MCFH S7E3 - DESTRUCTIVE CAT, GUARDIAN NEEDS CAT KNOWLEDGE, TOYS AND LITTER BOXES
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 3
Episode Title: Four Blind Cats
Elsa (female, black and white) was adopted as a kitten from a shelter by her guardian about 6 months ago; she is also known as “El Nino.”
Chris works all night as a bouncer at a club; he lives in East Los Angeles. Chris loves cats; he used to feed feral cats in his community when he was a child.
How Bad Is It?
Elsa is chewing cords, stealing food off of the stove, and taking sponges out of the sink constantly, and she is making a huge mess in the process. This is putting her in danger of being hurt; she can be electrocuted or burned if she continues.
- Chewing cords and making a huge mess in the home.
- There are no cat toys or furniture to keep Elsa stimulated, and no real litter boxes in the home, only a turkey tin filled with litter.
- Guardian needs some cat schooling, AKA “Cat 101.”
Animals need to be properly stimulated and provided with proper tools to live a constructive life, or else they may act out (especially adolescent cats). If you provide your cat with stimulating toys, they probably won’t be inclined to play with sponges and other household items. You can find all kinds of great cat toys in your local pet store.
Adolescent cats need tons of play time to burn off excess energy; Chris reported that he played with Elsa for two straight hours! A great technique that Jackson taught Chris is called “Boil and Simmer” play, which means to play with the animal until their energy boils up and eventually simmers down to a calm state. You can do this and then feed your cat right after, and by the time you are leaving for work, your cat will be mellow instead of destructive. Once Chris implemented this schedule, he no longer came home to destruction.
A cat also needs a real litter box. It is not a good idea to use a random object as a litter box and expect your cat to use it. This increases the likelihood of inappropriate elimination and other behavioral issues. You can find a variety of litter boxes in any pet store.
A cat’s natural instinct is to “hunt, catch, kill, and eat.” They obviously won’t really be able to do this as a domestic house cat, but a guardian can simulate this pattern to help the cat feel physically and emotionally satisfied.
If a cat is living a constructive life, their behavior will be much more pleasant. Jackson always notes that playing with your cat is extremely important; it is a necessity! In addition, as a guardian, you want to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible to help your pet live the best life possible. Once Chris received his “Cat 101” course from Jackson, he was able to turn Elsa’s behavior from negative to positive very quickly.
Jackson did not use any formulas in this case! He felt that simply teaching “Cat 101” to a guardian who put the knowledge to work was the only solution needed.
EVERY PET IS DIFFERENT, AND HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS AND HEALING RESPONSES. SOME OTHER POSSIBLE SPIRIT ESSENCES SOLUTIONS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL IN THIS TYPE OF SITUATION ARE:
Hyper Helper is formulated to balance out-of-control energy with softer, integrated actions. This formula can help calm the hyperactive, high-strung animal, but also those who just need to instill a brief pause between thought and action. Many adolescent cats are full of energy, but can usually be tired out with stimulating play sessions. If your cat doesn’t seem to tire out and is hyperactive, you may want to consider adding Hyper Helper to the routine. This formula may have helped balance Elsa’s high energy, which took her hours to burn off!
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.