It's Mancat Monday, so you better believe we have an Evan for you today.
As we finish off May, we're continuing to share some relatively random tips. For today, we're reminding you about nonrecognition aggression. In a multipet household, when bringing one of the resident kitties or pups back home from someplace such as the vet, nonrecognition aggression is possible upon homecoming. This might occur, for example, if one of the furbabies in the home reacts to an unfamiliar smell (such as alcohol from a blood draw) or behavior (such as acting sedated after anesthesia) of the returning furbaby. Some animals are more prone to this, depending on their individual personality as well as past experiences. In such a case of nonrecognition aggression, or nonrecognition fear, do not force the animals to interact right away. It might even be best if you separate them, and even treat it as if they are being introduced to each other all over again, from the beginning. Separate them, allow them to sniff each from under doors, sniff and see each other through screens or gates, and so on and so forth. You might also consider trying out calming products, such as Feliway in the case of cats. You can of course also discuss options with your veterinarian. Overall, patience is key.