MCFH S7E6 - BITING AND SCRATCHING, OVERSTIMULATION, CALLED A “MONSTER”

MCFH S7E6 - BITING AND SCRATCHING, OVERSTIMULATION, CALLED A “MONSTER”

Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 6
Episode Title: Brooklyn Cat Fight

Cat: Spike

Spike is a 7 year old, black & white male. Sadly, his nicknames are “bastard” and “monster.”

Guardian: Samantha

Samantha adopted Spike at 4 weeks old after seeing him in an online ad. She lives in Long Island, New York.

How Bad Is It?

Samantha claims that Spike attacks, bites, and hurts anyone and everyone he comes in contact with. She makes him live outside most of the time because of this, which is putting his life in danger every day. 

Issues

  • Biting and scratching anyone who pets him.
  • Living outside in a dangerous environment.
  • Pegged as a “monster” cat.

Physical Approach

When dealing with a cat that is displaying aggressive behavior, taking them to a veterinarian to rule out any medical issues is the first step towards change. Animals have been known to act aggressively when dealing with a health issue that is causing discomfort. Once you get a clean bill of health, the next step is to observe and determine what triggers your cat to attack. 

Guardians tend to think attacks are random or out of the blue, but often times this is not the case. Every cat is different; some love to be stroked and have their belly rubbed constantly, while others may just want their chin scratched occasionally.  Find what your cat likes, and go with it. If you notice your cat becoming agitated when you are petting him (tail swishing, swatting, etc.) then it is time to stop! Many cats experience overstimulation aggression, which is negative behavior from your cat as a result of petting that they find disagreeable, or excessive attention. This can also be coupled with play aggression, which is the act of playing in a predatory manner (often through pouncing and stalking). Jackson always recommends that you play with your cat often, to the point of exhaustion, let them simmer down, and do it over and over again (usually 2 or 3 times) until they’re drained; this followed by a meal is the best way to burn off any excess energy. A good way to have people introduce themselves to your aggressive cat is first through scent; have them present an item of theirs (Jackson uses his eyeglasses) to the cat, which allows familiarization to begin. 

The last thing you want to do to your cat when having issues with them is to just put them outside. This puts their life at risk, between traffic, weather, other animals, etc. This also creates more of a disconnect between guardian and cat… how are you supposed to build a good relationship with your cat if you aren’t spending time with them? 

Emotional Approach

Animals respond to the energy presented to them, just like we do! If someone referred to us as “possessed” or called us a “bastard,” it would not only be upsetting, it would also create a negative energy that we wouldn’t want to associate with. When an animal is pegged as being bad, the people around him will assume this is true and treat him as such. The name calling and negative energy needs to completely disappear if you are looking to heal and change things for the better.

Holistic Approach

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, JACKSON ALSO USED SPIRIT ESSENCES:

Stress Stopper

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 to give Spike Stress Stopper before and after his vet visit to help him feel more grounded and at ease. Stress Stopper can be helpful for all animals, not just cats!

 

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:

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 formula helps reassure the cat that his territory is safe and protected from intruders from within and without, and can be helpful for a cat that is adjusting to life indoors because of the significant reduction in territory.

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. 

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