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Hello,

I recently took my long haired cat (Tuffy) to the vet for a haircut.  This is a first time we've done it. Anyway, Cashew, our other cat, doesn't recognize Tuffy anymore.  He is hissing and avoiding and I'm concerned that it might get violent when we are not at home.

Is this normal?  Any suggestions?

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Hi
it is probably because your other cat smells differently, ie either from any products used at the groomers or just from the hands of the groomers. Also as you say if your cat looks different that would also worry the other cat.

Hopefully once the cat's usual smell return things will settle down again. try rubbing your groomed cat with your hands to transfer your smell, this will also help your other cat, as smell is very important to them.

if you are really worried then perhaps keep the two cats in separate rooms while you are out for a few days. But I'm sure things will settle down soon.

best wishes
Kate
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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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Educated to High School level and have since worked for many years in a customer support based environment, gaining vocational qualifications.

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