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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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How can I transition a cat back into the household after surgery?

I have a 3 year old male that recently had the PU surgery for urinary blockage. He spent a little over 3 weeks secluded in a bedroom while recuperating. Now that he has the cone off and we've opened the door for him to do as he wants, there is hissing and running away from my other 6 cats that he normally always played and got along with. Will this get better and is there anything I can do to help it go back to the way they were?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 02:32 PM
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Try the vanilla trick - put a drop of vanilla on the back of the necks of all your cats, then rub the same towel all over all of them (even their rumps, since that's where they seem to meet-and-greet each other). This will make them smell the same, which might help.

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You can try some Fel-i-way calming diffusers. Sorry your boy is going through this. Poor guy - surgery was bad enough but now his buds are dissing him.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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I will try that! Thank you!
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MowMow had surgery back in July and Book was *REALLY* suspicious of him when he came home.

I kept the door open and put up 2 gates so they could sniff noses (and so MowMow couldn't move around too much and pull any stitches). It took Book about 2 weeks before he was completely back to normal with MowMow. Even after I felt safe letting them out together he would still hiss if MowMow came to close... and of course MowMow would hiss back because he ALWAYS hisses when anyone comes too close.

I think that was about when I added a second Feliway in the apartment. I also did the vanilla thing and towel rubbing thing (even before I opened the door and put up the gates). I also did some scent swapping. Switching rooms so they could get a good wiff if each other.
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He may still be feeling kinda crappy - that's major surgery and while he's well into healing he may still feel vulnerable. I'm a big fan of using distractions when re-introing.

Start by doing the vanilla trick, then dump a bunch of kibbles or treats on the floor just outside his bathroom and spread them out. Then open the door and let everyone eat together. As long as there's just a little hissing and growling it should be fine - any real aggression will mean you have to do a full re-introduction...I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
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