Substitutes for feliway for cats

Written by kelly litzenberger | 13/05/2017
Substitutes for feliway for cats
Feliway can be used to help new cat roommates become acclimated to each other. (cats image by Zbigniew Nowak from

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.

Rescue Remedy

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

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.

Nutri-Vet Pet-Ease

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

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.

PetAlive PetCalm Formula

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

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


Substitutes for feliway for cats
Zylkene is made from a protein found in milk. (droplet in milk image by jimcox40 from

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.

Prescription Remedies

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

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).


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

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.

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.