Ways Jackson Can Help When He Can’t Be There to Help

For awhile now, Jackson has been trying to find a way to help those of you who ask questions about your cats through the comments on this site.

Without further ado, here he is in his own words:

Hey there Cat Person!

Around here, we see everything through Cat Mojo-Colored Glasses – all you need to know about what’s bothering your cat, about enriching your bond, about “catifying your world” – just depends on understanding how they see things, a little more clearly.

For awhile now, I’ve been trying to find a way to help those of you who ask questions about your cats through the comments on this site, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, online, in the supermarket…

I know you are demonstrating concern and love for your cat companions – I get it, and it’s amazing!

The problem is that at this point, because of the volume of inquiries, I can’t answer them personally (although I do see them all!), and so I’ve been working very hard at collecting resources to answer the most common questions.  This is what I have right now, with, I promise, more to come.

If I’ve missed something, please let me know!

Peace, Love, Light & Cat Mojo!
Jackson

Here’s the list of resources right now, straight from Jackson himself.

My Blog

The website already contains quite a few informative posts and video posts, but I’m working to make this site an even better, easier to use, and more comprehensive source of info for all things cat.  For example, I’m working on getting articles I’ve written onto the site.  If you want to have all new posts delivered straight to your email (or RSS reader, if you’re a real techie-type), subscribe here.  Just choose to “Get Jackson Galaxy delivered by email” (or choose your RSS reader).

Jackson Galaxy Newsletter

Being on the email list means you’ll get info and links to the products I use regularly to help solve and prevent cat problems (on the T.V. show and otherwise).  For example, there was a newsletter for every episode of “My Cat From Hell” this past season, telling you all the products seen on the show and why I chose them.  You can sign up for the email list here.  And if you’re curious about past editions of the Newsletter, browse through the archives.

Cat Daddy The Book

Cat Daddy: What The World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean.  My book is being released May 10, 2012.  Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s description:  “…singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. Cat Daddy is laced throughout with Galaxy’s amazing “Cat Mojo” advice for understanding what cats need most from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives.”

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See this post for more details on how your pre-orders are helping cats and groups that save them.

(And, check back on this website for a tour stop near you.  Maybe I can discuss your question in person!)

Facebook.com/JacksonGalaxyCatDaddy

I check in on Facebook almost every day, along with the 23,000+ members of our Team Cat Mojo Community.  I may answer a quick question or two there, but what’s really cool is: community members like you offer their suggestions and insight as well.  It’s a great place to bond, get support, and share your knowledge.  Go Team Cat Mojo!

Twitter.com/JacksonGalaxy

I check in to the Twitterverse almost every day, too.  And I’ll occasionally have a tweety-type discussion on cat issues there.  So feel free to follow me at Twitter.com/JacksonGalaxy  You might find me answering a question you were wondering about…you might even be the person who asked it!

I hope those resources help.  And like I said, I’m working on getting this site even more Cat Mojo Friendly.  So I hope you check back.

Thanks for joining me on this wild ride!

Peace, Love, Light and Cat Mojo,
Jackson

  1. Carolyn Hamel   March 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm  

    I wish you could visit. I have 17 indoor cats. You can just imagine the drama.

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    1. Beth   April 16, 2012 at 9:10 am  

      I am at a complete loss. I have three cats at home two litter mates (male and female) and one barn cat. (Although she has always been an indoor cat since we acquired her 3 and a half years ago) Now my male is fabously laid back he is loving and just is not a problem at all. But the two females are insane;y crazy jealous of one another. I have had them at the vet multiple times to make sure there is no underlying issues. One of my female cats is on Kitty Prozac, and I have recently tried to give the other one the medicine but having a very hard time administering. My females fight I mean to the point where I am afraid I am going to come home one day and find one seriously injured or worse. When ever I am not going to be home for a period of time, I have to seperate both of them. Recently I have bought calming collars and they seem to working for now. But this is crazy. I have more than enough window space, and more than enough terriorial space for all three of my cats to have and not see each other during the day, but the females seek each other out respectively. I have five litter boxes in my home also so its not a litter box issue, in which I clean them either daily or every other day at the very latest. I am freaky about the smell of a litter box so if I can smell it I clean it. My cats are very spoiled individuals and are by no means have to share anything. they all have their own toys, beds and food and water bowls. I have tried everything to help these females get along. I am kind of clueless at this point. Jackson any words of wisdom you can provide would be helpful. and if you are ever in the midwest let me know.

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      1. Lith   July 8, 2012 at 3:23 am  

        Hi Beth,
        I don’t know for sure, but I suspect Jackson would tell you to play with them a lot to redirect some of that aggressive energy. I have three cats who normally get along well, but occasionally the “baby” (she’s 12) will get in a mood. It used to be that she would hide behind the toilet and hiss and growl at everyone for 3 days until finally getting over it. Now if she goes back there and hisses at one of the others, I pull out the laser pointer and she’ll go nuts over it. Once she’s worn out, she seems to forget that she was grouchy in the first place! Hope this helps, best of luck!

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        1. tery f   February 18, 2014 at 8:07 am  

          What do you do if you have a cat that wont play? Seriously the cat Im having issues with he just doesnt play its the weirdest thing Ive ever seen. Hes not a normal cat truly he doesnt even like tuna, TUNA! unreal to me lol.

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      2. Jessie   August 19, 2012 at 10:01 am  

        Why is your cat on Prozac? Before giving such a medication, have you looked at what they’re eating? I’m not suggesting halting medications– but what the cats are eating, how much food is offered and available, etc— may make the situation worse. Chemicals in dry food, even “natural” foods, aren’t healthful to cats and can cause problems. And, how were the cats introduced– the females. If they weren’t introduced properly from day one, then there will be problems. I had 3 cats, all females, 2 litter mates. The litter mates had no problems. One of them and the older cat (by only a few months) had no problems. But the older cat and the other litter mate spent their entire 13 years together fighting. They only mellowed with age, and learned to ignore each other. I didn’t want a repeat with my 2 girls now and made sure to do a proper, slow, introduction– which took the better part of a week. I used techniques from Anitra Frazier (her book The Natural Cat) and when some of her techniques weren’t possible in my situation, I used some of Jackson’s techniques– blocking view, feeding on the other side of closed doors, exposing the dominant cat to the scent of the other cat. It took another 6 months for them to be “friends” but no fights. Now, they’re inseparable. I’d suggest looking at the episodes of MCFH — from season 1 where Jackson intervened & had the couple install a screen door inside so the cats could see each other but not have contact– and the one from this season with the small apartment & the cat cornered in the kitchen. See if any of those techniques can help you.

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        1. Carly   September 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm  

          I just adopted two kittens from Angels for Animals today, and they are very well behaved. George (Bengal mix, 3-4 months) and Carnation (Main Coon/tortie mix, 4 months) are very well behaved, and adapted to our home instantly. The only problem is my cat that I’ve had for three years, a grey tabby named Alley, is very territorial. I wanted to introduce them slowly, how Jackson said, but my parents didn’t listen. They let the two kittens out, and Alley has not stopped hissing and snarling at them. She’s been in my brother’s room for 3-4 hours and refuses to come out. She has a litter box, food and water, so we’re going to keep her there for tonight, but I originally wanted to put the kittens in there, then introduce them slowly to Alley. My parents are absolutely against it, and says that she just has to deal with it, and I try to explain that cats don’t think/work the same way humans do. They think that after time the cats will be fine, but I honestly think that they shouldn’t be together yet. I can’t keep them separated for long because of my parents, and they don’t believe a word I say…
          I want them to get along, but with my parents I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon

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      3. Liron Peer   September 5, 2012 at 8:30 am  

        I have the same problem and I’m seeking HELP. I know I made mistakes but now I’m trying to fix the situation.
        I have 2 cats, about 6 years old, the lived together the first 5 years and then a year ago I saved a newborn (a few days old) kitten with the intention to find him home, but after a while I decided to keep her. my oldest cat is ok with the kitten, and the kitten is ok with her. but my middle cat wants to kill the kitten.
        They have been living separately all this time, when I always close one (but with no force, just slowly close the door and let her be) and free the other, so they can both be free as much as the situation allows. I know I didn’t introduced them properly. Please understand that shortly after I found the kitten my mother was diagnosed with S4 Cancer and actually passed away 2 months ago. So it had been a rough year. I meant to just move and take the kitten with me, leave the 2 older cats with my mom, but now my mom is gone and I’m stuck with all 3 cats. I LOVE them all, they are like my children. But the situation is taking over my life and I can work (I work from home) or have a normal life right now.
        I started watching Jackson’s show a couple of months ago (got to it through someone’s post on FB) and for the last 5 weeks have been trying to do all that he says. I play with both cats 2-3 times a day to a point where they vent. I do the feeding thing and right now I’m at a point where they can eat together in the same space while I block the view. Also, when they eat sometimes I let them see each other and they keep eating. BUT the second eating is done, if their eyes meet the middle cat just goes crazy, making a sound like “I’M GOING TO KILL YOU” and the kitten hiss and runs away (act like pray). It drives me crazy, cause when they eat they are ok. I have 2 litter boxed, which I sweep morn/eve and change litter every 4 days. I have lot of toys and high places to go to. The house if very cat friendly. Thing is it seems “I am” the Territory, not a specific spot. So it’s like the middle cat owns ME and I can’t be at 2 places at the same time…
        You said it took you 6 months (!) to fix this??? wow, I thought it would be 2 months tops from what Jackson did on TV. Can you or anyone else reading this HELP me??? Right now I’m barely holding and already thinking seriously of re-homing the middle cat (which is close to impossible, it’s really hard to find a home for a cat) or the worst put her on the street where I feed 30 cats daily (I live in a building) and she will just have to live outside for the remaining of her life. But it’s like giving up my own child and it tears me apart. I cried many times over this, but I also can’t put my cat’s needs before my own life. I will do ANYTHING if it would solve the problem, I really want to just live happily with all my 3 cats.
        Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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        1. cynthia brennemann   September 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm  

          Perhaps you could monitor their eating…and distract the aggressive cat (we’ll call her hellion) as soon as she is finished, before she can start making a fuss, you distract her with petting, or maybe a toy…are you playing with them to exhaustion right before you feed them? Have you ever tried feeding them raw or whole prey, and playing with them with that on a string? I know it’s morbid, but it does tend to diffuse the situation…increases the growliness, but decreases the chance for spats in our house. In any case, every time you go to give a cat attention…try going to Hellion first, and do it pre-emptively so that you aren’t rewarding bad behavior…you are distracting her from it. If the kitten has shown up, keep hellions favorite treats handy and give her a nom just for seeing the kitten. She seems to think she is the top cat in the pecking order? And with you paying more attention to the kitten she might be trying to re-establish that? I know with our awful cats, Genma and Dunyazade, we had to really reassure them that they were first in our eyes and let them then tell the kittens where they were in the pecking order before they became resigned to their presence. Not enthused…just resigned. And any upset of that order tends to trigger another catspat session. No serious injuries, just a lot of fur and sulking. I’m no cat behaviorist, though. Just infested with cats. lol

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        2. Tessa   July 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm  

          Jackson had an episode that handled a situation just like this. You might wanna look through the episodes and watch it and all his tricks he had done to get the cats to like each other. It was a good episode.

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        3. loki   September 5, 2013 at 5:08 am  

          I also had many problems everytime I was adopting new stray cat, my other cats who by the way also were adopted once never were happy or acknowledged my wish to help the new ones. my older cats were hissing and stalking , sometimes just staring angrily or hiding somewhere for some time , sometimes they acted normally , sometimes they even tried to play with new cats. Anyway they were allways getting used to the fact that new cat is now gonna live with us. My cats are not very territorial so it allways took from 1 to 2 weeks for everyone to get used to new cat.Some cats are more social and more willing to let the new one in their lifes, so it allways depends on cat.
          I think your cat will get used to new kitty , but u can help them get along sooner and better by making good things happen with new cat’s appearance at ur house:
          u should buy more toys and play with all cats together, more new cat furniture, buy some delicious stuff they love and let them eat in front of each other many times, show love to all cats equally , because kitty is allways more attention seeking and it allways happens that we give more attention to kittys than to grow-ups , so show love to your elder ones ,that they won’t feel rejected because of new cat has appeared in their house.
          my other advise is u should watch all episodes of ”my cat from hell” – and im sure u will get some good ideas about how to fix cats problems

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      4. R   August 2, 2013 at 2:33 am  

        I have three cats all of them were stray cats till they found me , anyway .. two of them are indoor-outdoor cats (one is 5 years old another 8months old) – I have no problem with them , however my third cat once was indoor-outdoor cat , but like already two years (now she is 4 years old) I don’t let her go outside (sometimes she manages escape) -because when she goes outside she either gets bitten by dog or gets ill, or somehow injured – and we are going to vets again and again -so letting outside is like playing with death. I love this cat more than anyone else and I just cannot allow her to go outside , but she meows and yells and hisses almost all day long. I think she gets depressed and angry and unhappy but I have no other choice I cannot let her go outside. Please can anyone tell me how to make her hate being outdoor.
        Btw she rarely plays (she is uninterested in all kind of toys -i have dozens of different toys , she rarely plays with me and she never plays alone, she has three scratching posts , two clean litter boxes, i live in big house so she has a lot space) ,and i am taking her on leash like 4 times a day -which she loves , but problem is she wants to be outside 24/7 .
        HELP ME ,how to make her hate outdoors? i am desperate for too long

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        1. Valerie   August 21, 2013 at 11:10 am  

          We had 2 kittens dumped in our yard and took them in with the intention of keeping them indoors. The male desperately wanted to go out and at 7 months old stopped purring. My husband had a cat door put into a basement window and built a 10′ x 20′ pen out of chain link fencing and put chicken wire over it so out cat couldn’t jump out. He knew exactly what was being done for him and once able to go out he resumed purring.I don’t know your living situation but this could be food for thought.

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          1. Maria medina   December 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm  

            Hello! I’m María Cecilia medina, i am from Venezuela I do not speak very good English but I defend myself a bit …. I have a problem with my cat 4 months, his name is iker , I take 2 months and by the time I had no problem until you move the box place

            someone told me that placed the box in a place where there is plenty of light to not smell bad

            At first there was nothing, until it started to become Poop on the ground, now it is becoming more often….

            The box is cleaned in the morning and then at night because they spent all day outside the house .

            Today when I get cat poop was on the floor and then I went to wipe the box …. I had not finished cleaning when the cat was doing poop in it!

            also the cat had moved from place box

            please help me, do not want it badly used to it! thank you very much and excuse me for my spelling errors

    2. Betty   August 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm  

      OMG! I am in awe of you! We have 7 and think that’s way too many!

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    3. cynthia brennemann   September 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm  

      I feel your pain. We have 15 cats…we kept taking in strays and finding out they were pregnant. We’d get then neutered as soon as they weaned the kittens, and getting the kittens neutered, but we still ended up with 15 kittens that no one wanted, save for some dodgy folk dresed like goths on Halloween that wanted all our black kittens, whether or not they were weaned. Uh…no. Well, also the people who had kicked out the cats we took in…they wanted kittens. Again…um…no. So here we are with 15 cats. Territorial peeing and spats are inevitable. We have to constantly juggle which cats can/cannot go into which rooms, and frankly we’re overwhelmed. But what can you do? The shelters around here won’t take them, or will kill them if they aren’t adopted. And now…they’re all family. We use Dr. Elsey’s cat and kitten attract cat litter…everything else results in a total litter box boycott. We have three regular sized corner litter boxes and six humungous litter boxes scattered all over the house. They will eat all together, though…even though some of them just like picking on others. We try to keep a grain free kibble available for them, and feed them wet food twice a day, supplementing with raw and whole prey food instead from time to time. When we do the raw or whole prey food, we often tie it to strings to simulate hunt/kill scenarios. This results in a huge amount of comical growling, but no fighting between the cats as they nom. I have two cats whom we refer to as the ‘jerks’ of the house. Basically they are just the ones that think they are topmost in the pecking order. One is a femal half ocicat/half russian blue. The other is a long haired male. They do NOT get along under any circumstances, but as long as we keep those two seperated, the rest of the household is only prone to occasional spats that sometimes result in fur flying, but no injuries. I wish you well. If I had the money to do it, I’d build a big greenhouse attached to the back of my house, so I could let all my cats roam around in there for a little extra space, maybe some tree climbing.

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      1. Melissa   October 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm  

        Cynthia, we have a similar situation, only there are 19. For the most part, our house is a calm and rational place (except at dinner time). We managed the volume by leaving all the doors open because we discovered that shutting the doors distressed them in unexpected ways. We separate them for feeding time in blocks of social groups, and since they know the routine, they play along by going to the right room when one of us carries a bowl that direction. We have about 12 litter boxes that are scooped daily. Many of these boxes are actually mortar mixers so are 2-3x bigger than a regular box, which helps a ton, and interestingly enough is easier to clean. The boxes are scrubbed about once a month for smells.

        Our two aggravated males tend to prefer being on opposite sides of the house, which helps. I rotate where I hang out over the week by moving my laptop, so I wind up spending a day or two in everyone’s territory. This helps with the human socialization so no one’s left out. We scrub all the pee-spots when we find them, and often put litter boxes in their more popular inappropriate elimination spots. Better to scoop it than scrub it, right?

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    4. leslie alexander   June 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm  

      OMG!!! I had 15 two years ago at same time stemming from 4 feral rescues!!!!! Do you now understand the expression “Crazy Cat Woman”? I hope you have at the MINIMUM 8 litter boxes that are cleaned daily in order to prevent bad kitty behavior!! Is your home spacious enough to give harmony to all 17 cats? I have learned it does not matter if we have one cat or twenty, they each want some kind of one-on-one attention which looks different from cat-to-cat!!! I do not work and sometimes it is difficult for me to give my 3 inside cats, and one outside cat the attention they need, want, and deserve!!! You can really cut down on the drama by making sure they all have individual feed bowls (NOT food down around the clock which creates competitive eating, fights, over-weight and obesity or malnutrition!), and making sure each cat has his own litter box or at least 2 cats to a box. I have also learned each cat needs his or her own space for no other cat except maybe their cat person (depending on their nature). I pray for you and them that they are all “fixed”, and UTD (up to date) on shots!! When I had those 15 I did call upon various vets and causes to help me get them “fixed” so I could home them! If you can give each cat 3-5 minutes each a day of one on one time in a private room you might find the drama will drop considerably!!! Unless you are a drama Queen trying sharing out some of your kitties!!! It sounds harder than it really is!!! Paw Blessings!!!

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    5. christie   November 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm  

      Maybe someone with multiple cat experiences can help me.
      I have an overweight 19 lb., incredibly affectionate cat named Elvis (male, fixed, nine years old) that urinates outside the box. It is because of chronic UTI’s, no crystals ever. It has been going on for at least 5 years and has caused serious marital issues. Husband says anymore and cat will be put down since no one will take him. I need help fast! I have tried different vets but nothing is helping. I realize he needs to lose weight and now have him separated from other cat so he doesn’t sneak any food that he should not be eating and so he can not be near carpet he has peed on. I do not understand why he has infections monthly and why it is so difficult for them to clear up. He is on expensive urinary tract food. The vet says he is just prone for some reason. Any help Elvis and I would be eternally grateful. Please!!!

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      1. cindy   November 4, 2013 at 9:55 am  

        I’d tell my husband “how’d you like it if I had you put down when you get older and start peeing where you’re not suppose to.” However, I do feel you’re pain, I have 2 males, brothers, that both urinate where they are not suppose to. Usually, it’s 1 of 3 places over and over again. It’s not as bad now as it use to be but one of them and I’m not sure which, does it. I will not get rid of either of them. One weights 12 lbs, the other 15. What I have done in these places, is really cleaned the sites they use then I’ve put up a piece of heavy plastic with newspaper over the plastic. Then when they decide to soil, I pick up the paper and toss it, spray with a urine neutralizer and put down fresh paper over the plastic. Thank god their spot spraying has decreased some what. I think it started though, when I had an unaltered stray show up outside and now, they’ve just gotten in the habit of when they pass their naughty area, they back up and voila! If i catch them at it, I do beat their little patooties! Not really but they do get a good tongue lashing.

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      2. Jules   March 23, 2014 at 7:05 am  

        Hi! I’m not sure how to help with your cat going outside his litter box. However, I do have a tip that will help protect your carpet. I only wish I knew about it when my cat was suffering from crystals. You can go to your hardware store and buy plastic that “sticks” to your rugs. It’s used when people are moving. It’s inexpensive and will make the clean up easy. My friend used it when she got a puppy.
        Best of luck!

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  2. Tonya   March 20, 2012 at 9:43 am  

    I have 2 male cats who are brothers and can’t get them (or one of them) to quit peeing on my chaise. We haven’t pin-pointed it down to which one yet, mainly because I’m afraid if my husband knows which one he will get rid of him. I don’t know why this started but it has been on and off for 2 years. We haven’t changed the food, we play with them and I clean out the litter box at least every other day sometimes more. I am at a loss here. Also, within the next few weeks we are adopting a dog and while we have had a dog in the past with these 2, it’s been about 5 years. I’m afraid they are going to mark more. My husband and I are getting rid of the chaise soon and I am afraid they will mark on another piece of furniture. My husband has threatened to get rid of both of them if they pee on anything else!! PLEASE HELP!! I LOVE MY BOYS!!!!!

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    1. Roselyn   March 25, 2012 at 8:48 am  

      Tonya, I understand what you’re going though!!!!We’ve been having the same problem with our 15 yr. old cat for the last year with him spraying on our enclosed porch. It seems the colder weather affects his spraying status and things have escalated this wintere with him urinating and spraying on a piece of upholstered furiture in my living room. I’m still seeking help with a holistic vet (I refused to drug him) and trying different Spirit Essences (check the website for what may help you). The first and most important thing to do is have your cats checked by a vet to rule out any medical problems. If it’s a psychological problem, getting a dog will be more stressful.
      But the only thing I can offer help with at this time, until I get more help is……I purchased waterproof personal pads which are available in the bedding section of stores. I put them over the unpholstered and put a lightweight cover over that. It’ll protect your furniture until you get permanent help.

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      1. nancy   April 6, 2013 at 10:53 am  

        I have 3 recue cats 14,7,6 years of age, 2 femals and 1 male, the male is 14. the 2 femals when they met hated each other it took 3 months to get them to talarate each other, I have 3 cat boxs and are cleaned everymorning at the sametime, about a year ago my boyfriends job went overseas so he went to collage 500 miles away 5 months after my female cat started urinating behind his chair in the corner now mind u shes a mommys girl she would rather be on my lap then his, I have tried lots of different things to stop it and carpet clean everytime I find she has urinated on the floor, nothing seems to work now when I leave for work all go in the basement with there beds water food, my basement is dry warm and clean I hate to do this and am in dyer need of some good advice on what to do please help. ( I also have different times I play with eachone my older male is blind and he still gos down stairs to potty I see him go down a couple times a day, I have caught my female walk behind my chair to his chair go to the corner and start urinating and Im like what the hell I dont get it.) what am I not doing or doing to make this happen its got to be my fault somehow help me fix it thank u nancy

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    2. ProudCatLady   April 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm  

      You should be scooping the litter everyday, it not multiple times each day. Would you want to use a toilet that was only flushed every other day? One of our cats had issues with territorial peeing and we found that using a calming collar and Jackson’s Spirit Essences took care of the problem. I only wish I had found them before he ruined my one year old sofa and loveseat beyond saving!

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      1. laura   April 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm  

        i am trying to help my other with her cat that she rescued who is peeing in various places in her house. she has 2 litter boxes for her and she cleans them constantly, but the cat still pees in other places other than the litter boxes. can you tell me more about the calmig collar or any other suggestion i can offer her.
        thanks!

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    3. Glenn   April 7, 2012 at 9:38 am  

      We had the same type of problem with a male that was being beat up by a female in our house. His marking tended to occur where ever we liked to hang out. Basically he was marking us as his property as a stress reaction.
      At that time we used some drugs temporarily to have an immediate impact but, since then some of the things that we have discovered help are:
      * Multiple litter boxes, the cats will tend to share litter boxes but each will have a place that they can make their predominate place to mark.
      * Multiple feeding locations. We leave kibble down 24 hours a day. When we introduced a new cat we ended up with two feeding locations. Removing one of the locations later was very stressful to one of the cats and we believe that having more than one location satisfies in some way the need to ‘hunt’ for food over a range.
      * Play is very important to relieve stress and drain off excess energy.

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    4. Jennifer   May 17, 2012 at 5:36 am  

      Tonya you should take the cats to the vet and make sure there isn’t a medical issue. The fact that they are males can be a urinary tract infection especially if you feed them Dry food. It is common with males and I went through this with my male. I read that giving them a can food diet because it has water that dilutes their urine and keeps crystals from growing is the best if this is the case. Since I don’t have the money for can food I just add water to their food and he hasn’t had a problem since. Unfortunately once an animal pees somewhere they can still smell it and usually will continue. Unless you can find a product that will clean it you may have to get rid of the Chaise. I found a product with an enzyme cleaner in it that worked. I can’t remember the name of it though.

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      1. MamaCat   May 30, 2012 at 5:04 am  

        Jackson turned me onto the best cleaner I have ever used. It is good for urine, poop and vomit. I have used it on my furniture, drapes, clothes, everything and it smells great. I have noticed that the cat who is spraying and peeing never uses the same spot after I clean it with this stuff. Check out: FizzionClean.com.

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  3. Cheryl   March 21, 2012 at 9:54 am  

    Hi Jackson, I hope this reaches you! I watch your show in amazement. There seems to be nothing you can’t handle. I have a 7-month old kitten, a neutered, front-declawed boy kitten, who is usually sweet,cuddly, and playful, but he has a nasty habit of biting us. He bites to show affection. He bites to play. He bites to say “I’ve had enough petting.” He even can bound up on the sofa just to get a nip in — nothing else — just a nip! He doesn’t draw blood, but this is making my husband and me so upset, we are about to give up on him and find another kitten to love. (We bought him at a shelter at Christmastime when he was 4 months old. He was a stray who had spent 2 months in the shelter before we adopted him.) Please help us stop his nipping, so we don’t have to give him back to the shelter! We want a totally loving kitten who wouldn’t dream of hurting us!

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    1. Beth   March 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm  

      Dear Cheryl, I have what seemed a nippy cat. I read that mother cats hiss at their kittens to train them to not be too rough. This particular writer suggested hissing at your cat. I have used that trick, and it works beautifully! My kitten stopped treating me like another cat or a play toy. He really got it immediately. Try that trick, and good luck!

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    2. Tami   April 13, 2012 at 7:43 am  

      Our cat is the same age and does the bite thing too. I have found that if we don’t react to the biting, but use a toy to detour the behavior it is becoming less. Also, our cat does that when she wants a game of chase.

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    3. anna   August 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm  

      Declawed cats often bite because they feel defenseless and need to show that they are still badasses. Never, ever declaw a cat.

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  4. Candace   March 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm  

    Hi Tonya, Maybe I could help. I have four cats and love all my girls. If you only have one litter box that could be part of the issue. when you have multiple you need multiple boxes. I would try adding another litter box and scoop your boxes daily. that could also be part of the problem. I scoop mine daily and i have 3 litter boxes. 1 litter box is fine if you have 1 cat, but you need to give each cat a place to go of their own. I’ve worked with cats for years and have helped alot of people with the many cat issues and I find that multipe cat homes need multiple boxes.

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    1. Tonya   March 26, 2012 at 5:25 am  

      Thanks for your reply. I guess I forgot to add that one little detail, we have 2 litter boxes and it’s kinda funny because 90% of the time one has only pee in it and the other has #2 in it! We have been using 2 litter boxes for several years now. We burned our chaise they kept marking on 4 days ago and so far so good. Maybe they were competing against each other I don’t know. On Wed. we are getting our new dog and I think this is going to send them over the edge.

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      1. Maddie & Roo's kitty-mama   May 8, 2012 at 7:02 am  

        Tonya, I hope everything has worked out with your two “boys” now that the chaise (their tension target!) is gone. Hope they haven’t found another piece of furniture to mark, and I hope the kids are getting along with the dog. I want to comment about the litter boxes: I don’t know what Jackson’s opinion is, but I have read that other cat-behaviorists recommend putting out one litter box per cat PLUS one extra, and making sure there’s at least one litter box on each floor of your home (including the basement, if the kitties go in there). To keep your boys happy in future, you may want to try this.

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  5. Nancy Craig   March 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm  

    I think I’m in love with you, Jackson! You are so warm and have a heart of gold. And your sincere love of kitties is incredible! Thank you for being you!

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  6. Rachel   March 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm  

    Hi Jackson – I’m in the UK and enjoyed your first series, not sure where I can watch the second series here though.

    It would be great if you could offer advice (on one of your shows maybe) on how to deal with neighbours’ cats that you have no control over. My 16+ year old cat is a sweetie, very friendly and never had any problems with him – and he was once a stray we found in the garden all that time ago. However, a new family moved into the area 10months ago and their cat is EVIL and huge. He’s bullied my cat so much he won’t even go in the garden when I’m there to supervise, probably because once he got attacked when I was there and I couldnt get the other cat off him. This neighbour’s cat wasn’t even scared of humans until I started throwing jugs of water at it and he does run away when he sees me now that I’ve invested in a super soaker. The evil cat’s territory is HUGE too, it comes from a house with sizeable gardens and people way up the street and across the road have found him in their houses bullying their cats too. The cat comes from what looks like a decent home, it lives with another (thankfully friendly) cat and I’m pretty sure they both will have been neutered. it’s just a shame my lovely cat can’t enjoy the sun outside in his old age, in the 16 years I’ve had him I’ve never even seen him leave our garden but he was always so happy before – now he’s a nervous wreck outside and other neighbours have told me they’re no longer letter their cats out either. Any ideas welcome!

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  7. Lanell Evans   March 24, 2012 at 9:10 am  

    Hey, Tonya — I am so glad you posted this — we have ONE cat, Bugar, and she does this. It started several years ago when I adopted another female. I thought it was Chuy, the adopted cat, that was doing the spraying, because it started after I got her. It wasn’t until we had her re-adopted to our vet’s office that we found out it was Bugar. My son found her when she was about a week old, after he accidentally ran over her mother and siblings with a tractor at his work. He brought her home 9 1/2 years ago — we’ve read how they will do this she there’s change or if they’re upset. I recently started a new job that I’m away for two weeks at a time and when I come back, she’s marked all the leather furniture, the paneled walls, front of refrigerator, etc. The worst place is my side of the sofa/recliner — I got a black light like Jackson uses and it was disgusting. I’m at wit’s end. Absolutely no option of getting rid of her but I would love to find the answer — short of quitting my job and staying home. My husband plays with her nightly with a laser light and she gets attention.

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    1. Tonya   March 26, 2012 at 5:56 am  

      Thank you for your reply. After reading your post I started thinking about it and remembered that on New years eve 2009 I got laid off from a job I loved and had for 13 years. I was very upset and was crying my eyes out when my husbands best friend came over to see us that night. He sat on the chaise for about an hour or so. The next day we noticed someone had marked it! My husbands friend had 2 dogs @ that time. We thought maybe the combo of me being so upset and the smell of his dogs brought this on. We got it all cleaned up and even steam cleaned it a few times, then we started covering it with plastic when we left the house. We continued to cover it when we left for about 7-8 months. After awhile we just left the plastic off and they had forgot all about it and left it alone. About 2 moths ago I noticed another spot on it and after I cleaned it again I brought it upstairs to our sitting room. They left it alone for about a week and then they started it again but this time was worse. Seemed like every day. We sent it to our firepit last Thurs. and so far we haven’t found any pee on anything else. As I mentioned before we are getting a dog this week and I’m afriad it’s going to start up again because they apparently do not like change!!

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  8. holly   March 25, 2012 at 9:27 am  

    Will the 3 feral cats I care for ever let me close?

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    1. Coral   May 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm  

      I have a Momma cat that was wild. A friend involved in cat rescues had this cat trapped and spayed. I took her in rather than her be put to sleep. She had one kitten which I took in as well. The kitten was also spayed and was people friendly. It took FOUR years of patience before the momma cat would even let me touch her. I always moved carefully around her and talked to her gently. Now, 6-7 years later, she comes when I call and lets me pet and brush her. She likes to sit in my lap, even , which is something I never dreamed would happen. We still have to move carefully around her as she is still very skittish. Have patience and don’t give up on your feral kitties.

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      1. Robert   August 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm  

        I have two feral cats that we rescued from a construction site that are 1 year old. we have had them for 11 months. The male was 2.4 pounds and the female was 1.2 pounds both are all black. the male, Boris, is now 17 pounds and loves attention. The female, Natasha, you can only get within 2 feet of her and that is it. How do we get her to be as affectionate as him. When we pet him she just looks. the only time we can touch her is when she is eating. She is the cutiest thing that you just want to pick up but she will not get near us. Have your cats gotten closer to you?

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    2. Tessa   July 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm  

      Jackson has an episode that will help you with your kitties. You should watch it.

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  9. Rosalyn Brown   March 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm  

    I have 9 indoor cats so whatever Jackson says will work and that the cats will enjoy playing with, is fine in my book :) In also would like any suggestion on calming products to help my terratorial issues, theres too much peeing on my walls etc; going on !!! Please continue to stay on the air as its hard to get really good help! Thanks for all you do, sinerly, Rosalyn Brown.

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  10. Carmen Richey   March 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm  

    Unfortunately I do not live in LA, but our kitten (now 7 mo. old) my daughter got for Christmas is getting way out of hand. I’m at the end of my rope with him. Ive gotten him fixed, I’ve tried treat reinforcements, I’ve tried vinegar/water lemon/water mixture in a spray bottle, but nothing seems to work. He is literally trying to hurt my 11 year old daughter. He attacks her, bites her all over on her face, he scratches her leaving bloody scratches. He attacks us too, but not nearly as bad as he does her. I want to kick him out of the house, or put him in a shelter or something, and she begs me not to, “he’s my baby, my only pet” she says. I can’t take the screaming and now she is becoming scared to walk through the house due to his attacks. It’s not playing it’s violent his ears lay back his tail goes up, etc. We have 2 large dogs the cat does play with one and picks on it, until she (the dog) gets tired of it and lets him know. He bites the adults every so often, but every time he sees my daughter he goes off the deep end. I honestly don’t know what to do.
    Like I said I’m not in the LA area, but if I could even get some input I would be grateful. I’ve asked the vet, I’ve looked on line. I’m out of options and patience both!!!

    Thank you,
    Carmen Richey

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    1. Jennifer P.   April 13, 2012 at 10:25 am  

      We have the exact same problem! We have a 3 year old cat who we got from a shelter when he was 5 months old, we have never ever taught him to play with hands etc or played rough with him, he has toys, treats, cat scratchers, cat beds, a big loft to look down from on high, everything a cat could want, but he just viciously attacks our 7 year old daughter, for no apparent reason. We’re talking blood and scars, he especially loves to attack her head. It’s just the same with us, she’s afraid to walk through the house yet even more afraid to get rid of the cat. I would get rid of him if I knew how. I can’t find a shelter that will take him because he bites. Everyone, including our vet, just wants to euthanize him. But that would make me feel terrible, I don’t think I could do it. He only does this to her, he’s friendly and loving with everyone else. He’s been on amitriptyline for a year and a half now and it’s helped about 50%, but he still attacks now and then. We’ve tried everything, nothing dissuades him. Can anyone help?? I’m out of options and patience too!

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  11. Judy Furdal   March 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm  

    Hi Jackson
    I have a cat that pees on the floor and you know how hard it is to get out. She lives with 3 of her own sons that are 5 years old. And also lives with another female cat and a dog. She is the only one that uses a litter box, We have a sand box outside that the other 4 cats use. If the door is open she will pee on the floor then go outside, or go out and come back in and pee on the floor. This is every day and it is making it miserable for me and my mate. We have no children.
    It would be great if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks Jackson for being you and showing us how loving even a cat from hell can be, Judy

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    1. Karen K   August 12, 2012 at 7:38 am  

      I need help on this also. We have three cats with 3 large litter boxes. However, Gracie pees or poops on the laundry room floor (where the boxes are) at least once a day. We have tried different litter to see if that helps (and make sure the boxes are cleaned at least daily. She’s an adorable cat, but this is really getting to us. Help!

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  12. Eloisa Zepeda   March 27, 2012 at 7:25 am  

    Hi Jackson, love your show. I have a problem with my cat. He run off and its been 4 days today and he is an inside cat. I have seen him across the street and I took some food to try and catch him cause i know he is hungry. but it did not work he ran under a trailer house or he runs under a church. I need help to get him back home, he is fix and has no front claws. I am worried that he can come to harm and cant protect him self and I dont want him get run over either. what can I do to get him back home, how can I catch him and what can i do so he wont run off no more he runs out the door when he gets a chance. Sometimes we let him out but watch him while he is out side. I dont know what to do. HELP!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!! BY THE WAY HE IS 2 YEARS OLD AND HIS NAME IS BEL

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    1. Lori   April 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm  

      Hi Eloisa,

      I’m sorry to hear about Bel. I do hope that he has come home. If not, please don’t give up… we had a similiar thing happen to us a couple of weeks ago. Our recently adopted feral cat got out of our house and was gone for a couple of days, and we were successful in bringing hin back home. Here is what we did:
      Borrow or rent a humane cat trap (it is a wire cage with a one way door, so when the cat goes in, and steps on the trigger plate, the door closes and he can’t get out until you open the door). You can rent a trap from a feed store, or a vet… they are pretty cheap to rent. We saw a video on YouTube where we learned how to “bait” the trap. The lady highly recommended that you use “Kentucky Fried Chicken’s original recipe” drumstick and canned sardines or mackeral or tuna. We tied a string around the drumstick bone and tied the string to the far end, top of the cage, allowing it to hang down about 5 inches above the bottom of the cage. Take some newspaper to lay on the bottom of the cage, so that the wire bottom is covered. Make sure the newspaper also covers the trigger plate. Next, take a paperplate and cut the bottom circle portion out, so it is just a flat circle. We then mixed canned sardines and canned tuna and placed a large mound of it on the paperplate circle. Use the smelliest canned fish you can, it is best if it is in oil rather than in water. This next step is very important, because it attracts the cat to enter the cage: Smear some of the fish and oil onto the newspaper portion that covers the trigger plate. Take a little of the fish and oil and make a little trail leading from outside the trap to the trigger plate. Take the paperplate with the mound of fish and place it on the ground. Place the trap over the plate of fish at the back end of the trap behind where the drumstick is hanging. Squish the trap down over the plate of fish so that the fish comes up throught the wire bottom of the trap. Be sure the trap is set. Cover the trap with blankets or old towels so that the trap is covered and dark… leaving the door uncovered, so the cat can enter the trap. Set the trap at dusk, leaving it set at night. Check the trap through the night, since he probably will be caught quickly. You may catch other cats, so will need to release those and re-set the bait and trap until you get Bel. You can get information if you google “trap-neuter-release (tnr)”. You can watch videos on how to set, bait and use humane cat traps on YouTube. I hope this helps bring Bel home.

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      1. Maddie & Roo's kitty-mama   May 8, 2012 at 5:44 am  

        OMG! Never, never, NEVER give a cat a chicken bone!!!! I understand the need to lure the cat into the humane trap, and I’m sure it could be done by putting a hunk of chicken OFF THE BONE at the far end of the trap. But not a piece of meat on the bone! A cat could chew on the drumstick, break off a piece of one of the bones in it, swallow the piece and get it lodged in his throat. (So much for “humane” trapping!) Tying the piece of meat with string is not a good idea, either, for the same reason: the cat could chew on the meat-flavored string, break a piece off and swallow it, and then the string could get stuck in the cat’s intestine. Remember, the trap will be left unattended, so you can’t watch the cat to be sure he isn’t eating something he shouldn’t, so DON’T put anything a cat shouldn’t eat inside the trap!!!!!!!

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        1. Kim   May 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm  

          I have to agree with Maddie & Roo’s kitty mama…however, we made the process of trapping easy. My husband got a dog crate, a remote control monster truck, took the truck body & tires off the truck, took heavy fishing line & wrapped it around the remote wheel & connected it to the top of the trap door. We covered the trap with a blanket & put food inside. We keep the remote hand control in the house. We initially were watching outside for the cat to go in the trap, then we’d hit the remote control & the remote truck wheel would turn & pull the fishing line & close the trap door. Works great! We got tired of keeping watch though, so we bought an outside video monitor which hooks up wireless to our laptop – we aimed the camera at the trap & we can now watch the trap from the comfort of our bedroom. If we see the cat go inside all the way, we hit the remote from our bed & it works every time.

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        2. Kimiko   May 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm  

          Maddie & Roo’s kitty-mama:
          It is interesting that you chose to comment. Maybe you read things more thoroughly prior to making comments. While, yes, cats should not be left unattended with chicken on the bone, if you read the post more thoroughly, you will find that the poster made a note that you should not leave the trap unattended as the cat should be caught quickly. Perhaps the OMG should be more aimed at your lack of ability to read and process information than at the post. By the way… its so good that you had SO much advice and input to add to help the original poster catch her baby— way to positively contribute to society.

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  13. sherry   March 27, 2012 at 11:50 am  

    We have a male neutered cat about 1 year old. He will not stop jumping on the couch and clawing it up, Im pretty sure its just play for him as he doesnt just sit and scatch the leather couch. We have scratch pad things, Toys galore. I heard putting tin foil on the spots he jumps on, he just laughs at it. HELP, Im running out of things to try.

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  14. Karen   March 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm  

    I have a question! I was watching My Cat From Hell. It was the episode with Duff, the white cat. At the end of the program, they had a wicker tree mounted on the wall…was that a cat shelf? Where can they be purchased, do you know? I thought it was beautiful!

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    1. Karen   March 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm  

      Found it! Ikea!

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      1. Elizabeth   April 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm  

        Do you have a web link you could share with us? Thanks!!

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  15. Lesley Moore   March 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm  

    Dear Jackson,

    I have a male cat who is about 12yrs old. We recently got a male kitten when he was 6wks old, he came from a house of cats. He’s now 5 mths.
    Our older cat wasn’t happy and has practiculary moved out. He took a swipe a the kitty and won’t come in if the little one is around. The kitten wants to play and tries to jump our ollder one. Now the kitten is allowed outside, it’s difficult to find him.
    Our family love both cats, but the older cat is missed terribly. When we see him, we make a great fuss over him, but he lets us know he’s not happy. At the same time, we love the new addition and really don’t want to get rid of him.
    I saw your programme for the first time the other day, it’s really good. I am taping all for future tips and hope you might have a similar issue to ours one day.
    Could you please advise me, I would be so grateful. Keep up your valuable work.
    Thankyou. Lesley

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  16. Rachel   March 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm  

    Hi I was wondering if anyone has any advice on playing with a senior cat with a laser toy? I got one for my cat but not sure if it’s making him crazy! He does run around after it (so its great to get him active) but he continues to look for it after we’re done playing with it and I’m not sure if this uncatchable dot is unsettling him in his otherwise stable environment. Maybe they’re great for young cats but introducing one to an old cat isn’t so good?

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  17. Alice   March 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm  

    My 2 ragdolls don’t like to be brushed. They don’t mat, but they shed a lot. How much should I “convince” them to hold still for brushing? I’ve tried several kinds of brushes.

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  18. Sandi   March 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm  

    Can anyone explain why my cat yowls at night after we go to bed? He just walks around the house with a ball in his mouth “talking”. I am home with him all day. I take him outside for exercise so he’ll be tired. He is allowed to come bed with us.

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    1. nancy sandoval   April 30, 2012 at 9:55 am  

      Cats are nocturnal. He walks around yowling at night because he wants company. He wants someone to play with him and the ball. I hope this helps. : )

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      1. Jenny   August 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm  

        HI, I really hope someone can help me. I have 3 cats, all fixed, 2 males and a female. The oldest male, Milo, has recently started this yowling thing. It’s not only at night but it’s worse at night. He has also been spraying and has ben aggressively mounting the other cats. All of these issues seem to have gotten much, much worse after my boyfriend moved in.

        I live in a tiny, 1 room efficiency. There is only one litter box and, based on what I’ve read here, I will be adding another one or possibly 2. I have food out all the time in a couple of locations. I have also thought about getting him a calming collar and one of those pheremone air diffusers that you plug in.

        Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I’m getting desperate. He keeeps me up all night and I can’t stay on top of all the places he’s spraying.

        Thanks

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    2. Nancy Smith   January 31, 2013 at 10:06 am  

      I have the same problem too, but in the mornings. I have watched Jackson’s show, and he had said cats aren’t “nocturnal”, but “Cerpuscual”, meaning active during dusk and dawn. I believe this to be true, for my now 8 month old kitten is exactly that. However, I was having the problem of her doing the “lost in the night” howl early in the morning. Being disabled, this does not make me happy, for sleep is my only freedom. I have tried sooo many things to stop this, including telling her NO, ignoring it, etc. I believe she also has separation anxiety, which really adds to the problem. She has access to all rooms of my apartment, even the bedroom….but this still happens. She has other issues also, which i’m on the verge of giving up. The funny thing is…I adopted her from the humane society, which is the FIRST TIME I have done that. In the past I’ve gotten them from the free kitten part of the newspaper. If you find a way to stop that howling, please please let me know….i’m out of patience!!!

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  19. Doris Rios   March 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    I have 4 cats. 3 of them from Colombia (South America) and one from here. The three from Colombia are mom and 2 of her babies:Mona, Kitty and Tobby (by the way, no babies any more). They are 9 and 81/2. Since I came to USA, they become very scary cats, they hide all the time and they don’t like people, or very few of them. And even when that don’t sound good, I’m having a big problem with the male cat. He stared with spilling the water, no matter how big or heavy is the container, he get sure nothing get left on it. But worse than that, he is not using the littler box for his needs.

    They always were very clean cats, very sweet, now he is vecoming aggressive with the other cats. Please i need help. If he dont correct his behavior problem I will have to put to sleep. They are my family in this country. Please.

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  20. Dana   April 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm  

    I so need your help. I have a beautiful Himilayan that i rescued from the shelter. She has been vet checked and they can find no underlying problem. Yet, she pees on the rug right next to the litter boxes. I have 3 boxes for 2 cats. She and the other cat get along wonderfully. She is on Science diet CD and her urine is fine and she has no infection or cystitis. I scoop the boxes every day.I have cleaned with the Fizzion cleaner and tried Feliaway on the area but to no avail. She was taken to the shelter as a adult cat because of urinating inappropriately. I love this cat but she has destroyed the carpet. Please help.

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    1. nancy sandoval   April 30, 2012 at 10:44 am  

      Please don’t throw her away. You knew what her problem was when you got her, so you can’t say she all of a sudden started to do this. Maybe she keeps peeing on the carpet because you can’t get the smell out of it. Get rid of the carpet (it smells anyway) and maybe that will work. Good luck. I hope this helps.

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      1. Mary   July 2, 2012 at 10:09 am  

        I have a tabby girl that kept getting urinary tract infections and peed on a soft pillow. I finally bought a litter box, lined it with a pee pad, and stuck a pet bed on top of the pad. She uses this regularly. I have a couple beds so I can wash one and she can use another. I just rotate the beds and keep a clean pad in the box. No more problems with her peeing on pillows! Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what works for them.

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  21. Dianne Mueller   April 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm  

    Is there a sure-fire way to make an 8-year-old male cat named Snaps not be terrified at the sight and smell of two other males? We just took in my son’s cat to help the family – even though “Snaps” has a history of not getting along with other cats. We keep pretty close tabs on our other two but we don’t want to see “Snaps” live out his life in constant fear and anxiety. “Snaps” is a warm and friendly cat with people, babies, etc., but is really freaking out since he arrived here. I’m keeping him separated from the others for now but it’s not a way for him to live forever.

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  22. Nadbugs   April 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm  

    For a (so-far) successful introduction of a new guy into the household, sincere & heartfelt thanks to Jackson and Spirit Essences. You rule Daddy.

    Read all about it, including how Jackson helped without actually being there:

    http://catself.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/a-very-important-award/

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  23. Jeroen   April 4, 2012 at 1:27 am  

    Hi,

    Just out of curiousity; I have two cats, got them a few years ago from a girlfriend.
    They are about 6 years of age. I know them like nobody else, though I have never, probably untill now, found out why they start licking my hands. Some say it’s a lack of salt, others say they were taken away to early by their mother, and some say that it is a sign of respect and acceptance. Or is it something else? What are my cats trying to tell me when they lick my hands? They both seem to love it because they’re doing that quite regulary….. Someon?

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    1. nancy sandoval   April 30, 2012 at 11:00 am  

      Just this morning, my four-year old cat was licking my hand and then I remembered I had just applied lotion. So I stopped him, because I don’t think the lotion could be good for him. He also licks my hand and then starts to bite, I’m pretty sure, when he doesn’t want to be pet. Needless to say, when he does want to be pet he doesn’t bite. I hope this helps.

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    2. Rose   June 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm  

      I have 2 cats that do exactly that. The first I’ve had since she was an very immature 6 wk old kitten. She’s now 6 yrs old. Last month I adopted a 1 1/2 yr old russian blue who also licks my hands and in fact needs to hold my hand as he’s licking it. What I’ve discovered with both is that they do this when they feel insecure and very tired. I let them, they relax and purr away as they’re licking. I hope this helps you.

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  24. brenda poladian   April 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm  

    Hi! I have 3 cats who are all strays, the cat I am most concerned about is my female cat Cera(Sara) who at the moment is pregnant again. She looks and acts just like Bear! Since we’ve had her she is always hissing, swatting or growling at the other 2 cats (one of which is her own son) and all the people living with me. When we first found her at our doorstep she was very thin and at the time we had no idea that she was pregnant until a few weeks later. She was so weak that all she could do was eat and sleep for the most part but out of the 5 kittens she had only one made it and that is her son that we kept. Since we’ve had her she has not gotten along with anyone or our other female cat who is fixed. Her son now gets along much better with the other female cat and he plays with her and even lets the other female cat lick him or at least his head and body. Any one have any ideas of what’s going on? Will they ever get along? What can I do for Cera to make her more friendly towards everyone and the other cats in my apartment???

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  25. Dianna   April 7, 2012 at 8:31 am  

    Hello from Lambertville, MI
    I have a 14 yr old female spayed, front declawed tortie. I have never had any problems with her until this year when she had taken grooming to a new level. She is grooming the fur right off her body. My poor cat is becoming bald!!! She has run of the house and sleeps on her blanket at the foot of my bed at night & she has been an indoor cat all her life. Any suggestions as to what the problem could be & how I can get her to stop licking all her fur off???

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  26. Olivia   April 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm  

    Dear Jackson,
    I have a 10 year old female tortie cat and I have only started recently having behavioral issues with her. I have a newish relationship that started about a year ago in a different apartment. My cat likes people and is really social, especially when somebody (new or familiar) visits because it is another source of attention. When my boyfriend started coming around last year, everything was well. Slowly but surely, her behavior started to change… specifically with going to the bathroom in my bedroom rather than in her litter box. I keep it clean and had never had a previous problem with her. Then, after a summer and I moved into a new apartment her behavior completely changed with my boyfriend. She used to really like him and seek attention from him but now she hides from him the moment she hears him coming to the door and will remain hidden until a few hours after he leaves. The biggest issue I have with her hiding is that she defecates and urinates where ever it is that she has hidden herself (usually under my bed). I have tried having my boyfriend not bother her (he wants to “play” with her despite her clearly not wanting to) and we have tried isolating her to the rest of the house when we are asleep at night (locking her out of my room so she can roam to eat/drink/sleep comfortable) and it hasn’t helped much. She loves car rides and acts perfectly normal when we take her out and even is normal acting when I’m awake in the mornings and my boyfriend is still sleeping… but the moment he wakes up she returns to her hiding spot. Not only this but she also just kind of turns into a muscle-less mush of fur… she won’t stand or sit on her own, she just kind of sulks into wherever she is when she knows he is around. She only behaves this way with him and I’ve never had her act like this with anybody else…. I know animals can sense a bad person but the behavior didn’t really act up until after I moved (she has lived in 6 houses since we got her so she is used to environmental change) so I’m really confused as to why the behavior is directed towards him. There was also an accident one night when my boyfriend was bathing my cat (since she defecates and urinates where she lays, she needs to be bathed) while I was sleeping one night and she bit him. She’s never lashed out at anybody before so I was really shocked and surprised yet understand at the same time that he may not have been the one to bathe her since she clearly dislikes him. I just wish I understood why she dislikes him and what kind of behavioral changes from him, myself, or her that can be made in order to get her to act like her normal attention-seeking and loving kitty.

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  27. Sonya   April 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm  

    Hi Everyone,
    I have a 2 year old male neutered cat, Nico who started spraying about 5 months ago. Spraying had never been a problem until then. I’ve tried EVERYTHING…Feliway, adding a 2nd litter box, wiping his scent glands with paper towels then taping the towels to areas where he likes to spray, LOTS of toys and play, etc. Nothing is working! I have another female spayed cat, his sister, who we adopted the same time we adopted Nico and they get along just fine. I live in a city, so my place is pretty small. I try to get him running as much as possible, even in my small apartment. My schedule did change a while ago when I started back at school for my Grad. degree. However, I thought he’d be used to the new sched. by now. When he sprays (it’s probably about 5 times a day), I always try to clean it asap with a special enzymatic spray meant for kitty marking. He’s been to the vet – no UTI’s. I’m pretty sure it’s stress. I can’t bear the thought of giving him away. Any help would be greatly appreciated…PLEASE!

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    1. Sonya   April 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm  

      Oh, I forgot to mention…other than the spraying, he has no behavioral issues. He’s extremely affectionate and loving. This is one of the reasons it’s SO hard for me to even for a second think about having to give him away.

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  28. Karrie   April 11, 2012 at 10:13 am  

    I have 4 cats inside and 2 outside cats. The four cats inside 3 are kittens from the one they are fixed just got them fixed finally and my female seems not to really like me anymore. She use to be a nice kitten and really lovey but now she does not like to come around me or let me pet her anymore she is aggressive to the out door cats and will not let them into our house that is why they are outside. Really at my widst end feel so bad she does not like me anymore. ; (

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  29. alana   April 11, 2012 at 10:24 am  

    We have cat named Sassy. She is about 5 years old. healthy, front- declawed, fixed, cute, small and gold-colored. She is playful…her favorite toy is the rings from milk jugs. She knows her name. She has never missed the litter box. She does not attack. She is a good cat. She was given to us as a teeny tiny kitten when friends of ours found her and her siblings in a pipe after her mom had been hit by a car. (They could not keep her because they are allergic to cats.) however, we are trying to find our Sassy a new home because she has not really bonded with us. i am guessing that this is because we have an older male – VERY dominant cat – that we had first who won’t let her do so. We are giving her away because my hope is that in another loving, patient family – without another dominant pet – she will come out of her shell and become cuddley. (She comes with a pet carrier, water and food dishes, toys, cat brush, and a rhinestone collar that says, “Sassy”.) That is, unless someone can help us fix this issue. Thank you!!

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    1. Julie   April 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm  

      Alana,

      A lot of the problems you described I think Jackson has addressed on the show. He always points out how cats are all about their territory. Seems that what the older cat is doing to Sassy. He’s trying to mark his territory and scaring her off. I think you need to also play with your cats more often so they don’t focus on each other. It burns their energy. I wish you luck. It must be tough to have to think about giving away your cat. I have a tough situation with one of my cats and so many people tell me to get rid of her but I don’t have the heart. Good luck with Sassy!!

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  30. Carol   April 12, 2012 at 11:57 am  

    Jackson,
    I have an 11 year old cat that 3 years ago decided to stop using the litter box. I have taken her to the vet. There are no physical problems. She is loving in every way and shows no aggression at all, she just goes potty where ever she wants, sometimes next to the box. We live in the same house she was born in and I work in my home so I am always available. I have 6 cats and 7 litter boxes. I have tried every kind of litter known to man, different litter boxes,( I have one that cleans itself after every use) I have them in quiet places. I clean them though out the day. We have tried the cat pheromones, to give her a calming effect and even liquid antidepressants. Nothing has helped. I have cleaned and cleaned every spot.
    My husband and I are at our wits end. I love her very much. I thought about adopting her out to a cat, dog and kid free home would help but how do you adopt a cat to people with a urine problem. I have tried everything the vet and I can think of. I have been watching your show and feel like you could help,
    only I live in Alaska. If you or one of your team cat mojo could help I would really appreciate it. This problem is wearing me down and I have even let the thought of putting her to sleep enter my mind, but I just don’t every want to have to do that to a beautiful, loving, healthy cat. Any suggestions would be greatly
    appreciated. Thank you for the great work you do to help problem kitties and their owners.

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  31. Julie   April 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm  

    Jackson,

    The one problem I have that I noticed that the cat owners on your show does not have is that I can not pet or touch my cat AT ALL. I rescued her at around 6 months old from being a stray in my neighborhood at birth so she has had no human interaction at all. I was able to get her in the house using a “have a heart trap”. She has made such progress since then (will be 3 years indoors this September). I got her fixed and she gets along great with my other cat. However, I have never picked her up once. I try to get some “pets” in when I can but she runs away every single time. She runs under my bed every single time I try to get near her. Her anxiety has also caused her to pee on the couch or in my bed. Not often thankfully but enough times. Anyway, I would love to see how you can approach me to finally get Abby to let me touch her, pet her or finally pick her up. If I lived in LA I would apply to your show in a heartbeat. LOVE the show!

    Thanks,
    Julie

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    1. Lori   April 13, 2012 at 6:42 am  

      Hi Julie,

      I have a very similiar problem with the feral kitten that we brought into our home. He allows me and one of my daughters to pet him, but does not allow us to pick him up. He runs away from my other 2 daughters and my husband, even if they just look at him.

      We want soooo much to be able to pick him up, just in case of an emergency where we would need to pick him up to take him to safety, or if he ever were to get out of the house… but, mostly because we want him to feel loved and be happy.

      So, JACKSON, or anyone else out there who can help Julie and me, PLEASE reply.

      Thank you so very much!

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    2. Mary   July 2, 2012 at 10:16 am  

      My tabby boy was feral, but I got him at a few weeks old. He’s very loving, but does not want to be picked up or petted. He actually prefers us all to pet him with our feet. Maybe he feels more secure in that we’re not going to scoop him up and take him to the vet or maybe it’s a trust thing. At any rate, he does approach our hands when it’s on his terms. Try petting with your sock feet at first. Maybe once your cat is ok with the feet, it will feel more secure with you handling it.

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  32. Michelle   April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm  

    My cat is an old fart. We’ve had him at least 7 years, and he was an adult cat when we got him from a friend. He’s always been a good cat til about a year ago, when he started pooping in the living room. We moved into a new house about 6 months ago and now he poops in the living room, dining room, our bedroom, and sometimes my son’s bedroom. He can have a clean litter box, but I still come home to sometimes 4 piles of poop scattered about the house. What’s his deal? We keep trying to take him to the Humane Society, but they are always full. If we’re stuck with him, how do we fix the problem?

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    1. Jessie   August 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm  

      Hi Michelle– I don’t know if anyone’s gotten to your post. I had the same problem with one of my older cats both the year she became diabetic, around the time when a dog was introduced to the house, and during her last year in the months before she passed. I’d say the issue initially may be the new house. Have you tried introducing more than one litter box– one in every place he’s had an accident? The second thought is an illness. If he’s gotten a clean bill of health from the vet, then he’s stressed and is trying to make the new home his. The third idea is the litter or box itself. There was a recent ep of MCFH where Jackson explained how the litterbox and litter itself was stressful to a declawed older cat because it was literally painful. Once new boxes were introduced (boxes without any newfangled self-cleaning devices and the position were in areas that didn’t allow the cat to feel trapped) and litter that wasn’t as hard (I think a smaller grain, but I’m not sure) the problem was solved. It’s a shame that you feel it’s bad enough to try to give him away. Keep in mind that he will probably face death in a kill-shelter for a problem as minor as litterbox adjustment. It’s even more shameful that we find the need to kill animals when they get old and have such issues. I fought a long time with my family not to kill my cat because she was having urination issues. My argument is, when I’m old and may have incontinence issues then would they try to give me away or kill me off? If you honestly can’t or don’t want to take the time to get to the root of the problem, use Petfinder to find a local rescue no-kill group that would take him.

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  33. Nikki   April 13, 2012 at 6:03 am  

    I want to first let you know that I appreciate all the work you do for our feline friends that are in need of forever homes and I enjoy your show.

    I figure you might appreciate this story. I had been looking for a cat that I can adopt for a few weeks. Two days ago, I saw a cat listed at our local animal shelter that totally tugged at my heart strings. The shelter named her Flora, a beautiful little Siamese with poor vision. Someone else had adopted her and returned her the next day because all she did was hide under the bed. They didn’t even give her a chance.

    Well, I went to the shelter, yesterday, to meet her and see if I liked her personality and to ask if they could hold her for a week until payday. Before I could ask, they said someone had sponsored her adoption fees. Needless to say, I came home with a beautiful little love bug of a cat.

    Last night, she decided it was a good idea to jump up on my bed and curl up next to me. This morning, she did it again only to end up in my lap getting all the love and scratches she could handle. She’s still scared, but she’s in a new place with new people and has problems seeing to boot. I plan on giving her the time she needs to get used to her new home.

    So far (and this is day 2), She still hides under one of the night stands in my room for most of the day. I can almost accept that since cats are nocturnal, but it doesn’t feel right. At night after the kids go to bed and the house has less excitement, she’ll come out and jump up on my bed for attention. She does this for me, my husband and my (mostly calm) 12 year old daughter. However, any sudden movements (especially from someone other than me walking around my room) and she darts back under a nightstand. I know it takes time for felines to adapt to new environments. And it could take a bit longer with a partially blind cat. Just wondering how I can help her. She is such a loving spirit and I only want the best for her.

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  34. Kyla E.   April 17, 2012 at 11:21 am  

    I hope I haven’t ruined my cats; we adopted a new cat this past Saturday (4/14/12) and had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t know anything about separating the cats, so we just introduced them to each other right away. Both cats are neutered males; the new cat is declawed in the front. We expected a certain level of hostility from the original cat, which we got, but it hasn’t escalated to physical violence yet. I am worried because it seems like the new cat is deliberately aggravating the original cat. The new cat follows my original cat around, gets close to him, tries to eat his food and I discovered peed in the original cat’s litterbox. (the new cat is quite fat so I’m thinking the food thing might be more about obsessive overeating and not so much dominance and they do have their own litterboxes which are cleaned multiple times a day). My original cat is tense and gets really upset whenever the new cat gets too close to him, although the new cat hardly reacts. He usually lays down when my original cat starts growling and hissing at him, but once my original cat seems to have calmed down, the new cat will move a few inches closer. This pattern keeps going until my original cat gets really upset and lashes out verbally. The next day after we adopted the new cat, we tried to corral him in one of the bedrooms to make a safe space, but it didn’t seem to work, as the new cat is very intelligent and figured out how to get out of the room (this is with the door closed). I’m not really sure what to do at this point, and I really don’t want to cause my original cat any more distress. At the same time, I don’t want to take the new cat back to the shelter, as he is a sweet cat and the shelter he came from was not the best environment. I feel like it’s too much to hope that the cats will be friends but I’m hoping for mutual tolerance at this point. Is there anything I can do to salvage this situation? Help! I feel so terrible for being such an ignorant cat owner:(

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    1. Carol   April 18, 2012 at 10:49 am  

      Jackson did an episode where 2 cats who were litter mates were moved to an new environment and then didn’t recognize each other and were really fighting.
      One was separated in to a back room where he wasn’t very happy. Jackson solved their issues by separating the cats with a baby gate, fence, 1/2 door, what ever you have that can keep the kitties apart over a 2 or 3 week period would not allow the kitties to see each other at first , by putting a towel over the baby gate so they could only smell each other. Then little by little he moved the towel up the gate where they could see each other but could not get at each other and SLOWLY let them be around each other little by little. You original cat needs to have a place where he can get above the new
      cat and not be bothered but can just watch and feel safe. Jackson said this is something that can take a
      while and needs to be done slowly. The food for each animal and their littler boxes were kept in the area each cat was, so the other cat couldn’t get to them until the end when they had started to accept each other.

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      1. marianne   April 18, 2012 at 11:25 am  

        thanks for the quick reply..but, the answer was not for this issue. the older male being bitten is part of the original colony, and the kitten when introduced to the colony, she was accepted and welcomed. as she approached her first heat, she started choosing ‘mates’ .. after she was rejected by this male, (all cats are spayed or neutored) the biting started. since then she has been spayed, but the biting still continues. The male is now in a safe room, and the door is gated (baby gated) so the cats can see each other and ‘talk’ if they want to. the gate(s) are stacked in the door frame, from the floor to the top of the door ..so the kitten can not jump over or get through the gates to bite the male.
        my question is: how do I stop the biting behaviour from the kitten to this male?

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  35. Wendi Girardin   April 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm  

    im having a problem with my cat and i have no idea how to break him from this problem. he is litter box trained and has been since he was a kitten. for the last few months or longer hes been pooping outside the litter box and i have no idea why or how to stop him from doing that. today he peed in this tunnel we have for him and this is the first time hes peed outside the litter box. we do have one other cat which is my mothers cat and he always goes in the litter box. how to i break my cat from this?? ive tried just about everything else and i dont know what else to do.

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  36. Joyce Mason   April 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    I remember seeing one episode where a salad bar was set up,
    I don’t remember what types of greens were included. Can someone
    refresh my memory? Thanks in Advance, Love the show!

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    1. Team Cat Mojo   April 18, 2012 at 7:09 am  

      Hi Joyce,
      Isn’t that a great idea? A Cat Salad Bar! That was episode 6, the final episode of season 2.
      We sent an eNews email about it to everyone on Jackson’s email list at the time. Even if you weren’t on the list, though, you can see the email archives at http://jacksongalaxy.com/enews-archives.
      And of course, if you want to receive the emails personally when they first go out, make sure to sign up.
      Thanks for watching,
      Team Cat Mojo

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  37. marianne   April 18, 2012 at 10:12 am  

    Hello Jackson,
    I just LOVE your show..its just what the dr. ordered! thank you for all you do.
    I hope you can give some advice. I have a multicat household. (6) the oldest 10yrs (a queen) the youngest a rescue , now 9 months. (female). the problem is, the kitten is biting one of my males, so badly in fact, she leaves huge holes in his back, sides,neck..just all over. she doesn’t bother the other male, or the other females. only this one. she is spayed, (at 7months) she started doing this shortly before being spayed. I was hoping the spay would cure this behaviour, but so far no. my vet seems to think she is reacting to being ignored by this male when the ‘call of the wild’ first presented itself to her.
    presently I keep this male in a separate room.. but as soon as I let him out .. I fine he has more fresh bites on him. I’m a bit worried, I know this is affecting him.
    regards and thanks

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  38. Leah Jacoby   April 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm  

    Hello. I was wondering if Jackson, or anyone else, has had luck with “therapeutically” working with a brain-damaged and blind cat. I have two female litter mates that were born prematurely and abandoned in the floorboard of my car (windows were down obviously). I found them at about 2am lying in amniotic fluid with their umbilical cords still attached. I think the mother knew they were weak and would not make it and that’s why she left them there. Or perhaps she had been secretly watching me and knew I was a neonatal intensive care nurse and would save them. :-) Anyway I hand-raised both of them, and during their kitten years (they are about 5 years old now), I had a 16 year old male cat that happily became a mentor to them both as we had just lost his brother due to kidney disease. So it seems that Camila had been blind since birth and two different vets told me she was pretty severely brain-damaged probably from getting caught in the birth canal and becoming asphyxiated. Unfortunately, at about 6 months I had to have both of her eyes removed as her eye pressure skyrocketed. Her sister Flora apparently has no brain damage (she’s just a little goofy and her equilibrium is way off as she only has one eye as she apparently has the same congenital eye problem as her sister). I had to have one of Flora’s eyes removed, but the other has a subluxated lens that is improving after lots of treatment and she can see out of it. Whew, that’s the short version of their story.

    Here’s my problems. Racer, my older cat, has since died. He had successfully taught Flora to use the litter box, but Camila could never quite get the picture. She has always peed and poo’d on my very porous tile floors no matter what I have tried. Now that Racer is gone, Flora thinks it’s okay to follow suit and rarely uses one of the several litter boxes I have. So that’s one problem.

    The other more troubling problem is that Camila is scarily violent with anyone (other than me) that tries to sleep in “her” bed, which is really my bed that she lets me share with her. About 6 months ago, my boyfriend moved in with me. The cats have both taken to him very well – he is a great cat person. But Camila attacks him in bed. On some occasions she has hurt him pretty bad. For the first month or so I locked her out of the bedroom at night, but it broke my heart because the bed is her only “safe space”. Slowly we re-introduced her back into bed with us at night and she has gotten a little better and now only attacks my boyfriend when he moves (which he does regularly in his sleep).

    Okay, after all that, my question is this. Might there be some way to treat Camila given her brain-damage and blindness? Unfortunately she has affected all of my relationships up until now and luckily I have found a saint of a boyfriend to put up with her violence and stepping in puddles of pee and poo in the middle of the night (or anytime for that matter). Thanks for reading my story and I’d love to hear any comments one might have.

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  39. Kris   April 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm  

    I have a neutered 5 year old cat. He is an only child with two very clean liter boxes. He has recently began pooping in our bedroom at night. The vet says there is no physical reason for this behavior. I need help to change this bad habit???

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  40. Nancy   April 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm  

    I have two cats. From watching your show I have tried to implement more play, cat trees, appropriate meal times and of course lots of love. One of my cats randomly poos outside of the litter box. I keep our litter boxes impeccably clean. He has even pooed right next to it after I have cleaned it. I have tried automatic litter boxes, traditional litter boxes, clumping litter, non clumping litter. You name it, I have tried it. Both of my cats were adopted and i would really like to keep them both and enjoy living with them. I know which cat is pooing because my husband and I really got concerned with their health and videotaped it. He jumps in, starts to bury, jumps out and poos right next to the litter box. It happens at least twice a week during which we actually see him poo in the litter box and use it for urine. I and my husband are really at our wits end. Not sure we really like this relationship. It is not fair. He never asked to come into our lives but this is something that after 5 years just started. If it is a medical issue wouldn’t he never use the litter and at least be consistent? Should i start diapering? Anything is better than finding Poo every week. We need to be able to clear this issue for all three of us as we are all miserable with the present condition. Maybe he needs a better home and is unhappy with us. I don’t really want to but i feel as if he really is miserable with us and does this on purpose for attention (which we don’t give when this happens). This really is a deal breaker for my husband and I so please help us give our cat the bathroom he wants instead of our carpet.

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  41. Julie   April 24, 2012 at 11:16 am  

    Hello,
    I adopted a 3 year old Siamese from the shelter 3 months ago. Great cat but he was very scared in the beginning. He is fine know. The problem now is when I go to brush him or clip his claws he freaks out..I am thinking he was beaten and abused before I got him. When I approach him I introduce the clippers and the brush to him and let him sniff then. I approach him when he is relaxed and on the coach. I have gotten through 4 claws and then it’s over. He acted like I was going to hit him and it broke my heart. I can’t even touch him with any type of brush and he is shedding like crazy.. Any tips? Thanks so much.
    Jules

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  42. brandy   April 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm  

    I am at a total loss with my cat. I love him to death, he is the source of my stomach ulcers flaring up as well. Looking for anyone who has advice. Here is the story:
    Tony will be 16 yrs old on June 29th, he has been fixed and had his front claws removed, basically good health. He has a very anxious personality, the slightest change in schedules, movement of furniture in the house, new people into the house and he has a mental kitty breakdown. When my partner and her daughter moved in he hissed and swatted at her daughter for a year. He still has the energy of a kitten and loves to play, he will chase us around the house, stop and then run the other way expecting us to chase him. Odd game yes, but he likes it. Lately he has taken to screaming for hours on end for no apparent reason. His litter is clean, he is fed moist food twice a day, we leave dry food out, he gets fresh bottled water daily (yeah, he’s spoiled), and treats every night. He starts meowing between 6pm and 8pm and doesn’t stop until almost 11 pm some nights. We had a vet come out and check him over, wasn’t a pretty experience because of his anxieties. They said he is borderline hyperthyroid and hypertensive, but because of how he reacts when they come they can’t get a good read on him. I don’t know what to do to help him…its obvious that something is distressing him, but he won’t use human words to help me figure it out. Any suggestions? He has already driven my partner to take a 2nd job outside the house because of the meowing.

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  43. TONI O'CONNELL   April 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm  

    I HAVE A MUNCHKIN HE IS 1 YEAR OLD , I BOUGHT HIM AT A CAT SHOW HE WAS VERY SWEET AT THAT TIME…WHEN I GOT HIM HOME ALL HE DOES IS HISSES AT ME ALL THE TIME…CANT PICK HIM UP .NOR HOLD HIM ..I’M VERY VERY UPSET

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  44. Alex   April 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm  

    Why does my cat pee in my dog’s bed. She only started doing this a few months ago. The dog doesnt have any meaningful interaction with the cat. She sleeps most of the day. The cat is 8 yrs old and is in good health. We believe that this just a behaviorial problem. I have other cats that come in from time to time but the cat just pees in the dog’s bed. Why is this? She is looking to become an outdoor cat. HELP!

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  45. Stevie   April 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm  

    Hi everyone. I’m seeking urgent help from anyone with insight, and would love to hear from Mr. Jackson too! I’m at my wits end and am being threatened with the possibility of having to adopt my baby out…which would devastate me…I don’t understand why my cat is suddenly choosing my new couch over his litterbox (or how to make him stop) nor do I know how to get rid of the smell. I apologize that this will be lengthy but I have no idea what to do. So here goes: I am a military spouse who recently moved “oversea-ish”, into off-base military housing… I have three pets. The two cats are the oldest, my dog is female (who my husband favors the most) is the youngest. The subject cat is the oldest and our first, Buddy. He is very loving but also very shy. (The other is cat is female) All three have lived relatively peacefully with no health or territory issues for over three years. All three are fixed. We decided that in-between duty stations, while my husband was in training I’d go home (with my pets) and stay with my parents who had an incontinent elderly male cat, for the holidays and we’d meet up and move to the new home together. While at my parents house, we’d find along with the old pee stains on the floors, that someone was peeing on the couch and once, even pooping on the floor. We figured the pooping was Buddy b/c my parents cat was rather ornery and probably wouldn’t let him use the litterbox. But the peeing, we figured was my parents cat. So now we’re in our new home. All three have adjusted fine. Eating fine. Then suddenly while on the computer one day… I hear scratching…behind me. It was Buddy scratching on the our couches, as he would the litterbox. I sprung up to find he had peed on the couches (which we bought less than a year ago) , and that it had run down to underneath the cushions. I knew my husband would lose his mind so I immediately looked up how to clean it and sprinkled baking soda on the stain. I just picked him up and stuck him in his litterbox without scolding him, and didn’t want to risk the stain setting so ran out and picked up both the ‘Oxy Orange’ and ‘Stain and Odor’ Nature’s Miracle (spray bottles)….got home and doused the entire couch with the “stain and odor”. I was so baffled that this happened… I looked it up and was scared that he had a UTI… so I decided to watch him and my husband was upset but reserved as he said, “I’d feel really bad if he did have a UTI”. But his eating was fine. He didn’t show any signs of pain or discomfort…he also didn’t used the litter box. I didn’t change anything in his routine… We switched to an off brand litter but this isn’t the first time we’ve used different litters. They’ve never been fussy and he’s used it fine for days prior to this. So I covered the couch in an old white blanket to keep them off of it while the stuff was soaking… at least until I was happy with the smell… So later one, we were watching TV and my husband resolved that Buddy didn’t have a UTI. He’s still just as lovey towards us. and nothings changed but we had the screen door open and heard a cat meowing… and when I checked my “she-cat” was peering out of the screen door and began hissing and meowing back at a cat just outside… My husband immediately i.d’ed this as the issue… I googled it and did find some things that agreed. And since then, we’ve noticed an abundance of stray cats that linger around our neighbor. Pulling into our driveway, we’ve even seen two cats running from that our doorway into the street at the same time. We’re off base so its basically just a neighborhood, just as exposed to the stray population. I hesitate to do anything to as far as planting “piss-off” (anti-cat/dog) plants or spraying pepper concoctions b/c I don’t know how it would effect my pets since we open the windows and obviously my dog has to go outside…but there’s not “pee smell” from the strays lingering outside… We don’t leave our windows open at night when this normally happens. If we leave him alone, the smell is still there…Even though I’ve used nearly the entire contents of both bottles plus white vinegar. and he’ll still pee on the couches.. it never fails. I have to be there to make sure he doesn’t. Otherwise, we have lock BOTH pets into the laundry room for the entire night… and even then, there was poop on the floor…3 feet away from the litterbox! (Also forgot to mention, checking to make sure I wasn’t delinquent in my DAILY litter duties was actually the first thing I did after the first time this happened and have been very diligent about it afterwards….I concluded he just wasn’t using it.)This has been going on for days and although that may not be so long for some people, my husband is very clear… if a few more weeks go by with no change….Buddy has to go…I would be devastated…but I have OCD about the cleanliness in my home.. and can’t see this going on for much longer…and again, I don’t know what to do about a stray population I have no control over… I’m exhausted with the relentless cleaning and trying to make sure he’s not sniffing the area..getting ready to do it again I am so sad that I have to pen them up in a tiny room but the smell in the couch is still so overwhelming. I don’t know what to do. Please help.

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    1. Maddie & Roo's kitty-mama   May 8, 2012 at 6:14 am  

      Are your cats neutered? If your female cat has not been spayed, it could be the reason the strays are hanging around. Call your local SPCA or township authorities and ask them to humanely round up the neighborhood strays; if they won’t do it, perhaps a local TV station could help broadcast the stray-cat problem and help find a solution, so talk to the stations’ help-lines or program directors. There probably IS “pee-smell” outside that the strays can detect even if you can’t. The issue with the male strays is probably aggravating your male cat, especially since you open your windows and he can smell their “calling cards” and see them hanging around. If I were you, I would try to “get rid of” the strays before I “got rid of” my own pet.

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  46. Tracey   May 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm  

    I’ve been trying to figure out why my cat scratches at the walls. That may sound odd since cats love to scratch at things, but this is different. My cat Ashe only scratches vigorously at her scratching posts. She never digs her nails into furniture or carpet or anything. However, she has a habit of scratching very lightly on the walls. She doesn’t do any damage, doesn’t even leave a mark, but it is annoying like someone running their nails on a chalkboard. She does it mostly early in the morning, so at first I thought that she was trying to get me up. But sometimes she’ll do it at other times of the day too and it’s not just in a particular room or place on the wall, it can be anywhere. I don’t know if she is constantly marking territory this way or what’s going on. If anyone can explain this behavior to me and offer advice on how to stop it, I’d really appreciate it.

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  47. Reaan   May 6, 2012 at 3:24 am  

    Hi everyone,
    I share a flat with my sister and our 2 cats, Scout & Pixie. We live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, so they are indoors only – although we have a balcony that they can go out on.. we also keep their litter trays (2) outside.

    The problem is that Pixie (runt of the litter, scout’s brother) keeps peeing on my sister’s bed. We’ve tried EVERYTHING by now.. at first her room was mine, and it was my bed being peed on, but since then we switched rooms, and now its hers.

    Both cats get a lot of love and attention, and scout seems extremely content sitting on the window sill and being well behaved. Pixie not so much. They get the exact same treatment, same food, same attention, same everything.

    We’re at out wits end here. If we cant resolve it we’re going to have to get rid of him – its just a painful reality. We currently just close her room door when we’re not home, but thats not fair either. Also, he’s not phased with us there, he pees there regardless, sometimes even with her in the room.

    He’s been checked medically and he’s healthy.
    PLEASE help us if anyone can?
    thanks

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  48. Dee   May 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm  

    I have a great affectionate loving cat. Except that she will urinate on my bed, ONLY at night, when I am asleep. And she will only do this on my bed when I am asleep. Her Litter Box is clean, and again, this kitty will not urinate anywhere else in the house, except her litter box and my bed when I am asleep; if I accidentally leave my bedroom door open.

    Does anybody have any ideas on this.

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    1. Mary   July 2, 2012 at 10:22 am  

      I have this problem with my cat as well. Have you found a solution? It’s very frustrating.

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  49. Sleepless in Catdom   May 9, 2012 at 8:35 am  

    Mew Jekyll and Hyde

    Hi Jackson!

    First, let me tell you how much I love your show and learning from it. I used to design to promote human behavior change and it is fascinating to see a seemingly “evil” cat changes his/her behavior with love, attention and a bit of work.

    So here is my story. I have adopted two Siamese cats about two years ago from a rescue organization – Cookie and Coco. Cookie is a tortoise shell point and Coco was a seal point kitty. Noticed the past tense on Coco? Yes, she has ever since passed away with genetic disease. I did everything I could possibly do including weekly trip to her vet and seeing specialist. She was the poster child for seal point Siamese.

    Long story short, I felt bad for Cookie. She has been sort of a lone but wonderfully friendly and vocal cat through Coco’s illness. So, we decided to adopt a cat right away for her so that she does not have to be alone at home when we are at work. We wanted to adopt another Siamese.

    When we went to adopt a cat, there was this cat particularly eager to come home with us. We decided to take this affection as him choosing us to be his guardian. We adopted him right away even thought he was not a Siamese mix. He is a gorgeous Orange and white tabby and we called him Uni Nigiri.

    Uni Nigiri: very active cat, but jealous. He will push Cookie out of her food bowl. They fight to grab each other’s neck. It is not to the level of puncturing each other but still it is very disturbing to hear and watch. Uni is also a very smart yet obsessive cat. He will scratch under our bed to get negative attention. He knows he shouldn’t do this. He also messes with the blind to get negative attention. If we lock him out of the room (with Cookie which I really don’t want to because she might see it as a punishment) he will sit outside and cry for hours on. He figured out he can try to open the door if he mess with the door knob which adds to the noise.

    I tried your method by playing with him, giving him positive attention and more. Nothing is working. Meanwhile, we both are lacking sleep. Is there any other method I am not aware?

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    1. Piper   May 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm  

      My cat does the same thing meowing at the door for hours and trying to (sometimes successfully) open our bedroom door. We have taken to holding the door closed with a big rock. It’s crazy, he is really messing with out sleep. He has everything he needs, food, a door to get outside (he’s indoor outdoor) and plenty of warm safe places to hang out all over the house. I hope Jackson can give us a suggestion.

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  50. Sean   May 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm  

    My 8 1/2 year old female American short hair is a sweet girl, most of the time. My issue is that I really want to go on a week-long trip very soon, but I am afraid to leave her based on what has happened in the past when she was by herself for 4 days. My older brother came by to feed her and scoop her litter, but she didn’t eat much at all, and she vomited food several times. Is there anything I can do in preparation for leaving her that will prevent a recurrence of the anorexia and overall stress? Please help!

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    1. CJ   September 8, 2012 at 11:59 am  

      Sean—-My cat is the same way. She is fine while I’m at work for 8 hrs, but not with someone stopping in everyday to feed her and play some when I’m gone for a day or more. So, now I pay someone to stay overnight with her and she’s fine. Whoever stays can be gone through the day but has to be there at night. She was a 2 yr old barn cat when I got her, so I was surprised she is this way.

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  51. Jacqueline Bojarski   May 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm  

    I am having difficultly trying to intergrade my 5 y/o cat who I have had since she was 8 wks old w/ my 2 newly adopted cats who are sisters and are 2-3 y/o. They are very shy and scared of everyone, they were rescued from a hoarder who kept them locked in a bathroom, and then they spent 1 yr in a shelter until I adopted them. They stay upstairs where I originally gave them their own space (per the adoption people) they like it up there, but won’t come down. If they even attempt to my older cat hisses (I have never heard her hiss ever prior to this) and chases them back up stairs. She will not even give them a chance, although she loves and gets a long with my 10 y/o 100 pound Boxer, she is only 12 pounds, sleeps with him, cleans him, sometimes smacks him and plays with him. If I could PLEASE get any advice on how to get the new cats to let us (me, my husband, my 10 y/o daughter) come near them, my older cat not to be mean to them, and for them to get used to my dog, who they hiss at whenever he comes near them, and he just tries to smell them, he is used to my older cat and doesn’t understand why these cats don’t like him. My original cat is a Calico and in general is not very nice to anyone, except our dog and that is not always, She will come sit on my lap want to be petted, and when she is done will bite me to get me to stop instead of just getting up and leaving. She has bitten everyone who has every petted her, she will attack my daughter for no reason while she is just walking by. All of the cats seem to have issues. The new cats have been with us for 2 months and I feel like they are just not happy here or want to be here, they do not want any human contact. I don’t know what to do. I adopted them to give them a better life and not be stuck in a cage at a shelter for their whole life, and b/c they are sisters I took both b/c they have never been separated, and I didn’t want to separate or traumatize them. HELP PLEASE!

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  52. Emily   May 22, 2012 at 12:19 am  

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I, as well as many many others, so appreciate what you have done for cats and their families all over the world. I’ve seen half a dozen informative programs over dogs and their behavior and My Cat from Hell is the very first cat behavior program I’ve ever watched. I have three cats, one is very old and overweight who never wants to use the litter box. And my family always thought of him as a bad cat and punished him for his behavior.

    Now I understand that my cat has underlying problems that drive him to act this way, that he’s not just a bad kitty, and even how I can help him.

    Thank you so much for sharing your understanding and cat-savvy with the world. I know it’s so appreciated. You’ve really made a difference for our feline friends.

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  53. Lydia   May 24, 2012 at 7:50 am  

    Hi Jackson,
    I’m from Bulgaria (Eastern Europe) and I’ve been watching your show for a while. It helped us to learn a lot about our cat and how to catify our home even further. We have a gorgeous silver persian chinchilla and when we took her home we decided to have one litter and then neuter her. She rarely had pee problems before but few days after we gave away the last kitten she went into heat again and then she started peeing everywhere – on the kitchen counter, the table, various corners of our room. I just caught her getting ready to pee on my husband’s t-shirt. I can’t understand what is wrong with her since we have always tried to speek her language, play with her, etc. Generally, she’s our “baby”. And now I’m confused by her behavior and can’t figure out what’s her problem.
    We do plan to neuter her – initially, in early June but now I’m wondering if we should do it even next week and if that would help at all.
    Could you give us advice what to do? Why is she peeing everywhere else but her litter box (which is cleaned couple of times a day)?

    Thank you. We appreciate greatly everything you’re doing for cat owners and their cats.

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  54. Arne   May 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm  

    Hi Jackson!!

    As many said before me – THANK YOU for helping all cat lovers around the globe! You are just great, and hopefully You’ll keep the great work for many years ahead!

    I have a dilemma and I would appreciate if you or any other commentator could help – our family is moving from South Texas to Connecticut. We still keep debating what is best for our two 5 years old cats – go on a road trip for at least four days, or simply ship them via an airline, and everything is done in 12 hours. Any thoughts? We are really torn apart- it would be better if they are with us non – stop, rather then being stuck on some plane, but then again, four days is a lot to travel for cats that never did so before and it may even be more stressful than fly.

    Thanks!!

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  55. Amy L.   May 26, 2012 at 1:23 am  

    Hello, Jackson! My 8-year-old Lily has attacked people since kittenhood. It’s not the usual kind of attack; it’s never precipitated by anything. Victims may be sitting in a chair reading; placing a book on a shelf; watching TV with Lily asleep (or seeming to be) on the lap. Suddenly she silently lunges and savagely sinks her teeth and foreclaws into the victim, while bringing up her backpaws in an attempt to eviscerate him. Her favorite attack target is the hand and forearm. We’re all wary of touching her, or even being near her, for fear of being nailed, so to speak. I set aside time every day to play with her, and no one here has ever, ever mistreated her. She has several high places that are safe to escape to. I can’t vouch for what happened to her before we got her (she was 7 months old when we adopted her), so perhaps the problem is rooted in her kittenhood. Any advice, not only from you, but from your readers, would be so welcome. Thanks very much.

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  56. Carole   May 29, 2012 at 5:46 am  

    I am desperate…I have 3 cats, a female and 2 males, they are litter mates and 3 years old. They have all been fixed and I keep their litter boxes cleaned everyday but the males; one poops in front of the litter boxes instead of in either one of them, the other uses the floor in the dining room. I have put them outside for the day and instead of it giving them the clue I’m not happy they get up on the kitchen counter and pees. My husband is so stressed out that I’m afraid he’s going to have a heart attack or stroke and I’m so stressed I can’t concentrate on my work (which I do from home). My vet says they are marking their territory, but that doesn’t make sense. If I don’t get hints of how to solve this problem, I’m going to have to find new homes for my boys. The female has been a perfect angel so she’s safe from losing her happy home. Please help me save my floors and countertops. Carole from Kansas

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    1. Crystal   May 31, 2012 at 1:04 am  

      Hey I dont know if female cat and male cat are the same but if a female cat pee where it is not sapossed to it may have a UTI you may want to talk to a vet….

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  57. Crystal   May 31, 2012 at 12:58 am  

    first sorry for spelling issues i may have!!!) SOOOO…. my boyfriend and i are moving in together soon and at first will be living in small living space basicly a stuido apartment we both have cats that we cant live without he has two males and one female and i have one male and one female there ages range from a 1 year old to about 4 years… i have to 2 major questions!!!!! one how do we integrate our cats so they are comfortable? we understand with cats it may take awhile… my second question is about food…. one of his cat is not alowed to eat dry food because of medical reasons so his cats get wet food every morning and night as to one of my cats hates wet food so my cats get a small amount of dry food all day… his cat that cant eat dry food will eat it if its infront of him and thats nooo goood!…. WHAT DO WE DOO??? we need help PLEASE!!! we both dont want to have to live without our babys but really would like to get our realationship moving forward!!!!

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    1. CJ   September 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm  

      Crystal—–Is the reason the one cat has to have wet food because of UT problems? If so, I found low-ash dry catfood worked just as well, but you should check with a vet first.

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  58. Julie   June 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm  

    Hi Jackson! My name is Julie and for 20 years i have always wanted a little cat. Last summer my prayers were answered and a little stray cat tip toed into my life. She was incredibly sweet and affectionate and wanted so badly to be an indoor cat. I wasn’t allowed to bring her inside because people in my home have allergies so we would feed her outside and sit with her and she would cuddle on our laps and she was just so sweet. Sadly there were a number of stray cats around and still are and they were all much bigger than she was and she would get into terrible fights with them and often times got hurt. She was injured so badly that we broke down and finally brought her in and nursed her back to health. Since she’s been in she’s been a rather good girl she’s caught a few mice in our home and has cuddled with us when we weren’t feeling well, but we often continue to let her go out i know its not right and we have tried getting her toys and things to entertain her but she prefers to go out. I know its not good if she goes out because on several occasions she dose get into fights with strays and when she was first with us she wasn’t aggressive and was afraid of the other cats now if she sees them she hisses, screams, and puffs and its even worse if she’s out she will pursue other cats and start fights herself now. She’s no longer cuddly and insists on going out whenever she can she has even figured out how to open our front door so she can go out and what’s even worse is we live next to and behind a very busy highway and i am scared to death that one day she wont come home and i will find her injured or dead somewhere on the highway. Also i should mention she has been spayed and she’s been spayed since she came to us we don’t know where she came from but when she first came here she was very friendly and affectionate and now it seems like she wants to be outside and misses being a wild fighting cat. I’m not sure what to do for her my family dosen’t seem to helpful because they let her out almost anytime she wants and honestly we’re not very educated on how to care for a cat especially one that has been a stray. Please help us and our precious little Pussy Willow!
    Julie from New Jersey

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  59. Laurie   June 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm  

    We had five cats.4 males and 1 female.One of our males was acting weird 2 days ago. He had dropped a little weight and just turned 14.We took him to the vet.It was bad news.The test showed he was in kidney failure and there was nothing they could do.We had to put our “buddy” down.

    After balling our eyes out the last 2 days the other 4 cats are looking around sniffing the couches and the carpet sniffing for him.It is painful for us because each time we see a space we remember a memory of him jumping on the counter,sleeping with us,etc.

    We told the other 4 cats one by one that he had gone to heaven and was sick and that we were sorry.We don’t know what else to do except give it time.We are having him cremated and should have the ashes back in a few days.We were going to show that to the other cats and then place him on the mantle thinking it would help.He was so full of life just 2 days ago and it ripped our hearts out to see him go.We told him we loved him forever as he was fading out with the sedation.To some people pets are just pets but to us they are family and like children.It has been really hard to deal with this.

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  60. Kidney Cat Momma   June 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm  

    Dear Everyone Complaining About Urination Issues,

    Get your cats to a vet. Seriously!! A layperson can not determine whether or not a cat has a UTI, kidney infection, kidney or bladder stones or Renal Failure. Most cats DO NOT stop eating or playing or even act as though they are in pain with these conditions. The signs of kidney disease are so ridiculously subtle (especially when the disease is in its early stages) that without blood tests looking at Creatine, BUN, etc, you will not be able to rule it out. Cats are predators–they instinctively hide illness–and normal cats will NOT show any sign of kidney disease until 75% of function is gone. Kidney disease is extremely common….and manageable!!

    I say this because of experience. My childhood cat developed CRF in old age, which is extremely common. But my Asha, whom I lost last year to kidney related issues, was 8 and developed CRF because she had been born with one working kidney. She was incredibly playful, loving, energetic, happy and hungry until she had to be hospitalized 3 days before she completely crashed out and had a heart attack.The heart attack and seizures that she succumbed to could easily have been related to her kidney failure, because the kidneys regulate minerals in the blood that directly affect the heart and other organs. No one knew that she had one kidney that wasn’t fully developed and that the good kidney had failed until an autopsy was performed to rule out FIP. Her behavior fooled multiple vets.

    I am now nursing my 18 month old kitten (that I adopted in Asha’s memory) through Acute Renal Failure due to partial obstruction because of multiple kidney stones blocking both of the tubes that connect her kidneys to her bladder. Zoe was given only days to live without surgical intervention (which we can not afford), but thanks to an ER vet who talked to us about treating her with aggressive fluids and medications (because she is so young, plucky and in good condition otherwise that she felt like she deserved a chance to fight this), she is starting to stabilize and must have passed a stone on at least one side. She also had a concurrent kidney infection, which appears to have been defeated by antibiotics.

    The point? Asha’s only symptom was the refusal of one meal and a history of periodic out of bounds urination that everyone thought was behavioral. The episode would resolve and we’d think we had it figured out. In retrospect, she was drinking a lot if water, but she always had, so I was never aware that it was abnormal. And Zoe? She vomited a few times, but has, through this ordeal, been a hyper, hungry, mischievous cat (even with kidney values that were off the charts bad and ultrasound results that most people read as a death sentence). So, I will reiterate: A normal cat will NOT show any sign of kidney failure until 75% of their kidney function is gone. And untreated UTIs over time contribute to kidney infections and the development of Chronic Renal Failure/Chronic Kidney Disease (which IS manageable, but you want to avoid).

    Zoe is hopefully moving into CRF/CKD now, which is manageable with diet along and subcutaneous fluids. Our only problem is now trying to make the injection time less of a battle (I swear the cats in the demonstration and youtube vids are no reference for how to deal with getting 6.8 lbs of powerful, but terrified kitten to be still for 5 minutes to get hydrated so her kidneys can keep going! I know that she will adjust and we will get better at it, but right now it’s a nightmare! I envy people with sedate, older cats who have learned to tolerate it…)

    So, before giving up your cat or trying to pronounce a clean bill of health without medical credentials, make sure to get your cat to a vet and to advocate for the kinds of tests and treatment your cat might need. Get a second opinion if your vet won’t do the bloodwork or urinalysis and read up on cat behavior if there isn’t a health problem!

    Cats are not disposable and it can take some serious effort and self scrutiny to unravel behavioral issues. It isn’t fair to the cat to dump him or her. It isn’t fair to pass the problem off to somebody else. People don’t dump their kids when the going gets rough, because it would be irresponsible and they’d be under scrutiny. Taking care of our animal companions is also a commitment and responsibility! When you refuse to allow yourself the easy way out, you find ways to make it work.

    I say that as someone who has had problem and special needs animals. I’ve trapped and tamed feral kittens (Asha was one of these–her mother had been hit by a car), raised a Whippet with a partially paralyzed esophagus (who lived 12 happy years), taken in a stray and helped nurse animals through serious illness. Every cat or dog in my family has a forever home. (Right now, that’d be 4 kitties.) No one in my family has suffered and our property has mostly remained intact ( the papertowel rolls were asking for it, anyway). We’ve had to be flexible in our thinking, creative in our problem solving and willing to give it some elbow grease. It isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile is.

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  61. HOLLY   June 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm  

    Oh Jeez. I am not optimistic that Jackson will answer as he is clearly overwhelmed with questions. But I am so worried about Dumpling!

    She is a 2 year old Himalayan and the best cat I have ever had (I’ve had many). We just moved to a smaller apt in Brooklyn, a floor-through that is so narrow she can’t run like she used to. I am just broken hearted that she might be unhappy because there is no place for her to stretch her legs and I can’t figure out a way to design a play space for her. I don’t want her to become miserable and neurotic, Jackson. She is really a very good girl. You would just love her!!

    Any help directing me or contracting me to suggest new designs for cat play spaces would be so very appreciated.

    PS I love your show and I respect your approach to cats.

    XOXO

    Holly

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    1. Kris   June 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm  

      Get your cat a tower close to a window so she can see out. I know this will sound crazy, but put small shelves on your walls to simulate steps so she can go verticle and fix one up high that is bedlike. She will love looking down on you!

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  62. catherine   June 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm  

    I have a lovely siamese – tortie I found at a shelter. He’s a great kitty, but when he wants attention he scratches at 1 of 2 (usually) both chairs in the family room.
    He has scratching posts and tons of toys. Evena floor to ceiling multi-level scratching tree. Its awesome.
    But nothing seems to stop him. I’ve ignored him – hoping ignoring him would avoid reinforcing that he gets attention when he scratches at the chairs.
    I’m out of ideas. I’ve even used double-sided tape but he just finds a untaped spot on the chair to scratch at. Anybody have any ideas?

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  63. Jenni   June 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm  

    We have two cats, Mango and DD. (Dee Dee Dot), Mango is a really nice and pretty cat but, he poops in places he should not and even though we clean it up to where the smell is gone he still poops there. DD. totally different though. She is evil and we can’t even go near her without her scratching, biting, or even spitting at me and my two kids, 14 and 12, lately Mango has been missing but once we got him back she has been keeeping him from eating as in, everytime he goes near food she hisses and attacks him. I am the owner of DD and I am basicly the only one who can see the bright side of her then she attacks me. I need help so me and my children will have a better life with our cats.
    Help is needed

    Jenni

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  64. Tanya Cardwell   June 21, 2012 at 5:17 am  

    Salutations, Mr. Galaxy!
    My name is Tanya Cardwell and I would like to get together with you for fruit smoothies after Cat Fest. I worked 5 years in the behavior department at the Dumb Friends League and the City of Denver has assigned me to start a city shelter behavior program. I would like to bounce some ideas off you.
    Purrs,
    Tanya Cardwell
    Denver, CO

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  65. Marion   June 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm  

    Hi Jackson and team!
    I have a cat of almost 8 years old now. I got her from a farm where her mother and father were not sterilized and got kittens twice a year. The day before she was born, the woman of that farm died. And that was fortunate because she used to drown the kittens. Terrible! After her death the family gave away the kittens and sold the farm. I think that the kittens were far too young then. Also the mother cat did not care anymore. She did not even look at the kittens. A lot of my cats behavior is due to that start of her life. She does everything the other way around. She sleeps, washes herself and than eats. And then plays. The only problem with her is with her scratching the furniture. I have tried anything, all kinds of materials, no she does not like it. Put cat nip on the scratching post etc. No she looks at me like; you are so stupid; do you really think I will fall for that! Now I have her scratching only one chair and believe me, that is the best I can do. So my black comfy chair is hers now. I am happy and she is happy. Also she likes to be petted rough sometimes and she will let me know, biting me in the arm or somewhere else. Just a bite to let me know; Hey give me the rough treatment now! So I am not having any problems. Just to let you know that if you understand and respect your cat; a lot can be solved. I also use the I love you look from when she was a little kitten and it works well.
    The only thing is; should I make her happy by getting another cat, a kitten? I must tell you that my cat is very dominant and jealous. The only thing is, I feel a little guilty when I have to work all day and she is alone. I have read just about everything there is about this subject and talked with a lot of people but I cannot decide. If my cat is not happy about a kitten then I also would feel terrible. I would really appreciate your opinion. thanks! Oh and by the way; loved the book!!
    Marion (Holland, Europe)

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  66. Justin   June 26, 2012 at 10:52 am  

    Hey guys!
    After I take a shower my cats try to bite my arms. It seems like they are trying to get their sent back on me, but they are very aggressive about it. They go kind of crazy like they are on catnip or something. Is this normal cat behavior? Is it the soap that I’m using? I’ve tried different types and it doesn’t seem to change anything. I wish I knew what was so I could make the appropriate changes.
    Thanks for any of your comments and opinions!
    Justin

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  67. Alan   June 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm  

    My fiancee and I have a year old male cat who won’t stop begging for food. He even steals food, especially chicken, off of our plates. We try shooing him away, gently, and firmly saying no, but he won’t give up. He’s even taken food from our kitchen counters (we don’t allow him on those) while we’re standing no more than three feet away. How do we get this behavior modified?

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  68. Kristin   June 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm  

    Help!
    I’m not sure what to do. My cat is almost 2 years old and is litter box trained. For some reason she likes to pee on my bed…usually when I’m in it! I’ve called her vet and they said it could be a UTI, which was ruled out. They also said that she may do it because she likes the way the blanket feels so I changed the blanket to something less plush and soft, she still does it. I even got a new bed and I thought she had stopped, but she did it to me again this morning.
    Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
    Kris

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    1. Mary   July 2, 2012 at 10:25 am  

      I have this problem as well. Aside from keeping out of the room, my vet suggested getting a large plastic drop cloth to make the bed seem unpleasant. We’re still working to break my girl of the bad habit. Good luck.

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  69. Brenda   June 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm  

    Every time I sit on the couch, my boyfriend’s cat lays with its buttocks pushed up against me. Why does she do this?
    I never had a cat and am perplexed by her behavior.

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  70. Katherine   June 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm  

    Dear Jackson, I have two wonderful cats but the problem is they dont get along very well and if we keep both of them in the same house, they both start peeing everywhere ( laundry, beds, furniture, walls, ect.). One cat lives indoors and one lives outside. I live in Texas so the summers here are brutal and I get very worried for the one living outside. Any advice would be great and i know you are very busy but anything would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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  71. Tim Farrell   July 1, 2012 at 10:10 am  

    Hi Jackson,
    I know you’re probably inundated with questions but if you get a chance…..We have a well behaved 16 year old tuxedo cat who has asthma. The steroid they prescribed for that is giving her terrible constipation so we want to try using a kitty inhaler. (have you had any experience with this, we never heard of one before). We bought the inhaler and medicine and are trying to get her to accept having a mask over her face for 10 seconds twice a day. So far we have only tried getting her used to the mask by first giving her a treat when she sniffed at it and now we put tuna juice on the rim of the mask so she now licks it. However getting her to let us put it over her face is a challenge. Any suggestions? Are we on the right track? Thanks for your help.

    -Tim

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  72. Mary   July 2, 2012 at 10:01 am  

    Why on earth does my tabby insist on following me into the bathroom? If I get there first, he opens the door and lets himself in or meows until I open the door. Honestly, I don’t follow him into the litterbox. I don’t need his help, and I have to leave out the same door I came in. What’s the attraction?

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  73. Fox Haddock   July 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm  

    Dear Jackson,
    I’ve been in tears for the past few hours. 4 months ago, my husband and I brought our newborn son home from the hospital. We thought Andora, our (soon to be) 14 year old cat would be okay. She cuddled up to him the whole time I was pregnant, felt him kick and all. But now, we’re facing a choice her or our son. I cannot stand the thought of having her put down, but with her temperament, no vet/shelter will take her.
    She attacks every one except us three, hisses, growls… a few people have almost needed stitches after meeting her… But, at home, she is peeing on EVERYTHING. Repeatedly. For 4 months. Mostly, it is in a handful of places, and all hard to find until she pees there enough.
    Andora avoids Kenneth like the plague, but the urine is out of control. What do we do? How can we keep my girl from leaving our family???
    Andora was found in a dumpster behind my mom’s work, shortly after birth. Mom brought her home, I nursed her, raised her, was the first person Andora ever saw in life (10:23pm that first night she was with us). Her birthday is (best guesstimate) July 28. For the life of me, I wish I knew what to do to help her through this and celebrate that day with her again.
    Please, we need your help. Andora needs your help.
    Sincerely,
    Fox & Andora

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  74. Carol Drake   July 6, 2012 at 11:35 am  

    Jackson,
    Hi. I have a 5yr.old Tortie and white short haired kitty, Emily, most would call her Calico. She has always been the only cat. She never is let out. She is incredibly smart, understands some words, like froggy and treats. Problem is this, a neighbor dumped and deserted his cat, a 5yr. old beautiful male Maine Coon. He is very laid back, sweet and lovable. He has adopted us. He has been living outside and never leaves our property, which is kitty heaven. We have named him Jonathan. When I call him it sounds like a herd of elephants galloping thru the brush. He desperately wants in. We have set up our garage with toys, sofa, loveseat, rug, tent, a place for him to feel safe. We spend lots of time with him. He loves being combed, and doesn’t mind having his nails cut. We have tried bringing him in several times, sometimes with a harness. Emily is very curious. We have french doors, so they see each other, and look for each other all the time.
    When he has been in the house, Emily runs and then Jonathan who is twice her size relentlessly chases her and she is very scared. When he gives up, he patrols the house, jumps up on a sofa and takes a nap for 2 hrs. Emily stays upstairs in the bedroom and won’t come down. Right now we are letting him on the back screened porch. We put Emily on a small attached porch seperated by screen door, they both have a dish of treats. Jonathan goes up to door, eats his treats, talks to her, then lays down near us and takes a nap. Emily hisses at him and growls, won’t touch her treats, but yet seems interested in where he is and what he is doing. She is very frightened. We have cut their nails back in case there is an altercation. We have done this only 3 times so far. Thinking of getting some kind of cat tree for Emily to escape to when we finally let them in the same room. We are very concerned with that next step.
    Any advice or suggestions would be very appreciated.
    Thanks, Carol

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  75. Tracy   July 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm  

    Thank you! I volunteered at the local shelter and saw many cat find their forever homes. They all had good hearts who deserved a chance. My two babes are pretty sweet with their quirks. My question which I think others may experience is when the people go on vacation, what happens with the fur kids? Does our departure mess with their schedule? Free, our overeater on a controlled diet, maintains her routine of nap, eat, box, nap. She’s mostly fine. Chi, our timid teen, seems to eat less or minimally while we’re gone. During quick weekend trips, we leave Chi’s food out of reach of Free. We don’t do free eating mostly because Free would be TOO free about the eating. We leave extra and many times find most of it still there. We’ve learned we need to shower for Chi to allow us to approach her – smelling unusual and all. She’s our sweet, sensitive one. Is there anything else we can do to keep her comfortable in our absence? She’s always been weary of people, even us as a kitten. It was difficult to socialize her. Thoughts? Ideas?

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  76. Darcy   July 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm  

    Hi! We just rescued two cats in May a 3 yo DSH orange tabby and a 4 month old gray DSH Tabby kitten. They love each other and are wonderful additions to the family. The cat is a loveable and happy cat. However the kitten does not seem to be happy, calm or loving. We’ve tried everything but she is only affectionate when we’re getting her food ready as she’ll rub against my leg. If I try to stoop and pet her or approach her, she runs away like she’s afraid of being attacked. Any suggestions?

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    1. Carol Drake   July 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm  

      HI DARCY,
      I WOULD TEND TO THINK THAT THE 4 MOS.OLD BABY HAS HAD VERY LITTLE HUMAN CONTACT, IF ANY, AND DOESN’T KNOW QUITE WHAT TO EXPECT. JUST TALK TO HER, PLAY WITH HER. SIT ON THE FLOOR WITH HER TO GET DOWN TO HER LEVEL. TRY HAND FEEDING HER SOME TREATS. SEE IF YOU CAN INTEREST HER IN SOME TOYS. SHE’LL COME AROUND. WHEN SHE FEELS SHE CAN TRUST YOU.

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  77. Joyce Mason   July 9, 2012 at 6:17 am  

    Hi Jackson,
    I saw the episode of Marco and his agressive
    attacks. I have 3 cats all spayed females, but
    my oldest one “Jane” has litter box issues that
    I think are stress related. The white cat “Lily”
    will chase her from the litter box, and the last
    time it was a knockdown drag out fight. Jane
    started pooping in the living room, and someone
    has started spraying in the kitchen. I remember
    Jackson saying to the couple to clean up the clutter,
    and I think that is a big part of my problem. I took Jane
    to the vet to get her checked out and I have been trying to
    declutter. The vet says she is allright, but now I have to re-
    introduce her to the household. Jane gets stressed easily,
    and I think I do too.

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  78. Meghan   July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm  

    My cat has severe PTSD and I’m really hoping to get some suggestions with what to do.

    Last year, my city was hit by a massive tornado that destroyed most of the town. While I wasn’t home, my cat was. Everything I own was completely destroyed, and I finally found my cat four days later. She was hiding in the back of a dresser that I found in my neighbors house. After the tornado, I moved into my parents house- my parents who have two full grown German Shepherds. She spent most of the time being locked in a bedroom, or hiding from the dogs. Two months after the tornado, my parents house was hit by lightning and caught on fire. I found her hiding under the couch hours later. After the house caught on fire, we ended up living in a small hotel room for months.

    I dont know what to do now. She has torn holes in the bottom of my couch and bedsprings so she can hide inside them. She’s been having “accidents” all over the house- her litterbox is perfectly clean. Lately, she’s been going to the bathroom in her food bowl. She attacks anyone that comes in the house- she hisses and growls. If they get close to her she attacks, though she doesn’t have any claws. Anytime it storms, she “scoots” accross the ground to get to the couch so she can hide under it. Sometimes she’ll be perfectly fine and sit with me on the couch, other times she climbs up behind me and starts to hiss- then she attacks my head.

    Any help would be great.

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  79. Holly Phelan   July 11, 2012 at 7:33 am  

    please help! me and my family recently moved and for the longest both of are male cats have been just fine.
    in the last moth the younger of the two has been acting strange, like not wanting to go outside eating the dogs food and the wost of it all not using the litter box. if there is laundry on the basement floor he will poop on that. also he will pee in the baskets of towels. i need help!!! i can’t just get rid of a family member, hes a vary possessive cat as well. please any help will be fantastic!

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  80. teresa   July 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm  

    Hi Jackson, we just adopted a kitten that stays inside and we already have an adult cat that lives inside as well, both are female. Every time the kitten goes near the cat,, the cat hisses and slaps at her. Is there any solution for helping the cat adjust to the new kitten? I’m afraid that the cat will hurt the kitten if we leave them together alone. We have to change out times that we spend with both cats now and that doesn’t seem fair to either. How can we get them to get along and play with one another? We are having a real hard time here, help!

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  81. Christa   July 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm  

    Hello Jackson, Please forgive this what might be a very long rant. I will do my best to make it as short as possible.
    I have two cats that I have known since they were roughly 8 weeks – 4 months old. I can pretty much give you their life story. They’re both litter mates. One male, one female, and they’ve been practically joined at the hip since they were conceived. (not literally) Anyway, bottom line is, I recently noticed that Wiry (the male cat) has separation anxiety. He cries loudly whenever I leave the house, and he follows me around our place from the start of the day to the end of the day. (this is something he’s done since before I brought him home, his previous owners were family, so we got to know each other really well before I legally adopted them) Sometimes if I’m taking a shower Wiry sits on the counter and wails till I’ve finished. But he won’t go into the shower (this is a new thing he’s started). My husband is another person he’s very attached to, but he’s in the military so he’s gone for long periods of time and often. Whenever he is home, though, Wiry does the very same things to him. This includes following us into the bathroom, to demand attention when we need the toilet.
    I’ve tried getting him some extra play time, but he seems completely uninterested in any of his usual favorite toys, or any new ones I try to get him interested in. He doesn’t like any type of treat out side of his cat food, he’s a very picky eater.
    I keep my husband’s shirts in places that he likes to sleep so that he has some kind of comfort concerning his second current owner. In hopes it might help him through any depression he might be feeling whenever my husband is gone.
    He’s emotionally very sensitive and has practically been abandoned before (LONG story behind that) so I can understand where he’s coming from as far as not wanting to be left “alone” goes.
    Does anyone have ANY idea’s on how to help us out? I’m worried this behavior might get worse if I don’t get a handle on this now.

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  82. Mat   July 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm  

    Hi Jackson,

    My girlfriend and I watch your show regularly. We have four cats, all of which are spayed/neutered. They are all indoor cats. Despite following all of the advice we have seen and heard, we still intermittently have problems with three of our cats peeing/marking around the house. One of the big problems is that we moved about a few months ago, and our neighbor has three outdoor cats that are spraying/marking around our front and rear doors, and even on the side of the house in different spots. We have started taking our cats outside on a leash, so that they can leave their scent on things, mark, and explore. I have two questions. First, one of our cats recently marked the side of our house when he was out on a leash. I don’t want to leave a negative association with him marking outside of the house and I want him to let the neighbor cats know that our house is his, but at the same time, I don’t want him peeing on the house. Should we just allow him to mark outside wherever he sees fit, including the house? Also, is there any thing that can be done to humanely dissuade the neighbor cats from marking our house and doors? Thanks.

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  83. Carol   July 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm  

    I need some help with my 1 year old cat named Prof. Frankfurd. We caught him at my grandmother’s house when we were trying to catch a raccoon. He was 2 weeks old when I took him in. My issue with him is that he is nursing on my 6 year old dog. When he first started it I didn’t know what to do. My co-workers said just let him, my boss(whom is a vet) told me to make him stop. How? I’ve talked with Dr. Roland Tripp and he has told me o make him stop as well. My problem is that no one has told me how to make him stop! I thought he would just grow out of it but he hasn’t and it’s getting annoying at 11 o’clock at night listening to him nurse. By the way, my dog is spayed and has been for 2 years now. Can someone tell me how to make him stop nursing on my dog? She keeps getting skin infections and I don’t know if it’s because of him or something else that I don’t want him to get! Help!

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  84. PHIL   July 19, 2012 at 7:09 am  

    JACKSON,

    WE HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD NEUTERED MALE DECLAWED CAT AND WE JUST GOT A 2 MONTH OLD FEMALE KITTEN. THE MALE HAS GONE SPASTIC, REALLY WILD BECAUSE OF THIS KITTEN BEING IN HIS HOUSE. WE HAVE KEPT THE KITTEN IN A CARRIER EXCEPT WHEN WE HOLD IT OR FEED IT AND THE MALE WANTS VERY LI’L TO DO WITH US. WHAT CAN WE DO TO REMEDY THIS ACTION? IS IT JUST A MATTER OF TIME FOR HIM TO ACCEPT HER? PLEASE HELP!!!

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  85. Judy Reddekopp   July 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm  

    HI Jackson, My name is Andy and I come from a family of 11. I know that you can’t come here to SC but if you could help especially me and give my mom some advice about the rest of my brothers and sisters I would greatly appreciate it. I know my life is short-
    lived because I am an indoor-outdoor cat and I am an excellent hunter and I bring her gifts at least once a day. My mom hates me now and I know she wants to get rid of me. I don’t know how to stop doing this. Please help me with my addiction!! Also, 6 of my bothers and sisters are indoor cats and have lived here for about 3 or 4 years now. My Mom or Dad can’t pet any of them. They are afraid of my Mom and Dad. They will let my Mom feed them but she can’t get near them – they runand hide. Please help us all but ESPECIALLY me!!!!!!!!!

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  86. Mel   July 22, 2012 at 9:33 am  

    Ok, here is the problem. My sister, stepdad and brother found a stray kitty at the vacation home, and brought the little guy home and named him Phoenix. They had him fixed and up to date on his shots. Last year, they asked me to take care of the cats (at that time they had 4 others besides Phoenix); I agreed and went to go check on the kitties, feed water, and scoop. Well, as I was getting ready to leave, Phoenix jumped up, and sunk his teeth into my upper thigh, and hung there for a bit. I growled and hissed at him, then dumped some water on his head, and then he released me. The next time, my mom and I both went over and we were all in “combat gear” and when she bent down to fill the food dish, the evil beast batted the glasses off her face and started stricking her. Whenever we go visit (which, to be honest, is not that much, anymore) he stalks us, and if we do not pay attention to him, he will bite our legs. Out of my siblings friends, every one that has gone over has been bitten by this evil little beast, but he is just super cute! I wanna like this fella, but, his attitude needs some adjusting. He will attack anyone who goes into the spare bathroom, the kitchen, or my sister’s room, except for my sister. Any suggestions to help this evil one become the sweet kitty we know he could be? Thanks!

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  87. Linda   July 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm  

    I have a 9yo female cat that I have had for 8 yrs. I recently got a new cat, 2yo male. Both are very lovable on their own but together, the older cat has a tendency to growl, hiss and swat at the younger cat at random times…I have reintroduced them several times since I got the 2nd cat in April 2012. The older cat is more sedentary and sleeps a lot more. The younger one irritates her by pouncing on her to play, he knows now to run away and not fight, once in a while they will swat at each other. They have separate areas, spare room and a basement. I alternate nighttime where they typically fight a lot more. They both are out during the day time… I just do not want to have to lock them up away from each other all the time. Any thoughts?

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  88. Roberta G.   July 25, 2012 at 7:16 am  

    Hi There. My cat is actually fairly well-behaved, now. I got her when she was a year old, by surprize, a year ago Thanksgiving. Until then, she’d lived with my sister and mom, and was one of their three cats, until the other two passed away. Then, she was the only cat there for about a year or so, when my mom got two new kittens. My cat tried to kill them whenever she was in the same proximity, so my mom sent her to me, thinking to de-stress them all in the process. Cassie is a tortoiseshell calico, very energetic, and mostly affectionate. I’ve trained her out of chewing on cords/wires, though she has some disturbing habits. The first I noticed, is that she has an attraction for screws/nails/metal fasteners in general. I can see why she’d like batting them around, but sometimes I catch her chewing on one, and I’m afraid she’ll swallow it/choke. I’ve also pulled bits of fiberglass insulation away from her (I had some renovations done a couple of years ago, and I guess some shreds of insulation had been dropped behind the washer/dryer downstairs and she found it). I’ve policed the basement to prevent this sort of thing from happening again, but every now and then she’ll discover another screw/something else she shouldn’t chew on. Her most recent behaviour is something I’ve never experienced with a cat before; destroying venetian blinds. Usually late at night (after dark, anyway), if she’s sitting in a window and she sees ANYTHING moving outside, (particularly another cat/animal), she will fling herself bodily INTO the venetian blind (which is raised/slatted so she can see outside), and frantically scramble all through it, trying to dig her way through the window and get at whatever’s bothering her outside. The ironic part is, she’s an indoor cat, and if she DID manage to get outside and at whatever bugged her, it’d annhialate her in about 12 seconds. She’s afraid of soap bubbles and doorbells, and she wants to attack whatever walks by. She’s destroyed three blinds completely–broken slats, bent frames, generally rendered them useless, and they’re expensive to replace. I’ve tried keeping the blinds closed entirely (to prevent her SEEING anything outside), to no avail, and it’s not practical for me to keep them permanently raised, because I live on a busy street in a residential/commercial area, and the house sits near the street. Without the blinds, I have no privacy, and due to the area I live in, little security. My house has been targeted for break-in’s several times, and keeping the blinds down helps keep the thugs out…Anyway, I don’t know how to keep her from destroying the blinds, and I wondered if anyone had any useful ideas as to how I can deal with this. She really is a sweet cat–MOST of the time! Thanks for your help! :o]

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  89. Hunter   July 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm  

    My cat keeps darting full speed all through the house and sometimes jumps up on to tables an stuff while sprinting and can’t stop and knocks a bunch of things off the tables.. How can I stop this?

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  90. Kat   July 31, 2012 at 8:27 am  

    Hi Jackson, a co-worker just told me about you and i hope you can help. The old problem with going outside the litter box. I have 2 cats, litter mates, Shilo and Pepper, about 3 years old. Since I apopted them from the shelter, Shilo only goes #2 infront of the litter box. That is now 2 years ago. I can’t get it out of him. I tried to re-train him. I tried any typ of litter (cheap, expensive, clumping, non-clumping, pepples, cat attract, paper – you name it, I tried all of it). Nothing changed. When i try putting him into the box when i catch him, he will hold it for a couple of days and goes when i’m not around. His mate Pepper does not have that issue and even tries to clean Shilo’s misshap up. I talked to the shelter people and they told me he didn’t show that behavior before. No a stray is roaming around the house and makes all worse. Shilo now goes #2 under the windows. I try to get ride of the stray (catch it and give it to the shelter), but still the old issue is there. He is really not a cat from hell, but i would like to get some help. I rarly have access to TV or computer, please responde as soon as able. Thank you

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  91. Arlene   August 4, 2012 at 9:22 am  

    I have a male swirl tabby close in age to another male. He is the youngest of 4 indoor cats, 2 male, 2 female. He sprays on our wooden furniture or wall. He is neutered. 2 questions: first how to properly discipline when you catch in the act? I believe I recall from your series, don’t treat like a dog, nose in the sprayed area. I have sprayed areas with vinagar, helps but he just moves to a new location. Secondly, proper cleaning. The wood is now discolored & brass is corroded & I can’t find a good cleaner. this are antique pieces.
    Kind regards,
    Arlene Stelzer
    South Padre Island, TX

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  92. Naomi Gilmore   August 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm  

    Hi! I recently received a 4 month old kitten from a friend. She’s a great cat! The issue I’m having is her scratching on my couch. I bought her a scratch post, but she doesn’t seem interested in it at all and continues to scratch the couch. Should I just give her time? I was just curious if you had any suggestions on how to wean her off of the couch and on to the post.

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  93. Shayla   August 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm  

    My kitty problem:
    I have one cat (age 9) and two dogs (3 and 4). Earlier this year I had to put down my 24 year old cat, and thats when the problems began. Ever since I put down Sunny, my other girl Whicket had just gone depressed or something. She refused to leave the back 1-2 rooms in my house. She will no longer tollerate coming out to the dogs, and she rarely gets more than 15 feet away from her litter box (I even had to move her food to the back room because she wont come out to get it). She also has stopped playing. Over the past 9ish months I have spent nearly $300 on different toys trying to see what can get her active. She is not getting enough exercise and she isnt getting enough social contact. I try for hours a day but i cant get her to play or come out near the dogs anymore. I just want help! She is not a BAD cat, my dogs arent BAD either, Whicket just wont have anything to do with them anymore. Please help!

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  94. Chris   August 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm  

    Hi Everyone,
    I have an active, neutered, but alpha 2 year old male. He is indoor only & I live in a 2 bdr apartment which we share with his 6 year old “brother” who is somewhat shy, though they get along pretty well. Here is my problem:
    He has always been fascinated by lamps. When he was younger, he used to get up on his hind legs & stick his head through the lampshade, often knocking over, and sometimes breaking, the lamp. My solution was to remove the shades, hoping he would outgrow this habit. Now he has taken to LICKING LIGHTBULBS!!! I have tried reprimanding or distracting him and while he does stop temporarily, he quickly returns to the bulb. I think he has burnt his tongue, as he sometimes jerks back from a lit bulb and bats at it with his paws. I am concerned he might really hurt himself one day. Has anyone else had, or heard of, this problem?Any suggestions???
    Thanks, a concerned cat momma.

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  95. Allison   August 7, 2012 at 6:33 am  

    Hi everyone,
    About 8 months ago my husband and I adopted a kitten. We had an older cat already. We spent the time over a period getting them used to each other and after two weeks they started doing well. At night beings i am a very light sleeper we put the cats in a a room together. Each night my husband picks up the new cat and the older one runs in the room and we have never had any issues. This past week for some reasom my hubby just shooed them both in, when they got to the door the new cat attacked the older on (the older one has been the dominate one) now for the past 3 nights they have had to sleep in differant rooms and growl, hiss, and sometimes fight every day. I am sure it had to do with them both being shooed in instead of the normal when he carried the kitty and the older on just ran in, but now i really dont know what to do with them. I hae been afraid if they dont get back to normal I will have to send the new cat to live at the barn ;(.. any help would be awesome…..

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    1. Chris   August 7, 2012 at 9:38 am  

      Allison,
      My cats had dominance issues at first. They are both boys (neutered). When I brought the 8 week kitten home I tried following recommendations by keeping them separate, exchanging scented items, only allowing supervised interaction, and showing continued affection for the older cat. The kitten was very vocal about being separated in a “safe room” so this didn’t last long. It was obvious from the start that the kitten, though a third the size, was the alpha cat. My vet said it was early for such dominance to show, but said I had to let THEM work it out – as long as there was NO DANGER of them really hurting each other. There was hissing, spitting, batting with paws & neck biting, as well as one-ups-manship (younger one taking favorite toys or spots away). If his actions got too rough, I would intervene and place the younger, more aggressive cat in a separate room. It took about 6 months before the posturing stopped and my 4 year old fully accepted his beta status. It was difficult as a cat parent to watch this sibling rivalry unfold, but now they play together, groom each other, and get along well. In fact, one the younger one spent a few days at the vets, the older one seemed to miss him. The vet also recommended a synthetic cat pheromone (I think it was called Feelaway?) which I plugged into an outlet – like a Glad Plug In. It was supposed to have a calming affect and it seemed to help. I also made sure there were 2 litter boxes and food available in 2 places so that they didn’t have to compete for those. Hope this helps!

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      1. Allison   August 11, 2012 at 9:06 am  

        Thank you Chris for your input/suggestions. The dramma here has increased ;(. The older cat ( the one that was doninate) is now peeing everywere but in the litter box, she is scared all the time. We let each one out of there room one at a time, and only have them both out when we can supervise them. Today we are going to clean carpets ect. We are at our wits end and im afraid that one if not both will have to go. This will break our hearts. But if things dont get better I dont know what do do. I will look into the plug in item you suggested, and try and talk to my vet also. I really hope this works it way out.

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  96. Marsha   August 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm  

    Hi Jackson -

    My husband and I watch your show all the time and have picked up some great ideas to help with our two male Savannahs. Max is 11 months and Caesar is 19 months. We play with them several times a day and including just before we go to bed (which helps us sleep). Max is the pill of the family. He likes to be petted, held (for a very short time), and is more social. Caesar acts more like an older cat, very slow, very seldom lets you pet him, he needs to smell your hand first if you want to pet him and then most the time he won’t let you touch him, you can hold him for about 5 seconds (very rarely), he is very jumpy and extremely cautious. We have had him and Max to the vet to be checked out and they said both are very healthy cats no physical problems. I think Caesar has PTSD because of the previous cat we had, Lex. Lex would constantly harass Caesar when he was a kitten. No matter where Caesar was at Lex would start beating up on him. Caesar would try to cuddle up to me and Lex would start fighting him or if Caesar started to eat, Lex would start beating on him,and I would scold Lex and then go try and get Caesar, but he would run and hide whenever we got close. This went on for about three months until Lex got out of the house and never to return. Now, Max will for no reason attack Caesar when he is sleeping or just laying down. Sometimes Caesar will growl at Max but Max is like a little kid, he has to keep touching Caesar until he gets up and goes and hides. Whe we see this happen we tell make “No” and he will stop, and look at us and continue. Sometimes we just go over and pick him up and move him away from Caesar. Very seldom will Caesar fight back. But, they do play and eat together and sometimes they will sleep in the same vicinity as each other. We try to get both of them playing together with toys they both like, but if Max starts to play, Caesar will stop. I think Caesar has been psychologically hurt. Is there anyway we can help bring him out of this and to make him more social and less jumpy? Caesar used to be a very playful and loving boy. We also have tried feeding Caesar first and letting Max watch which Max really doesn’t care if he is feed first or second just as long as we feed him. Your suggestions would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

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  97. Marsha   August 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm  

    One other thing, Caesar and Max are both neutered and they are half-brothers. They are indoor cats only. We take them out on a leash once in awhile, but Caesar is so skiddish, so we stopped because we do not want to traumatize him anymore than he already is. Max is more tolerant of the noise. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  98. Shelley   August 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm  

    Any ideas on how to help a very jealous 15 year cat. He was a bottle baby. i have had him since he was 3 days old. He is not mean. He just wont let anyone near me. He will get between me and the other person and sometimes he will hit them with his paw. He is with me 24/7. I have 2 other cats and he gets along with them great. They will play but dont fight. they have a toy box full of toys and cat house and a big bay window to look out. What am i missing. Any ideas.
    Thank you,
    Shelley

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  99. Jennie   August 9, 2012 at 2:55 am  

    My husband and I were, until recently, the very proud parents of two wonderful cats. Just for background, Oreo is your typical ‘dairy barn kitten’ who is now six years old and Nilla, a very personable four year old we were blessed to find through the humane society when she was just a few months old. They had a wonderful relationship- lots of play time together and even more tender moments. From the beginning of their joint journey Nilla became the dominant sister despite being the younger. She filled the house with energy and lots…I repeat…lots of communication ;) We recently lost Nilla to sickness, and while my husband and I knew our grief would be hard to overcome, we did not know what to expect from Oreo’s grief. The first few days it was very obvious that Oreo was confused but she seemed to be okay. Around day five she started the cries. It has now been a month since we all lost Nilla and my husband and I are searching for ways to help Oreo cope. We have added extra playtime to try and make up for even a little of what Nilla gave her. The worst time is in the evening, which is when they would play for a bit while we were asleep. She cries and cries, and carries toys in her mouth around the house (these toys however are not ones that she likes to play with but ones that Nilla consistently played with)
    Are there any other ways we can help Oreo? Does someone else have any other ideas for us to try that may have worked with your own cat or pet when they lost someone? Oreo has never been a big ‘talker’ so hearing her cry so much is painful, to our hearts not our ears. We thought it would get easier for her over time, but now we are wondering if there is something else we should be doing to help her understand her sister is not coming home. Or does it just take more time? Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you, Jackson and team for helping all cat parents like us make our homes and lives a loving environment for our cat family to thrive!

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  100. Rat   August 15, 2012 at 9:40 am  

    I’m hoping Jackson or some of you other knowledgeable cat folks out there can help us, because we’re running out of ideas.
    We have seven cats: two purebred Russian Blue sisters (7 years old), two Singapura boys (not brothers) (12 and 10), and three sweet tabby rescues (a brother and a sister who are 3, and another one who’s the same age as the Russians). We have plenty of space for all of them–cat trees in most rooms, lots of hidey-holes, plenty of litter boxes, and they even have their own loft bed in my office. Most of the time they all get along great, and I’ll often find many of them in a big pile on our bed.
    The problem is one of our Russians, Boo. She’s normally an extremely sweet cat. She loves her humans, and she gets along with the other cats most of the time. For awhile, she decided she didn’t like our older tabby girl (same age as her and her sister), and she made life hell for the poor thing for months. We made some changes in the house (took out the carpet and replaced it with flooring, added another cat tree, added a Feliway dispenser, and got one of those “furniture quality” hidden litterboxes to put in the area where the tabby girl (Clarice) liked to hang out–and at some point things just changed and the problem mostly went away. Clarice came out of her frightened shell and ranged out from the tiny area where she confined herself, and now she’s all over the house again and Boo seems to leave her alone. Great, right?
    Yeah, except now Boo is absolutely *terrorizing* our 3-year-old male tabby, Nabby. Nab is a sweet-natured, gentle boy. He’s also twice Boo’s size, literally, but he’s scared to death of her. Often when she gets in his vicinity she’ll just attack him for no reason, and he runs off to hide. He’s not as cowed as Clarice was–he still runs around the whole house–but Boo has him terrified.
    I’d love for them all to get along, and I can’t figure out what’s up with Boo that’s making her so mean. We took her to the vet and she has no health problems. She’s still as sweet as ever with us and with other cats, though she does have her “grumpy” moments where she’ll go after them as well. I just want to pick Nabby up and tell him, “Dude–you’re twice her size! If she goes after you, defend yourself! She’ll get the idea!” But he won’t. He’s a lover, not a fighter, I guess. :)
    Anyway, sorry for the length, but I do hope somebody will have some ideas. Thanks!

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  101. Lacey   August 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm  

    We have a cat that will potty anywhere but in the litter box. We love her and don’t want to have to get rid of her. How can we retrain? Her to use the litter box?

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  102. memere   August 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm  

    I found my cat online and saved it from going to mspca. But the issue is that she loves to claw at rugs. Well only grandsons room. We do cut her claws ocassionally. I even put a piece of rug in my room that is simular. But it did not work. Not sure what do about this problem. I have also tried the cardboard scratching for cats. If anyone has any ideas or solutions. Please reply.

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  103. Jennifer K   August 16, 2012 at 10:15 am  

    I am in desperate need of advice, and I’m hoping someone here can help. It’s a long story, so bear with me.

    I am in desperate need of advice, and I’m hoping someone here can help. It’s a long story, so bear with me.

    Two years ago, when my husband and I split up after 20 years together, I took two of our three cats with me into my new one-bedroom apartment — a one-year-old tabby (Floyd) and a 12-year-old calico (Smilla). He kept our 9-year-old Russian blue, Isabel. (All were rescues.) Last year, Smilla passed away, and I adopted another tabby from the local no-kill shelter where I volunteer. He’s older, and he’s had a very rough life: his humans moved away and left him behind during a brutal winter two years ago, during which he lost all feeling in his pawpads, was anemic, starving, lost most of his teeth, and some of his ear to frostbite (which is why I named him Shackleton, after the explorer). He also has calicivirus and is diabetic. His rehabilitation was long, but after several months he grew to trust me, and now he’s awesome… and king of the castle. He and Floyd have become like brothers, fighting and playing and grooming, with Shack as the alpha. I’d considered adopting a third, but it’s a small apartment, and the balance between the two boys was hard earned.

    Two months ago, I got an urgent call from my ex, who was living with his girlfriend. Isabel peed on their bed, and he insisted he had to get rid of her — that night. I said I was going away that weekend, could it wait until Sunday. No. What about giving her her own litterbox in the bedroom. No. What about Feliway and other calming techniques. No. When he said “don’t worry about it, we’ll figure it out,” I said I’d take her that day, lest she end up in some kill shelter.

    Well… it’s not going well. I tried introducing the cats to each other slowly. I tried the old-fashioned throw-them-together approach. I’ve tried Feliway. But Isabel essentially lives under my bed. She has her own litterbox in my bedroom, as well as food and water. And when the bedroom door is closed (during the day when I am at work, and sometimes when I am home), she comes out, jumps on the bed, sits in the window, eats, is very affectionate. (It took a very long time for her to remember how to eat, she was so stressed.) When I open the bedroom door, the boys rush in to check her out, and nibble any stray bits of food. For a while it seemed to go OK. They sniffed under the bed, she’d let them get a little closer before she started hissing and growling. But then it plateaued. Shackleton was stressing too — under the bed was his original hiding place when he first moved in, though he never uses it now. But he loves being in the bedroom and on the bed with me and my boyfriend (who dotes on all three of them). So if I leave the door closed, the boys stress. If I leave the door open, Isabel stresses. When both me and my boyfriend are home, we tag team, trying to make sure everyone gets affection.

    But the situation is getting worse. Now Shackleton will go completely under the bed, and he and Isabel fight. At first I thought it was posturing and territory behavior, but last night I noticed a small scab on Isabel, so I know they are making contact. Isabel WANTS to come out — when I prepare everyone’s food in the kitchen (once in the morning, and once at night, due to Shack’s insulin schedule), she comes out into the living room, and though the boys see her, they are more interested in the food than her.

    How do I get past this point? Do I just maintain it the way it is now? Should I try switching it out for a couple of days, keeping the boys in the bedroom and Isabel in the living room? Should I put all of them in the living room, close the bedroom door, and let them figure it out? (Several people have suggested this to me, but I feel like it would only encourage the negative patterns already in place.)

    I do think there’s hope. All of them are curious. But it’s like the perfect storm — introducing an old lady cat into a house with a strong alpha male who’s also old (we think he’s around 8 now; she’s 11). I just want them to get past this new pattern of outright fighting, because it’s stressing us humans out too, and that doesn’t help anyone.

    Any suggestions and ideas would be most welcome. I feel like a terrible kitty mama… :-(

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    1. Jennifer K   August 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm  

      P.S. Sorry for the duplication of the first line (’twas a copy and paste error, as I drafted that in a Word doc)!

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  104. Jessica Bell   August 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm  

    If i could get any advice i’d really appreciate it, i dont have a cat from hell as much as a cat who sometimes i wonder if she’s all there.
    Olive (a rescue) is about 4 years old and the sweetest thing ever, she loves to cuddle. the problem i have with olive is since we moved in with my parents and she’s become a indoor/outdoor cat, all she does is hangs out under cars. She loves cars and its concerning for me because i live in a busy neighborhood. She absolutely loves car rides, when i get home thats the first thing she goes after is trying to get into the car, she’ll jump in and just relax in the car. she also jumps into neighbor cars, i cant seem to keep a collar on her, she manages to get them off, i have a neighbor that has a lot of family parties and i’m just waiting for the day she jumps into someones car and i never see her again. How can i keep her from being so loving towards cars?

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  105. Lisa   August 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm  

    Hi everyone!
    I just found Jackson’s show and I’m a big fan, there’s so much I’m learning that I wish I knew for my first cat. I have two male cats now and one just started chewing on electrical cords. There’s been no recent trauma or changes around the apartment. I’ve been in touch with my vet and their behaviorist and they’re contradicting each other. The vet says squirt him with water when he goes near the cords. The behaviorist told me to engage him more in play, which is great but I’m worried about him getting hurt on the cords until we have this problem solved. The behaviorist had also told me to put tea tree oil on the cords, but I later found out that it can be toxic for cats.
    My boys and I thank anyone that can help!

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  106. Emily   August 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm  

    So I have a couple problems with my two male cats who get along just fine, they love each other and I typically don’t have any problems with my cats until dinner time. My older male (about 6 years) starts meowing and doesn’t stop until you feed him. Same thing happens in the morning. If I try to ignore it, he gets really frustrated and pee’s on stuff to get my attention. I love my cat and luckily he hasn’t peed on anything recently but my grandma (who wakes up before I do) is becoming the one with the cat outside her door at 6 in the morning. He’s overweight and on a special kitty food for urinary health, and i have the hardest time getting him to stop meowing. I’m afraid he’s anxious or something… What can i do?
    My other problem is my boyfriend, who was really mean to my cats for a while (he didn’t know he was being mean, he just thinks they’re like his big dogs…) and now that i have him knowing that he has to treat them differently, my cats will not let him near them. They either freeze up, or run away, or scratch. I’m afraid one of my cats will run off one day and never come back, and the other one freezes up until hours after my boyfriend’s gone. How can we convince my cats that my boyfriend isn’t going to scare them any more?

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  107. Jackie   August 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm  

    Hi there. I want my cats to be lap cats and they just are not with me. I play with them everyday I feed them I clean there liter boxes I pay allot of attention to them I live them they are my babies.I’ve had them since they were born handled and played with then allot in that socialization period. One of my cats lives a friend of mine sites on his lap the whole time he its here. Another cat lays on my boyfriend all the time but they will not do it with me! I have 4 cats. What more can I do! Sincerely ,empty lap jac

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  108. Jackie   August 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm  

    I used swype to type my least post so some of the wording is strange. I love my cats. One loves a friend of mine and sits on his lap.

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  109. Ryan   August 28, 2012 at 10:48 am  

    I have a calico cat named Sophie. She is such a great cat, loving and smart. One problem she urinates on my mothers curtains. We first thought that it was because she was nervous from one of our dogs. But then we put her on Prozac and she was good for a while and now she started again. We also have two large litter boxes that look like furniture for her to pee in. We brought her to the vet to check if she has either a uti or a bladder infection and she’s ok . My mother is starting to have enough and I am thinking about moving out with the cat so she does not get put to sleep. Any advice how we can stop the cat from peeing on my mothers curtains.

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    1. Carole   August 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm  

      Ryan – I was suggested FizzionClean.com. Get some it works great. Spray the curtains and anywhere and everywhere else you don’t want her to pee and she’ll stop. Don’t know what it has in it but it has been a life saver for me and my three kitties and I have found it even works for my dog who after having a stroke earlier in the summer has become a permanent indoor pup. I live in a small town in Kansas so I had to order the Fizzion from their website but with gas prices as they are it was a very logical choice for me. They do have it in stores too and on the website there is a store locator. Good luck!

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  110. Mike Gordon   September 1, 2012 at 5:26 am  

    Hi Jackson,
    Congratulations on your success both in your life and in saving cats. After reading Cat Daddy it occurred to me that you could be interested in a book I wrote several years ago. Autobiography of a Georgia Cat is a novel I wrote after my wife died of cancer at age 46. I was 9 years sober at the time, and thankfully remain so 20 years later. The novel deals with issues of recovery, spirituality, and is narrated by the family cat, Black Jack. Although I did win an award from the Georgia Writers Association, and have made what for me are substantial efforts to have the story more widely read, at this time no more than a couple thousand people or so have read it. I think the messages are uplifting, and the story enjoyable. Let me know if you would like to send you a copy, and also to what address I can mail it. Keep up the good work!

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  111. Susie   September 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm  

    My cat is 14 yrs. and going strong. In the last few years she poops half in her always clean litter box and then
    the other half on my livingroom carpet or on her paper bags she loves that are on the floor. I tried to give her
    a treat when she didn’t mess on the carpet, but nothing works. Why does she do that and what can I do?
    Love the show, thank you, Susie

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  112. Keri   September 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm  

    Any idea how to get my cat to stop eating everything? Her favorite is plastic, but she’s eaten cardboard, styrofoam, cardboard, foil, and she’s even eaten my bath pouf. She’s 2 years old, spayed, calico/siamese mix, about 13 pounds. I keep her food & water bowls clean and I feed her frequently, so I don’t know why she eats everything. This in turn causes her to vomit all the time from “garbage gut”.

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  113. Jeff Roche   September 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm  

    Hey Jackson! I think u are Awesome dude! I like ur Look and those Wheels. (I hope you still have the Nova Conv. Too!). I got a couple of questions. Heres the back story……

    When I was stationed at the Naval Base in Norfolk Va I hated living on board ship so I rented tiny Beach Cottage in the Oceanview Part of the city. It was on a dune overlooking the Chesapeake Bay just a mile from where The USS Monitor and CSS Merrimac had the first Battle of the Ironclad during the Civil War. I started feeding this feral cat on my porch. She would come up to my window and look in so I knew she was there. I would have food by the door and soon as she ate she was gone. I didnt leave food there unless the cat was present as this area was overrun with Raccoons. I noticed she was getting heavy and thought it was due to me supplimenting her diet with Cat Food. I was a Dog Person and grew up in a family where all my Moms Family if they had a dog it was a Miniature Dachshund. I knew this was my last duty station and I would be in Norfolk shore duty until my re-enlistment was up in 1996.

    One night I got home late from my Part Time Job at Blockbuster Video and as I walked in I noticed “Kitty”( a name I gave her because I had no intention of taking her in) had made a little nest in the corner of the porch AND…..she had a litter of kittens! Shock as she was just a young Cat herself. So, I said ok, she can live on my Porch and take care of her babies and I would help as much as she would let me. Things went good for a week until one night late I heard Kitty making noises I never.heard a cat make. Im like WTF….I hit the porch light and theres a HUGE Racoon trying to grab one of the kittens. I had no idea Racoons would eat a live Kitten. I scared him off and moved Kitty and babies inside. Kitty had let me Love her and I had fallen for her. She didnt let just anyone touch her or her kittens either. Over the next 8 weeks the kittens grew up fast. At first Kitty would move the kittens every nite. I found them in my dirty clothes basket, in a drawer I had left a crack open and even inside my sofa! She somehow got them in there between where the back and sitting area meet. I had to watch because sometimes she would forget a kitten. The vet thought it could be due to her being so young. She never got very big, The vet feels this might be due to her being a Mom so young. So I found homes for all the Kittens making sure they were all spayed and neutered within days of the adoption or I would take them back. They all were done. I had Kitty spayed and it was Me and Kitty against the World. She moved all over the US with me. She first wondered into my life in March of 1992. Since then she lived in Norfolk Va, On Cape Cod where I grew up, West Hollywood Ca, Towson Md, and then Venice Florida where we have lived for the last 6 yrs. She has been with me thru 4 Boyfriends, 2 of which tried to get me to get rid of her because Kitty didnt like them. Kitty became a good judge of character and when she shined up to John I knew he was the one. He and I have been together 10+ yrs now. The Vet believes.Kitty was born around January of 1992 and I met her in late March of 1992. So me and My kitty Kitty have been together 22 1/2 yrs now. I have had her teeth cleaned every 2 yrs and has all her shots done as needed on time. She loves Me and John but is still not very friendly to strangers. If we have company she just makes.herself scarce usually sleeping on our bed on the other side of the house. She never attacks people like on your show lol! Since she has gotten older she does sleep a.lot but still likes to play. She will not go outside and wont. One time she somehow popped a screen out and couldnt get back in the house. You could see the scratches on the siding where she tried. When we got home that night she was hiding behind a plant and didnt even know she was there until she darted between our legs to get back in the house. She just loves her perch in the front window watching her birds as the world goes by outside the window. I know at her age I am probably on borrowed time with her. My eyes tear up even now thinking about life without her. But my plan is to when that day comes, I will have her cremated and when my day comes either put her ashes in the casket with me or put her ashes with mine. Kitty will never be alone and unloved again. I Love Her Soooo Much. Thanks for reading this to Jackson. Since seeing your show I wanted you to know Kittys story. While I was never a Cat Person I am forever Kittys Person. Email me sometime at jeffisinflorida@aol.com. Ill send you some pics of my little Goth Kitty! Thats what my friends call her because shes a Tough Girl and Im kind of a former Goth type Punk. We have a Punk Cover band an usually play around So. Florida/ Ybor City areas. Thanks Jackson, Happy End of Summer! Jeff

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  114. Jeff Roche   September 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm  

    PS….I forgot the questions lol! Can Cats go deaf of be hard of hearing? Sometimes when I call her I know she doesnt hear me because John who.may be sitting near her says her ears never move. She would always try to tune u in if you called her name. But…..If I come downstairs she will hear the stairs make a creaking sound( wood stairs). She will always wake and meow because she wants some pats and to be accknowledged. Can they hear some stuff but not everything? And…….How much time do you think I have left with her? Are there things I should watch for when she is getting close to her death? Thanks Jackson Jeff

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  115. Morgan   September 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm  

    Hello,

    As I’ve mentioned in the post about being up on counters, I have two cats. The one I really do need help with is my silver tabby, Lilly. I’ve looked pretty much everywhere on this site as well as the one for animal planet on why my cat acts the way she does. It doesn’t seem to mention why she’ll just randomly go bipolar. I fear she might have health issues, and continuously insist to my mother that we take her to the vet, but each time I’m sadly told we can’t afford it. (That’s a common problem for everything, believe me.) Is there a way to check without going to the vet? What Lilly does is she pees on carpets with rubber backing on them, randomly attacks our other cat, Ozzy, hides under the bed and literally screams. We really can’t figure it out, because it’s at the most random moments. Sometimes she’ll even be PLAYING with Ozzy and suddenly become bipolar. In these moods she’ll occasionally meow for us to pet her, but if you even walk by her you’re getting hurt. I currently have at least four scratches on my left wrist and one scratch on my right hand from just trying to put food down to feed the both of them. I’d introduce the treats and things like he mentions, BUT Lilly won’t even touch them. She seems disinterested in treats, wet catfood (Which we serve on occasion as a treat) cat toys, and pretty much almost everything he’s mentioned for us to do. She isn’t much of an explorer either, she’ll be on the bed or couch but that’s as high as she’ll go (I suspect it’s because she’s a bit overweight) and it seems like she really doesn’t wanna go up high, unlike Ozzy. Another troubling thing is playtime, even the sticks with the feathers and such on the end don’t interest her. She’ll acknowledge that it’s there and then walk away. The only thing we can spark her interest with is a laser light, and that even wears off after a few minutes. My mom is getting pretty sick of her, and has even started threatening to take her to the humane society. (Which I’m sure they’ll put her down, she gets much nastier with the slightest of changes) That’s another thing. If she notices the room has been re arranged, she’s instantly bipolar and hiding somewhere. We’ve noticed she hates change, as well as new things coming into the household. Anything with a new scent WILL be peed on, so my mother cannot keep any rugs around or anything new in her reach. She’s taken to the habit that Ozzy has and now eats any real plants we have in the house. I find that frustrating, having an asian room I keep bamboo and other miscellaneous plants, all of which both cats have killed. She’s also starting to catch onto Ozzy’s habit of drinking out of the bathroom sink, and getting us up every morning to get a drink from it. To have both cats doing it? That’s annoying. Another thing is, when she isn’t bipolar she’s demanding our attention every second of the day. She’ll even attack your feet if you don’t pet her! We can’t seem to figure it out, since I cuddle and pet her nearly every night before bed. She seems to enjoy Jackson’s show, which intrigues me because she actually watches it. As well as the show Tanked, probably for the fish. I’m sure I’m leaving out many details, but maybe you can figure it out from what I’ve given? I’d really love some help here, before I come home one day and she’s in the humane society.

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  116. jean   September 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm  

    I have two indoor condo cats who have a balcony for outside time: Charlie, a male neutered tuxedo cat, 2-1/2 yrs old; and Sophie, a female spayed tortie, about 2 yrs old. Sophie is smaller than Charlie. They are both rescued shelter cats, and I adopted Charlie first; then about six months later, I adopted Sophie. After the two -three weeks of adjustment, they now get along fine, but Charlie dominates during play time, and Sophie always defers to him, which means he gets the exercise and she doesn’t. other than putting Charlie outside on the balcony after his “play time” and just playing with Sophie, I’m not sure what to do to make sure that she gets her play time. Any suggestions? Help please!

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  117. Jackie   September 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm  

    Morgan, sounds like you really need to take your lily to the vet. Taking your pet to the vet is part of caring for a cat. When your mom took on that responsibility she had to have known that. I know what a hardship out can be but it has to be done. There are several places that help low income families get vet care. Do your homework. Call the aspca call the local no-kill shelter.there are programs. I for all my cats

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  118. Mike   September 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm  

    Jackson,

    I want to start by saying I love your show and I really think you’re great.
    My concern is the medication I am applying to my beloved cat. For the dewormer I am giving her a pill and that’s fine, but the problem is the flea and tick medication. I have gone to three different veterinarians and all say the only medication for fleas and ticks are the liquid kind that is applied between the shoulder blades. I have tried Advantage, Frontline and Easy Spot and she acts the same way with all three. Every time I apply this medication between her shoulder blades her reaction is very squirmish and she constantly squints as if her eyes burn (I’m assuming this is due to the alcohol content in the medication). Depending on the specific brand I give her, this could last over an hour. I’m hoping there is something out there you may know about that does not cause her issues. It breaks my heart every time I see her in this state. Even though she is an indoor cat, I work outside every day in fields, brush, woods, etc. and flick ticks off me constantly. I do my best to make sure there are none on me when I arrive home but no guarantees there.
    Please help!

    Thanks Jackson,
    Mike

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  119. Toni Jones   September 6, 2012 at 7:38 am  

    Hi! I have two Bombay mixes, one female and one male.
    They are indoor/outdoor. ( We live in the country)I can not find much on there history as too hunting style and such. I know they are Intelligent, playful and love attention. My male is stuck to me like glue but my female is more “her own cat” she lets you know when she wants love.They will soon be indoor together and I want to be prepared. The female (Annie) dosent much like the male (mick) they eat side by side but she swats and hissis at him in any other instant that he is close to her. She seems to be much more dominant than the male. I have two small children who adore them.
    I want to make sure they like each other before wiening them into a full indoor living environment. Any information on this breed is highly appreciated.
    Thank you!

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  120. Pattie Noah   September 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm  

    I’m getting desperate to get my cats Mojo and Pyewacket to “play nice” together. I’ve had Mojo for 4 years now, and Pyewacket for 10 years. Pye cannot STAND Mojo! Mojo is male, Pye is female. Neither cat is intact. Mojo has claws, Pye is declawed (don’t get me started!). Mojo does tend to be very aggressive. We do regular play with him, to try and tone that down, but when he gets around Pye, all bets are off! I think that Pye is actually terrified of Mojo because she feels defenseless being declawed. Whenever he comes near her, her ears go back, she hisses, which he seems to take as an invitation to chase her, then she screams like a beansidhe! Therefore, Pye has been living in our bedroom for four years. It’s like Flowers In The Attic around here! Anyway, we let Mojo into the bedroom every single day hoping that she’ll eventually get used to him. It ALWAYS turns into a major fight and I’m afraid Pye will get hurt. So, we’ve been watching your show, watching your video blog and read your book. Pye and Mojo have always been free-fed, so we’re stopping that as of today and are going to scheduled feedings, one on each side of the bedroom door as you suggest. Questions: how often should they be fed? I’ve read online everything from once a day to three times a day. I’m leaning towards twice a day. Mojo is getting too fat, so not free-feeding him will hopefully do him some good before we fit him for a lap-band. Pye, is not underweight, however, she’s lost a lot of fur due to stress (yes, she’s been to the vet and is healthy), so she “looks” underweight. I’ve got your “Peacemaker” set on my wishlist and hopefully can get it soon. I’m on disability, so don’t have the cash right now. Also, besides feeding times, both cats have only ever been fed dry food (IAMS). Should we introduce some wet food into their diets or will that upset their system? Sure wish you lived in Florida!!! Help!

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    1. Jenny   September 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm  

      pattie – we are having a similar problem that i just wrote about with our boys. our vet told us to buy a ton of feli-way comfort zone plug ins. we were also going to start trying to feed the boys on either side of the door so they associate the smells of each other with the good of the food. can i ask, what is the “Peacemaker”?

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      1. Pattie Noah   September 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm  

        Hi Jenny…..Peacemaker is a trio of Jackson’s Spirit Essences that should work together to get cats to eventually (hopefully) get along. Here’s a link to the kit from his website: http://www.spiritessences.com/product-p/ultimate-peacemaker.htm

        My vet has also suggested Feli-Way. I’m not sure whether to go with that or get the Essences. I can’t afford to do both. We tried the feeding at the door and Pye got so scared, she went under the bed for most of the day, but when we got home, we noticed that she HAD eaten some of the food. Mojo’s dish was empty, but that didn’t surprise me LOL…

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  121. Lisa   September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am  

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I have a one and half year old femail cat named Chloe. I think Chloe is jealous of my roommates 8 year old daughter. Chloe follows me everywhere (and I mean everywhere; even to the point of sitting outside the bathroom door until I come out). She will lie on the kitchen floor while I am cooking and lays by my feet when I am sitting on the sofa. When my roommates daughter comes to visit she will play with Chloe and Chloe has a great time with her. But if she comes near me when the Chloe is near me Chloe will hiss, growl and/or swat at her. It’s not so much that Chloe hurts her as it hurts her feelings as she is always saying “Chloe hates me.” I keep trying to reassure her that Chloe doesn’t hate her but I’d really rather have Chloe stop that behavior towards her. As I said, my roommates daughter already plays with her, gives her treats and feeds her sometimes so I would think Chloe would bond with her. Any ideas anyone can give me as to how to get Chloe to stop hissing, growling and/or swatting at her when I am around would be appreciated.

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  122. Jenny   September 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm  

    we need help and don’t know who to turn to or what to do! we have 3 neutered male cats. they are brothers from the same mother or litter mates shall we say. they are 5.5 yrs old and have been together since birth and with me since they were 5 weeks old. 1 cat, buddy, recently got sick diagnosed with inflammatory bowel desiese. he was put on prednisone and vet formulated ultra hypo-allergenic food. one of the other cats, pally, started visciously attacking him as to try to kill him. the third cat, chummy, gets along with both, but has recently started hissing at pally. buddy, the sick cat being attacked would get so worked up that during the attack he would pee and poop throughout the house as he ran away from pally. i’d find dried blood and scabs on each of the cats from their claws. we had to separate them and alternate them at meal times. buddy is doing worlds better being on the meds and new food, but i’ve noticed other strange behaviors from pally, the attacker. he now stands up in the litter box to pee, luckily they all have lids and high side walls (we have 3 boxes, 1 on each level of the house). pally now does this weird freak out thing where he fevereshily licks his back and his skin crawls and he spazs out and runs all around the house, stopping to lick his back. he also lets out these crazy loud cat calls like he is very upset and sniffs the pee/poop bag/bucket like crazy, something he never used to care about. it worries me because we’d like to have kids one day and having cats separated and fighting is not the environment we’d like to bring a baby into, but we are seriously considering having to find a new home for pally if he doesn’t keep trying to kill his brother. further we’ve been having home remodeling and renovations going on for the past couple of months, so i’m not sure if the stress of all of it could be a contributing factor into all of this. in all the time we’ve had them they have never ever been aggressive to one another until now. how do we get pally to stop attacking buddy so we can have our peaceful and harmonious home back again? ANY HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED!

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  123. CJ   September 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm  

    I have had a cat, Katie, for 12 yrs. She was 2 when I got her. Katie is very loving and is just an all-round good cat. Eight months ago, I took in a rescued 2 and 1/2 yr old chuhuahua, Pebbles. When Pebbles first would go up to Katie, she would just hiss and Pebbles would leave her alone. Now, Katie just doesn’t want to be around Pebbles at all and runs when she sees her coming. Of course, Pebbles then chases her. I put a gate up at the bedroom door so Katie would have a safe place. Katie can jump over if she wants and Pebbels knows not to follow. Katie now spends all day in the bedroom (I have a window seat so she can look out the window) and at night, I have to put Pebbles in a pen I have fixed up inside, so Katie can then have the run of the house. I am disabled and, for me, stepping over the gate is getting harder and harder. I have tried everything from feeding them with the gate between them while they can see each other to bringing Katie into the living room, brushing her (which she loves) while she is on my lap and Pebbles just tries to sit close to her and tries to get in a lick or sniff, trying to make up with her. But Katie just sits with her ears back and waits for me to let her go back to the bedroom. I even tried feeding Katie her wet food first while Pebbles could see (something I saw on another behavioral show which was to show Katie she was still the so-called queen). Nothing works. Katie wants nothing to do with Pebbles. Can anyone help?

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  124. Kim   September 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm  

    We’ve had PO for 2 yrs now. He’s a 2 yr old neutered male who has suddenly become very scared of strangers. We live in an apartment complex with a dozen buildings. For a few months now I had been taking him out for a morning walk on his leash. Traffic in or out scares him, I keep him in the lawn only, but strange people approaching had never bothered him. Whenever he sees someone new, even from several yards away he runs back into the apartment. I can’t take him out to hang out on the walk way railing without him becoming terrified. I’m worried because he loves going outside. Being home all day at the moment I’ve never seen anyone approach his window to mess with him so I’m at a loss to explain.

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  125. debbie   September 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm  

    HELP!!i am at loss.2006-ish i rescued an orange &white kitten from being sent to a shelter.he is almost unnaturally attached to me(i.e.peeing on my ex’s things out of jealousy.)i got sick 4+yrs ago & had to leave him w an ex 4 2 years,until i could walk again & take care of him.when i first g ot him back,he would pee on my bed every time i left my room!since then,hes realized im not leaving him again & the peeing stopped.sort of.now,when he gets mad at me,he pees on MY BED!!!it stopped for ast.a few months & i thought we FINALLY turned a corner.tonight tho,i left my room to eat dinner & came back to a wet bed.hes done this multiple times in the past,but its been months since the last “incident” & ive semi stopped bagging my bed.
    tonight tho,i was in THE NEXT ROOM & he did it again!i clean his litterbox AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK.(more if needed.)so i KNOW it was spite.
    he was in a multiple cat household.now hes my only cat.he knows hes loved & well cared for.its a real pain to bag my bed EVERY TIME i leave my room.even if its a few minutes.i just dont know what to.do!i WILL NOT GIVE HIM UP.i l love him too much and he loves me too much.ive thought about boarding him for a night or two after he pees on something,but im afraid itll make it worse.i thought that maybe if he sees how unpleasant life is without me,he ll stop the spite.but im afraid itll make it worse.
    ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!!

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    1. cynthia brennemann   September 10, 2012 at 10:04 am  

      While it is very easy to project our own issues onto our cats (jealousy, spite, etc…) that’s not really what’s going on here. To a cat, territory is a huge issue. When you bring in another pet, a boyfriend, a spouse, a child…etc…into their territory, there is going to be territorial peeing, unless the cat is really, really comfortable in the knowledge that their territory is sacrosanct. With your cats history of living with one person and being secure, then having to live in another home with someone else, and then moving back, that’s not likely his mindset…he’s trying to establish that THIS is his PLACE. Litterboxes need to be cleaned at least once a day (imagine if you were in a house where the toilets were only flushed twice a week). Also, how big is the litter box, and is it covered? Most of my cats will not use a covered litter box, and older cats, cats with join issues, and larger cats need a BIG litter box…even just a big ol honkin rubbermaid if you cannot find a big enough litter box…and sometimes it is the variety of litter that causes the problems. In our efforts to be environmentally conscious or avoid litter box duties we often choose a litter that works for us, but not the cats. Strong smelling litter, sharp litter, exceptionally dusty litter, these won’t work for cats. What works for me the best is Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract. If we use anything else, we get a lot of out of the box peeing, so it’s worth the extra cost for me.

      If you leave piles of clothes, or your covers rumpled on a bed, it can make an especially attractive territorial peeing target. I have one cat whose preferred territorial peeing is on clothes that smell like us, or our bed IF the covers are all wadded up….but if we keep it smooth she doesn’t do it. Also…someone earlier mentioned that their cat was just so very used to peeing on clothes that instead of using cat litter, he got a bit oversized litter box, and started using the cheap, fluffy cat beds as liners to it. They’d pee on the cat beds in the litter box, and every day he would shake the poo into the toilet and give it a wash. Then the clothes peeing stopped. Maybe give that a try? We used to have a cat that had been litter trained in a cardboard box, and would pee on every brown bag/carboard box she encountered. We got some of the pa-purr litter, and she was fine. Sometimes it just takes you thinking like a cat, instead of thinking like a human being who is extremely frustrated with a cat.

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  126. Gina   September 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm  

    I also have a HUGE problem with two new cats attacking my oldest cat of 15 years and hurting her badly!!!!
    My family owns 3 cats, two are a little over a year old and the third has been with us for 15 years. She’s a smaller cat, most mistake her for a older kitten (the kittens are bigger than her now, that’s how small she is compared to a year and half old kitten). There hasn’t been a dominating issue with her or the other three cats we previously own with her (before the two kittens). These kittens have been nothing but trouble since we brought them home. They did follow her around the house at first when we thought they were used to the new scents. She didn’t want any of it and would run away. Apparently that wasn’t the best thing to do because now every time she runs away they both chase after her and my family or myself has to chase after them to stop. A few week ago we had a terrible incident that changed everything. My female cat (Googie) was on top of my brothers TV stand. It sits up pretty high so she is very comfortable up there. Orange (one of the kittens) was on his dresser which is next to his TV stand watching her. With a blink of an eye she jumped down and Orange took off after her. We all thought this was just the usual chase that end once we yell his name, but he didn’t stop. Iggy (the other kitten) joined in they and they full on attacked her. She was screaming and hissing to get them away and they wouldn’t stop. After a good 10mins of everyone chasing and trying to catch the kittens they already did the damage. She has cuts and horrible wounds all over her body. We brought her to the vet immediately and have to watch her closely. It’s a shame she has to live her last years in a room with one of us and not able to walk around the house freely like she used to when the kittens weren’t here. We don’t give up on animals, we made a commitment to these kittens and will stay true to it… but Googie doesn’t deserve to live her last years like this. What can I do to help Googie get along with the kittens and make this house peaceful and fear free?! This has upset me so much, I don’t want her to be in pain like this.

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    1. Liron Peer   September 16, 2012 at 2:23 am  

      You have to channel their energy to something else. Jackson says this ALL the time. Play with your cat at least once a day to a point of exhaustion and you’ll have peace and quite. The kitten’s energy is very high compare to your oldest cat. All they do at this age is play all day. But for cats play means hunt and they HAVE to hunt something. I also have a year + old kitten and she used to hunt me a lot, my body is still full of scars. But once I started playing with her, like – really playing, letting her run to a point where she has to stop to catch her breath. After about 5-10 min of play I know I have at least a couple of hours of quite. Your kittens just hunt your cat and since she runs away she acts like pray and that is bad. Btw, this is all Jackson’s words that I myself tried and succeeded. You HAVE to play with the kittens, both of them at least once in the morning and once in the evening, preferred right before meal time, and make them really use up all their energy. Then it’s hunt-catch-kill-eat-grooming-going back to sleep. I assure you that is a couple of days things will be better. If you can play more with the kittens, all the better (I play with mine 2-3 times a day, usually before I sit down to eat so she won’t jump on me). Reading about your oldest cat I truly felt the pain you feel for her. Yes, this is not a way to end her life, so you have to commit to this ritual I suggested and you have to try and return the house to what it was.
      Also if you can buy a cat tree and put up cat shelves and just a lot of toys and attractions, so the kittens will have a distraction and won’t bother the old cat. Good luck and I hope your problem will be solved quickly.

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    2. Liron Peer   September 16, 2012 at 5:23 am  

      Oh! and when you feed them, feed them all together (if possible) so they will associate the food with each other’s presence. As for toys – a pole with a feather on a string is the favorite toy in my house. I usually run from one end of the house to another with the feather and the kitten runs after me. I also let her jump on the bed, off the bed, on and off, here and there, believe me – with her small size that’s quite a distance to run so she usually get’s tired after a few rounds, then rest a bit, then another round and when she’s spread on the floor I know she’s done.

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  127. Janette Jolman   September 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm  

    I have a dog and two cats, and my best friend (Mazda, 13-unknown what kind of kitty she is) has decided for a little over a year now that she (it’s none of the other animals) will no longer use ‘her’ litter box (or any box) at all. She will potty outside and comes in through the dog doors into the house (or will be outside for a good portion of the day only to come inside and do her business in the house), but will not go outside using the same doors. I’m now up to thousands of dollars in damages with everything she has ruined. I’ve tried everything I can think of, including some of the things i’ve read in the suggestions on here and other places to no avail and have taken her to the vet where she’s been given a clean bill of health. I just don’t get it anymore and she’s always been apart of my family, but my human family has to come first. I don’t want to lose my best friend but this cannot continue and I’m at an utter loss in what to do anymore as she has literally ruined every-single-room in the house now.

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  128. Tiffany   September 22, 2012 at 4:02 am  

    Hi everyone. I hope I can finally find some help here. I have 3 cats. My oldest is a 13 yr old male, 2nd is a female around 10 yrs, and the baby of the family is around 4 yrs old and a female. My oldest female has such a problem w/other female cats. She has always been this way since I’ve known her. She will literally hunt any other female cats down and stalk them to the point that they are scared out of their mind. When I rescued my baby female I thought that eventually the older one would grow to love her. Boy was I wrong. So for the past 4 years I have literally had to have the 2 females separated. The older 1 stays downstairs and the younger stays upstairs. There is a door that separates the floors. I cant leave the door open or the older 1 hunts the baby and literally tries to destroy her. When I 1st had them together the hair was flying along w/alot of blood and there was alot of fecies flying also. Now when I try to get them together the baby is so traumatized she hides and poops herself. I just dont understand it. She doesnt have a problem w/males at all and she has the sweetest disposition towards humans she luvs to cuddle. The baby is as neurotic as I am but she is also a lover. I would love for all of my cats to be able to roam where they want. My oldest male is my 1st baby and I fear he will not be w/me much longer. He has diabetes, which was under control for the longest time, but I fear it is back. I dont have the $ to take him to the vet anymore, Im disabled and my husband lost his job. How I 1st found his diabetes was because he was urinating on the floor, which he has started doing again. So if anyone can help me bring all my cats together finally that would be so awesome as there is only 1 of me and I cant spend equal amounts of time downstairs and upstairs. Thank you.

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  129. Jo DOrlando   September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm  

    we rescued this beautiful rag doll cat from an older disabled couple who had had this cat from a kitten. They’d had him declawed…yes, declawed front AND rear, not to mention, they also had two chihuahua house dogs…as you can imagine, he came to us terrified and spent most of his first weeks here hiding, mostly in places where he was completely protected on all sides, not just under the desk but between the document shredder and the closed side and back of the desk…coming out, presumably under the cover of darkness to urinate and move his bowels against the wall and furniture and on the carpet. we asked for his litter box, not because we didn’t have four large pans already but thinking that maybe there was some special attachment that he had to his own. When they brought it to us and it was little bigger than the size they give patients in the hospital, we saw that it was going to be a long haul. He used his box once but was so close to the side…
    Knowing some of and being able to infer the rest, we just bought a new carpet cleaner. Every time either Fletch or our tabby, Boo Boo used any of the four boxes ONCE, it was immediately cleaned just in case, since he had been declawed, he had a sensitivity to stepping in a mess. We changed his food from the Science Diet that we fed ours back to the Purina he was used to eating. That has, in several weeks, failed to solve the problem. We have had to tear out he carpets in two rooms so far.
    He DID finally, though, get a little more sociable with us and cuddles quite nicely…and in the end, we are happy to be helping him live a normal kitty life no matter what we have to do.

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  130. Angy   September 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm  

    help! so i have 2 cats they are sister and one cat pees everywhere, on clothes, wood floors, and rugs and my parents want to get rid of her and i really don’t want to.. i don’t know what to do.. how can i make her stop?

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  131. Marsha   September 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm  

    Good evening, I need help. About a month ago we have adopted a kitten from Petco. We all fell in love with this adorable kitten until we brought him home. Now he is terrorizing everyone. He tries to get out of the house all the time. He tore the screen on the windows. He claws everyone that tries to pet him. He refuses to eat dry food and only wants canned food. The biggest problem is that he likes to leave unpleasant presents in the bedroom. The first time he pooped inside my daughter’s blankets, on the bed, I thought he was just scared or something like that. But tonight, he intentionally walked past his litter box, went upstairs into my bedroom, got inside all blankets and pooped on the bed again. I do not want to give up on him but his behavior has to stop. And since he was recently adopted, we took him to the vet, he is in perfect health. Any suggestions how to stop his behavior?? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  132. Chris   September 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm  

    Hi, so my fiance and I are moving in together and thought we would introduce our cats before the big move. She has two cats, one who is very skittish(male) and the other social(female). Both cats have been used to being the only two animals in her house. I only have one cat(female) who is used to sharing a living space with two other cats. When we first introduced them in our current home, we decided to keep my cat in the cat carrier and put them all in the same room so they can get used to my cats scent. It took a while but my cat finally started to tolerate my fiances social cat and vise versa. Now the problem is, her skittish cat and my cat are not getting along at all. They will hiss and growl at each other till her cat gets close enough to swipe. We’ve tried giving them their separate food dishes in different locations but they both seem to choose the same one. We give them both the same amount of attention and we make sure they are in the same room when we do so. Also, my cat is making it a habit of peeing on our bed. She uses the cat box for her other business but if our door is left open, she soaks our bed. When we close the door she camps in front of it and either howls or claws the carpet. Another thing is that we cant knowledge one cat or the other without one of them acting out (primarily peeing in a corner). I really cant afford these cats destroying my new home because they don’t like each other, so if anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful because I really don’t want to resort in giving them away.

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  133. Mike Vosburgh   October 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm  

    Just adopted the cat in our garden.. she’s not feral, she’s been fixed and she absolutely loves me and I love her. So tame and affectionate. Had her to the vet who did all tests and a thorough exam followed by 4 days of observation. My problem – she poops only once a day and has a pretty big pish every other day. She drinks a normal amount of water.. not excessive…. but one pish every other day. Could something be wrong?? Someone please tell me. Mike

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  134. Christy   October 10, 2012 at 9:15 am  

    I have a 2 year old cat that is deaf. She is always happy and never sick. A few weeks ago we came home to find her creeping around as if something frightened her. It did storm so we thought perhaps she felt thunder or something. She went under the guest bed and stayed there all evening. She came out and slept with us. The next day it was back under the bed but periodically she would come out. I picked her up and walked her around so she knew she was safe. She did not react to anything but she still occasionally goes under the bed or hides in the furnace room in the basement like she remembered something scared her.

    She plays and eats and uses the litterbox. She does not act sick. She just acts scared. One day she will be fine and the next will have a moment or two where she is frightened.

    Does anyone know why she is behaving this way? We feel bad that she gets scared. She is a lot better but it has been three weeks and we are concerned that maybe she senses something will hurt her. It is hard to explain or show because it comes and goes.

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    1. Cynthia Brennemann   October 21, 2012 at 9:49 am  

      Have you seen those cat calming pheremone sprays/plug ins? They do work to help make cats feel calmer and more secure. That being said, we had a deaf cat and in his younger years he was fearless…but as he grew older he became steadily more cautious, even though nothing ever hurt him. What tended to get him wound up and spooky was when birds would hit the window, or flap around the window he was sleeping in, or sitting it…the sudden frenzy of movement when he wasn’t expecting it didn’t hurt him, but it bugged him and sent him spooky for a while afterwards.

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  135. Kevin   October 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm  

    Hi, THIS IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE, that I have never seen, nor is it covered ANYWHERE on your website. I have a grey Maine Coon Mix named Busta. I rescued him in 2010 as a 2 month old and he is POTTY TRAINED. I was single at the time, living with my teenage son, then a few months later I got into a relationship, and Busta was great with the new family. That relationship didnt last, and later I met someone else who is my new wife now. HERE IS THE TRIP! Busta loves and enjoy being petted and fed and treated by my new wife Kori, its been over a year now and things are going great, EXCEPT… When she first arrived, he ventured into the closet and scratched up her knee high leather boots!…. few months later, scratched up her new Michael Kors handbag, it was ruined. But he was still loving her pettings, and seemed comfortable around her, sleeping on her lap, they both enjoying each other. He would select items of hers, sandals, dress ties, to use as toys on a regular basis. ALSO, I always played with Busta and we get rough, he would scratch, or start boxing back, or swipe at me as I pass by, or even jump my leg!! Its all cool in a playful manner. But he would never swipe or claw at her even in a playful manner. Now, everything is cool with Kori and if I lay on the couch and watch TV with Kori, the next day or few days later, he would mark (pee) on the couch! Several times that occurred!! He NEVER did that in my previous relationship!! So I had to plastic the inside of the cushions to stop the damage, we then sprayed with vinegar regularly to keep him off. Then I stayed off the couch and she would be there, while I’m on a separate chair. Last night we tried it again, and sure enough, he did it first thing in the morning, after waking me up for petting.

    QUESTION: Why is he only targeting her personal items, and only seeks her attention, jumps to her lap for petting, but then pee on the couch when we are together watching movies? He does not do it to our bed? He has all the fixings, pet house, scratch posts, toys galore. But why this behavior on the couch? Why only her personal items?

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    1. Cynthia Brennemann   October 21, 2012 at 9:52 am  

      My maine coon cat, when my hubby first moved in with me, would regularly annoint/scratch up his items…and his Norweigan Forest did the same to me. It took a couple of years for that behavior to get put aside. For us it seemed to be that these two cats were establishing territory and pecking order and determining who owned what space in the apartment. Oddly enough…when we moved to an entirely different place, the behavior pretty much stopped with a couple of small exceptions.

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  136. Rachel   October 20, 2012 at 9:32 am  

    Hello, I have 2 cats and a dog. All get along well. Sylvester, one of the cats likes to poop on the front door carpet and lately the kitchen carpet. But he goes pee in the litter box. There are 3 litter boxes. I have taken Sylvester to the vet in the past because he was throwing up a lot as well. He had intestinal inflammation is what the vet says. I have had him a prescription special intestinal diet dry cat food. He is fine with it. But when I travel he leaves poop on the carpet. But just today he was scratching the front door carpet and pooped right in front of me! I checked his poop and no blood or issues. I don’t know if I should take him back to the vet for cortizone shot or is this an emotional issue? He also throws up every 3-6 months. I don’t want him on cortizone for the rest of his life if it is truly intestinal inflammation. But his pooping issue is really a problem. I have thrown away many carpets, due to not sure if cleaning sprays are working. Any suggestions?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Cynthia Brennemann   October 21, 2012 at 9:37 am  

      Have you tried putting him on probiotics for the intestinal inflammation? And what sort of cat litter are you using? How large are the cat litter boxes? Are they covered? Could you try taking a small carpet and putting it inside a large litter box and see if he will use that instead? You can just wash the carpet between uses?

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  137. Christina   October 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm  

    Hello. I know many people are adamantly opposed to using a leash and harness with a cat, but I think with good technique and maticulous supervision, the cat can benefit.
    I have a 5 month old, neutered, active male kitten. We play with him quite a bit indoors, and he has many good toys as well, but going outside seems to give him a healthy amount of stimulation, exercise, and confidence (important because we just got a dog). At this point I am only looking for a few safety pointers so that I may continue to take the cat outside. We live out in the country, away from other people and their dogs, however, we do have rabbits and birds. I just want to know if there are any good strategies for setting boundaries for things like climbing trees and hiding under objects. I understand that I can’t discipline him like a dog, but I want him to have fun and be safe. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

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    1. Cynthia Brennemann   October 21, 2012 at 9:42 am  

      Every cat will respond differently to being walked. I had a cat that insisted on climbing every single tree in the vicininty. I have also had cats that apparantly thought tree climbing was for emergencies only. You do have to remember that you cannot walk a cat the way you do a dog…the cat will not trot obediently alongside you as you jog, or heel. Cat’s explore. I would not allow too long a lead, and I would make sure the harness was snug enough to keep the cat from slipping out of it in a frenzy. If you want to take the cat with you and your dog for a walk, might I suggest an all terrain stroller that can be zipped closed with mesh? The cat can ride in the stroller while you jog/walk the dog, and when you find a nice safe spot for the cat to explore you can let him out on a leash and let him walk around at his own pace. The stroller can also help him feel safe if there is unexpected activity around him (and the strollers are great for taking cats to the vet, too, instead of lugging cat carriers)

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  138. Eileen Hubbard   October 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm  

    Hi, We recently lost a male 7 yr old Siamese mix named Scooter due to a saddle thrombus & acute respiratory distress. Our little female, Baby, who is 6 years old, grew up with Scooter. They were very close. Baby now acts differently, like maybe she is grieving. We try to have regular playtimes with her but she acts like she doesn’t want to play with us. Should we maybe think about getting her a new companion?

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    1. Cynthia Brennemann   October 21, 2012 at 9:46 am  

      We actually did this for one of our cats…My hubby fussed that he felt silly buying our pet a petpet. But it did seem to work. What we ended up doing was taking Pyewacket, who had been in a decline since the death of his brother and his owner (my MIL) to the pound. In one of their rooms, we introduced him to several other animals…dog and cat. Most of them he ignored…some of them he hissed at…but one, he walked right up, shoved his head under him, and curled up alongside him. Mario seemed to be okay with that, even though he did not respond enthusiastically, but the change in Pyewacket when we brought Mario home the next week was immediate. Oddly enough…they never bonded, or seemed to be buddies the way he had with Chingachgook, but Pye always slept with Mario and snapped right out of his depression. For us it was worth it. And now that Pye has left us, we still have Mario, who never seemed to be disturbed when Pye was gone. Go figure.

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  139. Sonja   October 27, 2012 at 9:43 am  

    This is kind of a silly question. My 2 cats will jump into my pants while I am sitting on the potty. It doesn’t really bother me. I just wonder why they do this. They are not the only ones that do this. I had another cat that passed away and we recently adopted a kitten and now he does the same thing. He jumps into my pants that are around my ankles. I’m not trying to be weird I just wonder why they do this?

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    1. Pattie   October 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm  

      Hi Sonja….I’ve had lots of cats who have done that. It’s their natural curiosity and desire to crawl “in” something, whether it’s a box, a paper bag or your pants.

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  140. Maja Raduljeskovic   October 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm  

    Dear Jackson, I think I do really need your help. My russian blue male cat Felix is 4 years old. And I adore him, but a huge problem concerns me a lot. My cat keeps waking me up from sleep, at least 3 times, for various reasons. Sometimes he wants to eat overnight, or drink some water, or just to wake me up. I need to mention that sometimes he dosen’t want to eat until someone is not next to him. My mother spoiled him a lot, because sometimes she gives him food out of her hand, and keeps cuddling him while he eats. He hasn’t been castrated, and goes to the toilette outside, so I understand his needs to go outside, but why at night? PLEASE help me, you are my last hope.

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  141. C.P.   October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am  

    Hi folks, I have a question that I’m hoping someone can answer. I have a 7 year-old indoor female tabby mix that my husband and I have had since she was 5-6 weeks old (we adopted her from a shelter, where she was the staff’s favorite kitty at the time). She is a funny and affectionate cat, but has always had a bit of a wild streak (sometimes plays rough or gets very wound up if she sees another cat outside, etc). I’ve had a recurring issue with her over the past four years that has caused me a lot of frustration in which she’ll attack me in my sleep (or as I’m drifting off to sleep). She always sleeps at the foot of our bed (or on the floor next to it) at her leisure. When she attacks me, she’ll quietly climb onto the bed to join us as usual, but instead of laying down and going to sleep, she’ll silently stalk me (I’m unaware and unable to prevent the attack if I’m sleeping), and then pounce (claws out) and bite me. She always goes for my face. The behavior seems much more aggressive than playful. Afterwards, she’ll run away and hide, seemingly knowing that what she did was bad! She has never done this to my husband, only me. It rarely occurs (she did it a few times beginning four years ago, a couple of times since then, and most recently, last night – when she bit me on the face and her teeth left a painful scratch). However, when it does occur, it’s very upsetting as it badly startles me and wakes my husband. I am also worried that she will seriously hurt me…last night, she missed my eye by about an inch. Her doing this seems to coincide with when I am stressed out or upset to begin with. Leaving her outside of the bedroom at night is not really an option as she becomes very upset if she cannot be with us and will meow and scratch at the door incessantly, keeping us awake (we have a small home, so even if we put her in another room with food, litter, etc, her meowing would keep up awake). She has no reason to be aggressive and there is never any action that spurs the behavior…she is very well taken care of and our home environment is mellow. Normally, she is friendly and affectionate. She has no other real behavioral issues to speak of. Any ideas on why she is doing this and how I can prevent it?

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  142. Lori   November 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm  

    Dear Jackson,
    I have feline siblings a male and female,7 years old. The female cat, for some time now refuses to use a litter box. She has continued to pee and poop, in designated areas in my home. It has caused considerable damage to my furniture and flooring. Now she is pooping on my new carpet! I had her examined by a vet and was told she is in good health. Am I dealing with a spiteful pet and what do you suggest I do. I do not want to give her up but I cannot continue to live like this!

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  143. Jessica   November 9, 2012 at 9:57 am  

    Jackson,
    My male neutered color point short hair is urinating outside the litter box.We took him to the vet and they checked for a UTI which came back negative.They tried to put him on a diet,but it did not help either.The vet recommended prozac because he is on edge constantly, he only goes on the carpeted areas.(our whole house is carpet at the moment.)He is in the bathroom until we can get his medication, but he has started to urinate and defecate in the bathtub.We have 4 cat litter boxes, which are cleaned regularly since we have 2 others besides him.I cannot continue to live like this, but I cannot bring myself to get rid of him like my husband wants.He needs help,and I don’t want to give up on him.My son and I are really attached to him, please help!

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  144. Peggy Schoen   November 9, 2012 at 11:53 am  

    I would appreciate any advice on how to retrain a cat who has recuperated from inflammatory bowel disorder. My 13-year-old Murphy has just gone through his second occurrence of this. After the first time 6 years ago, which was probably triggered by a move, the bowel disease wasn’t ever diagnosed but healed itself after a few weeks. Then it took consultations with a behaviorist and several months on Paxil before he found his way back in the box with Cat Attract litter. When the diarrhea started again a few months ago during a long power outage that seemed to stress him out, we took him to a specialist vet who discovered the problem on an ultrasound. After a month on an antibiotic and then a follow-up steriod, as well as switching to a special food, he is physically back to normal, but still refusing to use a litter box. He opts instead for my side of our bed or a corner of our bedroom. Last time, the behaviorist had me get a cat cage with a litter box and put him in it. He would generally do what he needed to do so he could come right out. I tried that this time, but it seems to only freak him out. He hunkers down in panic and won’t go at all. We’ve tried putting out new boxes with different types of litter, but so far no interest. I also tried one of the Potty Patches for dogs, which he will use occasionally for urinating, but not consistently. I’ve looked through the info on your web site, but most seems to related to other types of issues rather than illness recovery. I’m a really devoted cat mom with an incredibly patient husband, but we can really use some good advice!

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  145. Miranda Hopkins   November 10, 2012 at 11:28 am  

    I have a cat named Kitty who is about 8, I’m not sure exactly of his age because we got him from a family friend. He got a sore on his neck, and every time he just about gets it healed, he scratches it back open. The sore is too far back for a cone to help, and I just don’t know what to do. Recently we have tried wrapping his neck with an ace bandage, but when we take it off to let his neck breath, we noticed that the fur under his neck started to fall off. We take it off every day and rub his neck, but we don’t know how to get him to stop scratching it open. Right now it is fully healed, but the fur hasn’t grown back. Does anyone have nay suggestions for Kitty?

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  146. Diana   November 11, 2012 at 1:29 am  

    I have a wonderful, handsome, black cat. I think he is perfect in every way but one. He is constantly jumping up on me and sitting on my shoulder. If I bend over to do anything he jumps on my back and lays down. I adopted him as a older kitten, maybe 4-5 months. I’ve had him about three years. This behavior began this spring/summer. I do pick him up a lot and always have. He is most content when he is on contact with me and likes lots of attention which I don’t mind giving, but with a family and other animals I can’t always love on him when he wants. However he is starting to do it to company and sometimes he is not graceful, which as you can imagine is kind of painful. What can I do to stop him from jumping on everyone, but still keep him happy and secure?

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  147. Jackie   November 13, 2012 at 11:11 am  

    Diana, enjoy your lovable cat! I have 4 and none of them will jump on my lap. We do have one that for about 6 months would jump on my boyfriends back w when ever she could.so I know this can be painful. We put more high up places for her r to lay and look around. He is 6foot 3.so we figured she just wanted her own high place. That alone didn’t stop it. He started giving her one on one time on his shoulder. He would pick her up and put her on his shoulder as he loved on her. After a few weeks the painful jumping on him stopped. I also had a neighbor that would”walk” his cat on his shoulder. He would use a harness and leash but walk around the block with his cat sitting on his shoulder like a bird. So I hope these suggestions help you.

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  148. Dawn   November 25, 2012 at 11:41 am  

    My boyfriend rescued a 6 week old American Short Hair Silver Tabby male kitten “Scrappy” 6 weeks ago. Scrappy is a playful kitten… running from room to room and such a joy. Except he is starting to bite me in my face. Scrappy will get into the “pounce” position and go right for my face. This can be early in the morning before I am awake and I have to pry him off my nose. I’m 52 years old and have gone through menopause (so monthly hormones would not pertain). I love Scrappy dearly…. but why does he not love me? What can I do? I have tapped him on the nose and placed him on the floor. I don’t want to hurt him or add to his aggression.

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  149. Gina   November 30, 2012 at 6:13 am  

    Love the show I have learned so much by watching! I have a snow shoe siamese. She is a rare breed. When does the new season start?

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  150. Shelley   November 30, 2012 at 9:21 am  

    Help, this is an emergency! I have a cat who literally walked out my door and went next door to my parents house when I took in a stray feral kitten. This was two years ago. She refuses to step foot back in my house. My parents did take her in but she sometimes has behavioral problems (poops on the floor). My parents put up with this, however my mom was diagnosed with cancer of her leg and her leg will have to be amputated. They can’t have the pooping problem anymore and want her put to sleep. I would love to have her back at my house but she won’t live with my other cats, even though she did before the stray showed up. I don’t want to put her to sleep but I just don’t know what to do.

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  151. Ariana   December 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm  

    Please post information on traveling with pets. I fell in love with a stray domestic short hair tuxedo cat. He is one year old and beyond panics on car rides to the vet. He throws up, poops, and drools while meowing the entire time, I feel so bad for him. I am a military wife in California flying home to Texas for the holidays but I dread to think how scared he is going to be. I took him to his vet and they gave me sedation medicine. I did some research online and it keeps saying the dangers on fly with an animal under sedation. My husband is in the Navy and is gone most of the time my cat is my only and best friend here in California. I would rather stay home then put him in any danger. I have always been a dog type but it was truly love at first sight when I saw him scared hiding in bushes from street cars. Please I would truly value any opinion on this subject

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    1. brennewoman   December 3, 2012 at 8:22 am  

      Try introducing your cat to the car when you are not going anywhere. On a nice day, just get in the car with him, let him explore to his hearts content, give him treats and pettins and play with him till he’s relaxed and calm enough to snooze. Then do it again a few times and when he is no longer afraid of it…even turn on the motor and let it run for a while, without going anywhere. Having one of those elevated car seats for pets that attaches to a harness is an excellent way to keep them contained and yet able to see. When he is no longer afraid of the engine running, then take a short drive somewhere nice…a park or cemetary (to cats, cemetaries are great) and let them sniff around a bit…then drive back. On days you are going to be taking kids to school or dropping things off without leaving the car, take him with you every chance you get. Up the ante by taking him to petsmart or petco where they allow pets to accompany you, or to garden centers that do the same…get him used to going NICE places with you in the car, and eventually, the vet will be just one possible outcome and he won’t panic. We did this to a deaf white maine coon cat that got so blase’ about it he would crawl through the deposit hatch at the bank and saunter up and down their counters getting spoilt rotten by the workers there, before coming back to the car. Worst case scenario, you could board him while you are gone, or he will just have to be lightly sedated.

      Do understand though, that any time you fly a pet on a plane, there is danger…cargo hatches are not great places for pets, especially during the holidays.

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      1. Carol Drake   December 4, 2012 at 11:57 am  

        Ask the airline …………..Many times if your pet is small they will let you keep her in a small carrier in the cabin with you, rather than in cargo. It’s worth a phone call. …good luck.
        Carol

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  152. Sable Marquette   December 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm  

    I have a seven month old female kitten named China. My friend gave her to me when she was eight weeks old. After a couple of months living with me, China started peeing and pooping under my bed, on my bed, on the couch, on a chair (always on the same spot ), and on clothes. I bought some pet block but it never helps. The strange thing is, she does not do it consistently. She will use her litter box properly without an accident for a couple of weeks and then relapse to going on the couch or the bed or clothes in the hamper or in the laundry room. Sometimes there is month gap. She doesn’t just do this when my back is turned either, she will do it right in front of me! My vet said a way to punish her for doing this is to lock her in a room for a day (the room having the litter box, food, water, and I go in there to play with her for an hour or so) and increasing the days she stays in there if she continues doing it. The longest she has stayed in there was a week and it still does not help and I do not like locking her up like that. Is there anything I can do to stop her from peeing and pooping on everything? I never change the brand of cat litter and i keep the box clean but do not overly sanitize it so there is no territorial issues. She also never pees around the litter box, it is either on the spots i mentioned or in the box itself. Please someone give me some advice, If this keeps up I’m going to have to get rid of her :(

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    1. Carol Drake   December 16, 2012 at 10:57 am  

      First off get a new vet, he doesn’t have a clue. Punishment is not the way to go. Your kitty is not connecting the punishment to the pee-poop problem, you may be making it worse.

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  153. Meike   December 16, 2012 at 4:48 am  

    Hi, I have a problem with my cat Sushi.
    She has a dental problem and I can’t get her to take her medicine…
    I’ve tried to mix it with cheese or milk, but she just doesn’t want it.
    She really needs to take it ! So are there other tricks that can help me to give her the medication?
    Please help !

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    1. Chris   December 16, 2012 at 10:00 am  

      If the medicine is in pill form there is a product called pill pockets by Greenies. These are soft sticky treats you can hide pill in. Another trick ( especially with pill fractions) is to put pill in a gelatin capsule dabbed with butter. I have also had luck using pill guns. I have had vets suggest squirting water in the cats mouth afterwards to help swallow the pill. I usually try to hold cats mouth closed while stroking to insure they actually swallow & watching they don’t spit it out. My cats are both stubborn & tricky and will hold nasty pill to spit out later! The only luck I’ve had with liquids is to use a syringe or dropper in their mouth. Good luck.
      PS love your cat’s name

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      1. Meike Brys   December 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm  

        Thanks a lot !!! this really helps! I will keep on trying everything I can ! ^^
        PS thanks ^^ before I had her , I always wanted to call my next cat that ^^ so when I got her I called her that.

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      2. Joyce   December 20, 2012 at 9:22 am  

        Hi Chris, I have always had luck with putting a pill as far back into their throat as possoble. While gently
        holding their mouth shut and blowing a soft breathe across their nostrils rubbing the throat seem to calm them.

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    2. Sable Marquette   December 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm  

      Try rubbing her favorite meat on the medicine or putting it inside and hand feed it to her with some meat that has not touched the medicine. This way it will be hard for her to taste or smell the medicine.

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      1. Meike Brys   December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm  

        Thanks! I’ll try that too ! :D

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    3. Jonny Neill   January 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm  

      Get to the vet is the best option. Cats by nature are lactose intolerant believe it or not like. Special milk is made for them with no lactose. Feeding them cheese isnt gonna improve things either. If you cant force feed her medication orally or with food, try unorthodox methods such as butter. Cats apparently go nuts for butter (though im yet to see any of mine take an affinity for it lol)

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  154. Lana   December 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm  

    Help! My boyfriend has a cat that he has raised since she was an abandoned kitten just days old. I know there’s something wrong with her because she attacks me every time I’m near. I grew up around cats and never had issues with ANY cat, but this one hates everyone. (He won’t admit to it, but “Baby” attacks him too) Is there anything that I can do to show that I’m NO THREAT to her?

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  155. Thea S.   December 27, 2012 at 3:41 am  

    Hi!
    I’m becoming a little bit concerned about my cats (by the way both are females), they are 1st and 2nd generation, or more likely said: mother and daughter. The oldest of them whom is just a year old cat. (She had her litter few days before 1st anniversary of Utøya massacre in Norway. So the kitten is almost 5months old.)
    These past couple of weeks or so, she have begone to act a little bit……aggressively against her daughter. (Hissing, sneak attacking, etc. but there have not been any serious injuries……yet.)
    I’m not sure if it is jealousy, personal, or socializing that is the cause of the way she is acting like this.

    I’ve watched the series, and I’ve learned a lot from Jackson about cat behavior.
    So, if anyone have experienced something like this, so please reply.

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  156. Susan DuBoise   December 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm  

    Hi…I have a mature (17.5 yrs) old male cat who has become soooo cranky and demanding he’s almost impossible. He takes meds 2xdaily for hyper-throidism. I am retired and therefore home all day just to hear him “bellow” and demand things to the point of being annoying. He never used to be this way…I can’t even take trips any more because I feel so quilty because he’s so NEEDY. He is also to the point of not getting his whole behind into the litter boxes and pees on the outside which is a HUGE chore to make sure this doesn’t ruin the hardwood floors on the inside box. What do you suggest…I love this ole man but I’ve become desperate because he’s driving me crazy!!!!

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    1. Kim   January 2, 2013 at 3:16 am  

      you might want to take him to the vet to make sure first that he doesn’t have arthritis .. that could be why he goes on the outside of the box, he just might not be able to step up into it anymore .. it could be why he bellows at you too .. he just might not be able to move without some pain or discomfort .. a check up might reveal something else underlying too

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    2. Jonny Neill   January 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm  

      Yea man the vets is always the best option. Sounds like your old lad has surpassed his autumn years, but theres always a solution to prolong him, especially by the sounds of it that you love him to pieces, and its hard i know to see your companion require needs as such. All i can say is hang in there, both of you. But seriously, vet… asap!

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  157. Jonny Neill   January 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm  

    Hey Jackson! Me and my girlfriend are MASSIVE cat enthusiasts and your show on Animal Planet revolutionized our cats behaviours, though out of the three we have, only 2 came to us as kittens, The one remaining is a 1 year old, jet black domestic shot hair tom named ‘Solomon’ we adopted from a shelter before the other 2 arrived some months later. We were warned that he has a short temper and prefers his solitude. Must just be his male dominant drive. Anyway, he doesn’t gel well with other cats we were told also.

    He was fine if not a little moody with his new environment at first, and as time went by he grew on us and we came to love him more and more. Just when the other 2 kittens arrived, he saw red. Lashing out at us and them, not eating, moaning an awful lot, avoiding even being around us and sometimes disappearing outside for days on end. Now things have calmed down now and hes become very petty with us, but the odd time he will still swipe for us. Now i understand he was adopted and we were never told of his previous owners (if any), but hes got some repressed issues i believe, and we want to let him know, on his level, that he can trust us like the other 2 do, that hes not in harms way.

    We bond with him no problem, and he likes being petted, even strokes himself against us and shows his belly to us. Doesn’t attack, just lies in bliss and loves it, but as soon as he sees either one of the other cats (one female and one other male), regardless of territorial stature as all of them are neutered, he becomes nothing but hostile towards anything that moves and dashes to the back door to be let out. Like hes being cornered even though the other cats are miles younger than him. We can barely summon enough courage to lift him up 90% of the time aswell, even if hes in this mood or not.

    Were not crying for help as your show has given us some extremely useful pointers and i dont expect an immediate response man but my questions are this:
    Is his behaviour out of sorts because he sees the other 2 cats as a threat?
    Is he acting out of sorts because of his past (grey area)?
    OR is it the simple truth that he just prefers being alone?

    Peace, respect and love – Jonny & Chrissie
    Btw, keep doing what you do man! If only i could have you round for brunch! XD

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  158. Jonny Neill   January 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm  

    Ill tell ya one thing. Ive 3 cats right?! Oldest is Solomon (male), 2nd oldest is Izzy (female) and 3rd to the pact is Raj (male). All sex drive free i might add. Now heres the melodrama. I like to get to sleep roughtly just before 11pm right, and im snoozin away….snoozin away when SUDDENLY!!! I hear a scrape scrape scraping at my chamber door. Darkness and nothing more you think?! Ha! Solomon is JET BLACK and perfectly invisible in the dark, ALWAYS razes me from slumber to let him outside for his business as 5am! Hectic! He refuses the litter tray as he has sacred pooping ground elsewhere and prefers his ritualistic toilet visitations! Swear! Wish i had doors made in a way to support a cat flap to avoid this travisty! lol. Though if its not him its one of the other 2 little twirps requiring an anal evacuation at ungodly hours of the morning. Ughhhhh…… i havent slept properly in 2 years!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

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  159. Amanda   January 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm  

    Hi Jackson, love your show! I’ve been scouring your site as well as other sites for help for a particular problem but can’t seem to find the help that I need. We recently took in a kitten from outside; we had been seeing her for a few weeks and began leaving food outside until we could catch in her a have a heart trap. We immediately took her to the vet and she made it with a clean bill of health. She has since been moved into a kitten pen. The problem is that we have three other pets. The first cat ignores her, our second cat hisses at her and has made an attempt to cuff her in the head while she seems interested in him. Our dog seems quite interested in the prospect of playmate (he is a very friendly dog and loves his other kitty playmates) but this new kitten does not like our dog. She hisses and tenses up whenever we put her near her kitten pen. I know that these things take time, but what sort of steps should we be taking to help in transitioning all of our pets?

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    1. Kim   January 31, 2013 at 2:38 am  

      does she have a place in her pen where she can ‘hide’ from the others .. you might have to block off her view of the other pets for a week so she can adjust to their smell first .. the aspca website has a guide on how to transition new pets into a home .. seeing as she was possibly ‘feral’ it might take longer for her to be ok with the new home .. i would say don’t rush it .. give her time and space to adjust .. and bless you for taking her in and giving her a home

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  160. Nancy Smith   January 31, 2013 at 10:38 am  

    Wow upon reading all these issues with cats, somehow I feel I should be lucky I only have a few issues. Almost feel I don’t have the right to complain…but here goes. I use to be a dog trainer, but somehow when adopting this sweet kitten at 3 months from the humane society, I can’t seem to tackle her issues. When I first brought her home, she howled like there was no tomorrow. After a week of this, especially in the mornings, I was ready to bring her back, but they don’t take returns. It became very personal to fix the problem, because I felt failure and for the first time, not able to handle this. Yes, I still have her, she is about 8 months. Her howling stopped for a short time, then returned. I know she’s got separation anxiety, she displays all the symptoms. Usually to take care of that problem would be, for dogs, to crate them in a “den” like manner. I don’t think that’s the way to do it with cats. When I say NO, she changes her howl to a HEY as if to say “there you are” and then continues to yell in that way. Another issue….When she’s in the active times, and I’m walking to a room and back out, she gets the whole “black cat” fuzzy sideways thing, and then darts away and hides. I’ve tried talking to her in the words/tones that she knows as safe when coming around the corner, but it doesn’t make a difference. I understand this to be a fearful display…I don’t understand why she would be so fearful. Also during these times, when I am sitting down or have just gone to bed, she jumps up onto my stomach/chest and basically banks off of me. This hurts me, especially because I have medical issues in those areas. Tried several different things to stop her from doing that, to no avail. She is spoiled rotten and has everything she’d ever need. Haha that’s another thing….she absolutely will not entertain herself and gets bored of toys within the first play with them. I’m running out of options there, also….how to keep her interested. Ok, so that’s all i’m gonna say at this time, and PLEASE PLEASE, if anyone has any suggestions on one or more of these issues to let me know! Thank you so much!!!

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  161. Jeremy and Christine   February 10, 2013 at 4:48 am  

    Dear Mr. Galaxy
    First of all, our family would love to say thank you for sharing your knowledge and talent with the world. The show has given us so many useful insights and validations that it has been nothing but a joy to watch. As a man that comes from generations of Stafford-shire breeders/trainers, I was not raised around cats—-at all. This was not the case for the mother of my daughter as she was raised with cats. When we started a family of our own we could only afford apt. living and cats became a natural choice of companion for our daughter.
    We are now five cats deep each with their own unique story. One lived in the pocket of a pool table in fear of his life from a Timber wolf that also lived at the house. Another was found at the park where little kids were throwing rocks at her then was taken to shelter where they were going to euthanize her before she was smuggled out—he he. Another is crossed-eyed and hypo-allergenic. Another was near death and had to be treated both with antibiotics and wound care treatments. Our Maine Coon was electrocuted and only has half of a tongue and part of her lips on one side.
    Since we love all of them dearly and we are aware of their issues before taking them into our home; we also understand our vital importance in maintaining a balanced community. We have been unsuccessful with two of the females. One of them has always been a little aggressive and the other has never been aggressive. We have tried putting them together in a calm setting only to realize we don’t have a clue what to do next. We cannot figure out if we are condoning aggression or if we are calming things down just for the moment. Either way, we are not succeeding in the long run. The one still lunges at the other with hair up on end and the other still tries to get away. We have both been scratched and/or bit and need to find resolution for her and our hands and fingers.
    We have run out of ideas for what we can do for our cat community. These cats have a full townhouse they can run through; they have more than enough window space; they are given catnip, laser pointers, catnip toys, boxes and paper bags. We keep meticulous care of their 3 litter boxes and have never really had an ongoing issue with the cats not using the litter box. As we only believe in natural remedies and natural solutions, we are not in support of prescribed medications for ourselves or our cats. We don’t know what other solutions there could be. Being left in a very desperate situation, we felt it was time to contact the Cat Whisperer.
    Thank you again for your knowledge and hard work. We hope you make it to the Midwest and look us up when you get here. If you have any insight on this issue, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  162. Jess   February 11, 2013 at 11:42 am  

    Hey Jackson and Cat Friends – hopefully someone will see my little comment way down here at the bottom. My cat, Jax, is not a cat from hell, but he is an extremely active adolescent. We live in LA, so we can’t let him outside, though he used to play in the yard when we lived in the suburbs of Austin and he was a lot better then. Now, we play with him a lot, but he NEVER wants to stop playing. I work from home and he is very disruptive. He crawls all over my desk and drapes his 18 pound mini-panther frame over my shoulder, or bites the hand that I’m typing/mousing with. We give him at least two hours of one-on-one playtime a day, but he’s never satiated. He has more toys than most kids, a gigantic cat tree, multiple people at the house who give him attention. Is there anything I can do to allow him to play on his own that I’m not doing already? I’ve never had a cat who needed this level of attention, and while his overtures are adorable and sweet, it’s very frustrating to have him up in my business all day, every day.

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    1. Rat   February 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm  

      Jess: I think your cat needs a cat! :)
      Is he an only cat? You might consider getting another kitten or young cat to keep him company. Two cats aren’t that much more work than one, and it’s amazing how much they can keep each other amused and out of your hair.

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      1. Joyce   February 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm  

        I totally agree with Rat, I adopted 3 siblings who were strays their mother brought and left
        on my porch. 2 males and 1 female, they are always playing chasing each other. They went
        to a spay neuter clinic, and are current on shots. They are 6 months, there is never a dull moment when they get going.

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  163. James   February 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm  

    My cat Milo is 11 years old. We have had him and his brother Otis since they were abandoned as kittens. We have never had a problem with them. They are the sweetest little boys any one could ask for. When Milo pees he has always sprayed out and not down. This was not a problem. Recently he has started spraying around the house for no particular reason that we can discover. He has been to the vet and received a clean bill of health. He gets along well with his brother. We have a dog named Bella for 3 years now and although they don’t interact much they have never had a problem with each other. There are no new pets in our house or in the neighborhood. No new children. We haven’t moved. He is very friendly, never scratches or bites, loves to be petted while we are watching TV at night. He has always been an indoor cat. We are at our wits end with the spraying. We tried the Feliway pheremone thing. Hasn’t helped. The litter boxes are cleaned regularly. Can anyone help us?

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  164. Cyn Love   February 16, 2013 at 8:36 am  

    I do not think the search feature isn’t working properly. I keep getting the same article as a result despite the keywords, and only the title & intro appear not the whole article. Just me?

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  165. Donna Pineau   February 24, 2013 at 10:19 am  

    I need advice on a rescue cat.

    I just rescued a very sweet cat from an abusive situation only to find out she’s FIV positive. I have a healthy cat at home already. I’m trying to find some reliable sources on what’s best to do in a situation like this. I’m trying to find her a good home but I’m not having any success. Currently they are separated though it’s not fair to either of them to keep that up forever. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to endanger my current baby and can not consider putting the new baby down. :( I need advice in a bad way.

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    1. Chris   February 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm  

      Poor baby! Is there a “no kill” shelter near you? Perhaps they could take her in. The one near me test before adopting out cats. I was in the process of adopting the friendliest little black cat, I already had a name in mind. Unfortunately, he tested positive. Because I had an older cat at home, thet wouldn’t let me adopt him. I was devastated. However, they assured me he would be separated from the main cattery but he would be well taken care of. Perhaps a local vet would have some ideas. Good luck.

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  166. Burgandy   February 24, 2013 at 7:58 pm  

    Hi, I have a 9 month old female kitten and an 8 month old male kitten. Pandora, my girl has always been a people lover. She loves everything she meets. We got Thor a month later and he was terrified of everything. But now he LOVES Pandora. They are inseparable. He likes me for the most part and he cuddles sometimes but he never got used to my fiance. With my fiance, Thor is always on edge and he hisses at him for no apparent reason. My fiance tries to be friends with him but Thor will not have it. He’s been like this since we brought him home at 8 weeks old. He’s not fixed and I’m aware that could make him hormonal but like I said. He’s been like this since 8 weeks old. And Pandora is now scratching everything and destroying it. I have a scratching post and multiple toys. A wide variety at that. But she prefers my table and chairs and worst of all tearing up the carpet in my APARTMENT. I really don’t want to have to get her declawed but if I can’t make this stop it will have to happen. Someone please help!!

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  167. Lisa Hodges   February 26, 2013 at 9:24 am  

    Hello, I have a 10 yr. old male and a 10 yr. old female. When it comes time for bed, the male decides that’s when it’s time for play. He turns into a mountain lion climbing on everything in the bedroom where my husband and I are trying to sleep. We have tried feeding him, so of course he weighs 25 lbs. now, we have yelled at him, we even play with him, nothing keeps him happy. We don’t know what else to do. Can you please HELP???
    Thank You,
    LIsa

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  168. Christine Ouellette   February 27, 2013 at 2:56 am  

    I have a growing problem happening at my home. Here’s a little background I have a cat named Kayann that is a bully. She has Epilepsy which I don’t know if that causes any of this or not so I thought I better mention it. She bullied my last cat and I worry she bullied her to death. My other cat Tinze had to be put to sleep because her kidneys ended up failing. I did my best with her for months and it is obviously progressive. I don’t know if stress can cause that or not but I’m in the stage of grief where I am looking for answers. After Tinze was put to sleep, I adopted a cat I named Kiya because Kayann is attached to my roommate but not me. I wanted a cuddler again. Now Kayann will lunge at Kiya she never bites her or tries to bite her she just jumps at her and growls and bats at her. Kiya does not fight back she just walks away from the situation. She is not hiding or anything like that so I think she is not afraid but I don’t know. Now with all that going on the bullying has intesified now that I am moving. I’m in the process of packing and Kayann lashes out a lot more. My roommate will hold Kayann and then when she puts Kayann down Kayann finds Kiya and lashes out. I’m not sure if maybe my roommate is the issue? When Kayann was a kitten my roommate would think it was fun to drop Kayann right on or by Tinze so I’m wondering if now she is trained to bully? How do I undo it? Also in the process of moving I will be staying at my parents for 2 weeks and then moving to my new home. They will have a lot more space to roam now in the new place and I will be getting cat trees and there are a lot of cat friendly high places. How do I introduce the cats to the new place? How do I destress them after I move? Will some of the bullying issues go away once my roommate is out of the picture? I just am at my breaking point because I know that Kiya has had a tough life and I hate seeing her bullied. I try to play with them both and Kiya plays but Kayann just sits and stares at her. Even if both my roommate and I try to interact with them both Kayann ultimately focuses on Kiya. I should say that I’ve had Kiya since December of this year so it still hasn’t been very long…could they just still be figuring out the hierarchy so to speak? I just hate this. I don’t want to get rid of Kayann but I may need to. My roommate has stated that she is willing to take Kayann and she is attached to Kayann so part of me wonders if my roommate is antagonizing the whole situation by provoking or allowing the fighting to go on because she wants me to want to give up Kayann. I’m just very attached and believe they could have a good relationship but I need help now! Especially since I am moving to a new place I would like them to associate happiness with the new home. If anyone can help me it would be much appreciated! Thanks for your time.

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  169. Chris   February 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm  

    Hi Christine,
    It sounds like a difficult & stressful situation for all of you! I had a similar situation with my two cats, both neutered males. I had to put Koshka, my 19 year old female, to sleep the day before I moved. Poor Frodo, my four year old, lost his home & big sister at the same time. I waited a month before bringing Gryffindor, then a kitten, into the family. It was clear from the start that at 1/3 the size, Gryffi was “top cat”. If Frodo had a toy, Gryffi took it from him. If Frodo was in a favorite spot, Gryffi would bite him on the neck until Frodo moved, etc. My vet said it was unusual for such a young cat to already be showing signs of dominance. She also said that
    cats are not not people & that, as long as Frodo was in no danger, I should let them figure it out. She also recommended Feliway (?) a stress reducing pheromone diffuser. So, I kept an eye on them and separated them if Gryffi got too rough, putting Gryffi in the bathroom & showering Frods with affection. It was hard for me to watch the process. It took a few months before Frodo fully accepted Gryffi as dominant in all ways. The cats started tolerating each other and eventually played together. I knew the tipping point was when Frodo turned & chased Gryffindor right after being chased by him. Still it took about a full year for Frodo to fully act like himself again. Now at 7 & 3 they groom, play and sometimes sleep with each other. When Gryffi spent a weekend at the vet’s last year, Frodo appeared to miss him! So a “bully” and it’s “victim” can reach a friendly
    balance. I haven’t used the Felliway or separated them for years. Letting your roommate take one of the cats may offer a quicker solution, but it sounds as if you are not comfortable with that. Hopefully the three of you will get past the worst soon. Best of luck.

    PS I have heard, and my previous experience suggested, that female cats are often more territorial than males.

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  170. Alix Hunt   March 4, 2013 at 5:39 am  

    Kitty Miracle! I am after advice from anyone who may have had a similar experience. Our Bengal cross Chili has had an eventful 3.5 years so far. Most recently in May last year he went out one day and did not return, it was only at Christmas that I forced myself to accept it was unlikely we were going to see him again. Two days ago we received a phonecall from the tracker company to say Chili had been scanned. Amazingly he appears perfectly well, he had been less than 1.5 miles away living in and out of unused stables surviving on rats and other such things (not unsurprising as he was always a great hunter), he be-friended a couple who had been observing him and when they realised he wasn’t a local farm cat they gained his trust enough to take him to the vet. He is now home safe and sound and currently housebound until fully vaccinated again. We are having our first baby in approx 5 weeks and I want to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for him so that it doesn’t become an additional stresser after being away from us for so long and he ends up unhappy. We have to monitor his stress levels anyway as he is prone to kitty sniffles from a past viral infection. Can anyone offer advice?

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  171. Kathy Collins   March 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm  

    Help!!!.I adopted a 7 month old kitten yesterday I know its not alot of time but heres is what is going on..
    the kitten Venus was ok when her people dropped her off but when she went into the bedroom she met my other cat ..they hissed growled at each other and the kitten went under the bed …it is now over 24 hrs later and she has not come out but twice both times as soon as she realized I wasnt her other mom she hissed and scratched went under the bed and growled ..I gave her my glasses to smell like I have seen Jackson do ..I put food and water outside and next to the bed hoping she would eat ..so far no luck ..I have put a her litter box on that side of the bed. and slid the food and water under the bed.
    I thought that my other cat would maybe chase her or harrase her but she acts like Venus isnt even here …my other cat has stayed out of the bedroom except to go to the litter box the rest of the time she is in my lap.
    Im really scared for this lil kitten no food or water isnt good…and not going to the littter box cant be good either.
    please tell me what I can do to help her acclamate to her new “mom and sister”
    they are both spayed and my older cat is declawed while Venus has her claws “ouch” as she has let me know.
    I am just besides myself with worry I want her to feel that this is a safe place and she is loved and I know its going to take time but if she doesnt eat or drink soon she will get so sick or maybe even die …the people that had her drove 240 miles from Fargo ND to Sioux Falls SD the only reason they gave her up is that their landlord was threating to evict them and they were very stressed out about it.
    I promised to take very good care of their baby and now I feel like Im failing both them and Venus…
    I am retired and dont go out unless I have to.
    Please if someone can help me please please help me to help Venus
    Thank yYou
    Kathy

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  172. Kathy Collins   March 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm  

    may I also add that I have put Vensus toys and scratching post next to that side of the bed that she is now stuck at.
    I have sprinkled catnip on the post and around her food and water dishes …Im doing everything I can think of to help this poor lil scared to death baby.
    I just dont know what else to do ….please help!!!
    Thank You
    Kathy

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    1. Chris   March 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm  

      Kathy,
      Venus is obviously stressed & scared. Perhaps the best thing for her (and maybe the hardest thing for you) would be to ignore her. One of my cats is rather timid. When I first adopted him he was really sweet & calm. Later I realized he was sick & very anemic! As soon as he was better, he didn’t want me to touch him. If I tried to pet or pick him up, he’d bite & scratch me. I was ready to take him back to the shelter, but felt I’d made a commitment & had to try harder. He was also around 7 months, but was a stray so I didn’t know what he’d been through. So, I decided to be patient & let him come to me. Eventually he accepted me and is sweet & loving. But he is still skittish with others — including family. When I went on vacation, he boarded at my sister’s. She never saw him. He spent the whole time hiding under the guest bed. She made sure he had food & water and left him alone. My step-sister also had a shelter cat who hid for the first few weeks, but eventually came around.

      You’ve made sure she has food, water & litter. Now give her time & space to acclimate to her new home & family. You should probably try to keep the two cats separated (especially if you are not around) and maybe give Venus something with her older sister’s scent on it. Another option is to try something like Feliway, a synthetic cat pheromone that is supposed to comfort & calm. Good luck!

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      1. Kathy Collins   March 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm  

        thank you for the info …I have ben doing exactly what you have suggested and Im happy to say that Venus has come out and is moving around the apt at will. she is still hissing and growling and yowling at everything I have to be careful how and where I walk as she will turn on me in an instant ..
        I am still feeding the 2 cats seperately aand that seems to be ok Venus actually came out and went to the kitchen and drank water from the “communal” bowl.
        altho she scratches at it like she is digging the water up herself ..I guess the insanity (lol) is catching as my other cat learned to “bury” the food dish from my old guy kitty that I lost back in Oct after 15 yrs it was a devastating loss and I felt so empty it took me a couple of mos and a whole lot of soul searching to get to the point that I wanted another kitty ..that is why I am so sad that Venus has turned out like this I guess I was wanting a kitty that would love me quick as my Kaici did …he picked me I didnt pick him …and I was very glad he did we traveld alot and even lived in Canada togather along with my fiancc and his dog …I lost my fiacee to cancer in 2000 so Kaici and I came back home to SD so anyway I think within the month we should all be one big happy family ..at least Im praying that we are if not then maybe the next ..like I said I took on this lil soul and I wont give up on her…thanks for everything ….btw where do I get that Feliway?? thanks ..Peace and Love back to ya

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        1. Chris   March 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm  

          Kathy,
          Glad things are looking up. I originally bought the Feliway from my vet. It was pretty expensive – perhaps around $50. It comes in spray or a plug in infuser. I found a less expensive version at pet stores ( I think it might be called something like comfort zone) for $30-$40 depending. You might also want to check Jackson’s website to see if he offers anything similar.

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  173. Deb T   March 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm  

    I love watching your show. I have one dog and adopted a female cat name Missy two years ago. My dog gets along with cats not his first. Missy was afraid at first but now they get along great. I got her two years ago she is now 6 years old don’t know her history. A friend of mine got a dog and his only male cat 5 or 6yrs old almost got killed by the dog. the dog got bigger is now aggressive with male cat he see that the cat is weak and scared. I thought it will be nice for Missy if she had a friend and I took Smokey in. I did the meet and great wrong I just let him jump out of the carrier. Smokey has no problems with my dog and Missy hiss at him when first met. He is a little scared, sounds and movements. I had to use cat nip to get him out under my sofa or scratch his head. He will come out to get petted but does not like to be picked up only like to be loved when he wanted too. My problem is I can’t get to him, he lives under my sofa and I would like to start over like they never met. Missy is starting to get aggresive with him by hissing at him and now she is following him in the basement to start a fight. I don’t want Smokey to get hurt and he is now not coming out under sofa when i pet him or cat nip. Missy is starting to see that he is weak and don’t fight back. I have two litters one in bathroom which Missy use and one in basement and Smokey uses, his food is in basement as well Missy food is in Kitchen. I live in small house and not much space for Smokey to go but run too basement to eat and go to bathroom and he runs back up to go right back under sofa. I need some help in what to do. It’s only been two weeks since i got him but Missy is now showing more aggression than last week.

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  174. Kathy stoner   March 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm  

    I have a problem I have two cats both are about 20 years old,however the one hogs all the food we put down, and the other cat goes without! Kathy uses the water wsquirt bottle to deter him from getting at the food that is form the other cat,, he’s been doing this for a long time,,we don’t know what’s wrong with him, this is the only problem we have with him!

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  175. Connie Henson   March 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm  

    Dear Jackson,

    My mother just recently past and she has a 7 yr old cat named Maggie. I brought her to my house but right now I have her in my sunroom away from my own cat and dog. I didn’t want her to hide or start peeing everywhere so I thought I would create a space for her. I brought my mothers blankets and pillows that had her sent on it to try helping her. My kids and I go back there to spend time with her often. Its been only been 5 days and she comes out sometimes and she is starting to eat a little. I just want to know if I am doing the right thing by keeping her seperate from my own animals. I will bring them back for short periods to introduce them. Is there anything else that I can do for her? My mom loved her so much and I don’t have the heart to give her up. I know it will take time. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you. Connie Henson

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  176. Amanda   March 26, 2013 at 7:16 am  

    I have an 8 month old kitten named Milo which I have nicknamed “monster” or “little evil cat”. He is incredible cute and I do love him to pieces about 5 out of 7 days of the week. He feels that he needs food all day every day but he is already 9.2lbs. To get to the point, every morning when he feels it is time to be fed, he does everything he can think of to wake me up. 99% of the time it is way too early. He will bite me anywhere there is skin exposed; which includes my nose, eyebrows, my small hoop earrings, my ears, chin, cheeks, everywhere. Recently he has started to try to getting my nose ring out, which is not very comfortable.
    I live with my parents and my little monster is very good at annoying the heck out of my mom’s cat (never hurts him & quite amusing at times). (He does this because he knows he can get a rise out him. My parents other cat does not get upset with Milo at all. Honestly, Milo is playing; he roles onto his side when he ‘catches’ the other cat.) I have to keep Milo in my room at night so that he won’t chase my mom’s cat around the house all night keeping her up which is a very bad idea, so Milo is stuck in my room all night. He truly plays all day and he’s not waking me at all hours of the night so I don’t think he has an immense amount of built up energy that is not being released (I’ve tried playing with him at night with a laser pointer or his kitty dancer, and he will still wake me up early for food).
    What can I do to keep from being woken up every morning by being bit somewhere on my face. It starts my morning off in not such a great mood. He is only 8 months old. I really want to get this behavior under control before it is a very hard & annoying habit to break. Any advice out there? Please help.

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  177. A Woods   April 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm  

    We have 1 neutered & declawed male and 2 spayed and declawed females. They are the sweetest most loving cats. Other than the occasionaly squable they get along very well. About 4 months ago a cute little part siamese showed up on our door step and my husband started feeding her. As it was going down to freezing one night, we took her in. We soon realized she was in heat and made an appointment for spaying. She is a small cat compared to our other cats so we don’t really know how old she is. The spaying stopped the middle fo the night YOWWWLING, but she is constantly fighting with our 2 females. Since she is not declawed she tends to hurt them and they are both afraid of her in spite of her small size. Our male cat has made friends with her. In addition to that, she had “bonded” with my husband and acts like she if afraid of me. Never had that response before. I love kitties and would like her to fit in with our family. I am just afraid she is going to really injure one of our females. Any ideas from anyone out there?????

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  178. Emily Thubbron   April 8, 2013 at 8:56 am  

    We have 3 year old Color Tipped Siamese male cat who does the strangest thing. At night, he will go into my daughter’s play room and bring out her toys. Every morning we wake up to find new toys in the living room. He has been fixed and we try to love on him but he is very snobbish. He only wants to be played with when he wants it. I would love to know why he feels the need to bring down her toys (he doesn’t play with them, just brings them to the living room) when he has his own.

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  179. Melissa   April 10, 2013 at 10:56 am  

    I have 3 cats and a dog and they are all rescue animals. But my 2yr old male cat that continues to pee on my recliner and it will use the litter box and he doesnt do it everyday but at least 2 times a wk. And I cannot figure out why he does this. Also he is the only male animal. Please Help Me!!!

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  180. Holly Wood   April 10, 2013 at 11:21 am  

    I have 2 cats, a boy & girl, for the past 7years. They are awesome. They love me and almost everyone else. Absolutely no behavioral issues at all. The only problem is that they strongly dis-like/ hate my Husband. We just got married 6months ago and they are so scared of him and hide under the couch whenever he’s home. Even if it’s all day. They won’t come out, not even to eat or go to the bathroom. It breaks my heart. He has tried feeding them, trying to give them treats and tried coaxing them out to play, but they won’t have anything to do with him. My boy cat loves everyone else… even complete strangers. He will come up to everyone else, but my husband he is petrified of. My husband just brushes it off like it’s nothing and he seems to feel that I baby them too much. I just want the cats to feel comfortable in their own home instead of hiding under the couch for 15hrs straight. also my husband has become negative regarding the cats and has admitted to me that he’s “just sick of them not liking him”.
    Now My boy cat has started showing serious signs of stress, the vet found crystals in his blatter. I know this can be a life or death issue and he’s like my baby and I don’t know what else to try.
    Please help!

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  181. zane   April 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm  

    hello jackson galaxy

    i would first of all like to say i love watching your tv series as i am a cat lover, but i have got a bit of a problem with my feline friend. she a 2 year old cat but the thing is that i am planning to move out of my parent home in to my own place, but problem i am having is that i would be moving from the country to a town which she loves the out doors but i have been trying to get her to enjoy being within the house more, i tryed catnip living plants, the dried catnip from the local pet shop place toy around for her to play with i have even invested in a multi level cat tree ready for the move but what makes it more harder is that she escape through anything from a sloping sunlight window which opens to 1 iche’s wide opening’s or even opens doors by herself plus the damages she does to my household item like getting my wires out of boxes and chewing on the wires. which now i am finding it differcult trying to keep her happy and still roam freely. so i needing some advice on how to make it easier on me and my cats so it is equal.

    yours sincerly

    zane

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  182. David   April 11, 2013 at 8:43 am  

    My wive and I adopted a neutered black & white 6 month old ale cat about two years ago. He’s super social and sweet – full of personality. I’m home most of the time (retired) and try to pay a lot of attention to him. When we adopted him we learned that he was kept in an pet enclosure at the humane society for four months before he was ever brought to the adoption floor (due to sheer numbers of animals). To this day he hates being put in a cat carrier. Other than that, he doesn’t seem to have any “hang-ups”. The problem is this: He likes to chew on certain wood items. Specifically, our grandfather clock and the plantation shutters in our windows. He didn’t start doing that right away. He started on the grandfather clock while we were out of town one weekend. He wasn’t left entirely alone, though. We always have a pet sitter some feed and spend at least half an hour with him twice per day each day we’re gone. However, even now when we’re here, if we leave the clock uncovered, he’ll chew on it. We’re stumped as to the reason. It’s his only bad habit. Any suggestions as to how to get him to stop would be helpful. We’d like to deal with the problem rather than treat the symptom (e.g. putting something on the clock).

    Thanks!

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  183. Daphne   April 17, 2013 at 12:10 am  

    Dear Jackson,
    I know you are probably not able to answer this because you are a very busy man, I understand but i have to try.
    My name is Daphne, I live in Belgium with my girlfriend and our 3 cats. two are mine and 1 is my girl’s. They are slowly adapted to one another. Blackie (male) is inviting my two girls to play constantly and giving them enough room but my girls haven’t warmed up to his charming personality yet.
    But that is not the main problem. All three have tnedencies to scratch the furniture so when we are at home, they are not allowed it the living room. A shame since this is their favorite hangout. But we’ve made them a little bacecamp where they can play and sleep and enter and exit whenever they choose.
    The main problem is that Tipsy (female) has been peeing in a corner by the frontdoor. She did this in my former house as well. When there was no strange cat in the house. When we moved here, she stopped…at first but now it started again. We have 3 litter boxes wich a scooped every day and completely cleaned once a week. @ closed litterboxes and one open. I see her used these frequently. But then when noone is home. or when we are sleeping.. she uses the corner by the door. How can i get her to stop? It’s driving me nuts and i feel like there’s something she’s trying to tell me and i can’t see it. If she’s unhappy for some reason i want to know so i can fix it. She’s been with me for 7 years and i really love her but her peeing is driving me nuts.
    Please, if you find a minute in your crazy busy shedule, maybe you have some tips or something i can try.
    If not, i understand and i’ll try to find a solution one way or another.
    Take care and never stop all the good you do for all those beautifull felines.

    big hug, Daphne

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  184. Pam M   April 19, 2013 at 6:56 am  

    Hi there, I have three cats with my mother, Pumpkin Sage and Bibbles. Sage is awesome with everyone so long as she can sleep and eat. Bibbles is the youngest and is constantly wanting to play, and pumpkin… well pumpkin hates me and Bibbles. Goodness forbid we enter the same room as her, she starts growling, now I realize I do tend to antagonize her by picking her up and cuddling and kissing her, and Bibbles does try playing, which makes Pumpkin run away screaming and growling and hissing. But recently the fighting has been getting worse! We’re not quite sure how to stop it, we’ve had these two together for around 3-4 years now, and pumpkin’s hated her the second she saw her. But this morning, Bibbles actually went and sprayed a wall in my mother’s bathroom. We’re getting that Fizzion stuff and debating to start using feliway and/or Jackson’s new scent things. Not to mention Pumpkin has a bad habit of peeing anywhere but the litter box when she’s stressed or pissed. We do currently use Cat Attract litter (a god-send when she first stopped using the litter box), and she was a stray when we got her, whereas Bibbles was a newborn kitten that we got from the vet when an abandoned cat gave birth on their doorstep… any help is more than welcome.

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  185. Michele   April 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm  

    Hi Jackson, my cat Boo is a mini cat. She is 6 years old and still looks like a 1/2 grown kitten. She is so sweet, and such a great little girl. We also have a chocolate lab, Sophie. They get along great no problems there. She will let us pet her for hours and comes to us for affection but won’t jump up on us, and won’t let us hold her. Sometimes she pursues us to get pet but if we pick her up, she doesn’t bite or scratch, she just wants down.
    How can we get her to be more huggy or least to get her to come onto our laps.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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  186. Pat Jackson   April 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm  

    Dear Jackson and all cat friends,
    I have end stage emphysema and am on oxygen 24/7. The doctor’s want me to get rid of the cat but I said no way.
    My problem is she bites the oxygen hose, which puts holes in it and I get no oxygen which can have really bad results for me. Alot of oxygen users have the same problem.
    I have tried everything from sour apple spray to lemon and orange peel rubbed on the hose but nothing works.
    I know I am dying from this disease, but I don’t want the cat to kill me.
    Please help

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  187. Pat Jackson   April 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm  

    Hi Jackson, my cat Boo is a mini cat. She is 6 years old and still looks like a 1/2 grown kitten. She is so sweet, and such a great little girl. We also have a chocolate lab, Sophie. They get along great no problems there. She will let us pet her for hours and comes to us for affection but won’t jump up on us, and won’t let us hold her. Sometimes she pursues us to get pet but if we pick her up, she doesn’t bite or scratch, she just wants down.
    How can we get her to be more huggy or least to get her to come onto our laps.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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  188. Lisa   April 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm  

    Jaxon all I need is help on convincing my parents we need to close off my sister’s room where her cat usually lives and try to get him and my cat to get along. They’re fight now and my 7 year old cat cannot take this much stress, especially if she does have cancer. (We haven’t tested her for it yet but it might happen in the near future) She already is limping and is going to the vet in case something is wrong. It’s every day growling hissing chasing, they go into my sister and niece’s room to fight *which is extremely cluttered* and I can’t be going up and down the stairs every hour for the fact that it’s very very tedious. The fights are my concern since I fear they will lead to more frequent vet trips for my cat that aren’t needed. They are also a concern because my sister’s cat lived in a house with two others before coming here and used to rough house with the one that always goes outside. His kitten vaccines were never finished and my cat hasn’t had any vaccines in a long time (because she was the only one and NEVER EVER went outside EVER) and didn’t need them because they were unnecessary. I’m afraid he might carry something and my sister doesn’t know and she REFUSES to get him tested.

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  189. Rennie   April 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm  

    I have 13 cats all rescued the trouble that I am seeing now is one of my male cats marks everything even us sometimes when we are sleeping,the other male cat seems to not want to inside of the litter box to do his business.I have just purchased your safe space for cats and I know that it takes awhile to work so I am giving it time.I as purchased scat mats for the couch and counters and computer because the one that sprays did it on my computer screen and now I have a big black spot at the bottom and do not know how to get rid of it.I also would like to know if there is anything out there to repel them off of things because they are doing it on my door,wall and wood work.

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  190. Stephanie   May 1, 2013 at 9:22 am  

    I have a pair of modern style seal point siamese cats, about 8 months old, brother and sister. They are extremely affectionate, playful and very loving towards each other, and with everyone in the house. The issue I am having is with the male, Gollum. He is the larger of the two, and he has started leaping at us when our backs are turned to jump on our shoulder. Most of the time he totally misjudges his landing, and we are all getting scratched up in the process! While I think it’s very funny and sweet that he wants to ride on our shoulder, the sneak attacks are not so much fun when you end up with scratches all down your back! I have read that this shoulder riding obsession is pretty common in oriental breeds, and I don’t want to chastize him from doing something that is in his dna to do..but at the same time I don’t want him drawing blood! The female Arwen does not do this…
    Anyone have any similar types of issues they’ve dealt with?

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  191. Marie   May 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm  

    I have a 2 and half year old kitty I rescued from the shelter. She had been in there for almost a yr before we brought her home. She’s a all black cat, and no one wanted her cause they thought she was bad luck. She was adopted once before us, but the owner took her back to the shelter cause they moved and couldn’t take her.. When we first saw her in the shelter she was in our lap, and would try to bat or scare any other cat from us. So we knew she was supposed to be ours.. Although once we brought her home, she wont get into our laps. We have given her the space she needed, and slowly worked with her allowing her to get used to being around us.. She got to the point where she would lay between my boyfriend and I on the couch, and let us pet her. He would actually cover her up at night and she would go to sleep. Well my daughter and I have been getting her used to being held.. When we first got her, she would go nuts hiss, cry, growl when we held her. Now she will stay in our arms for a few minutes as long as we don’t try to walk around with her.. I have also gotten to the point when she is on the couch if she wants petted she will have to get more into my lap, I pet her for a few seconds then she backs off. So I pet her again while she is close to me, and slowly move my hand over my lap where she has to get back into my lap. She has actually started to lay half in and half out of my lap.. Although my problem is I am on my computer alot, and I would love to have her in my lap to pet her while I am playing a game or checking emails. I have tried to put her in my lap, and pet her on her head, or under her chin, and she will stay there for a few minutes, then jump down and cry cause she wants petted some more. And though I want to pet her, I can not lean down and do it. For a while I would move the other computer chair next to me, and she would sit on that while I checked emails, and played games and I would pet her.

    How can I get her used to being in my lap? I have had other cats, and all of them, even the ones whom didn’t like anyone would get into my lap and allow me to pet them. I simply can’t get Iris to stay in my lap and get the attention she wants, and I want to give her. We have had her for almost a yr now. She is a sweet *Spoiled* cat, and I am not getting rid of her, I just want her to know she is safe in my lap, and she can get the attention she wants..

    Yes I play with her, her favorite toy is the laser pointer, She had scratching kits in the computer room, and the living room.. She will even follows me into the bathroom when she thinks she hasn’t gotten enough attention. Which I don’t mind, but I just want her to be as comfortable on the lap in the computer room as she is on the couch.

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  192. Shavonne   May 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm  

    My question is how can I re-socialize my cat? She doesn’t need to love everyone or cuddle with everyone. I just don’t want her to feel like she needs to hide every time someone walks into the apartment.

    Here’s her background:
    Sabrina is a 1-2 year old, spayed, female, tuxedo cat. I don’t know how old she is exactly because I got her for free from a daycare center, and the lady didn’t speak English almost at all. She started out as an outdoor cat at my grandfather’s house. When he got two more cats because mice were invading (and Sabrina couldn’t take them all), she started being bullied. Since my cat previous cat had just passed away, I offered to take Sabrina with me when I moved into my new apartment. She has never been the cuddly, loves-everyone-and-everything type, which is fine. However, about a month before I took her with me, she became frightened of everyone. I think one of the neighbors on the hill above us shot at her (didn’t hit her) with a pellet gun, but I have almost no proof that she was anywhere near. The only proof I have at all of the pellet gun shot is one of the newer cats came back from her routine mouse patrol around our and the neighbor’s house with a pellet gun shot in her leg.

    At my apartment, she is fine- loving, cuddles with me, playful, healthy, and follows me everywhere. She sleeps in my bed with me, looks out the window while I eat, and even watches me when I’m in the bathroom (weirdly enough). When anyone (apart from my mother whom she tolerates) comes into the apartment, she runs and hides under or behind my bed which is against a wall. I can easily get her out, though; even though I left a few tight spaces for her to feel safe, I made sure there was nowhere in the apartment where I couldn’t get to her in an emergency.

    I only do this with these two people, but when my boyfriend or best friend comes over, I ask them to pet Sabrina or (when she is brave enough to stay out from under the bed) hold her so she can see that people are not all bad. I also give her treats and praise so she sees that she gets rewarded for not being afraid and approaching humans.

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  193. Donna   May 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm  

    I am 13 and am planning on becoming a veterinarian when I grow up. I love animals and my plan on becoming a veterinarian has been since I was 5. It is me, my parents, and my brother living in a 2 floor house. I have had cats all of my life, my first cat died in 2008 three days before my birthday. I need some small help with my cat, it is nothing serious but it still bothers me.

    Background: My cat’s name is Angel, she is a tuxedo cat, and she is 5 years old. We got her from the local shelter and are pretty sure that she was abused before she was brought to the shelter. The original owners left her at a cat sitter’s house and never came back for her. When the cat sitter dropped her off he said that if he could change one thing, he would teach her to fetch. At the shelter she refused to come out of her cage unless all of the other cats where in their cages. So, for the 3 months that she was there she lived in her cage. When I met her she came out of her cage for the first time that the volunteers had seen while other cats where out. When we brought her home we let her out in my room so that she got comfortable there. She is terrified of people that she doesn’t know and runs when she hears a male voice. This leads me to my first question.

    Concerns: How can i help Angel to not be as afraid of men? I have created plenty of high spaces for my cat that have started to boost her confidence. But, it has been two years and she is still terrified of males. Last summer I started taking her outside but she can’t seem to get comfortable. She is always jumpy. Every so often she will get comfortable but most of the time her eyes are wide and her pupils are dilated. i understand her body language and have started to study it. So, I know how she feels based on her body language. At first she would stay away from all people but has become a little more social toward the people she is around the most. Angel’s most comfortable and calm place is my room and she sleeps with me. But, even with all of the progress I don’t want her living in fear of two of the people in my house. I also want her more confident in her house.

    Questions: Is there any way to make her more social and less afraid of men?
    Is there anything else that I, my parents, or my brother can do to make her more confident other than what we have already done?

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  194. sophia   May 31, 2013 at 2:45 am  

    i have the smartest, sweetest, most beautiful ragmuffin cat (Kitty). the animal shelter had saved her just hours before the humane shelter was going to put her to sleep. she had been huddled in the back of her cage, scared half out of her mind, covered in matted fur. and had been deemed unsalvageable. i found her on petfinders and the minute i saw her face, i knew my year long search for a kitty was over. she is perfect. does not jump on furniture, uses the litter box, will sleep with me, likes to be where i am and often naps at my feet. she especially likes when i put a towel, a shirt , a sheet, or a blanket on something (bed, coffee table, couch, etc.) and sleeps on it. she understands me when i talk to her and can say a few words in distinguishable english, she is perfect except in two respects. she will not let me hold her. and runs under my bed when someone comes into my house. i have had her for about three years and i love her with a passion. i know her fear is based on her having been a ferrel cat but i wish there was something i could do to let her know she is safe with me and i won[‘t hurt her. does anyone have any suggestions, please?

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  195. Arin   June 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm  

    Hi. my name is arin and i have a year old female cat. my mom gave me this cat because i had a cat for 12 years who recently died. My cat Stormie is a bit difficult in some ways. these ways are for one she is very scared of everyone and everything except from me. every loud noise every fast movement, actually almost every movement sends her running and hiding. it is even to the point where she is getting her collar off because it is too noisy for her. she almost acts like she was abused. however we have had her since she has been 6 weeks old and we have never ever had an aggressive action towards her. The other thing we are struggling with is we just got two new futon couches and she pees on both. we have had them cleaned and they are not used. she is litter trained and does not pee anywhere else around the house just the couches and the litter boxes. At first i thought it was because they were the only things in the house that didn’t smell like our old cat but she continues to pee on them, isnt spraying just once and they move to other spots for territory spraying? she isnt fixed is it that? i don’t know how to get her to stop. Also how do we get her to be more people friendly and less scared of every single thing? other than that she is the most loving cat. Help please before my dad makes me get rid of her for ruining our couches and not being friendly.

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  196. Vanessa   June 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm  

    Hello! Jackson Galaxy.

    My name is Vanessa and i need you help urgently, please.

    I live in the city of México and i have a big problem with my cat than five years old.

    My cat´s name is Symba and has 5 years of age( is a boy). Is loving, but bites hard this very spoiled and is sick of polyps in the bowel. When i go to work is depressed so we decided to adopt another cat two moths, but my cat attacks and bites the baby and this led to my family to the limit and despair.

    Please i need your help! i love my cats and did not know what to do?

    My other cat is called Zulu has two moths old (is a girl), is loving and plays a lot.

    From where I adopted was not told that race are. I have to Symba since he was one month and Zulu has three weeks at home and unfortunately in my country there are no specialist in cats, so appreciate your help, my family and i love our cats.

    Excuse my English, i need help urgently.

    Please help me!.

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  197. Laurie Swanson   June 14, 2013 at 9:32 am  

    I have a 15 year old male cat and a 5 year old her name is Patches and the boy is named Tazey. His is on meds for throyd problem he is doing well with it, The problem is Tazey and Patches fight all the time, A few nites ago Patches scratched him across the face and he bit her. I am afraid if this problem is not taken care of there’s going to be blood shed. This fighting has bin going of for four years and she will only eat on high places out of his reach, I would like to get vidioes of this when it happens but I don’t have a vidio cam

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  198. Laurie Swanson   June 14, 2013 at 9:33 am  

    Patches picture is on my face book page if you need it

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  199. kathy   June 16, 2013 at 9:02 am  

    i noticed that this season the show is seeing more of the younger cat lovers and so my comments are just in general

    1.
    in one episode i saw a cat drinking out of the toilet, did anyone suggest the owners need to change the water in bowl AT LEAST once a day, and not just change, CLEAN THE BOWL, i am not a big water drinker, so did not realize just how stale water can get.

    2.
    BAKING SODA IN THE LITTER BOX. baking soda absorbs moisture and can make a HUGE difference in the summer months. it doesnt have to be arm and hammer, it can be just the walmart baking soda. i put it in with the litter and also have a small container next to the litter box for scoopings, after a few days, i empty contents of container into paper bag.

    3.
    show a way for children to make toys for cats to play with, mom and dad might not be able to buy toys for their pets, thats ok, there are PLENTY of things around the house which can be made into a mouse on a string type toy.

    4.
    i have a long haired de-clawed rescue (i did not de-claw as i am against this) to help her in the hot months, i have her hair cut, (the lion is usually the cut of choice) she is a happy cat!!! whereas before her haircut was depressed, yes they get depressed if they feel like they cannot groom themself, it got too much for her without her claws. she is like a totally different cat now, simple things to us are a big deal to our little furry friends.

    5.
    it doesnt say on the container, but when my cat is constipated (too much hair in digestive tract) you can use a little miralax powder in wet food (there is only one ingredient in this product) it is safe for infants and i have used this with much success and want to share this info, i have saved many unnecessary trips to the vet and lots of money with this little trick.

    thank you for reading and hope i can at least help a few kitties in the long run

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  200. Ilze   June 21, 2013 at 3:29 am  

    My cat has been allowed to roam the last 6 years, suddenly my body corporate wants me to keep her inside. How do I do that? It breaks my heart as she has the whole complex to herself and never gets into trouble. Will the make here depressed?

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  201. Dodsfalle   June 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm  

    I have this adorable 3 month old kitten name Physicz and a 3 year old dog named Oso. Physicz at first only attacked my boyfriend and my feet when we were trying to go to bed. A lot of friends and family members suggest a squirt bottle and I gave that a try. Now he thinks its a game and not only does he attack more frequently like in the shower or getting ready for work, he has started rough playing with Oso who is a rescue dog and is terrified of this small kitten. Will getting him fixed help stop this or will it go away with age? Physicz’s grandma just had 3 kittens and I would love to take care of them once they’re old enough but not if Physicz will harm them.

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  202. jim barklow   June 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm  

    i have a12 year old male cat that we rescued 9 years ago the cat refusses to use a littehow long he is out side 40%r box after we have tried different boxes different litter and no matter howlong hes out side he comes in and 40%of the time will spray inside on the furniture_______________ HELP THANK YOU

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  203. Beckie   July 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm  

    We have a 2 1/2 year old female cat that we adopted 2 years ago and I happened to find a 10 month old male cat about a month ago that I adopted. The problem is that our older cat hates the younger one. She goes immediately into stalk mode when she sees the 10 month old. We originally introduced them incorrectly so started back with the 10 month old locked in our sun room, feeding the two cats on opposite sides of the door with the door completely shut. Did this for about a week. Then kept the door cracked. Still feeding on opposite sides of the door. The older cat would stick her paw through the open crack and swat at the younger…no hissing. Should we have let that go on? Then we started feeding with the door open between them but one time the older cat finished before the younger so then went into attack mode and chased the younger into a corner and hissed at him. We separated them and closed the door. The younger then peed on his own bed. So now we are again back to square one. I feel at a loss on what to do. We have some of the Spirit of Essence on order and have been doing some site swapping. How long do we leave the cats swapped? 2 hours? 4 hours, full night? The older cat comes out of the sun room mad because she has been locked in while the other has been out then sometimes swats at us. We are at a loss what else to do. We can’t just keep our new cat locked in the sun room forever. Any help or tips that can be given will be greatly appreciated!

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  204. April Pauli   July 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm  

    Hi I have 2 cats one male one female, male 1 yr and a half name Reno and the other is 6 years old name Sakura Raye and they sometimes fight a little but then when Sakura walks into the bedroom Reno would stalk her and attack her he doesn’t do it alot. Cause he just wants to play with her and she is so laid back and wants to be lazy. Which that is my fault. And I had tried to play with her and I buy toys but she don’t play with any of them. How can I find a toy she likes. She also like to be in high places but Reno kicks her off all the time he tries to claim everything that she uses or plays with something. Don’t know what to do. Please help!!

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  205. Rachel   July 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm  

    Dear Jackson,
    My husband has been pushing me to try and get in touch with you. We were married a little over 3 years ago, When we meet I had two cats Peanut and Miss Kitty. Unfortunately Peanut got very sick, and I had to put him down, the year before I got married. All the cats I have shared my home with were rescued. Miss Kitty, a 17 year old long haired, tuxedo, was born in a friends yard and was soon abandoned by its mother. The vet said Miss Kitty has cerbral dysplasia (described to me as a form of cerebal palsy). She was born sometime in August and we finally caught her that October. She can be very tricky. Anyway, when I got her I already had 2 male cats (neutered) and they were very curious about her, but she would have no part of it. I kept her in a room in my house where she was safe, and in the beginning I used a pair of heavy leather gloves to handle her, she scratched, hissed and would bite at me something awful, but I wouldnt give up. Every day, twice a day, I would go and sit with her and talk with her, I would try to pet her and help her groom herself. Because of the CP she would fall into her food/water bowls and then land in the litter box, so she could sometimes be a real mess, a few times I had to shave her, she would get so dirty and matted. But she and I plowed forward, eventualy she was friendly enough to be introduced to the boys, it was fine for the most part. Miss Kitty only weighs about 7 lbs. and the boys were 2x her size, she would fall on her back, paw up hiss and growl and they left her alone. I had asked the doctor if anything could be done or if she would have problems; I was told nothing to do but love her and I have. Dr. also said she probably wouldn’t climb and have trouble with stairs, but someone forgot to tell Miss Kitty, she always found away to get where she wanted and she was also very good about using the litter box. Her eating habits left alot to be desired, my walls would always wear whatever wet food I feeding that day, and the dry food was always littering the floor. Miss Kitty learned that living in a house with rugs made getting around easy, when I moved to my first apartment there were some tile floors and she would slip and slide a little but managed.
    Jackson, when I got married, I moved to a home that has no rugs and a steep staircase. My husband and I live with his 87 year old mother and her cat, I call Pooh. For the most part they get along great, once in awhile Pooh thinks he is funny and he comes up behind Mis Kitty and will hit her back leg, which he knows will make her trip and fall over. I raise my voice, Pooh, meows back at me as if to say sorry and walks away and Miss Kitty, regains her footing and off she goes again. Pooh has access to the whole house but I keep Miss Kitty upstairs, she sleeps a lot and is leary of strangers and noise she usually hides when people are around. I go up periodically during the day to spend time with her. She hates it when I pick her up but she loves to sit next to me on the bed and I brush her hair and she lets me trim her nails, and I treat her with fresh chicken. I know I can be long winded but I felt this was necessary to get the area where I am having the problem with Miss Kitty. When we first moved into the house, Pooh’s litter box was downstairs in the dining room an open box, where he would spill out over the edge every time he used it and most days his poop usually feel just outside the perimeter. No problem I cleaned up after him, but when I brought Miss Kitty to the house, I put the closed box she always used, upstairs with her food and water dishes and at first she did well. Pooh decided he liked the closed box too, so I would clean it out more often and they both were ok. For a short period of time, about six months after we moved in my husband took ill. I was trying to work, take care of him and my mother in law. I will admit, there litterbox was not my priority. Miss Kitty started to have accidents just outside the box, probably because it was too full for her or Pooh was using it. I got a second box and put it in my bedroom, hoping that 2 boxes I could keep up with. Well she started doing the same thing in front of the second box. I got a third box, this time an open concept and put it near where she liked to hide and sleep during the day, that one she completely ignores and even Pooh wont use it. The litter is the same I have always used with her. I try constantly to clean up after she has an accident, but the floors are badly damaged and I cant get rid of the smell. My husband cant help with the care of the cats he is now on oxygen 24/7 and my mother in law is now battling Alzhiemer’s. I always told myself that Miss Kitty ever got to a stage where she couldn’t or wouldnt use a litterbox that I would consider putting her down, a few months ago, I mentioned this to my husband and he got all upset with me. I just dont know what else to do!! I thought about trying a paper litter but am running out of room for another litterbox. Every night since I brought her home, she wakes my up at 2.30am and we have our bonding time, she sits on my pillow and licks my hand and I pet and rub her head, we do this for about 10 minutes and then she walks down to the foot of the bed again and sleeps on the afgan I keep there and I put one foot on each side of her and we all go back to sleep. Whatever advice you or your staff can provide will be welcomed. For now, I keep a roll of towels by both litterboxes and clean the mess daily, and we continue to love Miss Kitty, each day.
    Sincerely,
    Rachel Daly,
    Salem, MA

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  206. Tessa   July 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm  

    Anyone have a good idea on how to keep my kitten off my tables and out of my plants? Its gross to think her paws are on my kitchen table and computer desk and possibly on my counters. Any advise would be great.

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  207. Kim   July 11, 2013 at 8:23 am  

    Jackson,

    I need your help!! My cat seems to be suffering from Feline Hyperesthesia and over the weekend began having episodes that I can only think are some type of seizures. My heart is breaking for her. Are there any organizations that will assist with vet bills? Our SPCA (Norfolk, VA) isn’t even affordable for me at the moment.

    <3
    Kim and Little Cat

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  208. OZLEM YILHAN   July 12, 2013 at 8:56 am  

    Hi Jackson,

    I’m writing to you from Ankara, Turkey. I’m watching your TV programme in Animal Planet and lun it so much.

    I have a cat, Tabby, domestic shorthair. She is 3.5 yrs old. Her name is Girly.

    I have a problem. Lap it away, I want to love. But the more I stretch out my hand, escape and took time, or just wants to get off my lap. I recommend what I should do about it? In other cats, my friends, lies with them, does not lower their arms. But my girl is not so.

    If it helps you, will be so happy.

    Best regards…

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  209. amanda   July 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm  

    Hi. I have two bengal cats (father and daughter). We got her first and later on adopted her dad. The girl refuses to use the litter box if it’s dirty. We scoop the litter box every morning and evening and she still will only use it if there is nothing in there. I have provided three normal litter boxes and just purchased the automatic robot litter box in hopes that would solve our problem. To be honest she is scared of it and will not go near it. I thought putting her in the bedroom would help but she still just pee’s on the mat in front of the box and defecates around the bedroom mainly near the box however while she is out of the room she likes to go in corners. I am at my wits end with her and I do not know what else I can do to improve the situation. I even use cat attract…. Help please!

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  210. kirsten northorpe   July 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm  

    Hi im from Auckland, New zealand and need some advice please. I watch the show over here and love it and now im hoping for a miracle for myself.
    I have a 7 year old tabby male and we have just got a puppy. My cat will not now come in the same room as him and after watching the show I have taken a few things into account and they are not working. My cat has got to the point now where he will sniff at the puppy and then once the puppy has a sniff at hime he takes a swipe at the puppy.
    I dont know how to make my cat come sleep in the same room and to make him feel comfrotable and show him that I still care for him and not letting him feel jealous. I have moved his bed in the lounge to a higher place for him to feel safe but he still will not come in. I dont know what to do cause he will keep swiping at the puppy if he could. please help. It would be great if you could come to NZ but that would be a bit far especially from the states.
    Thanks for reading this if you do.

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  211. Darnell   July 21, 2013 at 10:36 am  

    I have been watching some of the shows and just looked at this site now, and I can’t find any information of dealing with senior cat issues????? I have 4 senior cats, and I need help!!! I know they are old and have issues but I am not rich and I can’t go to the vets every week so how do I deal with potty issues???
    I have a 14yr, 18yr, 19yr, and 20-something yr old. The oldest seems to cry some but not always and wont poop in litter box, he will only go on carpet, and he will go pee on carpet, furniture, laundry sometimes. I dont have enough spaces to put alot of litterboxes like I should but I scoop a few times a day.
    Also, the youngest, seems to be going pee in the tub almost every day, I can’t get her to stop…what do I do?? How can I have enough little boxes when I don’t have the space??? Any suggestions??

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  212. Ziv and Neta   July 23, 2013 at 9:25 am  

    Hey Jackson we realy need your help.
    . We have 3 cats and a dog. One of the cats rarely enters the house, and when she does she stay for a hour tops. To understand more about our situation here’s a summary background on our cats:
    Pomiki – He is a 3 year old cat who was very friendly and courageous until at one point he went missing for 8 months (!) and came back submissive and cautious. Rarely leaves the house, intimidated by other cats even kittens but feels good inside.
    Alma – She is a 3 year old cat, we brought her 3 month after we brought Pomiki and for 2 years they were best friends. Slept, ate and played together 24/7. After Pomiki went missing Alma grew bored, and we filled the gap in her social life. 5 month later we brought another kitten, Slinky . At first Alma resisted and used to stay more outside than usual. But eventually they grew accustomed to one another. They even played together. Not long after Pomiki came back and again Alma was aggressive towards everyone, including us. She used to come into the house eat, rest for a short period of time and stay the rest of the day outside. Then came along our dog, Tiki. We were supposed to watch over her for a short time, as a foster family. But eventually she stayed, due to her age (13) not many are keen to adopt. Since Tiki came into our life Alma went even more astray. She barely comes inside, sometimes once a week. And when she’s here she terrorize everyone. It seems as if she wants our undivided attention of else she’s intimidated/offended/angry, then she goes outside again. We tried locking her inside, trying to spent much time playing or caressing her, but soon she wants none of it. She gets into meow tantrum and doesn’t stop scratching the windows until we let her out. We built shelves so she can have dominating position of the room, but she prefers hiding under the couch.
    Could you help us sooth her and make our place her home again??
    Respectfully, thank you for reading this far
    Ziv and Neta

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  214. R T   August 2, 2013 at 2:34 am  

    I have three cats all of them were stray cats till they found me , anyway .. two of them are indoor-outdoor cats (one is 5 years old another 8months old) – I have no problem with them , however my third cat once was indoor-outdoor cat , but like already two years (now she is 4 years old) I don’t let her go outside (sometimes she manages escape) -because when she goes outside she either gets bitten by dog or gets ill, or somehow injured – and we are going to vets again and again -so letting outside is like playing with death. I love this cat more than anyone else and I just cannot allow her to go outside , but she meows and yells and hisses almost all day long. I think she gets depressed and angry and unhappy but I have no other choice I cannot let her go outside. Please can anyone tell me how to make her hate being outdoor.
    Btw she rarely plays (she is uninterested in all kind of toys -i have dozens of different toys , she rarely plays with me and she never plays alone, she has three scratching posts , two clean litter boxes, i live in big house so she has a lot space) ,and i am taking her on leash like 4 times a day -which she loves , but problem is she wants to be outside 24/7 .
    HELP ME ,how to make her hate outdoors? i am desperate for too long

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  215. Ana C.   August 21, 2013 at 11:06 am  

    Deaf cat with possible schizophrenia?
    I’ve recently taken in a six year old deaf cat, two weeks ago. She seemed to adjust very well on the first night and was playing and rubbing her face on the furniture while playing. We have another cat in the house, who is much younger than her. She likes to play and run around and stalk, while the other just likes watching and sleeping most of the time. They tolerate each other but they won’t play together. Lately I’ve noticed strange behavior coming from the deaf cat, Helen. I know because she can’t hear, she is very cautious about her surroundings but sometimes out of nowhere she’ll start growling. Not a meow, like an actual growl. Sometimes she’ll stare out the window, no one is near her or touching her, the other cat is far away, and she’ll just start making this growl like noise as if something is upsetting her. Sometimes she’ll do it while she’s staring at a wall. She’s not like this all of the time. Sometimes she’ll let me pet her, and she’ll be very affectionate and purr but there are nights where she’ll meow really loudly. She can’t control how loud she meows because she is deaf, so it wakes up everyone. She likes being petted but there are times where she acts out aggressively when touched near her tail and spine. Her eyes are dilated a lot. And she’ll meow randomly at no one. She’ll also hiss at things that are not there. I’m not sure if it’s the stress from having to live at a new place or if she might be schizophrenic because I’ve read some online about that and they similar symptoms. Can anyone give me advice on what to do? She was abused as a kitten and went from home to home. I don’t want to put her through more stress in having to adjust to a new place. She’s been through too much already.

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  216. shawn   August 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm  

    my parents cat gizmo keeps peeing and my parents wanted to put it to sleep by taken it to a vet and i dont want that to happen we have had my parents let in another cat from outside so i dont know if gizmo peed cuz she felt stressed

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  217. Ami   September 4, 2013 at 7:47 am  

    Hy Jackson, I really love the u understand cats, such a talent. i have a problem, i have a cat, male one, he’s 2 years old, also 3 new kitten, 2 females, 1 males, the male and one female is 2 months old, and other female is 4 months old. A week ago, when i feed them, one of the kittens tried to eat from my big cat’s plate, and since that, he wouldn’t eat anymore, he only ate a very, very little portion from his plate. I’m worried if this thing continues, he will be starving, and i really afraid that he would die. So pliz help me Jackson, i’m realle desperate here.

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  218. John   September 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm  

    Hi Guys,
    I have the opportunity to adopt a kitten. I’m having some reservations about this however due to the fact that I already am the proud owner of two adult cats (one male, one female) already. The male is six and the female is going on 12. I’m concerned about how this possible little one would fare in a home with two adults in the home. Any suggestions would be great before I make this decision. Both of my current cats are spayed/neutered.

    Thanks,
    John

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  219. amanda   September 26, 2013 at 6:54 am  

    I have a cat shes about 10 yrs old shes a very scared cat.She pees on the couch nd floor its only since Ive had my 2 children nd its been going on nd off for the last 4 yrs.Ive watched alot of your shows.We have a cat door nd she uses it nd been using a litter tray.I have had her checked at the vet nd theres nothing wrong there.Does anyone have any ideas.

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    1. Darnell   September 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm  

      HI Amanda,
      I read your message in my email from Jackson Galaxy”s website and I thought I would offer some advice since I have had same issue. I have found that the pheromones in the cat calming collar by Sentry seems to work to calm your cat from its stress which might help. You can also find a plug in too, but thats better if your windows are closed more, with the same idea. I forgot the name of it but I have found them both in the Dr.Fosters & Smith catalogs and with very reasonable prices. In the store locally, the collar is about $15, and lasts about 30 days or so. The plug in is about twice that and also lasts about 30 days but it does cover a larger area. And how long it lasts isn’t really known because I noticed my cat was calmer for over a month…but then the 2nd collar didnt work as well. Although, I have kept the collars on my other cats because I noticed the fleas have disappeared. The fleas seem to hate the smell of lavender…hmmm…I think I will have to grow alot of lavender soon…good luck.

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  220. worriedcatmom   September 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm  

    HELP! I recently adopted a cat from an animal shelter (about a month ago). He is 6 years old & overweight. He has been very active since we brought him home. This morning, he was moving slower than normal, but I didn’t think anything of it. When I got home from work, he was worse. Now he is not eating or drinking. He doesn’t want to do anything & if I try to pick him up to move him, he has a distressed meow. My vet is closed & our emergency vet in a neighboring town is also closed. I plan on calling the vet first thing in the morning, but I’m so worried that this is serious. I also have another cat who is fine & I don’t know if I should separate him from my sick one. I would appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

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  221. cindy tiggelman   September 27, 2013 at 5:12 am  

    I have an 11 year old domestic long hair named Miss Maude. Approximately 6 months ago, she started having seizures and spraying and for the life of me and the vet, we can’t figure out what’s causing it. He thought it could be a parasite or meningitis and treated accordingly to no avail, my poor baby is still having seizures. A few months back, one of your episodes had a cat that was having seizures but for the life of me I can’t remember what you called the affliction. Maude starts out ok then it’s like she gets a sudden severe twinge in her back, whips around to bite at it and goes into a seizure of which when she does, causes her to urinate. The urine I can clean however, she ends up being covered in it as she’s thrashing around then when she comes out of it a few seconds later, is so scared and traumatized by it she bolts before I can try to help her clean off. Any help or insight you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Cindy

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  222. Josie   October 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    My beautiful cat Frodo was beaten up very badly a few months ago by a stray cat. His wounds healed very well, but the collar that he had to wear rubbed his neck raw (rubbing away fur, leaving an open wound) even though there was still space for two fingers to fit underneath it. He then got into an awful habit of scratching his neck until it bled, so we had to put a baby sock on his paw and tape it onto his fur as well as other things in an attempt to keep his paw dry (which did NOT work, as you can imagine. His paw got very dirty and bald in places). Even though we have been taping to sock onto his fur (as the vet instructed), he keeps pulling it off, along with his fur in order to scratch his neck. He has already cost a lot of money with vet bills and if he doesn’t get better, the vet says that we will either have to spend $500 on biopsies (which are unlikely to find anything anyway), declawing him on his hind paws or putting him down. All of them are bad options and I don’t know what to do to stop him from scratching his neck. Do you have any ideas? Please help Frodo and I. I love him so much and I can’t bear the thought of him being put down.

    Thanks

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  223. Molly   October 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm  

    My cat, Lilly, is about 9 months.
    Since a couple of months ago, she has started to hide under our sofa and when she comes out, she walks very low to the ground. She hardly plays with her toys anymore and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. Should i be worried?

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    1. Ina   October 10, 2013 at 9:32 am  

      >to Molly
      it’s obvious that ur cat is /was scared by someone/something badly ,and now she is afraid of it, IT can be anything -ur job is to find out what she is scared of -and reassure ur cat that it is not a danger and she shouldn’t be afraid of IT.
      it can be feral/neighbours animals , or it could even be a person , or a thing. Ur job is to find out what it is and to reintroduce ur kitty to IT.
      ofcourse it is allways good to watch all ”My cat from hell” episodes -I am sure u will get a lot of hints and thoughts how to solve ur problem.
      for now u should watch and see where ur cat looks most scared or never goes there or where she is most unwilling to stay. And ofcourse buy many treats and new toys ,try to lure her from under sofa, and block it so ur cat couldn’t get under sofa. Play more with ur cat, pet her more, give her more treats than usual .
      good luck to u and ur kitty

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  224. Kelli   October 16, 2013 at 10:24 am  

    I need help. Roughly 3 months ago, we moved to a new home in a new state. My cat did well during the long drive and the initial weeks in our new home however as of late she has been soiling outside her litter box. She hides during the day and refuses to come downstairs and be social. The past few days has been using our bed as her litter box. We have put her litter box in a quiet place on the first floor of our new home, where it is accessible to her at all times. Today, she came downstairs for a few minutes, meowed and then ran back upstairs and proceeded to poop on my bed. Our second floor only has bedrooms and a bathroom and there is no place for us to put a litter box that is out of the way and in a quite place for her to use. She has always been a little of a scaredy cat but she has never used my bed as her litter box. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Laurie Swanson   October 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm  

      When I lost Tasey I got a 8 week old kitten, He get’s along with Fluffie but the other one Patches is always growing at him and Iope that this problem can be treated so she will not fight with the new kitten Rustie, please help
      from Laurie Anna Swanson

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  226. Shelley   October 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm  

    My male, indoor cat and I have bonded with a small female feral who lives most of the time in my backyard. She and my boy snuggle against each other through the screen door but he isn’t allowed out and she won’t come in. She only lets me pet her while she’s eating and picking her up is out of the question. (It took a full year to convince her to let me touch her in the first place.) She was TSR’d/ear-tipped long before I first spotted her, which, I believe, is at least partly why she’s so skittish about contact. A neighborhood stray once chased her into my kitchen and she was petrified with fear the whole time. I’ve never considered trying to bring her inside but I’ve just found out that I’m losing this home and will have to move. I’m worried sick about my little girl, what with the cold weather coming and all. I’m currently in West Hollywood but don’t yet know where I’ll be moving to. Any advice anyone can offer?

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  227. Elaine   November 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm  

    I am a new cat owner and will be the first to admit I do not know a lot about cats. I have always dogs. We adopted a kitten from a local family that had a litter for my daughter. He is about 7 weeks old and was described to us as being a “little skittish”. I thought since I am at home most of the day, I could work with him, however he is still extremely skittish and I do not know what is best to do with him to help him get over this. I need help from experienced cat owners/lovers! He has even hissed at me when I have tried to pet him. He will not make eye contact with me and pretty much ignores us. He does not scatch or bite when we try to hold him, but he does try to get away. He gets extremely agitated when we try to pet him on the head. Please help! Thanks!

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  228. allie   November 26, 2013 at 5:33 am  

    Ok guys my boyfriend use to have to older cats one was 8years old and the other is 14 years old well the 8 year old one died a few months ago so i thought it would be ok (3-4months ago) to bringa new kitten in well the problem is now the older cat isnt eating at all i dont know if he even uses the litter box im so worried cause the 14 year old cat is my Boyfriends baby hes had him for so longggg and now this is happening we kept them seperated for a while and fed them in diff areas and had two litter boxes….but its hard to keep the kitten away from the rest of the apt cause its so small……its been im goin to say two maybe three days that he hasnt eaten i dont know what to do im so worried this new kitten was a bad idea and the older one might die PLEASE HELP ASAP :(

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  229. Kristi   November 29, 2013 at 8:08 am  

    I have a 3 year old cat that will not sit. He is constantly (no exaggeration) into everything all the time. He gets on the counters, knocks things off and breaks them, knocks over the garbage can, etc. I have tried the aluminum foil trick and it doesn’t phase him. He’s deaf so the clicker thing on My Cat from Hell wouldn’t work. I am at a loss! I am really on the verge of finding him another home but nobody else would put up with it and would put him outside (he’s declawed) or take him to a shelter.
    Any ideas?? I’m desperate.

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  230. Nivi   December 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm  

    Hi everyone. So i have a problem.
    This summer, my mom and i bought a kitten. It’s my first cat ever so i was really excited.
    We named her Cherry. Cherry’s mother and her sisters died at the birth. She was the only survivor. She quickly settled in. She is happy, cuddly, likes to play outsite, brings a lot of mice, frogs and way to much dirt for my liking, but that is not the problem.
    I am kind of her favorite in the family. When i come home from school she always come to me and want to cuddle, she comes to me when i call her, we play a lot… you know? She’s lovely. However… Late at night when i’m preparing for bed, she attacks my feet and hands with claws and fangs. There has been blood a lot of times. I’m not doing anything to her when she does it. She just jumps out and attacks with her ears back and everything. Then i would usually shout a bit and straighten my back to make myself look taller. But then she crumbles together and meows so… patheticly… I think she gets scared. But i never use any violence against her. Besides pushing her away when it happens of course. Afterwards she would do it again. Funny enough she does it everywhere besides my room and the bathroom. Then i would go to sleep and she would come around nighttime and sleep with me.
    She’s only doing this to me. Not to my family or anybody else. I never play with her with my feet and hands. Only her toys. And i play with her AT LEAST for an hour a day. So what is going on? And how do i stop it?

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  231. lauren   December 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm  

    hello,

    I have a three year old cat named Boo. She is my baby. We came to us when she was no more then two weeks old, cold hungry and needing love. My family raised her, bottle fed her, taught her to use a litter box, and play. I play with Boo all the time, I give her love and talk to her like she is a person. She really means the world to me, and she loves me just as much back. She use to run to the door to greet me, would always play hid and go seek with me, and LOVED when I pulled out the laser pointer. She would sit on my lap and give me kisses. Recently, I started volunteering at the SPCA in my area and working with the cats in the shelter to help them get adopted. For the last two weeks Boo has not been herself around me. She will either run away from me, or when I do get close she hits me hard and hisses at me. I have taken long showers, sprayed myself with Fabrezze, you name it, I’ve tried it and yet Boo will not love me like she use to. I’m starting to feel very hurt by it. I love my baby Boo, but I am also doing amazing things at the shelter. No to puff my chest out, but since I’ve been there at least 4 cats have been adopted that I have spent time with. I don’t want to quit the shelter, but I don’t want Boo to be mad at me either. Any advice?? Please?

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  232. Elle   December 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm  

    Hey there. A friend passed this website onto me and suggested I could find help here. Recently my father passed away and I adopted his 3 cats, all aged 15 years from the same litter, 2 males and 1 female. Before becoming his cat’s “people”, I have no experience looking after cats, although I have had other pets myself. Since his passing, I moved into his house so at least the cats don’t have a new environment. A month later the cat that happened to be closest to my Dad passed away one night, I think from a broken heart. Now the other two cry incisively all day and all night and wander the house as if they are looking for my Dad and their brother. The female cat is also being really aggressive to her brother.

    I’m at a loss and need your help with grieving cats. It’s upsetting that I don’t really know what to do to help them transition through this phase of their life, which is understandably very traumatic for them. I’ve been playing with them and taking time to pat them, talk to them, cuddle them, make sure they have fresh food and water. But further than that, I just don’t know what to do. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

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  233. Vic   December 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm  

    Hi, I’m Vic, I have 3 adult cats all adopted, very loving and important part of the family no doubt. Four months ago we adopted a mother and her 3 kittens and is crazy! They appear in an old and lonely room in the back of the house and stayed there, we want them in the house along with the family but the cats fear us! And never leave that place, only we can touch and play with mother she is shy but really nice, but the kittens always run away even if we take toys and food, sometimes they growl to us! Now The 2 biggest cats are a little bit more docile but the little one sees and climb to the roof, it’s a shame because we want them into the house, everyday we try to play and share with them, but the fear is stronger :/ Sorry for my english, is not very good, I appreciate any advice! Thank u! Happy 2014!!!!!!!!!

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  234. Toya   January 2, 2014 at 12:15 am  

    Hi there Jackson, my hubby and I have two kittys, one an abby, and the other a black american short hair, who follows me everywhere…so much so his nick name is the shadow!

    Well we had our abby for three years prior to rescuing “The Shadow” and although they get along they tend to bite lick each other and I wanted to know what’s going on there. It escalates at times but no fur flying or anything like that. Should we let them sort things out themselves or continue to divert their attention when it happens. We just want them both to be happy and if we can help that’s all the more better.

    Thanks,
    Toya

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  235. Jane   January 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm  

    Hi there everyone , I have a question to everyone who has/had any expierence in this. So my question would be : can cat live just in one room all the time ?
    I moved and I am renting a room which is medium size , I bought cat tree and few scrathers , cat bed , lots of different toys , even cat grass, so my cat which I took with me would be entertained. But im afraid that because of lack of space she wont be able to enjoy her life.
    Can anyone advice me how to fullfill her life and compensate lack of space so she could enjoy her being?
    btw my room has a roof window so my cat is not able to look through window and enjoy outside. I am thinking of getting her on leash for daily walks when weather will get warmer , but now its quite cold outside.

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  236. whitley   January 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm  

    Hi my mom has a female cat who I want to say is 9years old, ever since she was a kitten she’s been very bugged by new smells so much so we had to take her to the vet with the other cats so she wouldnt growl and hiss at them when they came home, it would take her 6months to get over it. After our older male cat died she has been acting more moody its been 3 years. But my main question is is there a way to get her used to my son whos 15months old I feel bad when I go to my parents house and she hides, she will turn into a ball and snort and growl at him and he doesnt even come near her he couldn’t care she’s around but I hate seeing her like that. She doesn’t bite or try and lash out she just turns into a ball and snorts and growls and hides. The other cats couldn’t care less about our son, worse thing she will do is hop him with her foot like ok I’m done now. I might add there both declawed. I don’t know if this matters or not but when we got the kitty thats having problems she was 4months old and fit in the palm of our hand she wasnt even a pound.

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  237. Donna   January 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm  

    Hello

    I was hoping for some advice on leash walking with a cat, specifically what is the appropriate response when encountering other animals, particularly dogs and even more importantly off-leash dogs.

    I have a very rambunctious 3.5 year old male cat. I have been taking him outside for “walks” ever since he was a kitten. He loves it,and if I don’t take him outside he will sit and meow at the door for hours.

    Problem 1: the dogs. I have recently moved to a new neighborhood and there is a small park across the street where I like to take my kitty, the problem is all the dogs. Many people take their dogs to the park, it is not an off-leash park, but there are many, many owners who let their dogs run free. Normally when I see a dog approaching on leash or not, I quietly pick up my cat and walk over to the other side of the park. The problem is that every once in a while a dog will surprise me or some jerk dog owner thinks it would be funny to see how my cat will react to a giant dog running at it. I have been charged, and I have had dogs jump all over me trying to reach my kitty. My cat gets very aggressive when he is scared and he will lash out at whatever is close, and that might be me, the dog, or someone else. Is there any appropriate response in this type of situation: where you have a terrified aggressive cat, and an out of control dog? My reaction so far has been to try to pick kitty up as calmly as I can and leave the area ASAP this usually results in me sustaining some nasty scratches and bites.

    Problem 2: other cats. When we are out on our walks sometimes we see other cats. My kitty chases them. He will follow them to their hiding spot and then sit there growling and hissing waiting for them to come out. Again what is the appropriate response here, let them work it out, pick him up and leave the area, try to distract him and diffuse the situation?

    thanks

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  238. Anastasia   January 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    I have two cats Willow and Lily. Willow is the mother to Lily. Willow is 3 and Lily is 2. When Lily was about 4 weeks old my Great Aunt took her from her mother and began to raise Lily by herself in her room. She did everything a mother cat would do. Lily was secluded from the house hold and grew up in my aunts room. Lily was a very playful and energetic kitten. When Lily was 5 months old my Great Aunt passed away. It took a toll on Lily Im sure of it. Lily is a very antisocial cat and it is hard to descibe the way she acts. Lily doesnt hide she likes to be out in the open and public but she is very aggressive and likes to bite and scratch and is very moody. I couldnt handle the biting and scratching until finally i made it seem like what she was doing didnt faze me at all. which helped.I think she has a lot of anger built up inside of her from loosing my aunt. My aunt was her mother and her side kick and she lost her. I get along with Lily just fine she has her moments where she will bite me and gets moody but I can tolerate it. Im just scared sometimes for her. I do what you suggest and have areas where she can be up high and be aware of her surroundings. I recently just moved and my roommate has a dog that just wont leave her alone, the dog chases her and it stresses Lily out. She is beginning to hide in my room and I protect her, both cats are fully intact of their claws I wish one day they would get the dog real good so she will leave them alone. I think my biggest question is, is it right to assume the passing of my aunt played a huge role on Lily and the kind of cat she is today? She trusts me now but has taken a long time about a year and a half. Is there anything I can do to help her?

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  239. Ashley   January 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm  

    EEEEKkkk… I am a crazy cat who loves to sleep on my daddy like clockwork every morning. I don’t let him sleep from the hours of 4am-6am. What’s wrong with me? Oh… and I only cackle.

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  240. Dolly   January 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm  

    I don’t do much… but when I do, I do it with class.

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  241. Laura D   January 23, 2014 at 10:57 am  

    I can understand him being too busy to answer emails and tweets, but can he be contacted for hire? Even just to pay him for his time to ask him a few questions (I’m assuming it would have to be over the phone because I live in Canada). I understand that he’s a pro so I wouldn’t expect to pick his brain for free, but I’ve had trouble finding a solution to my particular (minor compared to some of the cats he deals with) issue with my cat.

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  242. Christopher   January 26, 2014 at 8:36 am  

    Hi Jackson, my dad has a cat named Joey, who always pees and poops outside his litter box!! It drives my dad crazy!! Also Joey barfs everywhere, especially the carpet!! Please help me and my dad Jackson!!!

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  243. Marcy   January 27, 2014 at 7:10 am  

    We have 2 cats: Mika, female about 5 years old and Kit Kat, male about 2 1/2 years old. Both have been spayed\neutered and have been best buddies for 2 years now. All of the sudden, the cats woke me up about 3:30 this morning in a terrible fight. Lots of growling and puffed up tails. It is almost like they forgot they knew each other for the past two years. They have always played well and often groom each other (well the female grooms the male.) They were fine when dad left for work about 3:00 am. What in the world could have happened?

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  244. Alex   January 31, 2014 at 8:00 am  

    My cat loves to chase treats. So I throw them and he runs and chases them and he eats
    them one at a time. They are all natural hard little crunchy cat food pellets.
    After about a handful of treats he has run so much that he is then tired and relaxes.
    I figure he gets his exercise and it’s like when they chase their food in nature.
    After about a small handful of treats and he has run and is relaxed he then eats
    his regular meal out of his bowl. Does it do him any psychological or physical harm
    to run after treats rather than toys?

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  245. chelsea   February 3, 2014 at 8:27 am  

    My cat is 6 months old and has been teething, he continuously bites me and my boyfriend we have tried giving him toys instead of our hands and feet but it does not seem to be working what is something you suggest?

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  246. Dominique   February 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm  

    So, a few weeks after I first adopted my cat, he began to bite me. I tried all the tricks on what to do and how to handle it so that he would stop, but it’s only gotten worse! He now full-on attacks me. Nothing initiates it — really, it doesn’t. He’ll start to prowl towards me and bite me and strike at me, sometimes meowing very loudly while at other times he will be completely silent as he does it.

    Just now I was in the kitchen and he just decided to walk in and attack me. He even laid on his back where the exit to the kitchen with all his paws up, ready to claw.

    I play with him every day for at least 20 minutes. We even do tricks now to keep him mentally stimulated. I would take him for walks, but we live in a very busy city. I do not want to give him up if I can avoid it; I absolutely love him and he is the sweetest ball of fur whenever he doesn’t snap into one of these moods! It’s like a light switch goes off in him and I don’t know what to do now, but I’m willing to try anything.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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  247. Jessca   February 13, 2014 at 12:14 am  

    I have a rescue cat who initially was scared to even be in the same room as people. We have worked hard with her, and with the help of a lot of advice from the show and trial and error we have a (mostly) happy kitty.

    Generally she isn’t one that is big for social contact, but that’s fine because we understand the cuddles we do get are a huge big deal and her previous owners are her reason for mistrust, not us. She no longer hisses at us, and no longer will act defensively.

    However, as good as things are, we are unable to groom her. She is an outside kitty and will end up with matted fur at times. Generally its a case of cutting out the bad hair and letting her run in a hurry, but currently she has a large bit of matted hair in the middle of her back and it is proving to be incredibly difficult to remove. Contacting local vets just brought forward the suggestion of knocking her out to groom her and shaving her completely regularly. This is not the avenue I wish to go down and seems like it does not address the actual issue.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on keeping a cat calm while you groom them?

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  248. Joshua Gregory   February 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm  

    Hi people who know more about cat’s than me :)!! I need your help! I have a cat who is approximately a year old. He grew up on my aunts property and none of the cat’s around there are spayed or neutered. They were having incest babies and my aunt wouldn’t kill the “water-head” babies that were born because she didn’t have the stomach. My grandmother’s cat died and she decided she wanted a new one. She took my cat and she had him de-clawed as soon as he was of age or whatever. He was a wicked hyper kitten but my grandmother is morbidly obese and she aches and hurts all the time so she would take pain medicine and sleep and she was only awake for about three or four hours a day. She used to smack him with bug long shoe horns and fly swatters because she is ignorant I love my grandma and all but that outrages me to know she did that stuff to him. She did not want him anymore because he was supposedly too out of control because she wouldn’t play with the poor kitty so we gave her our 8 year old cat who loves everyone and quiet which was perfect for her. When we got Felix (the cat) he was scared to death because we also have two dogs who didn’t know what to do with him. They are all good now from what they were at first. He has a major problem with women. He was very mean to my grandmother and he will let my mom pet him after sniffing her of course and then he’ll swat at her. He loves me and he even sleeps with me on occasion. I’m a wild sleeper sometimes so he bales in my a lot ;). The reason I am saying all this is because He does not use the litter box where my dogs sleep when it’s freezing outside. So we put one on the opposite end of the house in my room so he could do his business in peace and without watching his back every second even though my dogs could care less if he was in there or not he’s a little paranoid we think. So I took the lids of both litter boxes so he wasn’t so enclosed. The one in my room is open and nothing is different. I noticed he was pooping on some clothes and stuff. I have kept my room picked up to where nothing was on the floor anymore. He hasn’t done it anymore in that spot. now he has transitioned to pooping on the carpet right in front of the CLEAN litter box I clean everyday. Is there anything I can do to help him or something I can do to prevent it? Because I hate to heavily discipline (rubbing his nose in it. Not like hitting him or anything :) ) a dumb animal who doesn’t know any better. He has pooped in front of the clean litter box every morning for five days now. It really sucks waking up at 5:30 in the morning to go to college only to find poop on the carpet :(. Please help me!! If you can just email me instead of replying on here that would be great jgregory0112@kctcs.edu if you do not e-mail me I will check the comments so either way is fine. That is my college e-mail so that’s why it would be more convenient. Thanks guys and gals!!

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  249. Laura D   February 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm  

    I’m constantly getting email updates from this thread and it is ALL specific questions about your cats. Does anyone read? It CLEARLY says NOT to post those here! I asked a question about getting information on how to hire Jackson (as in pay him money, not expect advise for free), and I haven’t gotten a response because this thread is flooded with everyone doing what you’ve specifically been asked not to do. SHESH!

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    1. Joan   March 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm  

      Get over yourself.

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  250. Alanna   March 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm  

    I have a female cat who is completely uninterested in play. I have the Go Cat mouse teaser wand, the Da Bird wand, random other fishers and wands, multiple mice, tennis balls, cat balls with bells, cat balls with no bells, catnip toys, a few laser pointers, and even little electronic “insects” that walk around the floor. The boys go crazy over all these toys. She won’t touch them, not even if the boys are no where to be found. I would really love to get her playing, especially since I know she’s got some pent up aggression I’m sure she’d love to get out. Any suggestions???

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  251. Laura Barr   March 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm  

    I have always said that I want Jackson to come visit me and my cat Spencer !! If anyone can help that demon cat, it would be Jackson !!! :) COME TO PORTLAND,OREGON !!!

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  252. Brandy Ciudad   March 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm  

    I have a question and would be appreciative if I got an answer. I’m a huge fan of Jackson Galaxy but I can’t seem to find any information on the issue that I’m going through with my two furballs. I have an older cat who has been declawed in the front. (Yeah, I know, poor kitty! Had it done years and years ago. The new kitty won’t be getting the same horrible treatment..) She’s a little over weight but she is over all a great cat. Until we brought in Daisy. She was a stray we found and we got her fixed and everything, but she has an eating disorder. She shepherds me around the house begging for food, she chews through food bags, tries to steal our ferrets food, and we have to feed her separately from the other cat or she will eat that too. She even chews through plastic and she gets into the garbage. All the vet said was behavioral and said that she may never come out of it. But I’ve seen Jackson’s miracles. Also, my older cat doesn’t seem to have a problem with Daisy being around until she gets within striking distance. She hisses and they even get into fights when Daisy stays to close. Daisy only strikes (without her claws) when Stormie approaches her while growling. Happens a few times a day, but they can sleep in the same chair as long as they aren’t touching or looking each other in the eyes. Is there any advice on what to do to fix their situations? Daisy’s eating disorder, and Stormie and Daisy’s fighting? Do you think Spirit Essences would be enough? Which ones do you suggest purchasing? If you could send me a personal message with a response, I would be eternally grateful. As we are debating on whether or not to keep Daisy or take her somewhere else.

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  253. Joan   March 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm  

    5 years ago I took in 4 feral kittens to add to my family of 6 inside kitties. The ferals’ mother (who I had spayed) chose to live outside and comes into my courtyard regularly for food. Since taking them in, other male strays also come into my courtyard and I feed them all. Everyone inside has adjusted to the addition with minimal issues but one of the ferals continues to spray. All of them were altered as soon as they were able and the other 3 ferals have never sprayed at all. I love the little fur ball that ruins my house but he has cost me friends who can’t deal with the odor. Even my patience wears thin at times and I’m desperate for a solution. Any suggestions are most appreciated. How can i bring peace to everyone in my household?

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  254. Gale : )   March 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm  

    Hello, I hoping for suggestions in regard to a neighbor cat who like to torment my indoor kitties. Sounds a little strange, I know. I came home one day and found everyone growling at each other, 2 hiding under the bed just not understanding what was going on. It took several hours to calm everyone down. During this time I found blood on one kitty’s front paw as he was holding it up, and THEN found his ENTIRE claw! Poor bumpkin! The next day I was standing in the kitchen when I witnessed the neighbor kitty hurl himself up against the glass, paws out like HAW GOTCHA! And everyone went running and growling and I had to start the calming process all over again. So for the time being I’ve placed black paper across the bottoms of both door to block the view (which looks terrible) and now it’s harder for my kittykids to enjoy the view of the outdoors (birds on cat-tv!). Thankfully all my kittykids are happy and back to their loving group again.

    So I’m looking for suggestions for the outside to detour the neighbor’s cat from my deck & yard and hopefully to find some other place to roam. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  255. Jennifer   March 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm  

    Hello, I don’t know if anyone has any advice for me; I think we’ve tried everything but decided to try posting on some of these sites as a last resort. My husband and I have an older cat named Lizzie; she is 14 or 15 (I got her at a shelter as an adult and she came in as an adult so they had to guess at her age). I have had her for 12 years and have lived at many different places with her. She is an only pet and always has been. She always used her litter box 100% of the time up until about 2 years ago, when she started pooping outside the litter box (not peeing). At first it was occasional; it has become more and more frequent and now she does it daily, sometimes several times a day. Nothing had changed in our living situation when she first started doing it; we had lived at the apartment we were living for about a year and a half prior to this starting, and no new people or pets had moved in (it had been just me, John, and Lizzie for the last 2 years or so. Prior to that it was just me and Lizzie for about 6 years). At first she would just do it on the carpet in the living room; soon she began to do it in other places as well (usually on carpet but sometimes on hardwood or laminate). Originally we were using a covered litter box (and that seemed to have been fine for the 1st 8 years I had her), but when she started this behavior, we took the cover off and bought 2 more litter boxes and put the litter boxes in the places she would most often go. She still continued to go outside the litter boxes, although not every single time. We’ve tried about 10 different types of litter (clay, various types of natural, Cat Attract, adding litter attractant, etc.) We’ve tried larger and smaller litter boxes. We’ve tried putting down “puppy pads” and newspaper, she won’t go on those. She often poops right next to the litter box or perches on the edge to go and “misses”. But other times she goes nowhere near a litter box, in a different room altogether. She does it when we’re out and also when we’re home. I also want to stress that she ALWAYS pees in the litter box – never ONCE has she peed outside the litter box, only poop. So the type of litter wouldn’t have anything to do with it. We faithfully clean her litter box several times a day, and every time there’s poop in it, we clean it immediately. Some people have suggested it may have something to do with the type of food we’re feeding her. I’m not sure how the type of food we’re feeding her could cause her to poop outside the litter box, but we have given her many, many, many, different types of food (canned – regular, natural, grain-free, bland single-ingredient; and dry – regular, grain-free, natural, bland single-ingredient) and she has continued the behavior regardless of the type of food she eats. Often, she does have diarrhea, but sometimes she does not. She goes outside the litter box regardless of whether or not she has diarrhea. I also purchased a scent diffuser that I plug into the bedroom wall socket that is supposed to help cats reduce stress and prevent them from soiling in that area. Well apparently that doesn’t work as she has often gone in that room even with the room diffuser in there I also want to reiterate that she has NO contact with other animals, and we live in a raised ranch where there is no way other animals could be coming up to the windows and pestering her either. Plus she also did this at the last place we lived, not just here. I have had her for so long and I love her, but I now spend hours every day cleaning up after her. We’ve tried rewarding her with treats when she does use the litter box, but half the time she doesn’t want the treat immediately after using the litter box anyway. And it doesn’t seem to be working anyway, as she continues the bad behavior no matter how much we reward her for good behavior. I know it’s a long shot, but does anyone have any advice for me – something I haven’t thought of? We may have her put down, although I really don’t want to b/c I love her so much. We don’t have kids and don’t want to, but this seems like more work than having a kid anyway – at least the changing diapers thing only lasts a couple years! We’ve already been doing this for a couple years, and it’s possible we could be looking at another 10 years or longer; I’ve known cats to live that long and she actually doesn’t seem to be in poor health. PS In case anyone was going to say I should ask a vet…I’ve taken her to 3 different vets who’ve put her through a lot of tests and charged me a lot of $ and NO ONE could help us solve the problem. They mostly tell me to try different type of food and litter, as I’ve mentioned, but those are not the problem. One of them also gave me some antibiotics and probiotics, and special food and those did nothing. They’ve done all her blood work and nothing turns up on that.

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    1. Moondragon007   April 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm  

      I’m wondering if she could have hemoroids or something that makes it painful for her to poop, and she’s blaming it on the litterbox. For the diarrhea – my sister’s oldest cat had diarrhea (fortunately in the litterbox) and was losing weight, and the vet diagnosed it as pancreatitis. She’s on medication now (some kind of steroid, I believe) and a special diet, and back to normal.

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  256. Zak Chorny   March 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm  

    I just adopted a 4 year old cat who is a grazer when eating. He won’t eat all his food in one sitting, and it takes him a while to finish it. I already have a 9 year old cat who is a little over weight. The 9 year old naturally sees the 4 year old’s food and wants to eat it herself. Do you have any tips on how to get them to eat their own food and how to get the grazer to eat more quickly?

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    1. Moondragon007   April 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm  

      Maybe feed the grazer less food more often? Put the bowl away when he finishes what he wants so the older cat doesn’t poach off it. Maybe the grazer will also learn to finish up more quickly when he learns that food won’t be available 24/7.

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  257. Victoria Iadisernia   March 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm  

    Hi Jackson! This is more of a curiosity question, and also a question that might help me better understand my cat! My cat Hunter is the kind of cat who comes to you for attention. She doesn’t like to be crowded unless it’s on her terms. My question relates to an episode where you stated that when cats swish their tails, it means they are becoming too excited or don’t want to be bothered. However, when my cat comes to me, rolls on her back, and pretty much begs to pet, she swishes her tail constantly. At first, I took that as a sign that she was annoyed and backed away. But when I backed away, she came back to me and butted her head against my hand, tail swishing the whole time.

    So my question is: Does a swishing tail always mean a cat is uncomfortable, or could it sometimes mean happiness?

    Thank you!
    -Vcitoria

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  258. Sandy   March 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm  

    I have 4 cats 2 brothers 6 yrs and a brother and sister 4 yrs. The girl goes after one of the older boys. Same one each time and he runs from her. The others all learnt to tolerate each other. Is there something i can do. I do spray the girl with water when she goes after him. Is that ok? Is there a solution ?

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  259. Carmi   April 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm  

    Could anyone give me ideas for dealing with this problem:

    We moved to a new house about six months ago, and my cat Jewel adapted very quickly. She’s at least ten years old. The house we are currently in was empty for quite a while before, and apparently the territory of this male cat we call Grumpycat.

    So he feels quite happy walking around the house and our backyard, but this of course leads to fights with Jewel, mostly in the early morning and at night because during the day wee usually chase him off before there’s a confrontation. Because he is not our cat we’re not sure how to try get them to get along, and chasing him off isn’t a permanent solution.

    Any ideas or tips?

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  260. Barbara   April 15, 2014 at 8:55 am  

    A dear neighbor is being harassed for helping neuter and care for a colony of local cats displaced by construction. Any no-kill organizations in NYC (Queens) we can contact?

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  261. Lexy   April 18, 2014 at 4:36 am  

    I’m having an issue with my cat… It’s gotten to the point where I can’t have screens in my windows and carpet on my floor because she rips holes in the screens and rips up the rug under my door. Everytime I open my door she comes darting out and starts meowing. Please help!

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  262. lacherie hubbard   April 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm  

    I havpainttaturw cats onix (the male) and crastal (the female) they both use to be inside cats till my mom kicked them out. Here it is six years later and my parents want to get rid of them because they sleep on the car. I know the reason they get on the cars is because they are cold. My dad doesbr like it is because the oil in there skin is coming off of them and onto the car ruining the paint. I dont know what to do.

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  263. Moondragon007   April 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm  

    I adopted a cat, named Misty, from the SPCA back in August, and at first she was so shy we weren’t even sure she was still in the house! Gradually she came out of her shell, and she’s very loving – with my mom (who lives with me). I’m the one who gives Misty food and water and polices the litterbox, but she snubs me and goes to my mom for lovins. I wanna give her lovins too! How can I gain my Misty’s affection?

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  264. barb   April 26, 2014 at 7:56 am  

    found kitten a year ago outside was only a couple days old when he became 8 weeks old he screams when he goes poop he is now a year old took him to vet couple times they say nothing wrong not consipated and when he goes poop he can be laying down standing and will go poop will pee in litter box not poop were is is at he will poop sometime soft some time loose what can i do giving up hope screamsin pain when poops

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  265. Rebecca   April 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm  

    I foster for a non profit cat foster. About 3 months ago I brought home a 4 year old male cat from someone else who was fostering him because he was attacking her cats and she was fed up. When I first brought him home, I kept him in a separate room away from my 1 year old female cat. I tried to introduce them with food on each side of the door after a few weeks and after a month I tried to introduce them with food so they could eat near each other. That didn’t work. I’ve tried that for several more weeks and still never worked. The problem is, my cat ends up chasing the foster male around the house until I finally break them up. He was never mean toward her, but now he growls and hisses when he sees her. What else can I do to get them to be able to coexist in the same house?

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  266. JC and Halloween   May 30, 2014 at 11:03 am  

    Hello! A wild kitten roughly four to six weeks old showed up at my parents house around Halloween, so, they began calling the kitten Halloween. Halloween kept her distance from all human contact until recently when she began sticking to the front porch of their home. We, then, found that Halloween is a female. This was a discovery made when she had kittens on their porch. Because they have three inside cats now who were not tolerant of her on the porch to begin with, I now have the cat and her three babies in a bedroom in my home with the attempt to tame the mother enough for shots and to be spayed when she can be. The kittens will also be given their shots when they are of age. Until then, any advice on better acclimating the mother to human contact better would be great. She will accept some petting around her ears, under her chin, and scratching at the base of her tail, but very little. She did allow me to hold her for a few seconds but she was nervous. She hasn’t scratched or anything to show aggression or extreme fear, she is just very skittish. Our goal is to acclimate her to human contact so that she may be introduced to my parents’ cats eventually and become a part of their home. The kittens will be going to new homes when they are old enough. Halloween has made some strides which are wonderful, as she will walk up to us from time to time without the offer of a treat. She is eating and drinking well. She uses the litter pan. And she is an awesome mother. I just need suggestions to better achieve our goal of getting her more used to human contact. We have been tapping the door to her room and calling out her name before entering, she has the options of a cave-like box, two pet beds, an open carrier and several areas to claim as her own for now. I know this is a time consuming activity, but we hope to get her ready for her forever home as soon as possible. She hasn’t moved her babies from the one pet bed, which to me says she may be comfortable with out presence, but she isn’t quite ready to become friends. My parents come by daily so that she can get used to them as well since they will be be providing her with a more permanent home in the future. Are there any actions we should be doing to help her? She has several cat toys she will play with when we are not in the room. I appreciate any and all aid that can be offered. We had to move the family to my house because of the number of predatory animals outside of my parents’ home (we do not want the kittens to be harmed) and they had no where to block her and the kittens off from their cats right now. I know this sounds choppy, but acclimating a grown cat to human contact isn’t the simplest task when we’ve not attempted it before. It has been four days, and two days ago she began to meow back from time to time when I talk to her. I’m seeing a lot of positive from her, and I think she’s doing great, I just don’t want to do anything wrong to cause her trouble. Thank you!

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  267. Rachel   June 20, 2014 at 7:30 am  

    I have a 4 year old male, Ernest (monster) Hemmingway, that is hyperactive. He’s been with us since he was 7 months old and is loving, sweet and very smart. The problem is that we had steady work schedules for the 1st couple years but now it’s very crazy and not steady at all and apparently we haven’t given him enough attention as he is peeing on our bed and clothes and chewing the fur off his belly and legs. The poor guy looks like he has mange. We’ve checked him out at the vet and even stopped buying cat food with chicken in it and it doesn’t matter. We have 3 other cats that have no issues and they all get along great. I know he needs more play but when we have time it’s his nap time and when we’re ready for bed he’s ready to play. ANY suggestions would be great.

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  268. Caylyn Mardian   June 22, 2014 at 11:38 am  

    Jackson I’m just looking for some advice. We have a cat named stormy and when he was little he lost one eye and the other was damaged. He gets round just fine the problem is when we have to get medicine in his remaining eye. We try to stay calm but he doesn’t like it one bit and it usually takes two of us to get the medicine in his eye. If you have any tips on how to make this easier for him and us we would be very appreciative. Thanks.

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  269. Crystal   June 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm  

    hello Jackson,
    my husband and I took in a stray about a year ago and he is doing great. last night we took in another stray that is really skittish and hides in corners. our other cat(rafiki) is not being very nice to him and will go in the corner and swat at him. how can we get the little one out of the corner and get rafiki to calm down about his presence?

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  270. M L   July 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm  

    Hi! We have two male cats who are from the same litter. One of our cats is very friendly and the other is aggressive with strangers. Both cats are large and neither goes outside. They have plenty of space, quite a few cat trees, etc. How can we get the aggressive cat to be better with strangers?

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  271. SONJA   July 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm  

    DO CATS HAVE BAD DREAMS? MY RESCUED SNOWSHOE SIAMESE NOW 7 1/2 WAKES HERSELF UP AT LEAST 5 TIMES A WEEK WITH THE MOST PITIFUL LITTLE MEOWS TO LOUD HOWLS – SHE SEEMS TRULEY FRIGHTENED AND A CARESS FROM ME QUIETS HER RIGHT DOWN. DOES ANYONE EXPERIENCE THIS – AND WHAT DO YOU DO.

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  272. Clarice   July 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm  

    Hey Jackson,

    My female cat’s brother had past away about a month ago and both of them were fine together when I was in the room for almost ten years. Ever since his passing, I have been giving my female cat extra attention and spoiling her with cat treats as well as letting her sleep with me in my bed so that she doesn’t feel alone. She has always claimed me as hers for as I long I can remember. She is definitely my cat. The problem is, I just got a new job and she keeps me awake and wants more attention since her brother’s passing that I just couldn’t give her and it has been exhausting. I have another female cat who lives upstairs and doe’s not like other cats. The other two cats used to tease her a long time ago so we had to put her upstairs. She is a younger cat and all of my cats are rescued but are tamed. My mom put my cat upstairs with the other and got them to eat in front of each other. They haven’t fought at all but sometimes my cat prefers to hide in the closet once in a while. They were ok with each other until I came in the room to see my cat and then all Hell broke loose. My cat got jealous and they both went after each other. They both fight over me and so now I do not want to go in there to cause another fight. I need them to get along so that they won’t be as lonely but I am unsure as how to help them both be ok with sharing me. Please help! Thank you,

    -Clarice

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  273. Laura   August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm  

    I’m in a bit of a quandary. Maybe this is a new one for you….
    About 5 years ago I lost my cat Elvis to cancer. Just a few weeks ago I lost Violet to cancer also. Because their lives overlapped so much, I have not had a ‘new’ cat in over 20 years.

    Now that Violet is gone I want another cat. I miss having a furry companion to pet and spoil.

    My problem is too many options.

    Several feral cats live in my backyard. I think they were born in a neighbor’s yard several months ago. When Violet died, I started feeding them. Two of them will come in the house and explore for a few minutes, but only one of them will let me get closer than 6 feet or so.

    Also, my boyfriend works at a muffler shop that shares property with two other industrial type businesses, surrounded by open fields. There are at least a dozen feral/stray cats. At one point they rounded some up and had them neutered. All three businesses on the property have made shelters for the cats and leave food and water out. Sometimes I go with him and visit and within minutes I have 6 or 7 cats surrounding me wanting to be petted.

    My dilemma: wait for the cats in my yard to ‘come around’ and decide to be pets or adopt one of the muffler shop cats?

    The thing that leads me toward adopting a muffler shop cat (and I have one or two in particular in mind already) is that they already are comfortable enough with humans to allow petting so they would likely adapt to an indoor life pretty quickly.

    The backyard cats may never get to that point. But I feel guilty not giving them a chance.

    In any event, I plan to keep on feeding the backyard cats and will look for a rescue group to help me catch and neuter them.

    I just can’t decide the ‘right’ thing to do. I don’t want to give up on the backyard cats because I’m selfish and I want a cat I can pet NOW.

    But if they are not likely to become house cats, I don’t want to wait and then something happens to the kitties I like at the muffler shop.

    Arrrghhh! Please give me some insight and advice if you can.

    Thanks so much.

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