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War of the Noses

May 19, 2008

I am sitting at my desk listening to the low gutteral growl of an unhappy cat.

Valentine went to the vet today for his annual check up and shots.  He’s so easy-going, he didn’t mind strangers handling him at all.  At least not until the vet took his temperature.  At that point he decided that he’d had quite enough of the whole veterinary experience, thankyouverymuch, and he tried to make a beeline for the door (through me).  It wasn’t any better with the two shots that followed the rude temperature-taking procedure.  He actually got away from the vet in the middle of the first injection, leaving some medicine on his fur instead of inside his body.

However, once we left, he was downright mellow.  He didn’t meow or complain on the ride home, and he’s been pretty dopey the rest of the evening.  He is oh-so-happy to be home.

Daisy, on the other hand, is fit to be tied.  Every time she gets near Valentine she smells the medicine on him and starts hissing, growling, and slapping at him.  (And when she’s really worked up, she actually SNORTS!)   In truth, she only has to be within 6 feet of him before she starts letting out this low growl, warning him not to come near her.  I’ve never seen her react so violently to a scent (not even Rat Cat) and it’s been amusing to watch.  I tried to get photos but the angle and movement made it too difficult to get a shot that sufficiently captures her crazed hostility.

Hopefully by morning the smell will have worn off and they will resume their normal level of hostility toward each other.  This has been a little intense to watch.

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