Monday, August 27, 2018

Mancat Monday Mischief

Evan was all ready for his Mancat Monday photo shoot. He was posing in the window, looking all handsome, and couldn't wait to show you all the results. But, then there was an intruder on his photo shoot.

Tonks, you're totally in Evan's shot.

Little sisters. You can't live with them, and you can't live with them.

Just look at Tonks back there! Good grief.

Tonks was certain she needed to teach Evan some new poses.

Evan was not impressed.

Friends, do any of you have siblings who totally ruin your photo shoots? Evan really, really hopes he's not the only one. He's disgruntled that his little sister Tonks turned his Mancat Monday into a day of bloopers. Evan hopes you can all forgive him. And Tonks.

Have a magnificent Monday, friends!

Our Doodle of the Day:

I'm going to do just a little copy and paste magic, and repeat a tiny snippet of what I said yesterday, for any of your friends of ours who might have missed our explanation for our newest series of doodles. So, this week, we're having us some extra special doodles. This is in part because Tuesday, August 28th, is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. More so, though, it's because this upcoming Saturday, September 1st, is the birthday of my angel Rosie and her brother angel Sammy.

My family adopted Rosie and Sammy when they were 8 weeks old, and I was 4 years old. Sammy passed away unexpectedly at the age of 5, but Rosie lived by my side for 21 years. In honor of both Rosie and Sammy, for this entire week, I'm going to share doodles that portray growing up with them. They played such a huge role in my life, that this week of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day and their birthday seems like the perfect time to dedicate all sorts of doodles to them.

Fun fact? My angels Sammy and Rosie were real saints. I would indeed play dress-up with both of them, those poor kitties. In case you were wondering, Sammy enjoyed it, and Rosie tolerated it.

Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip relating to taking your cat to the vet is in regard to nonrecognition aggression. In relation to vet visits, nonrecognition aggression is typically when one cat goes to the vet, and when he or she returns home, one of the other resident cats does not recognize them. This is typically because the returning cat smells unfamiliar, with odors from the vet. Though it can be a disconcerting and scary thing to witness, nonrecognition is not terribly uncommon. What's more, there are ways to potentially prevent it, and to help your cats recover from it.

One way to combat nonrecognition aggression is to take your cats to the vet together. This way, neither of them will come back home smelling differently than the other. This method is easiest if both cats travel well and can safely visit the vet together. So, if nonrecognition is a concern in your home and it's a viable option, do consider taking your cats to the vet together to prevent future aggression between them.

There are other options to help prevent nonrecognition aggression. One is to use a synthetic pheromone spray, or a diffuser, to help keep all cats as calm as possible. Yet another option is to gently wipe down the cat returning home from the vet, in order to remove as much of the vet clinic smells as possible. Similarly, when a cat returns home from the vet, you can also wipe them with one of their usual blankets from home, to help transfer their usual scents back to them. Of course these are not fail-safe methods, but they can potentially help prevent nonrecognition aggression between cats.

All of the above being said, sometimes nonrecognition aggression might occur despite your attempts to prevent it. If it does occur, first and foremost, separate the cats who are involved, in order to keep them both safe. Then, reintroduction might be similar to how you introduce two unfamiliar or new cats to each other. Slowly and safely allowing them to sniff, see, and then interact with each other might take some time, but your kitties can indeed return to one big happy family with time and patience.


Colehaus Cats said...

Oh, sQUEEEE, Tonks! Sweet Evan, you are so tolerate and kind. We love this doodle! And we have to use Feliway spray/wipes after a vet visit. Once, our Mom and Dad took four of us to the vet, at once, and that was the LAST time they tried that many at once. Wheeee!

Eastside Cats said...

Evan, don't sweat it; we see your gorgeous self even if that wee kitten is in the photos too! Angel used to give Chuck such a hard time after he'd been to the vet, and we tried everything to prevent it. The mournful look in his face when his sister would hiss at him will stay with me furrever! (She would hiss at me too, since I smelled like the vet's office TOO!)

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Lexy: Oh, yes. I can relate. Lola often ruins my photo shoots.
Lola: I heard that!
Lexy: Good.

pilch92 said...

Cute photos of Evan and Tonks. He was very tolerant, such a good brother. Very sweet drawing too. And excellent tips too. It is funny how some cats are fooled by smell and others realize it is still their sibling.

The Island Cats said...

Photobombed by a kitten! Evan, you gotta start training those younguns.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

She's the cutest little intruder I've ever seen!!! What a precious little doll.

messymimi said...

That turned Mancat Monday into an Awww Monday!

Playing dress-up with cats is how my girls used to get the semi-feral kittens to settle down and like people. Once you've stuffed a half wild kitten into doll clothes and played tea party, they get over everything and learn to like people.

Fr. Tom Fish said...

I don't have siblings, but I do have a little friend who likes to pose for the camera, too! - Tom x

The Swiss Cats said...

That's so cute ! I can relate, but just like you, I am a very good brother. Purrs, Zorro