Have you ever wondered if Feliway pheromones actually work to reduce stress in cats? Studies show they do.
A pheromone is a chemical substance that an animal produces and releases into the environment as a way of communicating with others of its species.
Feliway MultiCat is the latest Feliway product. The original Feliway contains a synthetic copy of a facial pheromone that cats use for marking their territory and comforting themselves. The new Feliway MultiCat uses a synthetic copy of the pheromone produced by a mother cat during lactation. This pheromone reassures kittens and helps the bond with the mother.
A study was conducted using Feliway MultiCat (20 multi-cat households) and a placebo group (25 multi-cat households). The study concluded that “treatment with a proprietary cat-appeasing pheromone diffuser for 4 weeks showed a beneficial effect in the management of feline aggression in multi-cat households.” The study also concluded “Pheromones may be useful as a component of a complete behavior modification program.”
Click to read the details of the entire study: Evaluation of the efficacy of an appeasing pheromone diffuser product vs placebo for management of feline aggression in multi-cat households: a pilot study.
In a completely different study. it has also been shown that using Feliway spray on examination tables during visits to the veterinarian reduces a cat’s stress.