Perfume Your Cat – A Vet’s Trick

Have you ever brought your cat home from the veterinary clinic and found your other cats hissing at them or worse yet, attacking them?  Unfortunately, this is a common response when one member of a cat family comes home wearing scents from the hospital.  The cats who stayed home pick up the smell of antiseptics, other animals or the veterinarian who vaccinated them!  Some react as if their feline sibling is now an enemy – and one who smells like the Vet!  The strange scents override all other forms of recognition.

If this situation occurs with your cats, I have an easy way to treat it.  Spray all the cats in your household with the same perfume.  The strong scent overwhelms their sense of smell and makes it more difficult, if not impossible for the cats to pick up any traces of the hospital visit.  Cats usually run to a hiding spot to deal with the offending perfume.  They emerge with a freshly groomed coat and new attitude.  The feline family is back to normal and that ever so offensive smell of the vet is gone. 

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.