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?