MCFH S7E8 - FOSTER CAT, AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS OTHER CATS, NEEDS TO BE REHOMED
Show: My Cat From Hell Season 7, Episode 8
Episode Title: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Scar
Twinkle is a one year old male cat that was rescued about 4 months ago.
Elaine runs an animal rescue called “Happy Homes Animal Rescue,” which has found forever homes for over 1,000 homeless cats. She lives with her husband in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
How Bad Is It?
Twinkle is aggressive towards other cats, which means he needs to be secluded from the other 11 fosters in the home for their safety. The other cats are completely terrified of Twinkle, so Jackson decides it is in the best interest of everyone involved to find him a new foster home, or potential forever home, instead of attempting to integrate him with the other fosters in Elaine’s house.
- The other foster cats are extremely scared of Twinkle, and it is causing them to redirect their aggression towards their foster mom.
- Need to find a new home for Twinkle that has no other cats.
- New home has small children (2 year old, 3 year old, and 5 year old); need to make sure the family is committed to having Twinkle join their family, including learning how to properly play with, train, and care for Twinkle.
Foster parents are people that provide temporary homes for animals, allowing them to live in their home and treating them as family (temporarily) until they are adopted into a forever home (a permanent, loving home). While this is a wonderful concept, it can be difficult at times when there are multiple animals that cannot seem to get along. Twinkle was aggressive towards the other cats in the home, while all eleven other cats got along very well. This meant that his foster mom had to keep him secluded in the garage, even though he was very unhappy in there.
When Jackson tried working towards possibly reintroducing some of the cats to Twinkle, it did not go well at all. One cat was so terrified that he scratched his foster mom’s face, while another cat had to run and hide when Twinkle came after her out of fear for her life. Jackson observed that when in the presence of other cats, Twinkle could not be distracted or redirected away; he would focus on the other cat in the room and become extremely aggressive. It was decided that it was too detrimental for everyone involved to keep Twinkle in this home, so Elaine had to find another family that could foster or adopt him.
Elaine found a nice family (with no cats!) that was interested in fostering and possibly adopting Twinkle, but the fact that there were 3 young/energetic kids in the home made Jackson nervous. Luckily, it was determined that Twinkle was only aggressive towards humans if another cat was present. The first step when rehoming a cat is to bring all of their belongings into the new home and create a basecamp. Basecamp is a room that you make into a territorial "ground zero" where scent soakers are placed strategically throughout. Twinkle’s basecamp was set up in a bedroom; his cat tree, bowls, bed, and even his old litter and litter box (all scent soakers) were set up in his basecamp to help him make a good transition into this new home.
Twinkle is an adolescent cat, full of energy that needs to be burned off. Teaching the young kids in the home how to play with their new cat (using toys and never hands) helped prevent any potential bites or scratches, and also was the perfect way to burn off that excess energy and create a calm, happy environment. After the family spent a few weeks with Twinkle and bonded, they decided he was a great fit for their family and committed to adopting him.
If you have cats that do not get along, there are many tips and tools you can use to potentially create peace and harmony in your household. If there is a point where the safety of the other animals and even the guardian is at jeopardy and all resources have been exhausted, it may be time to consider finding a family that is a better fit for this cat. It can be a challenging decision, but you want to make sure you’re doing what is best for everyone involved. Please make sure that any potential adopters are 100% committed to their new addition.
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 felt that Hyper Helper would be beneficial for Twinkle because he was young and full of energy that needed to be burned; he was actually able to play for an hour straight! This formula (along with tons of play time) can be helpful for animals with extra energy to burn.
Stress Stopper is designed to help animals adapt and cope with unusual or stressful situations, such as thunderstorms, boarding, remodeling, visitors, or similar situations. This formula can help animals feel grounded and protected during periods of short-term stress. Jackson made sure that Twinkle was given Stress Stopper through this whole case, and it was especially helpful during the move to his new home.
Changing Times is formulated to help animals adjust to major life changes, such as moving, the arrival of a new baby, new roommate, switching diet or other long-term or permanent situations. This formula can help them to move forward with confidence and peace, which is often needed during times of change. This formula really helped support Twinkle through the move to his new home, and made the transition much smoother for him!
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.