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June 30, 2009 2:55 PM Subscribe
Feliway-filter: We got feliway a week ago and my cat's inappropriate elimination, etc problems went away, but he isn't fun anymore.
posted by stewiethegreat to pets & animals (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
After having major problems recently with our cat peeing and pooping all over the house, and getting very upset when guests visited, we finally got a Feliway diffuser after he peed on a beloved piece of furniture. It had an immediate impact- he quieted down and stopped acting anxious within 30 minutes.
We've had the diffuser in the living room for about a week, and all of the inappropriate elimination and other problems have vanished. But...so has our cat's interest in doing anything other than sleeping. He no longer sleeps in any of his other favorite places, he just snoozes by the feliway diffuser (in locations <1 ft away where he has NEVER slept before).
He doesn't have any interest in playing with us anymore. He doesn't like to play with string or catnip or bouncy toys or catnip mice or anything. He doesn't like sitting in the window or watching the birds at the feeder. He just sleeps, rousing only for foodtime.
On one hand, it is nice to go through a week without him peeing on something. But on the other hand, I miss the energetic furball who used to play with me and be so avidly interested in life!
Are we drugging him into a stupor with Feliway? Will the fun cat come back? Or was his playfulness just anxiety manifesting itself in the past?