MCFH S7E5 - CATS JUMPING ON STOVE, CLIMBING ON GUARDIAN, DESTROYING HOME DECOR
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 5
Episode Title: Breaking Bald
Cats: Boris and Igor
Boris is 2 years old, and Igor is 1 ½ years old; they are Donskoys, which is a hairless cat breed of Russian origin. Their guardian says they have an “appetite for destruction.”
Debbie is an Executive Producer for a music company, currently living in Marina Del Rey, CA.
How Bad Is It?
These two adolescent cats are causing constant chaos in the home, and with their guardian gone between 10-12 hours a day, they are bound to hurt themselves if changes are not made.
- Cats jumping on the stove, which has resulted in the fire burner turning on.
- Treating their guardian as a “human ladder.”
- Scratching and destroying art throughout the home; adolescent energy not being burned off.
Adolescent cats with high energy can be described as being similar to preschool children; they are extremely curious, and usually want to run around and get into everything. It’s a good idea to childproof certain danger zones in your home to prevent an injury to your pets. Boris and Igor jumped on the stove constantly, and one time they accidentally turned the stovetop fire on. If their guardian wasn’t home, it could have been fatal. Once Debbie “kitty proofed” her stove using childproof stove knob covers, she no longer had to worry about them burning the house down while she’s at work.
If your cat seems to spend most of his time up off of the ground, he is what Jackson would call a “tree dweller.” Tree dwellers feel most confident and safe up high, whether it be on top of a cat tree, or even perched up on top of a door! Donskoy cats are known to be tree dwellers, which is probably why Boris and Igor used their guardian as a human ladder, climbing up her body to get to higher ground. They really enjoyed spending time on the very top shelf in the closet. Jackson suggested putting a cat tree in this large closet, so they would climb it to get to the top (instead of Debbie). Catification is important – adding cat shelves to your walls can be very satisfying for your tree dweller. You can also find inexpensive ways to catify your home. For example, Jackson found an old wooden ladder that was perfect for Igor and Boris to climb and scratch, and it also looked pretty cool in the home.
Sometimes, having too much décor in your home can be tempting for an adolescent cat. Boris and Igor were drawn to Debbie’s folk art collection; she found them using some of her wooden pieces as scratchers, and knocking other things down. Jackson determined that these two needed a routine schedule of quality playtime to wear them out, followed by their meal, and then they would be calm and ready to relax/sleep. This structured routine really helped to stop their destructive behavior. In addition, if there is a certain toy that your cat plays with to the point of breaking, it is what Jackson considers a “high-value” toy. Having a high-value toy handy is a great way to help your cat burn off that energy and play to the point of exhaustion.
Imagine being a young cat – full of energy, excited, and ready to play with anything and everything.
Your guardian is gone for 12 hours, and once she gets home, she is constantly telling you “NO.” There should always be a “YES” behind a “NO.” No, you cannot jump on the stove, but yes, you can play with your stimulating toys instead. No, you cannot climb all over me, but yes, you can climb all over your cat shelves and trees. This technique is highly recommended by Jackson to help your cat live a happy and satisfying life.
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. Jackson considered Boris and Igor “poster children for Hyper Helper,” which means they are the perfect example of cats that can benefit from this formula. Their energy levels were off the charts, due to the combination of their age, boredom, and breed, and Hyper Helper really gave them a base. Jackson says “it’s not about sedation, it’s about the animal version of mindfulness; a calm presence.” Hyper Helper (like many of our formulas) can be used on all animals, not just cats.