Q: I’ve two Three-year-old cats from the similar litter – a boy named Jango and a woman named Sapphire. Jango lately acquired sick and needed to stay at the veterinarian’s workplace for four days. When he got here again, Sapphire began hissing and batting at him. Our vet instructed us that Sapphire doesn’t bear in mind Jango, and he’s a stranger to her. Is this true?
A: Sapphire’s response to Jango after his extended go to to the vet just isn’t unusual. Cats have a really acute sense of odor and outline a lot of their world by means of scent. Jango got here residence smelling like the vet’s workplace as an alternative of the acquainted Jango scent that Sapphire was used to.
Separate the two cats from one another for a number of days. Take a towel and gently pet Sapphire with it, then gently rub Jango with Sapphire’s towel, transferring Sapphire’s odor onto Jango. Repeat this twice a day. Encourage constructive emotions between the cats by giving them treats or their common meals at the similar time on each side of the closed door a number of occasions throughout the day. Slipping a double ended toy below the door and inspiring the cats to play with it concurrently may also assist alleviate the rigidity between the two of them.