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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Cat Behavior problem

My two 7 month old male, brother kittens, stayed overnight at the vet's office after a spay/neutering procedure. When I brought them home, all they wanted to do was hiss and growl at each other, attempting to fight. I got them at 4 months of age, and they have been the biggest buddies with each other until now. Will this behavior last long? They act normal with my husband and I individually. Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 11:14 AM
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No it doesn't last long. This is very common. Your guys have always identified each other by smell and now the invader scent is covering it up. They think of each other as strangers temporarily. It should subside when they've cleaned themselves. Just make sure one doesn't scare another at the litterbox. This ends up in kitty relieving himself in other places.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 01:42 PM
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This is a normal reaction. I had a similar thing with my two after they were at the vet's for bloodwork prior to a dental cleaning. Normally my two are cuddle buddies, but my girl would have nothing to do with her half-bro for 2 days...lots of hissing and growling.

You might try rubbing a dry washcloth around the mouth scent glands of one cat and rubbing it on the forehead of the other, and vice versa. Some people put a drop of vanilla on foreheads to harmonize their scents. Hope you get them back to being buddies again.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 10:17 PM
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Hi and welcome! As the others have said, this is normal. Abby started hissing at Muffs when she came back from the vet's office. It lasted a few days, but they were fine again thereafter. I kept them separated when I was at work and overnight. When I was around to supervise, I played with them as much as possible and did lots of scent exchanges and scent rubs. Your boys should be back to normal again in a few days.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2011, 01:40 PM
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Common, same thing happened to my cat!
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