MCFH S7E2 - PEEING/POOPING EVERYWHERE, MOVED INTO NEW HOME, HURRICANE RESCUE
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 2
Episode Title: Katrina Storms In
10 year old multi-colored female cat; rescued after being a victim of Hurricane Katrina.
Guardians: Mikhail and Jenifer (husband and wife) Ziggan and Yannik (children)
This family traveled from California to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to help save animals. Ziggan felt a special connection with Katrina and encouraged his family to adopt her.
How Bad Is It?
The family has barely any furniture in their new home because they fear it will be ruined by cat urine and feces, and they feel constant resentment towards Katrina. They now lock her in the garage most of the day and are ready to give up on her.
- Cat peeing and pooping all over home – furniture, rugs, etc.
- Recently moved into new home where cat is locked in the garage almost all day.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from natural disaster.
Moving into a new home is a huge adjustment for the whole family, especially your pets! It is very common for a cat to start spraying/marking after a big move. Jackson considers this kind of spraying after a move, a cry for help; it’s your cat’s way of saying “I don’t trust this new world.” It is your job to help make the move as easy as possible to reduce any territorial stress and anxiety. Make sure your cat feels ownership of her new territory; a great way to do this is by spreading signposts throughout the home. A signpost is an object that signifies positive territory ownership for your cat, objects that they have claimed through visual and scent marking. Scratchers, beds and litter boxes are all examples of signposts. The family initially only had one cat tree in their new home, but once they spread litter boxes and other cat furniture throughout, the spraying was virtually eliminated!
Sometimes a guardian can be so fed up with their pet’s behavior that they confine them to a specific area of the home. Katrina was locked in a messy garage most of the day, with a few litter boxes in a dark corner. Between a big move and being confined into an undesirable space, an animal can feel completely stripped of their territory, and they may act out as a result. Territory is most important in cat world; make sure they feel ownership throughout the home, just as you need. After Katrina was allowed back into the house full time and had her signposts around every corner, she felt territorial confidence and security.
Animals that live through a traumatizing natural disaster are usually affected for years after the event, while some hold onto this trauma for their whole lives. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in some people and animals that have lived through a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. If you have a pet that has experienced trauma in their past and is now acting out, this can definitely be a huge factor in their negative behavior. Try to imagine how you would feel if you were in a similar situation; this can help you relate to your pet and encourage you to guide them through the healing process. In addition, it is best to let go of any resentment you feel towards your pet for the negative behavior that has occurred. Let it go, and work towards rebuilding a strong bond that will last a lifetime. Once Ziggan and his family rallied together and put themselves in Katrina’s shoes, there was no more friction and everyone became united.
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, JACKSON ALSO USED SPIRIT ESSENCES:
Trauma-Free is formulated to clear the energy system of past abuse, neglect, accidents, or other negative “baggage” an animal has accumulated, and may also be helpful for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in animals. Most importantly, this solution facilitates freedom from the past, allowing our companions to live as nature intended them to - fully alive in the moment. When an animal survives a natural disaster and loses the life they once knew, it can be debilitating. Jackson made sure that Katrina got Trauma-Free consistently to help release the long-term PTSD that she suffered from, and it seemed to really help her!
Safe Space for Cats
When a cat begins marking/spraying in the home and no medical issues are present, we recommend Safe Space for Cats. 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. This solution is designed to reassure the cat that his territory is safe and protected from intruders from within and without. Jackson observed that Katrina was not adjusted to her new home and was experiencing severe territorial stress, so he immediately began to administer Safe Space for Cats. This formula helped to reduce this anxiety and eliminate her marking!
EVERY PET IS DIFFERENT, AND HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS AND HEALING RESPONSES. SOME OTHER POSSIBLE SPIRIT ESSENCES FORMULAS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL IN THIS TYPE OF SITUATION ARE:
If you are preparing for a big move, Changing Times can help your pets adjust to the many changes they will soon be experiencing. Changing Times is formulated to help animals adjust to major life changes, such as moving, the arrival of a new baby, new roommate, switching diet or other long-term or permanent situations. This formula can help them to move forward with confidence and peace. This would have been a good formula to help support Katrina through the big move to her new home. We recommend that you begin administering this formula as soon as you start packing, continue through the move, and once they seem to be adjusting to their new territory, you can gradually discontinue use.
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.