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Anxious cat? Read about the benefits of pheromones
Your cat leaves behind pheromones when they rub their face on surfaces in your home. You can use a synthetic form of these pheromones to make your cat feel more secure during times of stress. See below for more information on Feliway.
Alternatively you can use a clean cotton cloth or glove to gently rub your cat's cheeks to collect the pheromone, and then rub this on cat-height surfaces so they smell familiar.
You will need to keep the pheromone topped up until your cat begins rubbing their cheeks on surfaces or shows relaxed behaviour.
Feliway and pheromone therapy can be helpful for stressed cats, but it's essential that you determine the cause of your cat's stress and deal with any underlying issues. If your cat has behavioural issues, ask your vet to recommend a qualified behaviourist, such as a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
You can buy Feliway from your vet or various retailers.
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