pets are unaffected by it. The Feliway pheromone can have a calming, anxiety-relieving, comforting effect by helping the cat to feel 'at home', without having to use pharmaceutical products.
Feliway comes as a diffuser or spray, depending on your cat's individual situation, and is entirely safe to use around expecting mothers. It can be used for temporary disruptions, or long term stress without side effects.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you feel your kitty may have an anxiety issue; as there are many recommendations we can discuss in conjunction with Feliway. We can arrange for you to collect a 24-hour Feliway dangler to trial with your cat.
Alternatively visit the Feliway website www.feliway.com.au for more information.