What are pheromones and how can they help my pet?

 
Arya depositing feline facial pheromone on her new kitty play house. Learn to make your own hluse by clicking the image. 

Arya depositing feline facial pheromone on her new kitty play house. Learn to make your own hluse by clicking the image. 

 

Pheromones are a non-odorous chemical that animals use to communicate social messages. They sense these chemical signals through a duct in the roof of their mouth's that leads to the vomeronasal, or Jacobson's organ, which then transmits the message to their brain. Many species including cats, dogs, and horses use pheromone communication and you may see a gape or Flehmen response as they draw the chemicals in. Check out the links below to learn more about pheromone products that you can purchase they help your pet feel comfortable and relaxed. 

Learn about Feliway here. Feliway is a synthetic version of feline facial pheromone, the pheromone released when your cat rubs her cheeks on your jeans or the couch. It helps your cat feel relaxed and comfortable in the environment. It can be used in your home, the car or your vet's office.  

 
 

Learn about Adaptil here. Adaptil is a synthetic version of the pheromone produced by mother dogs when they are nursing their puppies. It can have a calming effect on dogs.  

 
 

Elliot demonstrating the "gape" behavior which helps him waft in a pheromone signal through the ducts in the roof of his mouth to the vomeronasal organ.