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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:25 pm 
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iI! I'm going to be adopting a bengal cat soon. She's a friendly but nervous girl, since she is coming from a situation where she's been very bullied by other cats in a house. She'll be my only pet. I'm wondering if a Feliway diffuser is a good idea to help her settle in with me? I'm worried that there could be some kind of bad behaviour or reaction once I stop using the Feliway after a few weeks. I don't want to use it permanently. Ever heard of situations like that?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:09 pm 
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Deerex wrote:
iI! I'm going to be adopting a bengal cat soon. She's a friendly but nervous girl, since she is coming from a situation where she's been very bullied by other cats in a house. She'll be my only pet. I'm wondering if a Feliway diffuser is a good idea to help her settle in with me? I'm worried that there could be some kind of bad behaviour or reaction once I stop using the Feliway after a few weeks. I don't want to use it permanently. Ever heard of situations like that?


I think that's a really good idea. Feliway is very much for territorially threatened sorts of situations, so it makes a lot of sense when you are bringing a nervous kitty into a new space like that. Depending on how it goes, you might want to confine her to a bedroom or some such if the expanse of the house is freaking her out too much initially.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:21 pm 
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That's immensely helpful to hear! Thank you for your response! I'll get some and give it a try. As for setting up a safe-room, there's one issue I'm facing, and it's that she is toilet trained! Far from being a bad thing, I know! But that means that the only place that I could confine her to is the bathroom. Do you think that's far too small of a space to confine her until she's comfortable? I'm thinking I should first try seeing how she responds to my home. It's a sizeable apartment (750 sqft), but all on one floor, so maybe she won't get too intimidated. Hoping the Feliway helps this clever girl.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:17 am 
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My Bengal responded well to the pheromones in the Sargeants Calming collar. It is similar to Feliway.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:40 am 
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your upcoming baby. I use Feliway and have for a couple of years. I don't know how well it works, to be truthful. My bengal still likes to spray every now and then in the house. But, I don't think it hurts to use it. They make a spray as well.

I can't find anything good online about getting a cat used to a litter box once it has been toilet trained. And a lot of professionals do not recommend toilet training. To me, it's just lazy people who do not want a litter box. It is not natural for a cat to use a human toilet -- just like it would not be natural for a human to use a litter box. You may want to try to get him used to a litter box once more if you aren't comfortable with her using your toilet. I always figured it would be fine as long as they could flush the toilet afterwards. :biggrin:

Since you have such a small home, I don't know that confining her to just a bathroom would be a great idea. A lot is going depend on how she is responding once you bring her home. Feed of off what she's telling you and act appropriately. It's wonderful of you to adopt her and give her a loving home without other cats. It will take some time for her to adjust, but I know you have the time and patience to see that she does.


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