MCFH S6E10 - CONSTANT ATTACKING, PLAY AGGRESSION, NOISE SENSITIVITY
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 6, Episode 10
Episode Title: Paranormal Cat-tivity
Cat: Jimmy Slap
White and orange adolescent male; lived on the streets in a bad neighborhood where people abused him and treated him terribly.
Lola adopted Jimmy Slap after finding out about his rough life; tried to find him a new home by making a video, but he attacked her throughout the video and it went viral.
How Bad Is It?
Jimmy Slap’s unpredictable attacks have caused Lola’s daughter to stop bringing her grand children to her home. Lola is devastated and wants her grandchildren back, but doesn't want to give up on Jimmy.
- Constant attacking of everyone who enters the home, including guardian; bites and drags teeth.
- Sensitivity to noise; overstimulation.
- Play aggression; treats human hands and arms as toys.
When you have a cat that is constantly attacking you, it is important to determine the main causes of this behavior. Observe a day in the life of your cat. If a cat has a past history of abuse it may cause them to be aggressive, but there may be many other components as well. Watch your cat’s play behavior. Does your cat treat hands and arms as toys? Do you use your hands as toys when playing with your cat? If so, STOP! This can be a huge reason that your cat is constantly attacking your body parts, also known as play aggression. The cat may just be playing the wrong way and doesn’t understand that he is hurting you. This is especially common when you have an adolescent cat with excess energy, boredom, and who was played with rough as a kitten. The first step to change this behavior is to take your hands out of the equation, meaning do not use your hands as toys when playing with your cat. Use stimulating cat toys to play with this cat on a regular basis, and help them to focus their energy on playing with real cat toys. You can also have people who are in your home play with your cat as well, especially children. Play with your cat until he has exhausted all of his excess energy. In addition, you can leave toys in areas where attacks are most common, and work towards redirecting this play aggression to positive play. Jackson helped Lola turn Jimmy’s play aggression into positive play sessions, which helped stop the constant attacking.
Cats have extremely sensitive hearing and can be greatly affected by noise in the home. Daily noise such as loud children and television can cause a cat to feel over stimulated and agitated, and can result in aggressive behavior. If you have a loud home and a troubled cat, try turning down the volume and see if you notice any changes in behavior. If you notice a change that means your cat is most likely being over stimulated by all of the noise. Using a white noise machine is a great way to help a noise-sensitive cat relax and sleep. Lola noticed that Jimmy Slap was being over stimulated by the constant loud noise around him, and once she reduced this noise, he was able to calm down and sleep right next to her in peace.
Animals are similar to us in many ways. They struggle as we do, and they may need emotional support. Past neglect and abuse can greatly affect their behavior and their view on humans. We shouldn’t just give up on them, but instead work towards helping them heal and change their outlook. Lola did not want to give up on Jimmy Slap, but instead wanted to give him a second chance just as she was given. As a former alcoholic and drug addict, she could relate to struggle. Look at the moments in your life where people helped you and gave you a chance, and work towards doing the same for your beloved friend.
Spirit Essences remedies that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
Hyper Helper is a great formula to take a look at if your pet is dealing with play aggression. This formula is designed to help balance an animal’s out of control energy with softer, integrated actions. Hyper Helper may help to calm the hyperactive, high-strung animal, but also those who just need to instill a brief pause between thought and action. This was the case with Jimmy Slap, and Jackson used Hyper Helper to aid Jimmy in redirecting his adolescent energy and play aggression into positive play and calm energy. Hyper Helper is formulated for all animals!
Some animals are extremely sensitive to noise, and this can cause unnecessary stress in their daily lives. Stress Stopper is formulated to help animals adapt and cope with stressful situations, and is designed to help them feel grounded and protected. This stress can stem from occasional noise, such as fireworks and thunderstorms, or daily noise, such as loud children and visitors in the home. Stress Stopper is helpful for any stress, even trips to the vet or boarding! Jackson made sure that Jimmy Slap was given Stress Stopper to help with his noise sensitivity, and it helped reduce the stress and overstimulation that he was experiencing. Stress Stopper is formulated for all animals!