Monday, January 9, 2012

Manic Melly, and Advice

This little munchkin has not changed one bit since kittenhood.

And on to the advice part. There was an anonymous comment on Friday's post that read:

I have a tazmanian devil at the vet myself (he's drawn blood from a none-too-happy vet) and Ace is our best friend for his visits now. You also have to warn the office staff so they get you in right away vs letting the cat freak in the waiting room for 20 min before. And..look for a cat only vet office, ours has helped reduce his stress levels a lot. Interestingly, we have problems of our two cats fighting intensely at home after the scared one has been to the vet. I'm assuming it's smell related, so have tried fur wipes and tons of Feliway, but if anyone has suggestions of how to shut down the after-effect fighting I'd be very appreciative!

I have two suggestions, both of which I received from you all when Melly arrived:

1) When you get home from the vet, put several drops of vanilla extract on both cats' foreheads. The strong smell of the vanilla should mostly drown out whatever unfamiliar scents the cats would otherwise detect on each other.

2) Bring the other cat to the vet with you. You don't even have to take him out of the carrier. The logic is, if you keep both cats together all the time, they'll each have the same set of smells on them (home, car, vet, etc.). I do this with Scarlett and Melly and it works well for them.

Does anyone else have any ideas for Anonymous?


Fuzzy Tales said...

No, your ideas were good ones. Our mom's never had a problem with any of us being upset by vet smells when one of us returns from the vet!

Simba said...

We don't get fighting after the vet (never with ny of our previous cats either) but Simba gets "pissy" with Audrey when they are both waiting around for dinner. Would feeding them both a decent pile of good treats of stinky food together as soon as the one comes home be of any help?

Rene said...

We have that problem with Tucker. We shut the other cats away before and after the appointment. I let them be separate for a few hours before re-introducing. I will have treats (or feed them, depending on the time of day) to distract them once they are together again. It's not perfect, but it's reduced a lot of the aggression.

Katnip Lounge said...

Gosh, when one of mine come home they just get dumped into the melee--I don't have anything to suggest.

~*Connie*~ said...

well my suggestions are covered. Mine would be bring them both (which is why I walk into my vet with seven (used to be eight) carriers at a time. Everyone gets their annual at the same time.

If bringing them both is not an option, the I would sequester the remaining cat while you are gone. Let the vet bound cat come home and be home for a while then give treats or feed while letting the other cat out.

Or you could give him (the stay at home) a bath. Would give him something to do (grooming the fur back into place) for quite some time.. :)

ABBY said...

OH we loved the video and was Melly chasing her tail? It sure looked like it.
So far we've never had any issues when someone came back from the Vet's, but both of your suggestions sound excellent.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Here is something that helped here, because I have a serious issue with Binga and Boodie when they come home from the vet! First, my human takes me with them for most vet visits. THEN, while we are still at the vets, she sprinkles both carriers with catnip! That way when we get home we both smell like catnip, which for most cats is pretty awesome. This helped keep me from getting too mad at Boodie last time we went together for a check up.

BeadedTail said...

We don't ever get mad at each other so we don't have any suggestions other than what's already been said.

Melly is so adorable! She sure knows how to have a good time!

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Cynthia M. Suprenant said...

Okay, I have to take issue with the statement that things are the same as when Melly was a kitten. I swear the cat tree didn't shake and wobble THAT much when she was a wee thing! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I really appreciate the suggestions and will try for our next appointment...which will likely be later this week. Fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

Just thought I'd send an update -- vet visit went ok (both kitties healthy...huzzah!) and while there's still some hissing and angst on the homecoming, the vanilla did seem to take the edge off somewhat. So THANKS again for your help and advice!