Firework feature: What causes stress in our cats?

Firework feature: What causes stress in our cats?

Unfortunately many everyday situations can be stressful for our pets and these can be due to factors in the home and include moving to a new home; building work, redecorating and new furniture; the introduction of a new family member (new baby, new partner, new pet) or having visitors staying in the home.

Unfortunately many everyday situations can be stressful for our pets and these can be due to factors in the home and include moving to a new home; building work, redecorating and new furniture; the introduction of a new family member (new baby, new partner, new pet) or having visitors staying in the home. Factors outside the home such as a car journey for example a trip to the (dreaded!!) vet; encountering aggressive or territorial animals outside the home; a visit to the cattery or kennels; loud noises such as fireworks and thunder storms. Illness and old age can also cause stress to our pets and they can become fearful as they start to lose hearing and eye sight as they age as well as a reduction in mobility due to conditions such as arthritis.

Fortunately in recent years safe and effective products have become available to help us reduce the stress our pets experience. Synthetic versions of the natural cat pheromones have been used by vets, behaviourists and pet owners in a variety of situations with great success.

Feliway® is a synthetic copy of the familiarisation facial pheromone that cats use to mark objects in their environment. When a cat is secure you will see it brush up against furniture rubbing it face on it.This is a cat marking it’s territory as safe and secure. The absence of these familiar marks is believed to lead to an increase in anxiety. Feliway is available as a spray and a plug in diffuser. We can offer advice as to which formulation to use and additional information can be found on the Feliway product website.

The actual concentration of pheromone in the air at any one time is tiny and as pheromones are species-specific, the feline pheromone in Feliway® will have no effect on humans.

Feliway is available for purchase at the clinic or through our online store
Pet Vet Medical http://www.petvetmedical.co.uk/feliway.htm