Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Cynthia Pietras

Second Advisor

Bethany Hintze

Third Advisor

Lisa Baker


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Feliway® during veterinary examination. Feliway® contains a synthetic version of the F3 pheromone, secreted from the cheeks of Felis sylvestris catus when rubbing against objects in the environment. It is presumed to allow cats to establish a home range to feel secure. A double-blind study was conducted to address the limitations of another study that concluded Feliway® is useful for reducing stress experienced by cats during veterinary examination. The current study found that Feliway® is not useful by itself for adequate stress reduction during feline examinations. It was concluded that Feliway® may be more useful in combination with environmental enrichment and proper handling techniques by the examiner, although future studies are required to empirically assess this possibility.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access