Friday, May 10, 2013

Finding My Comfort Zone

A year or so ago, I mentioned on Twitter that TW claimed that I was having aggression issues. At the time she said I was worse than usual, whatever that is supposed to mean. @BabyPatches, chief kit at Nip and Bones said I should try Comfort Zone Feliway. She sent me the spray to test since I was on her tester's team. TW read the instructions and her eyes glazed over at the words EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE. She said "I'm not using that on my bed."


Fast forward to last month. I had to go to the evil v-e-t. TW wondered if she still had the Comfort Zone. After turning the house upside down checking a few places, she found it. She took it out into the hall and sprayed the towel that she puts in the bottom of the box a spritz and a half. She stuck her nose into the towel to see if it had a smell I would notice and then read on the label "WARNING: don't breathe in vapors." Oopsie.

My old v-e-t was in Hoboken, a mere 5 minutes away and I always sang all the way there. This new v-e-t was in Secaucus, which is a 15-20 minute ride, which is why TW decided to try the Comfort Zone. They shoved tricked me into the PTU and we were on our way.

She is proud to report I only meowed about 3 times during the entire trip. Once there, I was nervous though. Dr. Hatch decided to examine me in my PTU, which might be related to the fact that the peeps told him they put Comfort Zone in it. I wasn't a model patient cos I hissed both when I got my shots and when the thermometer went, well, where the thermometer actually goes. Then they decided to take me in the back room for x-rays and stuff to see if I really had asthma. Major fail for them. I fought like a wild cat got majorly stressed so they let me off the hook.

I was quiet all the way home, which could've been the Comfort Zone or it could've been the after effects of the shots since I was pretty lethargic for the next 2-3 days.

TW thought the CZ worked and would use it again if the need arises although Pop had a fit that she used it in the first place. Next time, he'd prefer using one of those Spirit Essences that Jackson Galaxy promotes or one of the natural calming products that Nip & Bones also sells.

Nip and Bones also sells Comfort Zone in diffuser form to reduce stress-related behaviors such as urine marking, scratching, new fursibs and other issues around the house.

Disclaimer: We received the Comfort Zone as a gift. No money exchanged paws and no one told this little ghetto cat what to say. Na mean?

25 comments:

  1. I get very stressed going to the vet, but I doubt even Comfort Zone would help that much - it is pretty extreme!

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  2. The only thing that stress me out is mancats that have there balls left !
    XOXO

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  3. Even if it just helped with the car ride, it sounds like it was some success, CK. Sorry you find the vet so stressful.

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  4. Sorry to hear you had to visit the torture chamber Keisha. We hope all is well with you. We think Comfort Zone would do nothing for us. Sigh! Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. We use the Comfort Zone things that plug into the wall, but not the spray. Hey, our Vet is 30 minutes away and I sing the whole time too!

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  6. That's interesting CK Did the label say what was in the spray? Is it herbal? Momz has never used anything like this though she has used Rescue Remedy flower essence for years...Hope you're feeling fine and have a great weekend!

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  7. I tried a Feliway diffuser here for awhile to see if it would stop my bully boys from picking on their sister, but no luck.

    Sorry you had to go to the vet to endure all of those indignities (esp. the thermometer intrusion). My cats wail like banshees on the way to the vet, and don't utter so much as a squeak on the ride home.

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  8. I am so sorry you get so stressed CK. I hope you have calmed down now. I hope your asthma is OK too. Pumpkin the Farm cat has fits everyday but he does just fine.

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  9. Mommy has used the Comfort Zone with us, with mixed results. She thinks it might be like catnip, some kitties are affected while others aren't.

    Johnny wails like a fire siren no matter what!

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  10. Thanks for the "heads up", CK. We didn't know this.

    Happy Friday!

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  11. CK, you and I should start a choir!! I think your mom could be arrested for trying to drug you. Just saying! You should tell her that nip is your drug of choice … or silvervine …. whatever!! ;)

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  12. I am stressed even at home MOL So going to the vet is really tough. We use two Spirit Essences, spray it all over and Dad puts it in my AM and Pm soft food meals. It has helped me a lot! The feliway, ummmm...not really

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  13. CK, we have the CZ diffusers plugged in all over our house. It's to keep us calm since Wally and Zoey don't get along well. And for the most part, the CZ helps. Whenever we go to the v-e-t, the mom sprays a little in the PTU. It seems to help Wally, but me and Zoey, not so much. I still sing up a storm and Zoey....well, the she devil makes an appearance whenever she's in the PTU.

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  14. That DOES sound useful. Hang on maybe Mum will use it on me!!!

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  15. Hmmm, sounds like interesting stuff and worth a try if you have a stressed out kitty. I cry all the way to the vet too CK, and I'm a pretty relaxed guy on a whole. I know that carrier thingy means vet cuz we hardly ever use it for anything else. So I cry pathetically for the 15 minutes it takes us to get there.

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  16. I didn't think CZ would help me, but Glogirly said the Vet lady (that gets all giggly with Orange Crush) recommended it to help me with my Waffly stress.

    We have the diffusers... and there's been a significant improvement. We're not grooming each other or anything, we still spat, but I'm much more calm.

    We didn't know it was flammable though! We'd like to try Spirit Essences too.

    xo

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  17. Thanks for the info, that can be useful! Although I never meow on my way to the vet but I do growl in front of the vet. Very proud of it!
    Nothing happened to your human after she tried to smell the stuff?
    Purrs

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  18. The Human would love to find something to mellow me out, but she doesn't think that substance has been invented yet. Still, she might give it a try. I will take it as a personal challenge to misbehave, MOL!

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  19. We have those diffusers in our house. I can't imagine how crazy these cats would be if we didn't have it! *shakes head*

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  20. Ohhhh little Ghetto Kitty, we cannot envision ANYONE telling you what to say in ANY circumstances! :)

    That stuff hasn't worked for us when MomKatt used it for Sasha's "issues". But I guess every cat is different, huh?

    Purrz my furriend. Hang tough.
    Selina

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  21. We're big advocates of synthetic pheromones and blogged about using them for vet visits recently. There are tricks and tips and while not every cat responds, most do when used correctly. We also love vibrational medicine like flower essences and make custom blends for our cat behavior clients.

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  22. Pawsome review my furriend, I sorry you got shoved in the PTU and taken to the vet but thanks for having TW give it a try. I thinks it definitely helped.

    Purrrrrrrrs

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  23. I don't like the way to the vet, too!
    Me and Lego usually MEOW MEOW MEOW all the way to the vet~

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  24. Mom tried those diffusers all over the house when Mauricio was spraying all the time. They did phase humor change his behavior in any way. he only sprays occasionally now. It took both our other boys, Madison and MacKenzie, going to the bridge for him to change his behavior. We'd heard about using the spray in the PTU, but haven't tried it yet. Glad it helped with the VET visit. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at www.thecatonmyhead.com, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  25. We may have to try this. Mommy is thinking about a way to keep us calmer in the car.

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