MCFH S7E4 - KNOCKING ITEMS OFF OF COUNTER, BITING GUARDIAN’S LEGS, POOPING IN FRONT OF LITTER BOX
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 4
Episode Title: Scary Tails
Quincy is a two year old (grey, male) cat; adopted by female guardian at two months old.
Guardians: Stacey and Gary
Stacey and Gary have been in a relationship for seven years, and married for five years. They live in Sherman Oaks, CA. Stacey did not consult with her husband before she adopted Quincy.
How Bad Is It?
Quincy’s odd and disruptive behavior is causing major tension in his guardians’ relationship. The couple doesn’t know how to prevent this behavior from continuing; all they do is attempt to ‘discipline’ by locking him in the bathroom, which hasn’t been effective.
- Biting his male guardian’s legs/attacking him.
- Knocking items off of tables and countertops.
- Pooping right in front of the litter box instead of inside it.
Quincy is the perfect example of a young cat that is extremely bored and looking for any attention from his guardians, even if it is negative attention. The biting, knocking everything off of the counter, climbing up the screen, etc. is all stemming from boredom and excess energy that is not being burned off. The first step towards ending this behavior is to implement quality play sessions to wear your cat out. Give your cat something constructive to do instead of destructive.
A great way to deter your cat from jumping up on your countertops is to put a cat tree close by, which is much more appealing! If your cat is knocking items off of your counters and tables, here is a useful trick: try placing the items in cup holders taped to the counter, so when your cat tries to knock them over, it won’t work. This will discourage your cat from continuing this behavior because it is no longer working! Once he gives up, you can get rid of the cup holders.
Some of us try to discipline our pets by giving them a “time out” in a bathroom or other solitary place. This usually isn’t effective, and can actually cause more bad behavior (picture toilet paper everywhere!). Jackson recommends distracting your cats from their bad behavior with something constructive instead of yelling “NO!” or locking them in a room.
When a cat is pooping outside of their litter box, the first step is to take them to a veterinarian to rule out any medical issues. If no medical issues are present, try making simple adjustments to their litter box. Sometimes the type of litter or the level of litter in the box can cause discomfort to your cat. Every cat is different, so work towards finding what suits your cat best. Quincy was pooping right in from of his box, and Jackson soon realized that he was eating string, which was probably causing him discomfort when eliminating and giving him a negative association with his litter box. Make sure your pet is not eating anything around the home, because this can lead to inappropriate elimination, or even more serious medical issues.
There are people that believe their cat is being destructive or aggressive on purpose; that they are just being a “jerk.”
This is not the case; there is always some kind of reasonable explanation behind the behavior. If you are not patient with your pet and not giving them the time and attention required to satisfy perfectly natural instincts, they will try to satisfy those instincts on their own, most likely in a way that doesn’t work for you. Gary called Quincy a “jerk” and wouldn’t play with him, but once he worked towards building a better relationship with his cat and giving him appropriate playtime as a way for Quincy to exercise and just be a cat (hunting and catching ‘prey’), the result was a better behaved, happy cat!
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, JACKSON ALSO USED SPIRIT ESSENCES:
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. Quincy is a perfect example of the traditional use of Hyper Helper – an adolescent cat with excess energy, who is acting out as a result. Jackson recommends using Hyper Helper in conjunction with lots of quality play time to burn off that hyperactive energy.
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.