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What products should I buy for my situation?

Cat Faeries behaviorist gets asked this question all the time. Unfortunately we do not have the time to answer questions via email so we have written up a guide to help you figure out what to order for your situation. We also thought you might like an idea of how long it could take to correct a problem. Keep in mind each situation is unique. There are no rules or guarantees about how long it will take to solve a behavior problem. Note that we are not telling you what to buy. We are offering suggestions based on our years of working closely with people and their cats, and these products.

Why do they do it?

Cats do not wake up one day and decide to be naughty and make you miserable and drenched in cat pee! There is ALWAYS a trigger or two (perhaps more) for this problem. It could be medical - please have your vet test the cat's kidneys, thyroid, blood sugar, and check for arthritis. The cat could have some sort of bladder/urinary problem. One cat we know had Cardio Myopathy and suddenly began to poop on the carpet because he was trying to get his daddy's attention that he didn't feel good.

But most likely it is stress - something is bothersome or annoying to the cat. Common annoyances are cats who visit outside, dirty litter boxes, or not using the same litter consistently. Cats can't tell us with words, only actions. If you don't remove or correct the triggers the problem may not stop.

Experience tells us that the customers who use it all get the fastest and most permanent results:

1) Feliway spray

2) Comfort Zone for Cats plug-ins (Feliway Diffusers)

3) at least one of our Flower Essences for Cats formulas

4) Anti Icky Poo to clean and remove cat urine.

Quick Summary of our Products:

Feliway spray more info

This is your best bet for any case where there is inappropriate urination or spraying. You will "spot treat" where there is urine. It is impossible to say how long one bottle will last because everyone's situation, home size, and amount of locations that need to be treated vary greatly. On average, one bottle lasts 2 weeks of faithful daily usage if the problem is peeing outside the box. For Fighting Felines one bottle should last longer.

You get approximately 500 pumps or sprays per bottle.

Comfort Zone Plug ins more info

These are a boost to Feliway spray. Comfort Zone plug-ins are most ideal for cats who are fighting and not getting along. Comfort Zone alone may not stop inappropriate urination but we have seen that when you install one or two in each room where there has been a spray/urinating problem this usually works wonders in addition to Feliway spray. Each plug-in bottle will last 4 weeks. Having extra refills on hand is recommended. Some customers put two plug-ins in each room, others just one.

Your bottle of the Feliway pheromone for the diffuser lasts 4 weeks.

Flower Essences more info

This addresses the emotional causes of behavior problems. There is always a trigger for either urinating outside the box or for fighting. At least one thing is bothering the cats. Our two best sellers are Multi Cat Household and Territorial Rescue. Interestingly in many cases we have also seen great results with Past Abuse and Calm and Serene. Multi Cat Household, Territorial Rescue, and Calm and Serene help with solving feline fighting. Past Abuse has helped cats who have been picked on by other cats.

You get approximately 256 drops in our 1 ounce bottle.

Anti Icky Poo more info

This is a must for removing traces of urine odor, urine proteins, and urine gases. It is the best thing we know for removing traces and odors of cat urine.

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Peeing Outside The Box and/or Spraying

We think of this problem in three groups:
Mild Case - Moderate Case - Severe Case

Mild Case
  • If only one cat is urinating or spraying
  • If the urine or spraying problem began less than 3 months ago
  • If this happens sporadically or several times a week, or occasionally
  • If there is cat urine in only one room
  • If there is cat urine in one favorite spot, maybe two spots in that room
  • If cat(s) use their litter boxes 95% of the time
  • There is occasional fighting

Solving this problem could take about 2 or 3 months (sometimes longer) of diligent and daily product usage. You may need to use these products "as needed" longer or indefinitly for reinforcement. Most cats will stop, other cats won't stop completely, but the problem is usually lessened so its a rare occurrence and most people feel they can live with that.

Feliway spray is used to spot treat the areas where you have found urine once a day for 6 to 8 weeks. One or two squirts applied to a 7 inch spot is all you usually need. It needs to be used daily and it is applied to surfaces. We suggest 2 - 4 bottles to start with.

Comfort Zone for Cats plug-in for each room where you are finding urine. Comfort Zone sends the message "I'm not to leave urine in this room." If the room is large consider two Comfort Zone for Cats plug ins. You might want to have a Comfort Zone in rooms which have not been urinated in for prevention and general calming. The bottle that comes with your plug-in/diffuser unit will last one month. Refills are available.

Flower Essences put in cat's food and water on a daily basis will boost Feliway and Comfort Zone's effectiveness. Our two best formulas for the urination problem and harmonizing cats are Multi Cat Household, and Territorial Rescue. Customers often get both formulas and rotate them, but generally one of the formulas will be all that's needed for a mild case. See the Flower Essences page for more detail and other formulas that could help your cats.

Anti Icky Poo used on every surface that was soiled with urine.

When the situation is "looking good" you might not need to use the products again or you might need them as needed or occasionally for reinforcement. You might need to use Feliway spray a few times a week or you might let the Comfort Zone plug-ins take over. Many of our customers keep a 1/4 bottle of Feliway on hand in case they need it while others use their spray a few times a week for maintence. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Moderate Case
  • If one or two cats are urinating or spraying or both
  • If the urine or spraying problem began 3 to 12 months ago
  • If this happens several times a week, sometimes daily
  • If there is cat urine in mostly one room, perhaps one other room
  • If there is cat urine in 3 - 5 places per room
  • If cat(s) generally use litter boxes
  • There is fighting which happens several times a week

Solving this problem could take any where from 2 to 6 months (sometimes longer) of diligent daily product usage. Once that period of faithful usage is over may need to use products "as needed" indefinitely. Please note that most cats do stop, but sometimes a cat won't stop completely. In that case the problem is usually lessened so that its a very rare occurrence and most people feel they can live with that.

Feliway spray to spot treat the areas where you have found urine once a day for 8 weeks - twice a day would be even better if you can fit it into your schedule. . One or two squirts applied to a 7 inch spot is all you usually need. It needs to be used daily and it is applied to surfaces. After 8 weeks you might be able to cut back every other day or a few times a week, you'll need to experiment. We suggest 2 - 4 bottles to start.

Comfort Zone for Cats plug-in for each room that has been hit with urine. If the room is large consider getting two plug-ins. You might also get a Comfort Zone plug-in for rooms in the house where the cats spend time but have not yet urinated. This could prevent spraying/urinating in those rooms. We suggest getting enough refill bottles to last 3 to 5 months for each plug-in.

Flower Essences put in cat's food and water on a daily basis will boost Feliway and Comfort Zone's effectiveness. Our two best formulas for the urination problem and harmonizing cats are Multi Cat Household, and Territorial Rescue. Many customers get both formulas and rotate them. We love Past Abuse for timid cats and have seen wonderful results with cats who were picked on or fearful in general. Calm and Serene can help any cat - the aggressive cat or the shy cat. For Ferals has helped many abandoned cats reconnect with people or if they remain outside it gives quality to their lives. Shelter Shock helps to ease the abandonment and fear of a cat who suddenly ends up in a shelter.

Anti Icky Poo used on every surface that was soiled with urine.

When the situation is "looking good" you might not need to use the products again or you might want to use them occasionally for reinforcement. Some of the products might be a forever-thing. You might need to use Feliway spray a few times a week or you might let the Comfort Zone plug-ins take over. Many of our customers keep a 1/4 bottle of Feliway on hand in case they need it. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Severe Case
  • If 2 or more cats are urinating or spraying or both
  • If there is cat urine in more than two rooms
  • If the urine or spraying problem began more than 12 months ago or has been on and off for many years
  • If this happens on a daily basis, several times a day
  • If there are so many urine stains you can't count them all
  • If cat(s) seldom or sporadically use litter boxes
  • There is fighting which can cause injury, daily to many times a week

Solving this problem could take about 3 to 6 months (perhaps longer) of diligent and daily product usage. It's very hard to say how many months it will take when the case is severe. You could be "in for the long haul" but we have seen miraculous things happen in these tough cases, and they can even happen quickly. Other times it's a slow process. Count on using the products for at least 4 or 5 months on a daily basis. Because the problem is so old and severe you might never get it to stop completely, but we should be able to get it so that it's an occasional problem.. You may need to use products "as needed" or indefinatly.

Feliway spray to spot treat the areas where you have found urine twice a day for 8 - 10 weeks minimum. One or two squirts applied to a 7 inch spot is all you usually need. It needs to be used daily and it is applied to surfaces. We suggest at least 3 bottles to start with.

Comfort Zone for Cats plug-in for each room that has been hit with urine. If the room is large and the cat is hitting every corner and all sides of the room, we suggest that you install two Comfort Zone units. Installing additional Comfort Zone for Cats units in rooms where you have not found urine helps prevent them from spraying/peeing in those rooms and gives a calming effect. We suggest that you get enough refills to last 3 or 6 months.

Flower Essences twice a day in cat's food and water bowl can really help turn a severe situation around. We suggest Multi Cat Household and/or Territorial Rescue.. Some cats might benefit from other formulas such as Past Abuse or Calm and Serene for nervous cats. Formulas can be rotated in any manner that's easy for you - some people do one formula in the morning and another in the evening. See the Flower Essences page for more detail and other formulas that could benefit your cats.

Anti Icky Poo used on every surface that was soiled with urine.

When the situation is "looking good " you might be want to continue with the products for reinforcement several times a week, or Comfort Zone plug ins every day. You might need to use Feliway spray a few times a week and keep the Comfort Zones running. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Cat Poop On the Floor

If your cat has suddenly begun to poop on the floor call your vet and have the cat seen. It could be a health problem - arthritis comes to mind. Or its because the cat is not liking something about the litter box.

Feliway spray is something we recommend, but please note that the manufacturer of Feliway and Comfort Zone cannot make the claim that the products work for this problem. But, we at Cat Faeries have the experience to know that Feliway in the house can stop this problem too. We suggest you use Feliway spray to spot treat and re-evaluate your litter box maintenance.

Flower Essences are an excellent idea. Calm and Serene might be a good choice as is Multi Cat Household

Anti Icky Poo used on every surface that was soiled with feces. Steam clean first to get up big pieces.

When the situation is "looking good" you might not need to use the products again, or you'll want to use them occasionally for maintenance. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Fighting Felines

If you have more than one cat the odds are there will be the occassional hissy fit. These generally happen once or twice a week when one cat insults another, tries to crowd another cat out of a sunny spot on the floor, or feels the other is getting more attention, etc. This is all quite normal. But when there is screaming, wild hissing, swatting and biting, and it happens nearly daily then we have Fighting Felines who need some calming down.

Solving this problem can happen quickly or can take several months of dedication from you to provide a peaceful home and to use the correct calming and friend-making products.

Feliway spray can be used "here and there" throughout the house (suggested objects are sofas, sleeping areas, sunny spots etc) once or twice a day for 6 - 8 weeks.

Comfort Zone plug-ins were created to calm homes with fighting felines. We suggest 1 or 2 in each room where the cats spend most of their time, and in hallways.

Flower Essences will speed up the process of making friends. Some of our customers rotate Multi Cat Household and Territorial Rescue and give both to all of the cats. Past Abuse has been wonderful for the cat who was picked on and bullied. We want to see the cats accepting and tolerating each other and living in peace.

When the situation is "looking good" you might not need to use the products again, however to keep the peace you might want to use Feliway spray a few times a week and have a few Comfort Zones scattered around the house Cats find the smell of the Feliway pheromone very calming and it makes them happy. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Nervous Cats

Some cats are naturally "fraidy cats." Everything and anything can spook them. While we probably cannot change the essence of who the cat is we can offer some calming relief and improve their quality of life.

Solving the problem is most likely going to be an ongoing thing. If your cat runs when company comes - that may never change. But kitty should feel better soon.

Comfort Zone plug-in is probably your best bet. Its easy for you to use and its purpose is for calming. Install one or two in each room of the house where the cat(s) spends most of the day.

Flower Essences will help our jittery friends. Calm and Serene or Past Abuse are great. Even if a cat wasn't truly abused she may think she was - those little things in life could stand out in her mind as traumatic abuse. If you have several cats and one is picked on all of the cats would benefit from Multi Cat Household.

When the situation is "looking good " you might not need to use the products again, however really nervous or jittery cats will never be completely as laid back as other cats. For any changes in the home you might want to start at the beginning again. Some of the products might be a forever-thing. Comfort Zone plug-ins scattered throughout the house are probably a good idea. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Aggressive Cats

Some cats are naturally crabby and bossy which can lead to aloofness, hissing at the other cats, and unprovoked fighting. Sometimes these cats don't like some of their human housemates. Let's chill out a cranky kitty. Make sure that the cat is healthy (kidney problems can cause personality changes) and not in any pain.

Solving the problem is most likely going to be an ongoing thing. If your cat rules with a stern paw she will probably always be Top Cat, but we should be able to mellow her out!.

Comfort Zone plug-in is probably your best bet. Its easy for you to use and its purpose is for calming. Install one or two in each room of the house where the cat spends most of the day.

Flower Essences will help our fearless leader. Multi Cat Household, Territorial Rescue, or Calm and Serene are good choices and you could rotate formulas. When there is aggression in the home or a lot of fighting we often suggest all of the cats be given the flower essences. Past Abuse would be nice for the cats who get picked on or stalked.

When the situation is "looking good" you might not need to use the products again, however, even a reformed crabby cat will have her moments! You might want to have a few Comfort Zones scattered throughout the house and use Feliway spray as needed. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Introducing a New Cat Or Merging Two Households of Cats

Solving this problem can happen quickly or can take several months - even up to a full year! You need to be patient and keep a cool head, take it slowly, as well as provide a peaceful home. Supervise slow and calm "get acquainted sessions" ending each session on a positive note (stop and separate the cats before there's any serious hissing or attempts at fighting). Use the correct calming and friend-making products every day until you feel they are friends.

Feliway spray used "here and there" throughout the house (suggested objects are sofas, sleeping areas, sunny spots, doorways etc) once or twice a day for 6 - 8 weeks. If cats are in separate rooms spray those rooms and spray both sides of the door for when they sniff at each other from their respective side of the door.

Comfort Zone plug-ins are a great idea as it will put the calming and harmonizing scent in the air 24/7. We suggest 1 or 2 in the rooms where the cats spend most of their time

Flower Essences will speed up the process of making friends. Some of our customers rotate Multi Cat Household and Territorial Rescue. One formula could be used in the morning and the other in the evening.

When the situation is "looking good" you might not need to use the products again or you'll use Comfort Zone's refills as a forever-thing or you might want to use Feliway spray a couple times a week. Most cats enjoy the flower essences as a forever-thing.

Cats Scratching on Furniture and Rugs

Solving this problem is tricky. Cats often can't resist a sofa covered in a nice textured fabric. But you can help by trimming the cat's nails about every 10 - 14 days. Also provide a "cat condo" that's taller than 4 feet so that it won't tip over. Cats love condos with tiers for resting and playing. Most cats enjoy a mix of carpet and sisal.

Feliway spray used daily helps slow down the frequency of cats scratching at furniture. It does not work 100% of the time, your cat might still scratch on occasion. Spray daily for a few weeks to see if your cat responds and stops scratching. You may need to use the spray several times a week for reinforcement. Feliway spray is more effective on "vertical scratching" than on "horizontal scratching (rugs).

Usually when cats urinate outside of their litter boxes or spray urine its because something is bothering the cat. You may need to make some changes in the home and we hope you are willing to do that for the health and well being of your cats and all of the beings who reside with you. The products that we have carefully selected are very effective in controlling or eliminating behavior / emotional problems. However the urination problem can also be medical. Some examples are: urinary tract infections, diabetes, hyper thyroid, renal failure, arthritis and stiffness are among the health problems. If you suspect there might be illness present please contact your veterinarian who can do an exam, answer questions, and arrange for tests or Xrays.

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