Bringing in a new kitten to the home was not easy! you may remember my pleads and anguish for Maya to be nice to her new brother Milo.
When he first arrived they were immediately introduced. I was holding Milo and Maya was standing near my feet. She came to greet me at the door like she would normally and immediately noticed something was different. Milo was put in a separate room. He went into hiding for hours until he was finally willing to accept food from me.
He was in that room for weeks. Slowly smelling eachother through the bottom of the door Milo and Maya became aware of eachother's presence. One day, Milo was ready to explore the entire home, I opened the door and he ran away escaped into the wilderness of the home.. oh my! Maya was on her way upstairs and that's the first time they came into contact. Maya was NOT very happy but Milo survived. (plus, Maya had kitty claws so she wouldnt hurt him even if she tried). She was really good, but for days, she seemed very down, blue, sad and depressed and wasnt eating as well as she would normally eat which worried me.
I allowed them a few minutes play time every day, but Maya was very agitated. I decided to give Feliway a try since I had received several samples in the mail as part of a product review and it changed EVERYTHING.
Maya started eating better, she was more patient with Milo getting out of the room and immediately jumping on top of her. After Feliway, she started grooming him and even sharing toys, she hated every toy after he had touched it. What a spoiled brat some may say, but she has been a princess and all of the sudden there is a bugler roaming her territory.
She definitely looked a lot happier. I was so worried about her to the point that I wanted to return Milo.
Am a big believer in Feliway now, not only they gained a blogger/reviewer to share the news but also a customer.
I was also supplied with a spray which is WONDERFUL! for the carrier. Maya hates the carrier. Every time I even open the door to the attic she RUUUNS for her life (that's where I store the carrier) I think she started to see the connection. So I bring the carrier down, spray it a couple of times and let it sit, she comes close to it on her own and it's easier to just pick her up and throw her in :) she doesnt complain about it either all the way through our destination and even falls asleep in transit.
Now, Milo has started toilet training (yeah! on a real toilet) so they are technically sharing the litter box. If you have or have had any cats you know that this is a recipe for disaster but it's for a good cause here. When Milo was still using the litter box, Maya decided she didnt want to use the toilet anymore and would go about her business on HIS litter box which HE did not like AT ALL! I make sure that Feliway's diffuser is always plugged in so the bathroom is a comfy atmosphere for them to do their thing.
Feliway works wonders with unwanted cat behavior such as scratching where they're not supposed to, spraying and aggressiveness. To learn more, visit http://www.ceva.us/us/Products/Companion-Animals and give it a try. Your pets truly deserve it.
For dogs, I had the opportunity to try Adaptil which works very similar to Feliway but on dogs. I gave it to my cousin who has an American Eskimo, Prince is his name. Prince belongs to my cousin but he's really the family dog. I have the family cats lol Prince is not a well-behaved dog, he's got the terrible two's that children get. It's his way or no way, because of how my cousin and his wife had been raising him. Adaptil has helped them amazingly to achieve better results. He's better at going to the bathroom and has even learned some tricks and when he's reprimanded for anything, he actually has sad puppy eyes, as opposed to spiteful, my way or no way kind of look. (I hope it makes sense). When my cousin first tried Adaptil, him and his wife sent me a message saying "We have never seen Prince so good and still EVER" he was sitting watching tv with them on the living room while Adaptil was plugged into the wall.
Stress is a major factor in unwanted behavior which can drive you to the decision of getting rid of your pet and is probably something as simple as moving your furniture around or as complex as bringing a new kitten home.
Love your pet. Understand the needs of your pet.
I know this is a loooot of words in one review, but I had to give you the complete story.
Love you guys.
Till next time.