MCFH S6E8 - CHEMICAL IMBALANCE, SEPARATION ANXIETY, ATTACKING SLEEPING GUARDIAN
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 6, Episode 8
Episode Title: Love Bites!
13 year old white male; has been with guardian since birth; issues began at age 1 ½.
Ambreen is a busy woman who travels out of town about 1-2 times a week for work.
How Bad Is It?
Ambreen has been in a situation for the last 12 years that many of her friends compare to an abusive relationship. Calvin not only attacks, but digs his claws and teeth into his guardian and refuses to let go. He attacks her head while she is sleeping, and she is in constant danger of getting a serious injury. His attacks seem to be getting worse as time goes on.
- Aggressive behavior towards guardian: latching onto her with claws and teeth, refusing to let go, attacking her face and head while she sleeps.
- Peeing on carpet and furniture, not in litter box.
- Meows and cries loudly when closed out of the bedroom.
When dealing with a cat with such aggressive behavior towards his loving guardian, it is wise to analyze the entire situation and try to address the main issues that are causing this to happen. It is always recommended that you take your pet to their Veterinarian to rule out any medical issues, especially if they are displaying behavior that is unusual or dangerous. When Ambreen took Calvin to the vet, she found out that he had a chemical imbalance and needed to be on behavioral medication. After he began receiving the proper medication, he seemed much more focused and content. It is important to make sure your pets receive proper veterinary care to ensure that they live a healthy and happy life.
If you travel consistently and are leaving your cat home alone for even 2 days at a time, this can be a huge cause of negative behavior. Cats are social animals, and it is unhealthy to just throw down food and water for them and leave for days. Cats can experience extreme separation anxiety, and will act out as a result. Peeing outside of the litter box can be a sign that your pet is having some form of anxiety. Calvin was very needy and would literally latch onto his guardian and not let go! It is important to have a pet sitter come to your home and spend at least 1 hour a day with your pets when you are away, not only to feed them but to socialize with them.
Implementing a play routine for a pet with behavioral issues can be very helpful as well. Play can keep animals stimulated and focused, and of course happy! In addition, giving your pet a special place to call their own, where they feel warm and cozy can reduce anxiety. Calvin loved his self-warming bed!
Any form of anxiety (separation anxiety, food anxiety, territorial anxiety, etc.) can take a huge emotional toll on an animal, and can lead to bad or destructive behavior. When you have an animal with a chemical imbalance or mental health issue, this can heighten any anxiety they may have to the extreme. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, and it is not a good feeling. We want our pets to feel safe, happy, and emotionally fulfilled and content. It is up to us to take the steps to ensure that our pets feel great, and to try to determine the cause of any anxiety they may be facing and make the necessary changes to reduce or eliminate this stress.
Every pet is different, and has different needs and healing responses. Some other possible Spirit Essences remedies that may be helpful in this type of situation are:
Spirit Essences formulas that might be helpful in this type of situation are:
Separation Anxiety Solution is formulated for the pet that gets anxious or upset when their guardian is going to leave, or acts out and becomes destructive as soon as their guardian has left. This formula is great for households where the guardian has to travel and isn’t home often. Separation Anxiety Solution is a great way to help ease your pet’s anxiety when you are away, along with making sure a pet sitter is visiting the home daily to feed and socialize with them. Jackson used this formula when working with Calvin, and along with the prescribed behavioral medication and pet sitter, Calvin no longer felt the need to act out when his guardian went away for work. His anxiety was eliminated, and he no longer displayed aggressive behavior towards his loving guardian.
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. Stress Stopper can be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety that an animal may be experiencing on a day to day basis, and can be a great complementary formula to use in conjunction with a base formula. Stress Stopper may have helped Calvin feel grounded and secure along with Separation Anxiety Remedy, especially during the time his guardian needs to travel.