MCFH S6E9 - AGGRESSION TOWARDS MEN, UNKNOWN PAST, MOVING INTO NEW HOME
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Title: Woody the Killer Kitty
6 ½ year old female; adopted by female guardian 5 years ago after being abandoned at a shelter.
Guardians: Teresa and Francesco
Teresa (singer) and Francesco are in a relationship; Francesco just moved in about 3 months ago.
How Bad Is It?
Pootie is aggressive towards her new male guardian and makes him feel extremely uncomfortable in his new home. Teresa needs to go on tour for work, but she cannot leave Francesco and Pootie alone together. If the aggression continues, Francesco may decide to move out.
- Aggression (attacking, swatting, hissing, blocking) towards new male guardian.
- Trust issues with men; unknown history.
- Moving a cat that already has territorial issues into a new home.
It is important for a person who seems to be targeted or disliked by an animal to try to work through any fear they may have and show confidence. If this person is hiding and reacting towards this animal with fear, it will not help the situation. In fact, this reaction will most likely encourage the behavior to continue. It is good to practice confidence, especially in “hot spots” of the home, or parts of the home where the aggression is most common. For example: Pootie would block Francesco from walking through the hallway, and Francesco would react with fear and hesitation. When Francesco practiced walking through the hallway with confidence, Pootie began to calm down and stopped being aggressive because she was getting no reaction. It is also a good idea to have this person feed and play with the cat to create positive association.
Moving can be stressful for everyone in the family, but our pets can sometimes have the hardest time adjusting to a new home, especially if they were already experiencing territorial stress in the original home. A great way to ensure that your cat will feel comfortable in their new home is to spread items throughout the space that already have your cat’s scent. Cat scratchers are great “scent soakers” that absorb your cats scent when scratched, and you can put your cat’s scratchers in different parts of the new home to help them feel secure. It is also important to encourage your cat to be social and to relax on the couch or in other common areas, and to co-own the home. Pootie felt comfortable and stress-free in his new home full of cat scratchers, toys, tunnels, and cat furniture.
Quite often, animals are abandoned and eventually end up at a shelter, where they will hopefully be adopted by a great new family. But we have no way of knowing their past experiences (neglect, accidents, abuse, etc.) When you adopt an animal, it is normal for them to be shy at first, but they usually become comfortable and adjust to their new life. Sometimes we notice that our new pet has aggressive behavior towards a particular type of person, such as men or women only. This may indicate that your pet had negative experiences in the past with this particular type of person, so they are now fearful of all of them. Try putting yourself in your pet’s position and feel empathy. Write a story of what you think this animal went through, and it may open your eyes to possible trauma that may be weighing down your new furry friend. Pootie seemed to have issues with men, and once Francesco realized what she may have experienced in her past, he showed compassion and wanted to help her heal.
Spirit Essences solutions that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
Trauma-Free is formulated to help clear an animal’s energy system of past abuse, neglect, accidents, or any other negative “baggage” that may be weighing them down. This formula is perfect for animals recently adopted from a shelter or rescue, or any animal with an unknown past. Trauma-Free is also formulated for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in animals. Pootie had trust issues (particularly with men) and displayed aggression as a result. Jackson used Trauma-Free to help Pootie heal from any past traumatic experiences that were affecting her today, along with other tools to help reduce her aggression and make her feel comfortable.
Safe Space For Cats is formulated to help cats establish appropriate boundaries and to reduce territorial stress that may manifest as spraying, inappropriate elimination, aggression, or other stress-related behavior. This formula is designed to help reassure cats that their territory is safe and protected from intruders from within and without, and to reduce the need to patrol and protect their space constantly. This formula can work great when misted in the “hot spots” of the home. Jackson used Safe Space For Cats when working with Pootie to help reduce her territorial insecurity and aggression, and this formula was very effective in the situation.
Jackson Galaxy's Spirit Essences™ work best when part of a more holistic program, that may include proper veterinary care, diet, behavior modification, and other holistic modalities. Consult your veterinarian before adding any new product to your pet’s care regimen. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.