The holidays are just around the corner, and as pet parents know, all of the unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells of the season can make what should be the most wonderful time of the year a stressful situation for our feline friends.
This year will mark the first for myself and my purring pals at a new address, but with the help of a product which can manage a cat’s temperamental tendencies, there will be no place like home for the holidays for the members of my fur family.
My cats Miss Pippen, Brando, Jimmy Dean and Monty have just completed a 30-day trial of Comfort Zone® with Feliway®, which turned out to be a true test as I was in the middle of moving to a new home. I knew that uprooting my meowing menagerie would prove difficult, and was worried that the disturbance in their daily routine would exacerbate Jimmy Dean’s tendency to whittle on chair legs and Monty’s occasional territory marking. However my biggest concern was convincing Miss Pippen to get inside a kitty carrier.
A former feral cat who today enjoys nothing more than “working on her tan” in the sun on a screened in front porch, just the sight of a cat carrier can cause her wild side to re-emerge. However, after four sprays of Comfort Zone® with Feliway spray inside the carrier 20 minutes prior to placing her inside, Miss Pippen checked her ‘cat’ittude at the carrier door and actually enjoyed the 90-minute ride to our new residence — she even took a short cat nap and nibbled on treats I had packed for the trip.
The mellow mood continued for all four of my feline friends at our new place, where I had plugged in a Comfort Zone® with Feliway diffuser shortly before the move. Like the spray, I could not detect any odor when using the diffuser — just the sweet smell of success as I noticed how easily my cats made the transition to the new location. Although it may take up to 90 days to get the best results, soon after introducing my cats to their new quarters I could already tell that the dispersed synthetic pheromone which was released into the air had a relaxing effect, and in the past 30 days Miss Pippen has taken her rightful place as the queen of the ‘castle,’ Brando has remained his dependable self, Jimmy Dean’s bad habit of vertical scratching has dwindled, while Monty has yet to mark his territory.
Soon I will bring out the cardboard boxes again, only this time they will be filled with the momentoes of holidays past, and with the continued help from Comfort Zone® with Feliway my cats and I will create happy holiday memories in our new home.
Comfort Zone® products, which are 95% effective in reducing scratching and urine marking for cats, are available at specialty pet stores including PetSmart and Petco, independent pet stores and online.
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