Show: My Cat From Hell Season 6, Episode 4
Episode Title: Bad Cat Karma
White Persian male, 8 months old; given to guardian as a Mother’s Day gift from son.
Vena, Joe, and son: Justin. Vena and Joe are married, and their adult son Justin gave them Bombadil as a gift.
How Bad Is It?
Bombadil is constantly fighting with his companion female Persian cats, Bliss and Bowie. He is also pooping and peeing in the shower, sink, and tub instead of a litter box. This has caused tension in the household, and Vena and Justin constantly fight over who should take responsibility for this feisty feline. Vena threatens to get rid of Bombadil if this behavior doesn’t change.
- Pooping and peeing in the shower, sink, and bathtub.
- Bombadil is fighting, cornering, and pouncing on his fellow fur buddies, to the point where one of them (Bliss) is terrified.
- Vena dresses her cats in costumes, which they do not enjoy whatsoever.
Sometimes getting a cat to use a litter box once it has found a new place to use the bathroom can be a challenge. As Jackson advises, it is a good idea to have one litter box per cat, plus one more. For example, in the case of Bombadil, Bliss, and Bowie, it is wise to have 4 litter boxes in the home. Another tip is if you are using a box with a hood, take it off! If you have a cat that doesn’t seem to go in his or her hooded litter box, it may simply be out of sheer discomfort, meaning they don’t want to squeeze into that small area and try to relieve themselves. You can also try changing the type of litter used in the boxes to change up the routine and give them a fresh start.
When you have a young cat like Bombadil that is fighting with fellow animal companions in the home, it may simply be stemming from a mixture of boredom and excess energy that isn’t being burned off. Jackson also describes this as "play aggression," and when he saw a conflict about to erupt between Bombadil and one of his female cat companions, he simply pulled out a toy and redirected the cats’ attention towards play, which completely defused the conflict. It is important to routinely play with your cats, especially when you can use play therapy to reduce or eliminate conflict between them. In addition, it is recommended to try using a harness and leash to take your energetic cat out for a walk to help burn excess energy.
It was obvious that Bombadil, Bliss, and Bowie did not enjoy being dressed up like dolls and paraded around, and this may have been taking an emotional toll on them. They seemed to be angry when this was taking place, and possibly taking this anger out on one another. It is important to treat animals the way they deserve to be treated, and not force them to do stressful or embarrassing things for our entertainment.
When you have a cat like Bliss that seems to be terrified at times and hides often, you may need to help them build confidence. Play therapy is a great way to help an animal build confidence, especially if you have a “caver,” or a cat that hides in small covered (cave-like) places in the home. We want our pets to be comfortable and social, and not feel the need to hide all day and live in constant fear.
Spirit Essences remedies that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
Safe Space for Cats is formulated to help cats establish appropriate boundaries and reduce territorial stress that may manifest as spraying, inappropriate elimination, aggression, or other stress-related behaviors. When cats are eliminating in areas other than their litter box, this can sometimes be a sign that they are experiencing territorial stress and feel they need to mark their territory. This remedy may have helped Bombadil to feel territorially secure in his multi-cat home, and helped to deter the inappropriate elimination. This remedy works great when misted in areas of the home where these incidents are taking place.
Ultimate Peacemaker is a set of three remedies:
Bully Remedy, Peacemaker, and Self-Esteem. This set can help situations where there is deep, serious, or longstanding aggression/conflict between animals.
- Bully Remedy is formulated to help when one animal wants to control and dominate the others, and may help the bully relax and let others go about their business. Cats similar to Bombadil may benefit when given Bully Remedy.
- Peacemaker is formulated to reduce or eliminate aggression, tension, and jealousy between animals. It can help keep the peace in multi-animal families, and a great way to administer this remedy is to add drops to the community water bowl to make sure everyone is getting their share!
- Self-Esteem is formulated to help animals who lack self-confidence or who are overly submissive. It can help animals who are picked-on or who are treated as a doormat to gain confidence. This remedy may benefit animals similar to Bliss, who lack confidence.
Hyper Helper is designed for animals who often resemble a furry blur! It may help to balance out-of-control energy with softer, integrated actions. Bombadil did have some excess energy, especially because of his age, and it seemed to be easily burned off with play therapy and walking sessions, but this remedy could have possibly aided in toning down this energy.