Tag: pheromones

Why can’t we all just get along?!


As much as we love our cats, it can be incredibly frustrating when they don’t get along with each other. One minute they could be fine, sleeping on top of each other & purring like crazy. Then the next something happened & now they’re tearing through the house hissing, spitting, & screaming at each other. The next thing you know, one cat is hiding on top of the fridge, things are knocked over, there’s tufts of fur everywhere, & the other cat has a cut on his face.


But don’t worry, there’s hope! You may have read about Feliway before on here or heard us talk about it in the clinic. There’s a Feliway MultiCat available now as well. This could be the missing piece to finally eliminating the tension between your cats!

Feliway & Feliway MultiCat work in different ways:

Feliway works by imitating the Feline Facial Pheromone. This is what is given off when your cat rubs his face on the table, your leg, boxes, & so on. This is a “happy message” that promotes comfort & security to your cat. This is used more to deter unwanted behavior, such as inappropriate urination, that can be caused by stress or changes in the house.

Feliway MultiCat imitates the Cat Appeasing Pheromone. This pheromone is naturally emitted by mothers when their kittens nurse. This helps the cats feel safe & promotes a sense of harmony between all of the cats in the home. This is also great to use when introducing a new cat or kitten to your family.


Signs of tension include fighting, chasing, obstructing or blocking another cat from a certain area, & staring. So if one cat doesn’t want the other to go to the kitchen, or they’re having intense stare downs that lead to them fighting throughout the house, you may want to consider trying Feliway MultiCat.

You can use original Feliway & Feliway MultiCat together if you’d like. Sometimes tension can cause unwanted behavior. Using the two different types of Feliway together can help in these types of situations.

Feliway MultiCat is only available as a plug in diffuser. Each bottle lasts up to 30 days & it runs continuously. The actual diffuser itself should be replaced every 6 months. The diffuser should be placed in an open space & covers about 700 square feet. Putting it behind doors, under shelving, in similar places can make it difficult to spread & work properly.

Starter Kits & Refills are available in clinic & online through VetSource. The goal with Feliway MultiCat is to help develop a strong, harmonious bond between your cats so that you don’t have to use the product long term.27459547_10154877923105666_4246769826786111965_n
Testimonial: “I’ve been using this for about a month now. I can tell that the fights between my cats are less frequent. I’ve just started my first refill & I’m very hopeful to see how things continue to go! I can tell the difference between my cats fighting & playing. I’m happy to report that there’s much more play now!”
– Ashley E. Receptionist at TLC Animal Hospital
If you have any questions, feel free to call the clinic! We’re happy to help & answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to read up more about Feliway & how it works, click here to go to their website.



Making Your Cat’s Visit to the Vet More Feline Friendly

By Ashley Elliott

We all love our cats but taking them to the vet can be stressful for both cats and their owners! Trying to catch our feline friends and then get them into a carrier isn’t always a walk in the park. Here are some tips on how to get your cat to have a more enjoyable experience from the carrier to the clinic.

Getting your cat used to being around their carrier is the first step to reducing stress for both you and your cat when bringing them to the clinic. If the only time your cat sees the carrier is when you’re trying to catch them to take them to the vet, they’re not going to be too happy to see it. But if you keep the carrier out all the times, your cat will get used to it. If you don’t want to leave it out all the time, try getting the carrier out for about a week before your appointment.

Teaching your cat to love their carrier is the second step to make a trip the vet less stressful. This can be achieved by training your cat to associate good things with their carrier. Food is an excellent motivator. Just let your cat associate meals and yummy treats with their carrier. Start by feeding your cat right outside of the carrier. Over the next few days, slowly move the food further into the carrier. You’ll know that your cat is comfortable when they’re eating their food in the carrier without hesitation.

There are calming pheromone sprays, like Feliway, that can help as well. You can spray a towel, blanket, or even the carrier itself. Do this about twenty minutes before you plan on leaving the house.

Since you’re going to the vet, chances are your cat is going to get some vaccines. Towels may be used during the exam to help comfortably restrain your cat. You can train your cat to get used to this at home. You can also train your cat to get used to having their skin handled similar to how you trained them to like their carrier. Associate treats or food with light handling of their skin.

Now that your cat isn’t running away at the sight of carrier, it’s time to go to the vet! If you’re not able to go into an exam room right away, try to keep your cat away from scary situations in the waiting room. There are all sorts of strange smells and sounds in waiting room that could make your cat anxious. Try to keep other animals away from the carrier. Other animals may want to investigate the carrier, but this could upset your cat. You could cover the carrier with a towel to help prevent this.

Once you’re in the room, let your cat get used to their new surroundings. Open the carrier door and let them investigate. Don’t dump your cat out of the carrier or try to pull them out of it. This will just upset your cat and set a bad tone for the rest of your cat’s visit. Most carriers can be disassembled or opened in different ways. You can also use treats or catnip to make your cat feel more comfortable in the room.

Training your cat to love their carrier and helping them get used to being handled will help you and your cat have a more enjoyable, stress free visit to the clinic.

Stress Reduction Through Synthetic Pheromone Therapy

By Erin Fitzpatrick-Wacker

All pets can experience some form of stress throughout their lives. Luckily for cats and dogs, there are some veterinary alternatives available to help ease their stress.

For cats, there are 3 options available: Feliway Diffuser (covers 750 sq. ft. for continuous coverage for one month), Feliway Spray (spray areas for direct coverage 10 minutes before needed), and Meridian Collar (high pheromone concentration that travels with patient and lasts 30 days).

Is your cat scared of unfamiliar situations or sounds, worried during travel, scared or nervous while riding in the car, anxious during grooming or boarding, scared of new furniture or a new home environment, afraid of a new pet in the household or maintaining multi-cat households, damaging or scratching furniture or walls, afraid of meeting new people or new babies, scared during veterinary visits or hospitalization visits, or inappropriately marking areas with urine? If your cat falls into any of these categories, Feliway or Meridian might be a good choice to help adapt to these challenging situations.

Feliway is a synthetic pheromone that mimics the facial pheromone produced when a cat rubs its face on an object to scent mark. Meridian is a synthetic pheromone that mimics the pheromones mother cats produce to reassure kittens. The calming pheromones reduce the alarming sense cats can feel during stressful situations and help control those unwanted behaviors that stem from stress. Your cat doesn’t have to be showing symptoms of stress to enjoy the benefits of stress reduction that these products can offer.

Feliway studies show that it reduces house soiling by 57%. Be sure to contact your veterinarian about improper urine marking, since this could be a sign of something besides stress.

For dogs, there are 3 options avaiable: Adaptil Diffuser (covers 750 sq. ft. for continuous coverage for one month), Adaptil Spray (spray areas for direct coverage 10 minutes before needed), and Adaptil Collar (high pheromone concentration that travels with patient and lasts 30 days).

Is your dog one to hide from loud noises (fireworks), afraid of meeting new people or going to a new place, destructive when left alone, scared or nervous while riding in the car, afraid or noisy during the night, anxious during veterinary visits, unsettled during puppy training classes, anxious during grooming or boarding, scared of a new leash or the crate, or stressed during any new situation? If you dog falls into any of these categories, Adaptil might be a good choice to help adapt to these challenging situations.

Stress can be the main cause of destructive behaviors, fearful behaviors (barking, cowering, biting), or even house soiling. Studies show that it is essential to minimize stress in the first year of puppy growth to optimize their growth and socialization potential.
Adaptil studies show that it reduces excessive barking by 70%, reduces destructive behavior by 86%, reduces house soiling by 67%, and reduces night time troubles for new puppies for 68%.

Sometimes Adaptil, Feliway, and Meridian alone aren’t enough to help ease the stressful situations that life places in our path. If that is the case, contact your veterinarian for alternative and additional choices.