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Old October 1st, 2012, 10:17 PM
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Aggression between cats after surgery

A bit of back-story:

One of my cats (Kiri) recently had surgery to correct some pretty serious tooth decay issues, and ever since then my other cat (Killer) has been very aggressive, which I think may be due to non-recognition. Before the surgery Kiri had some pretty bad breath, and I'm thinking it's possible that Killer doesn't recognize her because the smell is no longer there?

At first Killer was full-on attacking Kiri; yowling, hissing, biting, scratching; and even though I always broke it up quite quickly, Kiri started feeling the need to fight back, to the point of growling/hissing even before Killer started. I bought a new litter box because Kiri would hide in the living room and use the corner because she was afraid to walk across the apartment. I started keeping them separated more and more, until eventually I kept Killer in my bedroom alone for a full week to see if she'd forget about the whole thing.

Kiri quickly became more confident with Killer locked up, but Killer would still hiss at the door if she knew Kiri was on the other side. Near the end of the week she seemed to be calming down so we slowly reintroduced them to each other and other than a couple of hisses they've been somewhat civil but not friendly.

However, soon after the reintroduction, Killer started vomiting up her food and kept doing it about once every couple of hours until it was just foam. It's become much less frequent, but I also don't think she's eating anywhere near as much as usual. She seems much less aggressive and more fearful, and now Kiri seems to be the one to hiss first when Killer is minding her own business.

I'm not really sure what to do; it seems pretty clear to me that the vomiting and lack of appetite on Killer's part is due to stress, and I don't want to stress her out more by taking her to a vet if there's nothing a vet could do. Ive tried those herbal calming drops and they didn't do anything. Should I keep them separated again? Do those calming collar work at all? What can I try feeding her that will settle her stomach?

Thanks so much in advance for your help and concern.

***EDIT***
I grew concerned after Killer refused to eat some of her favorite foods (raw chicken, nupro cat supplements, parmesan cheese, even junky cat treats!) so I tried syringe feeding her some water and mushed up kibble and she immediately vomited it back up. The vomit had a definite green tinge to it too. Definitely taking her to the vet tomorrow, if only to check on her hydration, but does this sound like anything in particular to anyone? An intestinal blockage maybe?

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Old October 2nd, 2012, 08:44 AM
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I think a vet visit is definitely in order. Whatever it is it doesn't sound good.

When both cats are back in the house you might keep them separated for a bit and exchange smells with a towel or a blanket. You can also try gently wiping them both with baby powder and/or putting a dab of vanilla under both their chins and at the base of the tails so they smell the same.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old October 2nd, 2012, 01:59 PM
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Update:

Took her into the vet, he didn't find anything obviously wrong with her other than a minor wheeze on one side (not serious enough to be asthma) and slight constipation. She wasn't even dehydrated, which means she must have been drinking water without me knowing? He gave me the choice of antibiotics in case that happened to solve the problem or bloodwork and I chose bloodwork, so hopefully I get some answers tomorrow.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Update:

Took her into the vet, he didn't find anything obviously wrong with her other than a minor wheeze on one side (not serious enough to be asthma) and slight constipation. She wasn't even dehydrated, which means she must have been drinking water without me knowing? He gave me the choice of antibiotics in case that happened to solve the problem or bloodwork and I chose bloodwork, so hopefully I get some answers tomorrow.
I would had pick the blood too, I do not like to give my dog antibiotics unless
he needs them. Does the vet have any idea why your cats are not getting along after the surgery?
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 08:44 PM
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I mentioned non-recognition aggression to him and he said he'd never heard of it before but it sort of made sense because Kiri's smell is so different. The bloodwork came back today and everything was just fine except for some dehydration. He's recommending the antibiotics again to see if that does anything so I'll pick those up tomorrow morning.

When I came home from work today I gave Killer some wet food and even though she ate it, she ended up vomiting it up a couple minutes later. Does this sound like it could be a blockage or something?

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I would had pick the blood too, I do not like to give my dog antibiotics unless
he needs them. Does the vet have any idea why your cats are not getting along after the surgery?
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Old October 4th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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I mentioned non-recognition aggression to him and he said he'd never heard of it before but it sort of made sense because Kiri's smell is so different. The bloodwork came back today and everything was just fine except for some dehydration. He's recommending the antibiotics again to see if that does anything so I'll pick those up tomorrow morning.

When I came home from work today I gave Killer some wet food and even though she ate it, she ended up vomiting it up a couple minutes later. Does this sound like it could be a blockage or something?
I would keep an eye on this , if your cat vomit up her food again I would have the vet check her out, it could be a blockage . What are the side effect of the antibiotics , does it cause cats to vomit? Or maybe she has a fur ball that causing her to vomit.
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