Feliway and Confort Zone are artificial pheromones that can mimic the scenting process that helps stressed, anxious and aggressive cats to adapt to their environment and to feel comfortable. If the cat feels anxious due to new places, pets, people or even rearranging stuff at home, she may start scratching, urine marking, or even experience loss of appetite.
These products can help calm the cat and control unwanted behaviors such as urine marking and scratching made by a cat due to stress and anxiety.
What are Feliway and Comfort Zone?
Feliway and Comfort Zone are products that produce artificial pheromones that help cat parents control their cat’s destructive behavior due to stress or aggressiveness. These products work by mimicking the feline facial pheromones. When your cat rubs her face on the furniture, corners of the room and even you, she’s marking her surroundings with facial pheromones that helps to reassure and comfort her.
If Feliway or Comfort zone is applied and she senses it, she no longer has the urge to mark using urine or scratch a particular area.
They come in different forms including a plug-in diffuser, spray, wipes, collars and also refills for diffusers.
What are the benefits of using Feliway or Comfort Zone
1. The cat feels safe and secure
Naturally, your cat will rub her face, urine mark, or scratch her surroundings to ensure her self that the area is safe. These products can mimic cats’ natural pheromones to create a sense of security in their environment. If you have a multi-cat household, these products can be help them get friendly with each other.
2. Convenient Usage
If you bought a diffuser, plug it continuously in an area that your cat is familiar with. A diffuser’s effect can cover up to 750 square feet. Feliway Diffusers are recommended to be replaced every 6 months, while 12 months is recommended for Comfort Zone. Both recommend refilling every 30 days. Diffusers must be placed in an open area, not under the shelves or behind a curtain, doors or furniture.
3. Fast and Effective
Some studies show that up to 95% of cats will respond to the artificial pheromones. Feliway claims a success rate of 90% within 7 days when it comes to managing stress behaviors like urine marking or vertical scratching. Comfort Zone claims to be effective in 95% of cases of urine marking, 93% of scratching and 88% of multi-cat tension within 7-days.
Do Cat Calming Pheromones Work?
Although both products are have a good track record, Feliway is more often recommended by veterinarians. Despite both being reported as effective, there might be instances where they may not work for your cat because they do not react to synthetic pheromones like most cats. Behaviors like urine marking and destructive scratching may come from a serious underlying condition that cannot be solved by just experiencing synthetic pheromones.
What are the differences between Feliway and Comfort Zone
The products are mostly quite similar. Both are also drug-free and safe for cats and humans, although there has been some claims of a Feliway diffuser being a fire hazard. Below are the main differences between Feliway and Comfort Zone products:
- Feliway Diffuser can cover up to 750 sq ft while Comfort Zone is up to 400 sq ft.
- Feliway’s Diffuser is recommended to be replaced every 6 months while Comfort Zone’s Diffuser is recommended to be replaced every 12 months.
- Feliway has overall better customer reviews and satisfaction.
- Comfort Zone is less expensive than Feliway.
- Feliway products are more recommended by vets and trusted professionals.
Which product should I choose
If you are struggling with the destructive behaviors of your cats, Feliway and Comfort Zone are both great products and you should consider trying one for both for your and your cats’ well-being. But which product would you choose?
Overall Feliway seems to be the better choice based on the larger area it covers, more positive customer reviews and the fact that it is more recommended by vets. However, Feliway products are more expensive.
On the other hand, if you are a on a strict budget, you may choose Comfort Zone.