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 Post subject: Feliway diffuser help
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:09 pm 
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I guess about two years ago I used a feliway diffuser for my anxious cat with peeing issues. After the first supply ran out I didn't put in any refills because I was pregnant and not interested in breathing anything weird, although I sure it's probably fine.

My cat recently has really been having issues again peeing outside the litter box so I am doing everything to try and address it (drinking fountain to decrease bladder infections, deep cleaning, covering areas she pees on with a surface she hates, added another litter pan, etc) and I bought refills for the diffuser. I plugged it in and it smells TERRIBLE. I went for a walk and came home and thought there was a fire until I remembered that I had plugged that in before I left.

I googled this and it seems other people have had a similar issue and it might be dust. Thanks if you read this far...should I plug it in again and see if it burns off the dust or whatever and stops smelling? Should I throw away the diffuser and get a new one? Do you think feliway diffusers even help? Is a comfort zone diffuser different from a feliway diffuser? They look the same to me so I'm not sure.

Thanks for any help.


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 Post subject: Re: Feliway diffuser help
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:24 pm 
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I'm not sure if there's a difference between diffuser types, I'm not with the comfort zone diffuser. I do absolutely believe they can help, though!

I can't help with the rest of your questions as I've never used one personally although I know lots of people who have successfully.

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 Post subject: Re: Feliway diffuser help
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Comfort Zone is the company that makes Feliway (and also the dog one, DAP). I have had dusty smelling ones before, and I cleaned off the plastic holder part and it helped. They always have a slight smell to me, though, if I'm right next to them. You might want to try plugging into a different outlet and see if that's better. I had a faint burning smell in my room once that I traced to (as I thought) an air freshener plug-in, but when I unplugged it, I found it was actually the outlet that needed to be replaced. So I'm always nervous about that now! They also make a spray version of Feliway, if you can't get the plug-in one to stop smelling.

ETA: I was just reading an article from Best Friends animal society, and they mention using these calming collars in their sanctuary for stressed cats: http://www.amazon.com/NurtureCALM-Feline-Calming-Pheromone-Collar/dp/B00460Y17S


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 Post subject: Re: Feliway diffuser help
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:42 pm 
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THAT'S the name of the collar company! They are supposed to be excellent as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:17 pm 
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Have you taken your cat to the vet since this started?


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 Post subject: Re: Feliway diffuser help
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:33 pm 
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celyn wrote:
Have you taken your cat to the vet since this started?


Oh yes, like a hundred times. The vet recommended the feliway diffuser. The cat is now on prescription food to help with her bladder infections along with the other things I'm doing to try to reduce her stress and keep her hydrated.


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