WAFFLES: Hey Boss! Is she here yet?
KATIE: Is who here?
WAFFLES: You know, Glogirly's friend from Kansas.
KATIE: Oh, you mean the intruder.
WAFFLES: Is she hiding under here?
KATIE: Of course not, Waffles. Glogirly hasn't even left yet to pick her up at the airport.
WAFFLES: WHOA! I don't know, Boss. Someone's hiding under here. Either that or...it's ALIVE!
KATIE: Seriously, Waffles? It's stuffed purple cat. It's called a Nuzzlebuddy.
WAFFLES: But it's moving!
KATIE: Because Glogirly put a cantaloupe under it.
WAFFLES: Well that's just–
KATIE: I know. But not as unsettling as impending houseguests.
Getting Ready for Houseguests
One of the most fun parts of living in the mountains is being able to share our little corner of paradise with visiting friends and family. And today we're welcoming fellow cat blogger, Lisa Richman, from A Tonk's Tail, to our home for a mini vacation visit.
Fortunately for Katie and Waffles, Lisa's leaving her clowder at home. But that doesn't mean they'll be welcoming her with open paws and friendly purrs. For just about any cat, new visitors, especially those that stay overnight, can spell s-t-r-e-s-s.
One of our favorite remedies for this is FELIWAY®
. In particular, the spray and individual wipes come in super handy when guests arrive. So much so that Glogirly has started keeping a special stash in our guest bathroom for visitors. This way they can spritz the rooms where their belongings are and even wipe down their luggage with FELIWAY® Wipes
. That's often where those unfamiliar smells are the strongest.
What is FELIWAY® and How Does it Work?
You know when your cat rubs up against a piece of furniture with their mouth? That means they're comfortable in their environment and when they rub their cheeks like that it leaves a facial pheromone. It's their way of marking that particular space as safe and secure. FELIWAY® Spray
mimics this natural feline facial pheromone and helps to create that same sense of familiarity.
We've found it incredibly effective when people come to the house to stay overnight or even when we have a handyman or painter here for just an hour or two.
FELIWAY® isn't a drug. It's non-sedating, non-systemic, and has no known contraindications with any other treatment. In fact, there's a very good chance your own vet is already using it in their clinic and exam rooms.
How to Properly Use the Spray and Wipes
- Spray a few pumps in the rooms your guests will be using, as well as areas everyone will be gathering in.
- Be sure to wait 15 minutes before letting your cats near sprayed areas in order to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
- Repeat twice daily for the duration of their stay.
- Use wipes on guests' luggage. Just wait about 5 minutes before letting cats explore the bags.
Going to the Vet
Use wipe on inside of carrier and use spray on interior of car.
Spray near new furniture or rugs.
Use only on areas you are trying to discourage your cat from scratching and always provide a scratching post or other scratcher as an alternative. Never spray on the scratching post; it may deter your cat from scratching there.
It's a GIVEAWAY!
We just know you're going to LOVE this! Three lucky GLOGIRLY readers will each win a FELIWAY® Spray and a Purple Kitty Nuzzlebuddy. Use the Nuzzlebuddy to hide a treat or favorite toy underneath for fun play anywhere - on the floor, on a chair...even inside a box! We think your cats will love it.
Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Though prizes can only ship to US addresses, we're opening the giveaway to our readers worldwide so that if anyone outside the US wins, they can gift their prize to a friend or shelter here in the US.
Good luck, everyone!
FTC Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by FELIWAY®, which means that we were paid to create and feature this content. Regardless of the payment received, we only feature products and services we use and/or feel would be relevant to our readers.