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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2004, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Very difficult after the vet visit

It's been about 18 hours since I brought Baxter back home from the vet and Barnaby is still fiesty toward him, hissing and nipping. It's not constant but when Baxter gets too close or crosses his path it happens.

The first time I took Baxter to the vet a month ago it just took a few hours to settle things down but this time is much worse. I tried the vanilla trick and it did not help. Barnaby doesn't even want to play with him like he usually does.

I don't know if I should keep Baxter confined to the basement overnight or exactly what I should do. It was not even this difficult during their initial introduction, but back then Barnaby was a bit scared and now he is not.

I hate to see them not getting along after it was going so well.

Anyone else have this problem after a trip to the vet?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 02:29 AM
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oooh yeah. Sometimes it takes weeks, sometimes hours, sometime it's as if nothing happened. I guess it just depends on what smells they pick up.

I don't think separating them will help much, tho I've never tried it myself. I just play referee until all is back to normal.


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 08:59 AM
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Can you maybe give him a bath to get some of the smells off of him? I know Skeeter hates it when I come home smelling like other places/people/pets or even if I put on scented lotion. If I don't smell like "his mom" I usually have to take a shower. So, maybe if Bexter just smells like pet shampoo, Barnaby won't be as upset.
BTW, What is the vanilla trick?
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The Vanilla Trick is when you put a dab of vanilla extract on each kitty, in theory, to make them smell the same. Sometimes it can help to have the cats sharing the same scent.

Maybe rub Baxter down with a towel - and then give that to Barnaby to smell for a bit. You could also try rubbing Baxter down with a dirty, sweaty shirt of yours to get *your* scent on him (not to imply that you are either dirty or sweaty, Richo but it might help Barnaby to smell you on him).
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My aunt's cats reacted the same way and it took them 2 weeks to get back to normal. It even happened once when Sam took a nap in some freshly cleaned towels - Harriet thought she was another cat heh.

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