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Feliway – No more puddles!

A few months ago we noticed our cat Oscar was straining and meowing a lot when he was urinating. He’d also stopped using the litter tray. We took him to the vets, who diagnosed a urine infection and loaded us up with some (very unethical and expensive) cat food which would help dissolve any crystals that were forming in his bladder. We were also given some tablets that were a complimentary medicine called CystAid. The problem cleared up and we eventually got rid of the nasty wee smell.

Until about two weeks ago. We started to find a puddle of wee every morning. It was always either just in front of the trays or (to our utter dismay) right in front of a little wooden pew. Each time we would clean it up and we would watch to see if they were all using the trays, which they were.

I took Oscar to the vet, assuming it was him because of his previous problem. She told me that he most likely had cystitis, caused by stress. This comes and goes, and when it comes, it can be painful to wee. She said that if he finds it painful, he’ll associate that pain with using the tray, so he won’t use it. “A-ha!” I thought. She said that we should try to eliminate whatever is stressing him; and told me about Feliway. I knew it was expensive, so I said I’d look it up and do a bit of research. She prescribed some more Cyst-Aid tablets and off we went.

I picked up a Feliway leaflet on my way out and when I got home I was shocked to see that all my cats were at very high risk of becoming stressed. Ben and I decided that we would buy one (searching the net for a super-cheap one!) and we’d have an extra litter tray – bringing the total to four!! The vet also said we should separate them all at feeding time, to reduce any competitiveness between them.

A few days later, my Feliway arrived and I plugged it in right away. It said it takes 24 hours to get going, so I didn’t get my hopes up too soon. It contains a synthetic copy of the pheromone that cats use to mark people / things they feel safe around. They do this by rubbing their faces on furniture etc. Ben read up to see if had been tested on animals, and he joyfully told me that the only testing required was a cotton bud rubbed along the whisker area to capture some of the pheromones!

So the next day I tentatively walked down the stairs and to my amazement, there was no wee on the floor. Or the next, or the next or the next! I was hoping it would calm them down a little too, as they had been very boisterous around each other, but I haven’t noticed a difference there. But that I can cope with! I’m very impressed with it, and I might get another one as our lounge is quite spacious and I wonder if it’s not reaching the whole of the room.

So now all I’ve got to do is get the horrible smell of cat wee off my lovely wooden pew… Thanks Oscar!