MCFH S6E7 - HOME COVERED IN CAT PEE, FERALS OUTSIDE, TERRITORIAL INSECURITY
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 6, Episode 7
Episode Title: Happily Never After
5 year old orange and white male (indoor); rescued from shelter. Shares home with 3 other rescue cats: Clyde (indoor/outdoor), Baxter (indoor), and Coco (indoor/outdoor.)
Guardians: Debbie and Brian
Debbie and Brian are in a relationship and they share a home but cannot sleep in the same bedroom because of cat issues.
How Bad Is It?
Blinkie is constantly spraying urine all over the home: on counters, dishes, walls, and even on Debbie’s head! EVERYWHERE. The home is consumed with the smell of cat urine. Debbie does not want to re-home him, while Brian is considering finding him a new home and has even thought about moving out himself. This couple is constantly fighting and has reached their breaking point.
- Excessive spraying of urine all over the home; constant patrolling.
- Feral cats are being fed right outside of the home; feral cats have entered the home through the cat door.
- Cats in home are not properly socialized with one another; there are two different territories.
When you have a cat that is spraying, which is marking their territory using their urine, it is important to find out why this is happening and how it can be stopped. Spraying indicates that a cat is experiencing territorial insecurity and stress. You may also find that this cat is guarding and patrolling the home constantly, and can hardly relax. This is not the way we want our precious felines to live, so we must do all we can to make changes.
When a cat can see, hear, and smell feral cats around the perimeter of their home, this can make them feel that their territory is being invaded, and they may retaliate by spraying all over the home. You may notice the majority of spraying is being done around the perimeter of your home, especially by windows, doors, and walls. If needed, you can use a black light to observe where most of the spraying is taking place. If you are feeding feral cats in your neighborhood and you have cats in the home that feel territorial stress as a result, try moving the feeding stations away from the home. It would be ideal if those stations were moved completely off of your property. This may help to reduce the territorial insecurity that your cat is feeling, as it helped Blinkie.
When you have a multi-cat home in which some cats are free to go outside as they please, while others are strictly indoor, this can create two territories in the home. While the indoor cats will be confined to a certain part of the home with no outdoor access, the other free roaming cats will have access to a separate part of the home where there is a cat door. This will cause a divide in the home and can make the indoor cats feel territorially insecure, as Blinkie felt. It may be best to re-socialize these cats and give them equal opportunity to go outside (in a safe and controlled manner.) You can feed these cats on separate sides of the door, and as they become comfortable and familiar with each other’s scent, they can all eventually eat together and learn to coexist. A great way to give your furry friends access to your yard in a safe and controlled manner is to install a cat fence, which prevents your cats from escaping and prevents feral cats or other animals from entering.
Cleaning the areas of the home where your cat was spraying is crucial to to discourage this from continuing, as cats tend to return to the same spots to spray. Deep clean the home to get rid of the urine odor or stains that may be left behind. Use a CO2 cleaner such as Fizzion: Pet Stain and Odor Remover to clean your home in a safe way, without using toxic chemical cleaners that may harm your family.
When a cat is under extreme territorial stress and spends most of their days patrolling and marking their home, this is a terrible quality of life to be living. The cat doesn’t get to play or relax with their guardian or companion animals in the home the way they should be. It is up to the guardian to do what they can to help their furry friend have a happy and emotionally healthy life. It is a plus to be able to let your cats enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment, where they will feel free and happy, and can play and enjoy nature. If a cat fence is not realistic in your situation, you can try using a cat harness and leash to take your cat on walks. After Jackson guided Blinkie’s guardians through making changes to eliminate his territorial insecurity and constant spraying, he became an emotionally satisfied and extremely happy cat that was able to enjoy life as everyone should, whether human or animal.
Spirit Essences remedies that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
When you have a cat that is under territorial stress and spraying in your home as a result, Safe Space For Cats is the formula to take a look at. Safe Space For Cats is formulated to help the cat establish appropriate boundaries and reduce territorial stress that may manifest as spraying, inappropriate elimination, aggression, or other stress-related behaviors. It is designed to help reassure the cat that his territory is safe and protected from intruders from within and without. Jackson used this formula on Blinkie (along with the other changes he made in the home) to help him feel that his territory is protected and did not need to be constantly patrolled. Blinkie no longer needed to spray all over his home to mark his territory. This formula can work great when misted around the perimeter of the home to ensure that the cat feels protected.
Stress Stopper is a great formula to consider administering on your pet if they are under stress of any kind. Stress Stopper is formulated to help animals adapt and cope with unusual or stressful situations, such as thunderstorms, boarding, remodeling, visitors, or similar situations. This remedy is designed to help animals feel grounded and protected. When an animal feels insecure in their home and does not feel protected, this can make them feel daily stress. Feeling the need to constantly patrol your territory and never taking time to relax and enjoy life can be stressful as well. The fighting and conflict between his guardians didn’t make the situation any better. Jackson used Stress Stopper to help Blinkie feel grounded and protected.
The great thing about our formulas is that you can use 2-3 at a time on your pet, if needed. Flower essences act directly and not homeopathically, they are completely safe and non-toxic. They cannot be overused or misused, and they cannot interfere with any other treatment, conventional, alternative, or otherwise. Even if you give the wrong remedy, it will not have any negative effects, but it will simply have no effect.