So for a couple months there I was recently watching my sister’s dogs as she moved into a ridiculously amazing new house. In the interim (before being able to move into the new), she got new carpet for her old, so didn’t want her dogs messing up the new carpet before it sold; thus, I had them.
My dog, Maple, loved every minute of this, but my two Cats, Syrup and Waffles, were not nearly as enthused, as they hate all dogs, even Maple; they take every opportunity to terrorize and attack any dog they see, including Maple who is in fact a German Shepherd/Lab mix, so a bagillion times the cats’ size. Nonetheless, she is terrified of the cats, who often will even stop her from coming inside through the dog door by sitting and waiting to attack her as her head pokes through. If they hear her come through the garage dog door, they’ll even sprint from wherever they are to the dog door that leads inside, just to stop her. These doors are insulated, so Maple can’t see if the cats are waiting on the other side, so sometimes just sits there and whines until rescued by my wife or I.
Despite my cats’, particularly Syrup, ease in asserting her dominance on even a 127 pound dog (which we once watched for a couple weeks and Syrup managed to have that dog running scared on the first day; she then followed the dog around the entire time it was here, just to keep an eye on it), 3 dogs at once was a little much (for me too ;-)). My cats, while occasionally attacking the dogs (and each other as they were a little freaked out about everything), mostly decided to hide under the bed for the first couple weeks or hang out outside away from the dogs.
As such, when Comfort Zone® products offered to sponsor Today I Found Out and let me try out some of the Comfort Zone® with Feliway® products to review here, I was happy to let them, as goodness knows my cats were a bit stressed out of late and probably would continue to be until the dogs left.
What Comfort Zone® with Feliway® Diffuser does is basically release an odorless vapor that is designed to mimic some of the cat’s natural pheromones with the aim of relaxing the cats. It also has been clinically proven to be 95% effective at reducing scratching and spraying by cats, such as territorial spraying; I wasn’t able to test those latter features out as my cats have never sprayed and they have never particularly been scratchers, especially not since we got leather couches, which the cats seem to hate the feel of.
In any event, while the Comfort Zone® with Feliway® Diffuser is supposed to take 90 days to fully kick in, it seems to have done something at least to some extent within a week or two of using it; or, at the least, the cats seemed to stop being stressed about the dogs. They even started letting the dogs walk or sit right next to them.
Most bizarrely, for the first time in the 3 or so years since we’ve had Maple (had the cats for about 9 years), my cat Waffles actually went nose to nose with Maple, sniffing one another in an almost friendly manner. This lasted until Maple started getting really excited about this (she so wants to be the cats’ friends) and started wagging her tail. Her tail thumped the floor and cause Waffles to then claw her in the face, though Waffles didn’t seem overly concerned about the situation even then and her attacking was only halfhearted.
So that’s at least one instance where there was definitely a change in behavior. Further, since the other two dogs left about a week or so ago, the cats have been significantly more, well, not “friendly”, per se to Maple, but they don’t actively try to terrorize her much any more and even let her lay or sit right next to them without even paying her any mind. Maple even managed to shimmy up to Syrup as Syrup was sleeping and lay her head on Syrup’s tail. In days past, this would have earned Maple quite the attack from Syrup. This time, Syrup just looked at Maple, then went back to sleep.
This is a huge change from before when the cats would attack her as likely as look at her sometimes, apparently just because of their loathing of dogs. So Maple’s much happier, and the cats are at least more tolerant. Progress!
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Bonus Cat Facts:
- Cats can survive a fall from virtually any height. According to a study done by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 132 cats falling from an average of 5.5 stories and as high as 32 stories, the latter of which is more than enough for them to reach their terminal velocity, have a survival rate of about 90%, assuming they are brought in to treat their various injuries that may occur because of the impact with the ground. Read more Here
- Cats cannot detect the sweet taste. This is due to a mutant chemoreceptor in their taste buds. Because of this, cats generally ignore sweet tasting food items like fruit.
- It was long thought that domestic cats have their origin in Ancient Egypt. However, in 2007 it was discovered that domestic cats pre-date Ancient Egypt and actually go as far back as 8000-9000 BC, with the first direct evidence being of a cat buried along side a human in Cyprus around 7500 BC.
- It was also once popularly thought that cats were domesticated by humans in order to provide rodent control. However, it is now thought that domestic cats were probably self domesticated in that they simply lived around humans long enough, hunting rodents and other vermin in towns, and gradually became adapted to domesticated life. Fast forward to today and cats are currently the most popular pet in the world.
- A cat’s normal body temperature is around 101.5° F. Unlike humans, they can comfortably withstand high external temperatures ranging up to 126° F to 133° F before showing any signs that they are hot. This is thought to be a remnant of the fact that they were once probably desert animals. Their feces is also typically very dry and their urine highly concentrated so as not to waste water. In fact, cats need so little water that they can survive on nothing but uncooked meat, with no other water source needed.
- Cats are attracted to catnip largely because of the chemical nepetalactone, which mimics the smell of a certain pheromone found in cats. Other plants that produce the same effect in cats are Silver Vine and the herb Valerian. Interestingly, nepetalactone has the opposite effect on cockroaches and mosquitoes in that it repels them.
- Domestic cats typically have a lifespan of around 12 to 14 years. The current world record holder for oldest cat, though, is 38 years. The cat’s name was Creme Puff.