Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Yorkshire, England
Mother & Kitten relationship problems following vet visit - a familiar story?
I'm new here and this is my first non-intro post, sorry if it's a bit long.
We have 2 cats Daisy (3yrs) and Blossom (6 months), they are mother and daughter. We adopted them about 3 months ago, they have a very strong bond, eat, sleep, play together and groom each other, they've been inseparable.
Blossom was spayed last Thursday. On bringing her home 6 hours later her mother took a cautious sniff of her, hissed and ran off, growls and hisses if she tries to approach, stalks her around the house. She's taken a couple of swipes when Blossom has got too close, but nothing aggressive.
We're now 4 days on and things are not yet settled. There's a little improvement, the stalking has stopped, the growling and hissing is still there. Both are now very wary of each other. Daisy will creep up to Blossom to sniff her up close, but then growls or hisses again.
I've spent the last few days reading this excellent forum it seems this is common and scent related, but normaly only lasts for a few days. We've done repeated scent swaps, vanilla essence, feliway, I'm currently only playing with Daisy when Blossom is around to try and create a positive association. My concern is we seem to be making slow progress compared to whats suggested. We're worried they won't get back to how they were, sleeping huddled together etc. Does spaying change a cats smell hormonally?
Any thoughts or advice from you fellow cat people would be much appreciated.