Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Nosy Tonks Tuesday

Today, Tonks is here to get a little nosy.

It seems like it's always this little girl's goal to wipe her cute and wet little nose on the camera. In fact, can you see the nose mark she left on the camera in the next photo?

See that little wet spot the camera picked up from this calico's nose? Tonks was very proud of her job well done.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Though this week will include a couple of new doodles that are more on the spooky side, we decided that this week's flashback doodles will be some of the final summery ones we shared last year. It is, after all, still August.

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 aggression 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.


pilch92 said...

Tonks is so darn cute. I like the drawing. And great tips, as always. It is funny how some cats go by smell and others can clearly see it is the same cat despite the smell.

Eastside Cats said...

A little bit of cat snot on the camera is a good thing, no?

The Florida Furkids said...

Mom wants to boop that nose!

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

You're the cutest, Tonks!

messymimi said...

Tonks, i'm betting you are quite proud of your nose print on the camera lens.

That's such a pretty, summery scene in your doodle today!

meowmeowmans said...

Aww, we love Tonks, and that nose of hers is SO cute!