Substitutes for feliway for cats

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    Substitutes for feliway for cats

    Feliway is a synthetic product designed to mimic the facial pheromones that cats use to mark their surroundings as safe. Feliway can be used to calm a cat who is showing signs of stress through undesirable behaviour, such as inappropriate spraying or scratching. Alternative remedies exist for pet owners who wish to take a more natural, stronger or less expensive approach.

    Feliway can be used to help new cat roommates become acclimated to each other. (cats image by Zbigniew Nowak from

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    Rescue Remedy

    Rescue Remedy for pets is a flower essence manufactured by Bach. Rescue Remedy is made the essences of five flowers: rock rose for terror and panic; impatiens for irritability, nervousness and tension; cherry plum for fear of losing control; Star of Bethlehem for trauma, shock and numbness; and clematis for clarity and alertness.

    Impatiens essence is included in Rescue Remedy to ease irritability. (impatiens image by palms from

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    Nutri-Vet Pet-Ease

    Nutri-Vet Pet-Ease makes a natural calming product containing a blend of essential oils of lavender, sweet orange, bergamot, cinnamon, clove, thyme and juniper berry. Like Feliway, it's available as either a spray or a diffuser. Nutri-Vet also makes a paw gel which combines passion flower extract, chamomile and catnip. Another option offered by the company to calm cats is tuna-flavoured soft chews, which contain the active ingredients dried hops, chamomile, ginger root extract, taurine and tryptophan.

    Lavender is one of the main ingredients in Nutri-Vet Pet-Ease spray and diffuser. (lavender image by Alistair Dick from

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    PetAlive PetCalm Formula

    PetAlive PetCalm Formula is a natural anxiety remedy containing skullcap flower, passionflower and kali phos (potassium phosphate).

    Passionflower is an active ingredient in PetAlive PetCalm Formula. (passion flower 3 image by Pat Lalli from

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    Zylkene is a food supplement made in England from a protein found in milk. The active ingredient is a peptide that binds temporarily to receptors in the brain for a calming influence similar to tranquilliser drugs like Valium.

    Zylkene is made from a protein found in milk. (droplet in milk image by jimcox40 from

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    Prescription Remedies

    A veterinarian may prescribe a number of medications to help calm a cat, including buspirone (Buspar), diazepam (Valium), amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Clomicalm), fluoxetine (Prozac) or megestrol acetate (Ovaban).

    Your vet can prescribe kitty versions of anti-anxiety meds like Xanax. (frau doktor image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

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    Some pet owners have also reported that acupuncture has helped their cat's behaviour problems. The website of The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture has a directory of licensed animal acupuncturists in the United States.

    Acupuncturists are available for pets as well as humans. (akupunktur image by Jens Klingebiel from

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