This post brought to you by Comfort Zone® products. All opinions are 100% mine.
With how often I talk about my cats, I don’t know that it’s any secret.
This is Zelda. Zelda has always been a bit of a Nervous Pervis. Even little things seem to stress him out. He gets particularly crochety around food time. Which he happens to think is all the time.
When Zelda gets crochety, he does all manner of obnoxious things, such as meowing incessantly and knocking things off the table. He recently broke one of my ceramic owls, a capital offense. (Okay, not really.)
I had good luck previously with the Comfort Zone® with Feliway® spray. We used it when our late kitty Saxby got stressed out after a move, and we used it during the most recent move, too. Not only did the cats adjust very quickly to the new house this time around, but as we were discussing which cat in which carrier, Zelda actually walked right into one of the pet carriers that we’d sprayed all on his own.
I hadn’t ever tried the diffuser and was curious to see its effect. Within a few hours of plugging in the Comfort Zone® with Feliway® diffuser, Zelda was a much calmer cat. If I unplug it for some reason and forget to plug it back in, it’s not long before Zelda makes it a point to remind me.
Now onto these little buggers, Ghost and Sirius. Zelda and his brother Saxby were never big on scratching the couch. They much preferred any and all woodwork and furniture, the sweet little darlings.
But Ghost LOVES to sharpen his claws on my couch. And that’s sort of okay for now, as I have big plans for reupholstering, but I sure don’t want him destroying the new upholstery.
I wasn’t sure that was a viable option. Scratching the couch had become a little ritual for him. He would march into the living room straight to his “scratching spot” on the couch, and he’d reach up and shred.
Here’s where Comfort Zone® products really impressed me. I used the spray bottle to spray at “nose level” all around the perimeter of the couch. One time. The next time Ghost walked into the room, he made his standard bee-line to his “scratching spot” and then he stopped. He made a sharp right and walked over to the loveseat (which I hadn’t sprayed) and scratched that instead!
Lesson learned! I sprayed the loveseat, too, and it’s like someone flipped a switch: no more scratching. I repeated this every few days for a couple weeks, and now he just seems to be out of the habit.
With all the extra things happening during the holidays, including strange smelling (to a cat, anyway) guests coming in to your home, it’s a perfect recipe for a stressed out cat. Comfort Zone® with Feliway® can be found at most pet supply stores. You can also keep up with Comfort Zone® via Facebook!