Cat back from the hospital and remeeting his "sister"

by Jeff
(Tel Aviv, Israel)

My cat Tiger had a stroke or some other neurological issue and was in the cat hospital for 2 nights. He lost his sight as an initial result of the neurological disorder, but apparently has regained his sight. My cat has some slight problems with his back legs but also seems to be regaining this as well.

When I initially brought my cat home from the hospital, I put him in my bedroom and have been sleeping with him for the past 4 nights. He is eating and drinking well.

His "sister", who apparently thought that she would have the entire house to herself, now knows that Tiger is back. She is hissing at him and he is a bit scared with this.

I want Tiger to return to his normal sleeping procedure in the living room so that I can get some sleep again! On the other hand I am worried about his sister's hissing and I don't want to endanger his health. How do I get my cats back together without upsetting her?

I appreciate your comments.

Dear Jeff,

Your female cat is likely reacting to the different smells from your male cat's hospitalization and the stress that they both experienced during that difficult time. There are many different ways to help the kitties get along again, such as pheromone diffusers, calming sprays, and many other things that are covered on my page regarding Fighting Cats, but what they both need the most is time.

I'm very glad to hear that your kitty is home and his cat health is improving. Rest assured that, given enough time, your cat behavior problems will improve as well.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

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