Do Pheromones for Cats have Side Effects?

Pheromones for Cats Side Effects

Cats use a variety of signals from body language to vocalization to communicate. In addition, cats use pheromones by transferring them to objects, people, other pets, or their surroundings to mark them as safe, important parts of their world, and to warn of potential dangers.

Sometimes, these markings are becoming less and less ‘cute’ when they involve scratching your favorite sofa, urinating on the walls, messing up your beloved area rug, and etc. In order to stop negative behaviors experts have come up with synthetic products that mimic the exact natural pheromones of cats.

If you only want to use natural products for your cat, these synthetic ones can make you uneasy despite positive reviews that these products receive. There are a lot of advantages to using them including controlling their behavior and reducing aggression, fear and anxiety. They can make cats more calm and secure and eliminate the need for markings.

What are cat pheromones

Pheromones Are species-specific chemicals which are naturally produced from the scent glands on the faces, chin, lower ears, forehead, cheeks and around the mouth of a cat. There are also scent glands located in their paw pads, around nipples for female cats, and in their urine. If she has a favorite place that she likes to scratch or a best friend from the neighborhood, that is like due to the effect of Pheromones. 

When cats transfer or share their pheromone message, these are the usual behaviors:

  • They tend to rub their head on objects around the house
  • Head bumping with you or other cats
  • Rubbing and rolling their bodies on objects or surfaces
  • Scratching and clawing at any objects
  • Marking areas using their urine

The first three can be considered cute while the last two are destructive behaviors which you may want to eliminate.

Pheromone products come in different forms including as diffusers, sprays, wipes and collars. They are drug free and very safe to use at home.

Is Feliway safe for cats

Feliway is makes synthetic pheromones that mimic ones that cats produce in their faces which is considered to be a safe pheromone that sends friendly messages to other cats. It is marketed to help with undesirable, in-home behaviors that manifest because of stress. In general, Feliway products in any form are safe since they are just the synthetic version of the natural pheromones produced by cats.

Synthetic pheromones are strictly used on the surrounding of your cat such as her favorite rooms. They should not be eaten eat or licked by your cat which could be hazardous for their health. The alcohol in Feliway sprays are meant to be applied on areas or specific locations for marking. Do not spray if your cat is nearby, let the alcohol dry before letting your cat in.

The paraffin-based mineral oils that are used for the refills for Feliway diffusers are intended to be dispersed through the air to enter the cat’s body. If she accidentally ingested or licked them, call for the vet for assistance and immediate treatment.

Is Feliway safe for humans

Pheromones are species specific, so they do not affect people, including pregnant or infant, or other types of pets in the household. But if it is accidentally ingested, it could be harmful. Some people who are sensitive to paraffin, they may find a Feliway diffuser not safe for them as it may cause headache or other allergic reaction.

Though the Feliway itself does not have any effects on humans, the form and usage may be a different story. Feliway products that come in the form of plug-in diffuser may cause trouble if not handled properly. Feliway sprays that contain alcohol are not safe if inhaled directly by humans. As long as you are careful and following the instruction that comes with the product, you are should be safe. 

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