Comfort Zone with Feliway for Cats Diffuser
with Single Refill, 1.62-Ounce, made by Comfort Zone|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola
Yes, I know the image above shows a double refill. Amazon does not offer the
exact SKU I am reviewing, but the many variations of the same product are the
diffuser and the refill and combinations thereof. For example: diffuser alone,
diffuser with one refill, diffuser with two refills, six-pack refills, etc.
This worked like a charm. Literally. I decided to use it on a rainy day, when my
feline companion really gets a knot in her proverbial knickers. I plugged it in
close to where she was sitting on a chair by a window, grumbling about the rain.
Half an hour or so later, I happened by that spot and she was calm as could be.
The package says the Comfort Zone system is "with veterinarian-recommended
Feliway," and indeed a veterinarian did recommend this to me.
There's a story behind my wanting to try this product. My feline companion
originally moved here because she was primarily an outdoor cat. She had been
living with a neighbor, but the neighbor got another cat to keep this one
company and this cat subsequently went house-hunting. She eventually settled on
my house, and after some time my neighbor and I agreed that I would adopt her.
Now the rub here is she loathes snow, and acts like walking on it is the same
thing as walking on acid. So during the winter, she gets a bad case of cabin
fever. Taking her outside bundled in my coat and walking around does assuage her
to the point of purring contentedly, but the effect wears off not long after we
come back inside. She likes to do her patrol, on her schedule.
After being snowed in for several weeks, she began pulling out her hair. I would
tell her "stop," and she'd give me that "What? I'm not doing anything" look and
she'd stop. But only for a while. No matter how many times I'd catch her, it
wasn't often enough to prevent the advancing hair loss.
She started to look like she was using Nair on her legs, they were that bare.
Hair all over the carpet was one problem. A balding cat with a 'tude was
another. In between snows, she was fine. She'd lose the 'tude and the hair would
start growing back. But in the growing back time, the neighbors would see this
cat who looked like she got poor care, and that was also a problem. It was
embarrassing. She didn't have evidence of any skin condition, and I knew why the
hair was missing. However, as they say, perception is everything. People
perceived I was lax in my care for this beautiful animal.
Though I knew the cause, I'm not a veterinarian. So I took her to one. He said
her skin was fine, remarked at how healthy she otherwise looked (she's lean and
muscular), and said she was doing what cats often do when they are chronically
agitated. He gave me a bottle with 10 anti-depressant tablets and suggested I
get a Feliway system.
Well, we didn't have another snow after that and I had started other things to
help her mood. So I didn't buy that system. Instead, I bought her a cat tube,
which she absolutely loves. I also made a point of playing with her more often
(something else she loves). So with the snow gone and her hair grown back in by
late March, I figured we had this problem solved. Then the rains came.
So now I have this Feniway system to use when she's agitated. Literally, I save
it for a rainy day. It works so well, I use it for an hour and then unplug it.
She's set for the day. It also helps that her diet is corn-free (the corn
commonly found in pet foods contains RoundUp, which is a powerful
neurotoxin--read the label if you care about your cat), she has her own door to
give her some sense of control, she has a collection of toys, and I rarely turn
her down when she wants to play.
She's normally a very happy cat, but snow and rain make her feel miserable. This
product takes those miserable feelings away. I highly recommend it (even though
I'm not a vet).
If you do try one, you might want to let it run for a few days until your cat is
completely calm. Then go on some sort of "maintenance" schedule so you can
reduce how much you spend on refills. The refills are reasonably priced and last
quite a while, so if your cat is exposed to stressors regularly, it may be best
to just leave it plugged in. If your cat tends not to stay in the same area of
the house most of the time, consider getting more than one unit.
I found the results to be amazing. Just as the vet had predicted.