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Three Jewels
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« on: September 02, 2008, 04:05:08 AM »

Asking for someone else whose new rescue cat is spraying foul smelling poo in a "marking" type behavior.  She is thinking of trying Feliway.  She has ruled out a veterinary problem and the cat does have normal poo daily.  Seems to be behavioral issue.  She has one other cat and one dog which the new cat seems to be scared of.  Any input is appreciated.   
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Laurie
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008, 05:09:58 AM »

  Was the rescue cat slowly introduced to the other animals? If not, the rescue is probably terrified and feeling threatened. It takes time for some to adjust to their new surroundings. Best way to avoid this would be by keeping it seperated from the others for awhile and then try reintroducing them gradually. Feliway may help. Some have had great success with it and others have not. But it is definitely worth a try.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008, 05:30:45 AM »

My first question, too, was how the animals were introduced to each other. I would most definitely confine the rescue and do gradual, brief introductions when they can be supervised together. Sometimes it can take a very long time for a newbie to be accepted/accepting into an established family.

Also, does the rescue bring issues with him? Without knowing where he came from, it's hard to understand the situation completely.

Blessings to your friend for giving the rescue a chance. I hope it can be worked out so they can all live together in peace.

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 05:51:16 AM »

From the description, I would guess that this is a cat under severe stress.  Stress can cause diarrhea and even loss of bowel control at times.  Feliway may help a bit, but, as others have pointed out, there are big issues to be worked on.  If this is not done, the new cat may end up with long-term behavioral/ emotional problems.

The new cat needs to be separated from the other animals and kept in a safe room with food, water, litter box, and all the other necessities for awhile, until he/she seems calm and confident.  (This may take a week, or several weeks.)  Then gradual introductions can begin.  The dog should be elsewhere when the new cat has its first times out of the safe room.  Only when the cat is feeling more at home and confident should any attempt be made to introduce the dog.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008, 06:36:57 AM »

Thanks for the replies.  I don't know the answers to the questions but will pass along the suggestions, along with any others that may come in.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2008, 02:34:36 PM »

I agree with the suggestions above, especially keeping the new cat in a separate area and doing gradual re-introductions.
The marking type behavior may also indicate that the cat, uneasy about the presence of the other cat and the dog, feels the need to establish his "territory" in the new environment, which contains another cat who needs to get that odor "message", according to the feline way of thinking.

The two groups need to get used to each others' scents and there are some good suggestions here somewhere about how to do that. Maybe somewhere else on the behavior thread(?) Feliway is certainly worth a try.

And, welcome, ThreeJewels.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2010, 10:45:39 PM »

I thought it might be good for me to post here since I'm trying this product out for the first time.

I have 10 cats : 4 siblings (3.5 yrs old), and a Mommy (1.5 yrs old) and her 5 kittens (9 months old).

We live in a verrrry small apartment, but luckily everyone seems to get along very well (or at least tolerated).

My issue : One of the older female cats does not want to use the litter boxes when the others are around because they tend to focus on her when she goes.  She also at times seems apprehensive when the kittens are running amok.  She started urinating on my bed, but will happily use the litter boxes if I distract the kittens while she goes.

My initial feelings about Feliway before buying it : In general I don't like to use medicines or herbs or sprays or things that emit stuff when plugged in, and though I knew Feliway is all-natural and not harmful to cats (or other living creatures), well, I just felt weird about it.

Why I ended up buying it : Many members of Itchmo and what's more, my vet who I love, all gave it the thumbs up.

Plugged in : I was apprehensive to plug it in, but funny enough, once I did, it felt right, and I felt somehow relieved.  All the cats came around to smell it.  I cannot smell anything, but every time some kitty goes by it, they'll deliberately go towards it to take a whiff.  The top of the Plug-In gets warm but not hot (the kittens have put their nosies directly on it but it's fine).


I've had it plugged in for 2 days now.  They say sometimes you can tell a difference in a little over a week, but sometimes not, and that it's best to leave it plugged in continuously for at least one month to see results.

We'll see how it goes!


ETA : I've since put a safety plug in that spare consent above!


Photo : Friday - "What this?"
Photo : "I don't know what it is but I like the way it makes me feel!"


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* Feliway smells good!.jpg (60.66 KB, 486x648 - viewed 379 times.)
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2010, 10:54:34 PM »

August pls keep us updated on how it goes with all your babies and the Feliway. Sure seems like Friday likes the smell from his reaction.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2010, 03:33:17 AM »

I've used the Feliway plug in for a few years now.  My kitty is a scaredy cat and I use it when we're going to have work done in the house or when we're gone on vacation.   I plug it in about a week before the event and he just loves it.  He will purposely sit/lay by it.   
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2010, 05:06:57 AM »

August,

Would recommend protective plugs for all your electrical outlets when they aren't in use.  We actually had a neutered male cat (Davey as a young cat) spray the outlet that had the Feliway in it, so it had the opposite effect we were looking for. I know that may sound funny to some people, but spraying an outlet could actually cause a fire. We had one outlet smoke before our eyes and turn black.  Undecided  None of our other cats reacted this way.

(Might add that we adopted Davey and his littermate Harley as kittens, found out they were sprayers after adoption...we surmise that is why they were abandoned as kittens)
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2010, 05:36:47 AM »

Thank you, JustMe, yes, all the open consents now have safety plugs in them!
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2010, 06:55:34 AM »

Chami was hanging out in one of her favorite spots -- under the cardboard that I'm not allowed to throw away,.. which is just where I put the Feliway since that's the spot where my two rooms sort of connect.

It's still too early to tell whether the Feliway is having an effect or not, but it's certainly not doing anything bad.  Chami seems very happy and content, though she was acting that way after I figured out how to distract the Tinies when necessary so I'm not sure if it's in thanks to the Feliway.

But Chami certainly seemed to enjoy the lengthy tummy rub I gave her under the cardboard with the Feliway just near her face.   Kiss


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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2010, 06:42:50 AM »

It's been a little over a week since plugging in the Feliway.  It has been plugged in all the time (except for a couple times I came home to find someone (kitty) had unplugged it!   Shocked

It actually does seem to me that Chami is more relaxed.  I can't be positive - I've been giving her extra loving and attention, and I've also been conscious of distracting the Tinies when she seems to want to go in the litter box area, which I'm sure helps - but she does seem to be more easygoing about all that is going on.

I guess I'm a the type who is hard on believing that a plug-in something could bring calm... but there have been no negative reactions at all, and so far I am pleased and feel it was very worth the money.

I'll see how things go (they recommend plugging it in for at least a month), but definitely plan to buy some spray to spray carriers for our move out of this apartment next year, and also plan to plug in the Feliway on all the floors of the new house a number of days before we move in.
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 11:45:14 PM »

It's been over a month since plugging in our first Feliway, and I must say, I definitely see a change in Chami.  She seems more confident, lighthearted and easygoing. 

I don't see any change in the other 9, which is fine since there really wasn't anything going on with them.

Everyone still goes directly up to the plug-in and takes a whiff.


That being said,....

My neighbor, who started hers a week or so after I did (and has had wonderful results), is almost finished with her bottle.  Mine has hardly emptied at all.  In fact, it almost looks new.  But I know it's releasing scent because everyone goes to smell at it.  The voltage in Japan is a bit lower, but on the Feliway itself it says that it works with both 110 and 120 volts.  My neighbor is using something to change hers to 120 volts.

I read the Feliway site and did as it said -- I checked to make sure the rod inside wasn't broken (it isn't) and I tried a different consent, but nothing changed and the bottle is still quite full.


I've been very aware to give Chami a lot more attention especially when she seems to need to use the bathroom or go to eat or drink, so it might be a combination of that, too.

Nevertheless, my neighbor and I both agree we are very happy to have gotten Feliway.
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2011, 12:58:08 AM »

I've actually had different bottles plugged into the same socket with different liquid levels after same period of time. I.e. one bottle would be used up in a month, then I change the refill and then after a month I'd still have more than a half left. Not sure why.

In any case, I am not using it anymore, with air filter constantly on because of Sophie's asthma it would be rather useless. And it doesn't work on Sophie or Stefie, it has some effect on Mitzie (so I still have the spray for use on the carriers, but not the diffuser).
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