The Day I Went Feral

When I was picking up my older cat, Biddy, from the vet the other day after his glucose curve, I stumbled through the following question.

“So, uh, Biddy frequently poops on my bed when he gets frustrated by my other cat, Walter. Is there anything I can do to, well, convince him not to do that?”

The vet nodded sagely. She’s heard it all, and she had a recommendation: Comfort Zone Feliway Multicat Diffuser.

The product description reads, “Mother cats naturally emit a pheromone message to kittens after birth to help them feel safe and secure and maintain a harmonious bond between them. The Comfort Zone Multicat Diffuser dispenses and odorless vapor mimicking this pheromone and is clinically proven to help reduce tension and conflicts between cats in multi-cat homes.”

I received my diffuser earlier today, plugged it in…and after about 30 minutes, I started to feel weird. So I Googled, “Cat pheromones affect humans?”

As it turns out, pheromones are species-specific. So whatever I was feeling was purely psychological.

Either that or within a few days I will be completely feral, rubbing my scent on everything in the house, knocking things off tables, curling up in boxes.

The good news is, so far Biddy hasn’t pooped on the bed. (Actually, after typing that sentence, I got up to check to see if it’s still true. It is!) And Biddy and Walter haven’t gotten in a fight today either. So maybe it’s helping?

Have you ever used one of these devices for your pets?


5 Responses to “The Day I Went Feral”

  1. foodcravejas says:

    Yay! Here’s to no more poop cuddling in bed from now on and ever!

    One of my friends brought a canine version for one of their anxious pups. I think they said it kind of work, but the pup was still very anxious that he was put on medication. That works and he’s a happier pup.

    I hope this works for you! Maybe they’ll be besties and have cute cat cuddles. 🙂

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      It would be fantastic if they suddenly became cuddle buddies! That’s much better than cuddling with a poop.

  2. Arsh says:

    We tried them with our cat but they had no effect on behavior. That said, we knew they were not 100% effective from our vet.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Ah, that’s too bad they didn’t work for your cats. I read that it can often take some time for them to have an effect, so I’ll give it a month.

  3. rupertfuller says:

    We used one in the run up to, and for the first few weeks of introducing new family members to our cat, not sure if it worked to be honest, however he certainly wasn’t and hasn’t been aggressive to them anyway. No harm in trying.

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