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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:41 AM
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Cat problem: Coleman hisses at Eleanor since she came back from the vet.
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 11:41 AM by Beware the Beast Man
Many of you are aware of this week's drama with my cat Eleanor. When we brought her back from the vet on Tuesday, Coleman hissed at her. This continued throughout the evening. I didn't think much of it at first. I figured he could sense that she had been to the vet's office. Mind you, the last time we took Coleman there, his balls didn't come home with him. :) We're going on the third day, and he is still doing it. What do you think is causing this? Does he still sense the vet's office on her? Is he insecure because she has her energy back? Is he mad because she didn't go away for good? Any advice would be great.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:43 AM
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1. Cats are lunatics, but...
Sometimes, I think cats can smell pain and fear. My cats have always reacted very strongly to the "vet" odor. (If we can smell it, can you imagine how bad it is for them?) I'm sure it's nothing personal.
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:43 AM
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2. He was hoping Eleanor would bring his balls back with her.
I'd be pissed, too!

mikey_the_rat
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:44 AM
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3. heheh...
:D


There's a stray girl-cat that hangs out on our patio. I'm sure he could use them.
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Cathyclysmic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:33 PM
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17. ..
:rofl:
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:44 AM
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4. I think it has something to do with the smell of all the other animals
being on Eleanor's coat. This isn't an isolated situation. I've heard this happens quite often.

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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:28 PM
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8. That's what I'm thinking. Thanks!
:hi:
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:21 PM
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5. Give them both some catnip and let them play
I do think he smells the other animals on her fur. If you get them both stoned they won't care and will both smell like catnip.
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:24 PM
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6. Two of mine came back from a teeth-cleaning, and were stoned
out of their gourds. The other cat, Charlie, knew immediately that something was up, and stalked them the rest of the night.

And stoned cats trying to act all casual and falling off the bed was pretty funny!

mikey_the_rat
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:26 PM
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7. That's because Eleanor smells like the vet's office.
You need to rube Eleanor down with a towel, or a pair of dirty socks, or something else that smells like home. And if you can get some Bach's Rescue Remedy for pets, it would help to spritz a little on your hands and stroke Coleman with it to calm him down. I never used to believe in that stuff, but it's gotten us through some big dramas with Ginger.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:34 PM
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9. yep, that's exactly the problem
it'll go away when the scent wears off.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:19 PM
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11. She's getting a bath this weekend.
She still has some funk on her tail from when she groomed last. Hopefully that will solve things.

It's odd, but he didn't do this the last time we had to take her.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:24 PM
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14. She smells like a lot of strange, sick and scared animals...
...and not so much like Eleanor. Happens every time I take a cat to the vet even for just a quick check-up.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:35 PM
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10. Smells and memories I bet
We humans have the closest sense of memory via our noses - imagine what a cat goes through!

You should sell them to a chinese restaurant, I think. Nummers!
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:20 PM
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12. It has to do with smell, as someone else noted. Wash her...
:scared: :hide:
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:22 PM
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13. We have the gauze, Neosporin and sulfa powder ready.
:)
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:54 PM
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15. What about the medieval full body armor?
:scared:
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allalone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:14 PM
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16. happened in my house too
but soon things got back to normal. I think they object the the sick medicine-y smells when the other gets back.
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