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I hear about it from some of my clients: After they get their cat home from the vet, he hides, hisses, ignores them, or worse.
Sometimes the cat who went to the vet seems okay, but the other cats in the household become aggressive toward him.
Here are some helpful tips to make getting your cat veterinary care without all the stress and hassle afterward:
1. Let your cat pick the speed at which he settles back into the household after a trip to the veterinarian. When you get home, put the carrier down in a quiet place, open the carrier door and leave him alone. Your cat may stay in the carrier for a while, may head for the nearest bed to hide under, or may step out and be just fine.
2. To help “de-vet” the scent of the returnee so other family cats will settle down, try running a towel over the cat who stayed behind and then swiping it over the returning cat.
3. The use of Feliway, a synthetic pheromone that’s like “Kumbaya” in a bottle, may also help ease the transition.