MCFH S7E6 - BLOODY CAT FIGHT, COMPLETELY SEPARATED, REINTRODUCTION
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 6
Episode Title: Brooklyn Cat Fight
Cats: Lady Paprika (Little Bit) and Lord Cadbury
Lady Paprika (formerly known as “Little Bit”) was adopted about 7 months ago; she is a female tortoiseshell cat. Lord Cadbury is a 5 year old grey and white male.
Guardians: Kim and Joel
Kim and Joel are in a relationship, and live in Brooklyn, New York. Kim did not consult with Joel before adopting Lady Paprika.
How Bad Is It?
These two cats have to be kept completely separate after getting into a bloody fight. This dynamic is putting stress on Kim and Joel’s relationship. Joel wants Lady Paprika gone.
- Cats are kept separated because they will viciously attack one another.
- Lady Paprika is redirecting her anger by attacking her guardians.
- Guardians have not committed to keeping Lady Paprika in the home.
Keeping your cats separated in one home can be very difficult; it takes a lot of effort and usually is an inconvenience. The key is to work towards everyone being able to live harmoniously, without having to worry about anyone getting hurt. To achieve this, you should begin the introduction process (or reintroduction process for animals that have already been introduced and do not get along). This process will not fix the problem overnight; it takes a lot of time and patience (every situation is different, so there is no exact frame of time).
If you are using random household items as a barrier to keep your cats separated, you should deconstruct this makeshift barrier and install a secure door (which allows some visual access) to use for your feeding exercises. You should begin to feed the cats far away from one another, on opposite sides of your secure door. Gradually, (over days or weeks) you can feed the cats closer together, and eventually let them eat while being able to see one another. Jackson recommends using tape marks on the floor to mark the feeding place of each cat, putting down new tape at each new point to track their progress over time. This exercise helps the cats to associate one another in a positive way, the same way they feel about food.
Eventually, when everyone seems comfortable and ready, you can begin feeding the cats with no barrier. Try to find out what your cat likes best so you can use this as a distraction if there are any run-ins, or if the cat is redirecting the aggression towards you. Lady Paprika was very food motivated, while Lord Cadbury was play-driven, so their guardians were able to use these as methods of distraction when things got tense. Hissing is normal communication, but anything more than hissing is dangerous, so make sure the cats are completely engaged in their meal and their motivator (play, treats, etc.) You can also use their favorite toy or treats to lead them away after mealtime if there is a chance of any fighting or redirected aggression.
Adoption is a major commitment; while we encourage people to adopt a pet, we also want to stress the fact that it is a lifelong commitment and you need to be ready for it. If you adopt an animal and then “change your mind” by bringing it back to the shelter, it can be very damaging and traumatic for them. Kim adopted a cat without consulting with her partner first, which caused tension between them. Once her resident cat began having issues with her new addition, Joel wanted the new cat gone. They never even gave the cat an official name; they just called her “Little Bit.” For seven months, they were not fully committed to their new cat. Jackson helped them begin working towards creating peace in the home between the two cats, and also made them give “Little Bit” a real name! They named her Lady Paprika, and once they committed to integrating her into the family, the results soon followed.
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, JACKSON ALSO USED SPIRIT ESSENCES:
Peacemaker is formulated to reduce or eliminate aggression, tension, and jealousy between animals, and may help to keep the peace in multi-animal families. Jackson made sure to add Peacemaker to Lord Cadbury and Lady Paprika’s communal water bowl, as well as misted it onto common significant territorial signposts (beds, scratchers, etc.) This formula can be very helpful during the introduction process, and Jackson made sure that it was still being administered to them even after he left.
Bully Solution is formulated to help when one animal wants to control and dominate others, and can help the bully to relax and let others go about their business. Bully Solution was given to Lady Paprika because she was usually the first one to initiate the negative interactions with Lord Cadbury. This formula is still being administered to Lady Paprika, and Jackson reports that her good progress continues.
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 during periods of short-term stress. Jackson made sure that Stress Stopper was always on hand in the household just in case the two cats had an argument or scuffle. Though these two have made tremendous progress, there can be an occasional slip up. Everyone has bad days!
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.