MCFH S6E4 - Disruptive Meowing, Teenage Cat, Found In Sewer
SHOW: MY CAT FROM HELL SEASON 6, EPISODE 4
EPISODE TITLE: BAD CAT KARMA
Adolescent male grey striped cat, age 1 1/2; rescued at 3 months old after being found extremely sick in a sewer.
Tom and Pola. Married ten years; practice Japanese Buddhism.
How Bad Is It?
Tom and Pola cannot get through any of their chanting sessions because of Percy’s constant disruptions, which are destroying peace and harmony in the home. Pola is fed up and wants him out if this behavior continues.
- Constant meowing, running, jumping, and overall disruption of Buddhist chanting in the home.
- Attacking male guardian (Tom), despite the fact that this is the only guardian on his side.
- No place for Percy during chanting sessions.
Adolescent cats usually require an extended amount of play because they have excess energy and feel the need to act out at times (similar to human teenagers!) A cat like Percy may require up to 40 minutes of playtime a day to help combat teenage boredom as well as playful attacking.
If you have a pet who is acting out and disruptive during key moments of your day, it is a good idea to try to ignore this behavior instead of automatically yelling or being reactionary. If you simply give no reaction the animal will usually stop because it is no longer gaining any attention. Also, your pet may feel like they want to participate and be included in what you are doing. Giving them a physical space to do so can deter disruptions. In the case of Percy, creating “mediation stations” (physical perches for Percy to sit/lay on) throughout the chanting area helped him to feel like he had a place and helped him to feel included, which as a result calmed him down and stopped the constant meowing and running.
Use mindful touch to help relax your pet and bring them to a calm state. Spending up to 20 minutes with your pet in a meditative state can help to calm their energy, as well as help to establish a great relationship with them. Percy loved this bonding time with his guardians, and it showed!
Animals that have had a tough start in life often have issues they may need help working through to start healing. For example, Percy was extremely sick and found in a sewer at 3 months old. This can take an emotional toll on an animal and create emotional “baggage” that the animal carries for years to come. Guardians should do what they can to help their pet heal and hopefully overcome this trauma.
Spirit Essences remedies that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
Trauma-Free is designed to clear the energy system of past abuse, neglect, accidents, or other negative “baggage,” and may help in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in animals. This remedy may also be great for animals who were recently adopted from a shelter or rescue. Quite often, we adopt an animal and have no idea what they may have previously gone through or how they were treated, but their behavior may show signs of past abuse or trauma. Or in a situation like Percy - a helpless kitten who was found sick in a sewer and is now exhibiting behavior issues - we can try to help them heal and let go of this negative energy and be happy. This remedy may have helped Percy to heal from this core issue, the trauma he experienced as a kitten.
Stress Stopper is formulated to help animals adapt and cope with unusual or stressful situations, such as thunderstorms, boarding, remodeling, visitors, or similar situations. It is designed to help animals feel grounded and protected. Often times, this remedy can be used on an as-needed basis, and can be misted throughout the home during these stressful occasions. Percy seemed to experience some kind of stress while the chanting was taking place in his home, especially before he had his “meditation stations.” This remedy may have helped reduce this stress and possibly helped him during the transition from being a disruption to being incorporated into the chanting sessions. Tom and Pola could have misted this remedy throughout their home before their chanting rituals took place.
Bully Remedy may help in a situation where one animal wants to control and dominate the others. It is designed to help the bully relax and let others go about their business. This remedy may also be helpful in a case where the animal is attacking and being aggressive towards their guardian. Percy was attacking his male guardian, Tom, and it seemed to be play aggression, but it may have also been an act of dominance. Bully Remedy may have helped Percy to relax and not feel the need to attack Tom.
Hyper Helper is formulated to help balance out-of-control energy with softer, integrated actions, and can be beneficial for extremely hyperactive animals. Most animals have moments where they have a random burst of energy and race through the home to let it out, more often in young adolescent cats, but if their behavior seems excessive and doesn’t seem to ever end, this remedy may be helpful. It may have helped Percy to calm down, along with his 40 minutes of play therapy a day!
Scaredy Cat is formulated to help the shy, timid, or fearful cat who runs and from every little noise, or who lives in the closet of under the bed. This remedy may help the cat overcome their fear and feel comfortable in their home. Percy wasn’t shy with his guardians at all, but when Jackson paid him a visit, it took this cat quite some time to come out and meet him. This remedy may be helpful when you have an extremely shy or reserved cat.