In a heartwarming twist of fate, a local TV news story reunited a missing cat with his frantic family.

It began when Channel 12 in Clermont County, Ohio, was reporting on a local story about Clermont County Animal Shelter taking in a large number of cats. Along with that story, the station included a plea and a photo from Wilma Taylor and her family who were missing their own cat, Thor.

A staff member at the Clough Pike Veterinary Clinic saw the story and the photo of Thor and recognized him. The missing cat had recently been brought into their practice.

The clinic immediately contacted the family to let them know they might have a lead on Thor’s whereabouts.

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101118_4177_dodman154.jpgI have already addressed inter-cat territorial aggression and feline redirected aggression in earlier blogs. Another type of aggression that cats can express is referred to as non-recognition aggression.

What happens in non-recognition aggression (so-called) is that a cat returning from a veterinarian’s office is attacked by another resident cat with whom it was formerly friendly. No one knows what the trigger for non-recognition aggression is, though it has been suggested that it is something odd about the appearance or smell of the returning cat — who may be mistakenly perceived as foreign by the incumbent.

One of the first cases I saw involved a cat who was savagely attacked by its housemate when it was brought home after being sedated and then bathed at the local vet’s office.

As soon as the carrier was opened on returning home, the stay-at-home cat launched itself at its housemate in a fierce attack. The man of the house tried to break up the fight but became subjected to ferocious redirected aggression as the cat turned its ire on to him!

The man fled upstairs and locked himself in the bathroom for his own protection as the cat threw itself at the door practically rattling the hinges and remained dangerous for hours. Eventually things settled down and the man, very cautiously, came downstairs.

The two cats were isolated from each other and were successfully reintroduced a few days later.

The bottom line is that if you have a cat that has, in the past, attacked another cat returning from the vet’s office, you must expect it to happen again and take necessary measures to prevent future catastrophes’.

Prevention of this troubling condition is better than cure, as this condition does tend to recur with each veterinary visit.

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Dr. Donna Spector explains “The pet obesity epidemic in the U.S. is now starting to mirror the human problem. And over 50% of our nation’s pets are now considered overweight or obese. The health risks of obesity are real.”

Halo has created Healthy Weight foods for dogs and cats — innovative grain-free and optimal calorie formulas to help keep pets fit.

Overweight pets are often seen as “cute and cuddly,” however when you keep your pet at an ideal body weight you can extend your pet’s life — meaning more cuteness and cuddles!

Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, ,is a renowned, board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist who has practiced at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and other leading institutions. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

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alldogs-book-lgDogs know us, sometimes better than we know ourselves.

“You can fool yourself, you can fool your friends and family, but you can’t fool a dog who knows only what he sees,” writes Dr. Jessica Vogelsang in her new book, “All Dogs Go To Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn’t Learn in Veterinary School),”

In this witty and sweet memoir, San Diego-based “Dr. V.” (a nickname given by her clients who couldn’t pronounce her name), tells the story of how her dogs have impacted every stage of her life, playing meaningful roles and shaping the woman, mother and veterinarian she is today.

The stars of Vogelsang’s book are her quirky but lovable dogs: Taffy, a cranky Lhasa Apso, Emmett, an active, goofy Golden and Kekoa a needy black lab.

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101118_4177_dodman154.jpgSometimes cats who have cohabited peacefully for years – perhaps ones cats who were formerly mutually bonded – suddenly break into fights, with chasing, biting, fur flying and horrendous blood-curdling yowls and screaming. Sudden onset aggression of this type is almost always a result of redirected aggression.

The scenario usually goes as follows: The two cats are sitting by a glass slider or on a window sill when something terrifying catches their attention. Oftentimes that something is an outside cat who comes too close and scares the heebie-jeebies out of them. Both cats “puff up” – hair raised, back arched and ears flat with associated hissing and/or long, low moans.

Trouble is afoot at this stage. If no one is around to break this situation up, suddenly one cats turns toward the other and lashes out. The battle has begun. Some think that the striking out is akin to an angry man punching a wall – an innocent wall that has done nothing to deserve such a response.

This is redirected aggression. Another explanation is that one of the cats interprets its housemate’s affective state incorrectly as aggression directed toward him (or her) – and that triggers a defensive reaction.

Redirected aggression does not have to occur because of an outside cat’s presence – though that is a common cause. It can occur when a cat – even a single cat – is faced with a mightily scary prospect.

Treatment of Redirected Aggression

1. Separate both cats as soon as you see them from becoming incensed.
2. If the sudden-onset fighting has been going on for some time, separate the cats as above but the reintroduction process will take much longer.
3. Medication – do not try this without veterinary involvement and oversight!

If you are sitting in your family room minding your own business and your formerly bonded felines suddenly break into a fight, you now know why that might be. If you come back from shopping to find your cats unexpectedly at loggerheads, it’s most likely the same reason – redirected aggression.

And you now know that early intervention is key is resolution of this problem is to be rapid and that failure to intervene early can set you on a long course of trying to endear the cats to each other once again.

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.

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