MCFH S7E01 - CAT ATTACKING VISITORS, CHEMICAL IMBALANCE, NEW BABY IN HOME
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 1
Episode Title: Crazy Cat Opens Doors
Grey male with green eyes; adopted seven years ago from a local shelter by female guardian.
Guardians: Buffy and River
Buffy and River are in a relationship, and they now have an 8 month old baby named Sloan.
How Bad Is It?
Sebastian is bonded with his female guardian, and feels the need to attack almost anyone else that enters his territory. Baby Sloan is getting older and gaining interest in Sebastian, but the family fears that he will violently attack her if she gets too close. Buffy insists that if Sebastian has to leave her home, he will not find another one and will lose his life as a result.
- Attacking family, friends, and even neighbors; need to prevent attack on baby.
- Territorial stress; over-owning areas of the home.
- There are signs of a chemical imbalance.
When a cat gets extremely worked up while you have visitors in the home and retaliates by attacking, this is a sign of territorial stress and lack of confidence. Jackson calls this type of cat a “Napoleon Cat,” which is one that displays a lack of confidence in his/her territory by over-owning (attacking, spraying, aggressive posturing, bullying, etc.) They are paranoid about the prospects of takeover and compensate accordingly. Sebastian was so insecure when it came to his territory that he went as far as sneaking into the neighbor’s home and attacking them, which then led to a hospital visit for this person. He is also treating the baby furniture and nursery as his own.
Cats need to feel ownership of the home; they need furniture and other things to call their own, or else they will try to gain ownership over human furniture and other areas of the home. Time to catify! Make sure your cat has plenty of furniture to call his own, such as cat trees, scratchers, wall shelves, etc. To keep a cat like Sebastian off of the floor with the baby and out of her crib, wall shelves were a must. Giving a cat ownership of the walls can deter them from other places in the home where you’d like them to avoid. Tons of play time can also keep a cat stimulated and help to burn any energy that may be consuming them. Try taking your cat out for a safe walk using a harness and leash to really keep them stimulated!
Animals can suffer from mental illness just as humans do. When a cat is showing signs of a chemical imbalance (violent attacks, acting unstable, seemingly responding to something that doesn’t exist, etc.) it is best to take them to the vet immediately. An animal that is dealing with a chemical imbalance is essentially suffering; they cannot trust anyone or anything around them, and cannot live a good quality of life in this mental state. Some animals (like Sebastian) may benefit from a low dose mood-stabilizing medication prescribed by a veterinarian.
Once Sebastian was on proper medication, he no longer felt the need to attack people in his home; no more hair standing up on his tail, and no more growling when offered treats. He was genuinely able to enjoy his life and see the good in his world.
(If you ever encounter a veterinarian that is scared to examine and treat your pet, please find a new one immediately!)
In addition to the above, Jackson also used Spirit Essences:
Safe Space for Cats
Safe Space for Cats is formulated to help a cat establish appropriate boundaries and reduce territorial stress that may manifest as spraying, inappropriate elimination, aggression, or other stress-related behaviors. This formula can help reassure the cat that his territory is safe and protected from intruders, within and without. Jackson administered Safe Space for Cats on Sebastian to help him feel more secure in his territory, which reduced the likelihood of him attacking people due to this stress and anxiety. This formula, along with proper veterinary care, really helped to stabilize and balance Sebastian’s aggressive behavior.
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 formula is designed to help animals feel grounded and protected. Stress Stopper is most helpful for short-duration stresses, and can be a great complementary formula. Jackson administered this formula (in addition to Safe Space for Cats) to really help Sebastian feel safe and grounded during times of stress, like when visitors entered his territory. Stress Stopper is formulated for use on all animals!
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.