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  1. steven michael isom   July 5, 2012 at 10:39 am  

    Hi my name is steven isom and I am looking for a pet toyger cat, can you help me to find one ?

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    1. Teresa Kappers-Wright   July 15, 2012 at 11:04 am  

      Check out PetFinder where you can do breed specific searches. Try to rescue one from a shelter so you can save a life of an animals that is likely to be put down if not adopted. The shelter I volunteer at has had many cats that look a lot like “Toygers”, but didn’t have pedigrees. Visit your local shelters and perhaps you’ll find a cat that touches your heart and find out that they don’t have to be a specific breed to need your love.

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    2. Ed Buchanan   July 22, 2012 at 3:45 am  

      Also pick up a copy of Cat Fancy magazine .It list Good breeders of many species of cats in many states. Its also good reading for any cat person

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      1. Debra   September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am  

        Actually, you need to exercise due diligence even with breeders in the back of Cat Fancy. There was a well-known problem with one of the Siamese breeders who continued to advertise. Don’t know if she still does or not.

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        1. Lani   October 15, 2012 at 9:19 am  

          Actually, the breeders in Cat Fancy are no worse than others. Probably better as it is one of the more expensive places to advertise. We have gotten two Exotic Shorthairs from one of those breeders. We got them 6 years apart, so it was no fluke that they are really great. One went to the Rainbow Bridge 3 years ago – old age problems. The other, my heart cat, is lying on my mouse, purring his head off.

          Do a bit of research on the breeder. Particularly ask other breeders (who may not have one for sale that suits your needs). We went to a cat show in the San Francisco area and asked others about her (she was ill and couldn’t show her cats at that show). The praise was ample. I would get another from her any day.

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      2. Maggie   September 16, 2012 at 8:24 am  

        Another benefit of rescuing a cat is the cost. Breeders sell cats for very high prices. A shelter cat will only cost a nominal fee to cover medical care they’ve received. An expensive cat from a kitty mill? Or an inexpensive cat saved from euthanasia or a boring lifetime in a no kill shelter. The choice seems easy to me.

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        1. Lani   October 15, 2012 at 9:21 am  

          Reputable breeders are a totally different thing than kitty mills!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Karen H   September 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm  

      Steven, Where are you located? I recently (2 weeks ago) got TWO Toyger kittens from a breeder in PA. My husband and I live in SC. Have you done a lot of research on them? Be prepared as they are VERY active but the sweetest and the most beautiful cats with LOTS of personality. As a matter of fact one of them is trying to help me write this reply! Feel free to contact me if I cam help you!

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    4. Candi   September 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm  

      Look in Cat Fancy Magazine, towards the back are the lists of breeders.

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    5. Heather B.   January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am  
  2. Karen Ahern   July 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm  

    Mr Galaxy
    I know you do not answer personal emails, but I do not do the facebook, blog, etc. thing (only one on earth) We have a desperate situation. We had 3 rescue reident cats and 2 rescue dogs. Also a Koi pond with 28 rescued Koi fish. The cats are indoor, 2 girls and a boy. Last July a stray showed up in our driveway, she was heavily pregnant, and very friendly. She was not chipped so I put up signs and called the police for 2 weeks, no one reported a lost cat. We brought her inside and she had 3 little kittens all with white mittens. They were adopted together to a good home! The problem is the 4 cats that remain are ruining our house! I do not know how to tell you how bad it is – They have ruined 3 couches, 2 loveseats – (1 leather), 1 ottoman,about 7 oriental rugs, 3 comforters, and 4 chairs! It is so bad that they poo and pee on and under our king Bed. We had to put a plastic mattress cover on the mattress – very uncomfterable for us. When I was in bed the boy pooed and peed ON me – how horrible! We have tried everything. Loss of expensive furniture, vet vsits to diagnose the problem, cleaning products, carpet cleaner for the carpet, professional cleaning of the rugs, cat training books- everything we could think of!!! We have probably spent close to $10,000! Rehoming them is not really an option – we love them and they are family Please, please help! We live in a nice home on a Ravine in a suburb of Chicago, called Highland Park. We care about our home, our “kids” and ourselves. PLEASE HELP!!! Know you are bombarded with requests for help, but hope you will consider this, maybe as a show?!

    Email: karenahern@sbcglobal.net
    Home phone: 847-926-0882
    Cell: 312-972-6798

    I will hold my breath and pray for contact with you!

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    1. Carrie   July 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm  

      If you’ve spent that much money on products, I would suggest taking those resources and investing them into a qualified, certified behaviorist who can work with you in your home. I suggest checking the IAABC website at http://iaabc.org/ to see if there is a feline behaviorist in your area. Without taking a detailed history and most likely observing the animals interacting in your home, it would be difficult if not impossible for any qualified professional to adequately advise you.

      You’ve already shown your willingness, commitment and love to your animals so far – so I urge you to go one extra step and work with a behavior professional who can help manage the situation in your home. Good luck!

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      1. Jane   September 4, 2012 at 8:34 am  

        What a great resource, Carrie … thanks for sharing!

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      2. beverly berwald   September 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm  

        Jackson Galaxy is a qualified behaviorist. Certification means zilch. This man gets results because he engages not only his intellect which includes intuition, but also his heart and soul.

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    2. Chelsey   January 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm  

      Hi Karen,
      I am having a similar problem on a slightly smaller scale, I currently share a house with 3 cats and a cranky elderly chihuahua. One of the cats, K.C. has been my girl from the day we brought her home, when I started dating my current boyfriend, things took a turn. every time he comes over or every time I stay the night at his place, I wake up or come home to a puddle on the sofa (my parents had to replace the furniture and put in hardwood flooring because she was ruining the carpets as well.) I know Jackson says that cats aren’t spiteful, but I have a feeling that there’s quite a bit of “Stop stealing my mama you jerk!” attitude coming from K.C., maybe your cats feel like this new cat has taken your attention away from them? I’m in the process of researching everything from spirit essences to behaviorists because the next step is to send her out with the horses to be a “barn cat.” I have no solid advice to give you but to let you know that you’re not alone and it makes me smile to see that there are other people who love their pain in the ass cats as much as I do mine :)

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  3. Carol   July 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm  

    I wanted to buy your E-Book from Barnes & Nobel and under their payments options on Barnes & Nobel Website, they list Paypal as a payment option, but when I went to checkout they ask for my credit card and say that my credit card will be charged but i only have a bank card listed on paypal and can only pay through Paypal.
    So much for buying your book…
    Is there a website where I can buy your E-Book : Cat Daddy that allows payment through Paypal?? Thanks

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    1. Lani   September 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm  

      We have been with PayPal for at least 10 years, both as buyers and sellers. We don’t have a credit card by choice, but use our debit card (bank card) with no problem. Try signing up with the debit card.

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  4. Tom   July 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm  

    Jackson,

    I have a stray cat that has kind of adopted me, but that’s not why I’m writing. I’m just a fan of your TV show for its entertainment value alone. I was watching Animal Planet a while back and My Cat From Hell came on. I thought I would hate it, but now it’s one of my faves. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Brittanie   July 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm  

    Jackson, my boyfriend and I really need your help! We have a cat named 1 A.M. who is driving us crazy!
    When we moved out of my boyfriends, friends house she was very depressed because she had no company while we were at work, so we got her a kitten to play with. She is absolutely not okay with it. I love both of my babies so much and I do not want to get rid of my kitten but 1 A.M. has gotten sooo mean because of her. She hisses, swats, growls, even attacks us and tries to get the kitten as well. The smell of the kitten makes her freak out.
    1 A.M. can kill the kitten if she could, and I am afraid she will. Please we need your help! Any advice at all would be amazing!

    Brittanie and Shane

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  6. Leslie   July 10, 2012 at 11:57 am  

    Hi,
    ANYONE WHO HAS A SOLUTION< PLEASE ANSWER!!
    I have a little problem with a sweet cat I adopted 2 months ago from the Humane Society in Austin, Texas. Her name is Chloedawn (renamed from Estella). She is a beautiful DMH who weighs about 10 pounds. At first the shelter people told me she was in the shelter for 2 months, but after reading her records, I learned that she was actually in the shelter for 6 months. Although she has made some adjustment, she is still quite fearful. I read in the records that she was surrendered by her owner because of her temperament. According to the vet records the previous owner provided, she was fine until they moved to another house with another cat in the home. The other cat bullied her to the point that her owner felt it was best to surrender her. She was displaying fearful behaviors besides just hiding 24/7 – she was not using litterbox, spraying, etc. In the past two months that I have had her, she seems to be coming along, but is still extremely fearful. Anything sets her off to hide under the bed – kids playing loudly in the pool downstairs, people walking past the door to our apartment, even if I am sitting on the sofa and get up quickly – she heads for the bed. She still slinks around with her tail low. While it was difficult bonding at first, we seem to be developing a bond. She seems to want to be in the same room with me, although she does not want to snuggle with me outside of the bedroom. The only place she will snuggle with me and accept petting is on our bed. When I go to bed at night, she jumps on the bed and we snuggle for a little while. After she gets tired of the petting, she jumps down and sleeps under a secretary desk in my bedroom. When we are out of the bedroom, she does not allow me to pet her and runs away from me, almost as if she does not know me, although she seems to want to stay in the same room with me. She hates it when I try to give her hairball medication and she cannot be bribed with food – I tried that. When I try to brush her, she hisses at me, but she has never swatted at me. She is really a very gentle sweet kittie. I hate that she is so scared and intimidated all the time. I have no other cats or pets, and likely, given her temperament, will not get another pet, but I would really like to help her to feel confident and safe. Obviously she can never go outside, but I really want for her to own our space and feel confident and safe. What can I do?

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    1. Cindy   July 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm  

      Hi Leslie,

      It’s wonderful that you adopted Chloedawn and are trying to give her a safe, loving home! Please don’t give up on her; she just needs time and patience!! I suggest you watch Jackson’s show for tips; I’ve learned so much from him. I also volunteer with kitties at my local shelter where there are many shy, fearful cats, and I have lived with several of them over the years. I find the best thing is to give them lots of time to ‘own’ their space; 2 months is really not that much time in the scheme of things. As Jackson suggests, it’s also a good idea to give the cat a little challenge: you could try to interest your kitty in a wand toy. Go slowly and earn her trust. Once she likes playing with it in the bedroom, maybe she will be willing to come out into the living room to play with it. Try some catnip kicker toys and other things to see what she likes. I have witnessed the seemingly most unsociable cats overcome with the desire to play :-) Think about giving your kitty places to retreat to in other rooms of your home, so that when she does venture out, she’ll have places to hang out where she will feel safe; you can place one of her blankets or toys in those spots so she will smell her scent and know they are hers. I would also get Chloedawn her own bed for your bedroom and encourage her to sleep in it so she won’t hide under the furniture. If it’s enticing enough, and she begins to feel comfortable, she should eventually want to lounge in it.

      I hope this helps! Thank you for caring about and for this sweet cat.
      ~Cindy

      PS: If you are using the hairball medication in a tube (pasty stuff), you can simply put some on top of the cat’s paw and the cat will lick it off; this is much less traumatic than trying to administer it directly. Some of my cats even like the taste of it and will lick it off the tube!

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    2. Amy Tobol   July 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm  

      Sounds like she needs more play. Maybe a few victories over that flying clump of feathers will bolster her confidence.

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    3. Jillian   July 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm  

      First of all, you’ve already helped this kitty so much just by getting her out of the shelter. Imagine how frightened she must have been for all those months. Having worked with shy cats and ferals, I understand what you’re going through. The most important thing is patience, patience, patience! Some of them take many months to come around but it is well worth the effort. If you take things slowly and let her move forward at her own pace, she will come around eventually. She may always be a little shy but that’s okay.
      I wouldn’t worry too much right now about the physical contact; that’s usually the last step. Just work on getting her comfortable being in the same room with you. You say she isn’t food motivated (but you might want to try baby food on a spoon); it is possible she’s play motivated. Try using a small feather wand or other toys (mice, mylar balls, even a plastic straw tied in a knot) and have some short play sessions with her. I’d also set aside a few short play and petting sessions with her a day, talking to her in a calm soothing voice, and sitting on the floor near her. If you can do these sessions in a small room with few hiding places (the bathroom might work) it will be easier. Most cats feel more secure in a smaller area at first. If she freaks, just back up a step and start over. The main thing is for her to come to you and not to force things on her too quickly. The good news is that once she does bond with you, you can start introducing her to new (calm) people, and you will have a loyal loving companion. There is also some good information on the internet you might want to research. Hope this helps!

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    4. Ed Buchanan   July 22, 2012 at 3:39 am  

      I do much fostering and volunteer work for Palm Beach County Florida . Have fostered this yer alone over 70.
      I have a permanent cat that I adopted 9 years ago. She was treated badly as a kitten, and taken away fom her mother to soon. She was exttremely skiddish and afraid of everything and everyone.You name the cure and I tried it ,unfortunatly for me I did not get her young enough.I missed out on her formative time. We showered her with love and attention. It helped a little. What I have found is that with time and AGE she has come around full circle. Still skiddish of outside noises but otherwise ok. She even comes out now when we have company. and she gets along great with my large senior cat .

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    5. Bikette   July 23, 2012 at 7:41 am  

      Hi Leslie and other cat lovers:
      If you find out why your cat only feels comfortable with you in the bedroom, please let me know as my kitty bonds with me in every room BUT the bedroom! I don’t know what it is about that room – although we’ve had some weird static problems with wireless radios and internet connections along one wall in that room. We even called an electrician to find out if there was anything ‘measurable’ along that wall but all he could say was that a room can have these ‘waves’ of interference and that we were not imagining it, so I can’t help but wonder if my cat, a tuxedo cat I had to name PITA (as in PainInTheArse), senses these ‘waves’ and doesn’t like the sensation, whatever that is. We have had 4 other cats in that room in the past, one of whom, a tabby aptly named Hidee, is still fine there and actually spends much of her time under the blanket on the bed – especially when her daddy (aka hubby dearest) is there. I could understand if Hidee were hung up by some sort of ‘waves’ since she was abused and we took her in at 7 yrs old to ‘save’ her and then later adopted PITA from the shelter at about 8 months old to keep her company. The only history we have on PITA is that her former owner was an older lady who died and the grandmother’s family had allergies in their house preventing them from adopting anything. I used to joke about PITA knocking off granny when she first got here because she is so dang smart and will do just about ANYthing for PLAY – which often makes my boring home office job extremely difficult! Nothing else motivates her like a 5 minute feather chasing session and she will chase after a rolled up wire “Cat Dancer’ toy and bring it back in a rousing game of ‘Fetch’ that would last all day if she had her way. We really do have a great bond, but she and the tabby are not all that friendly. Hidee’s favourite pasttime is obviously hiding, but she is fully acclimated to our house and follows ‘daddy’ everywhere, so there’s not a lot of fear in her hiding. I think she must prefer the quiet cozyness under a blanket, but she just won’t break down and PLAY which drives PITA wild in her continuing efforts to motivate a tabby. PITA has also felt comfortable sleeping on my right shoulder for months – especially winter months as I’m the warmest body in the house, but just not in that darned bedroom! Once everyone is asleep and the TV is off, THEN (and only then) she might come up and snuggle in, but I don’t really notice her until I wake up and then she leaves. Whatta gyp! We used to spend evenings in that big bed with our other cats – all of us up and watching the tube and it was a family affair we loved. But now, one of our family is always missing and I wish I could get her to come in that room and stay with me! She lays down in the hallway like the door has some kind of barrier keeping her out and all I can do all evening is ‘visit’ her outside. If I pick her up gently and bring her to bed with me, she leaps away like I shot her from a cannon. The only activity I can get her to do in that room is Play (of course) – but even playing, she is distracted and doesn’t seem to enjoy it as much there. Whattup with that room? And how can I convince a smarty cat that it’s not going to hurt her? I’m sick a lot and it would be soooo much easier to heal if I had my little furry companion up on my shoulder. Anyone got any ideas?

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      1. Rayn   September 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm  

        Hi Leslie,
        Our cat is named PITA! It is a small world. She’s a 1 and half year old calico and, of course we adore her and she’s also majorly active and a bit quirkey. Does she have a bed of her own in the bedroom? We put a cat bed on top of our bed in one corner of our bed and Pita sleeps with us every night. and feels very comfortable. We also give her a few treats and keep the closet doors open so she can investigate on her own time, and a cat tree near the big window. These are just a few mild suggestions from one cat lover to another. Is there a cat tree in the bedroom near a window? Somehow she doesn’t feel safe in there and maybe she needs to have her own “stuff”. Do you have a husband/boyfriend? Is she uncomfortable with that person in the bedroom? Sometimes, clearing out the energy by using some sage can help. I sure hope you can find an answer to this. Good luck!

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    6. carla   July 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm  

      hi i’m respondind to your post because i think i can help a litle bit. so here goes. a cat is a animal that can be traumatized very easily. and although i think u are doing the right thing, i also think u are expecting to much to fast. if she is responding give her time. it takes as long as it takes, and not the time u think it should take. keep giving her spaces where she can feel safe like closed beds. put one in your room and another in the living room etc. catnip is as plus spread it in her beeds and toys arround the house. and most importantly let her come to you in her own time and dont chase her . she’ll come to, u u’ll see. best of luck i know u’ll make it work and have the best cat ever.

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      1. Bikette   July 26, 2012 at 7:32 am  

        Thanks Carla. You’re right. Kitties live in their own time dimension which we all know is directly opposite to people time parameters. This past week, I’ve tried to coax PITA to play when it’s a good time for me. I get her ‘feathered friend’ and dangle it all over and around her but this is not her chosen activity at that time and she barely even notices it. 20 minutes later, I’m back to work poring through mounds of paper on my desk and Poof – there she is between me and the monitor picking up and playing with everything she can wrap her mouth around. NOW she wants to play and now I’m really neck deep in someone’s books! I wish I could change everyone around her to stop all activities when it’s her time to play but this just doesn’t seem to happen – not as far as she is concerned anyway. And same with the cuddles. I can sprawl in a comfy chair watching a movie for 110 minutes but when does she come up and snuggle in? 3 minutes before the credits roll and I have to get up and prepare dinner or do something more constructive with me time. Even in bed, half the time when she does deign to sneak into that horrible bedroom place and curl up on my shoulder, it’s at the exact same time as I’m figuring out that I’d better use the ladies room! I really really HATE having to slide her off so I can answer my own call to nature and will stay with her as long as I possibly can, but … ya gotta go when ya gotta go! She can sense when I’m getting ‘antsy’ too and usually walks off in a huff before we’ve even had a chance to enjoy one another’s company. The irony is – she’ll join me in the bathroom during that less than savoury moment, but won’t return to the bed with me when I’m done…. at least not until the next time I’m ‘full’. I think it’s a cross between Murphy’s Law and Stubborn Kitty… either way – I lose :-)
        I’ll keep reading here and watching Jackson – maybe he’ll meet another PITA someplace and give ma a clue as to what I can do to help my kitty relax in that one room – and I’m not too awful keen on getting her drunk, Lisa! But I will try to be more patient and wait for kitty to come to mama.

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    7. Lisa Parker   July 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm  

      Leslie, I hope you’re still reading this blog. Please get some Rescue Remedy at the Health Food Store, Holistic Vet or Vitamin Shoppe. Put 10 drops in her water for 2 weeks. It does have alcohol in it, so you could also put a dropperful into a 2 oz. glass of water and dropper some into her mouth daily as well. Putting it in the water dilutes the alcohol so they don’t spit it out and it still works. Hope this helps you.

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      1. Maria   August 12, 2012 at 12:42 am  

        To Everyone with fearful cats… I highly suggest using Bach flower remedies or the flower essences that Jackson uses “Scaredy Cat”. You can put these in their water and it makes a huge difference. I used 2 different Bach flower remedies Rock Rose for terror and Mimulus for fears with a feral cat that would not let me near him. After 7 months of patiently sitting with him and slowly inching closer, as well as putting these in his water, he let me pet him. Now at a year and 1/2 he is still skitterish of certain noises and other people, but he runs to me for petting and affection. I am not sure there is anything quite as rewarding as earning the trust of these little guys. Be patient and take steps very slowly, slower than you even think you should. Remember you would not want to be touched by someone you didn’t trust or without your permission.

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      2. Karen   January 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm  

        Thank you for reminding me of Rescue Remedy. I forgot about that.

        Update: ChloeDawn adapted well. She has never been a real touchy lovie dovie cat, but was sleeping with me on the bed and staying in whatever room I was in. Last month, a beautiful DLH ran into my house when I opened the door. This cat (I named her LaRue) is a sweet loving lap kitty. ChloeDawn has not responded well, and I have been thinking about taking LaRue to the Humane Society. ChloeDawn is hiding, and won’t let me touch her. She is walking around with her tail down. I do not know if she is fearful or jealous of the other cat. I try to spend time along with ChloeDawn every day, and feed them separately, but her regression breaks my heart. If she cannot adjust in a healthy manner, I will have to surrender LaRue. ChloeDawn is not aggressive to LaRue unless LaRue gets too close, and LaRue is not aggressive. I am really concerned that ChloeDawn will get depressed and get sick. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

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        1. Mary   January 31, 2013 at 9:06 am  

          Maybe expecting the best from Chloe will make a difference. I’ve learned a lot about the power of intention.
          If you put out more positive energy about this than negative, maybe that will help Chloe to feel better about the situation. You can create negative situations by expecting them. I know that sounds crazy, but I have found that
          it is really real, and we do have an ability to change things with our positive energy. If I was Jackson, I would probably have some more down to earth solutions, but, other than giving Chloe more love and attention, I don’t have any. Cats are so hard to work with, They are all so different. Chloe’s self esteem needs to be raised. Jackson has addressed this before.

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    8. Sandra   September 4, 2012 at 10:57 am  

      Leslie I just want you to know you are not alone. I have a rescue kittie who is now 13, got her when she was 1-2. after 10 yes 10 years she still hides from us and slinks around like we are going to hurt her. We have done everything you can imagine to help her. The past 3 years she will let us pet her-for about 2 minutes until she runs off and hides. She finally will look us in the eye which she would not do for 10 years. So I really hope you find something that works-otherwise I think these kitties do the best they can with who they are,we just love her and continue to try without smothering her. Just want you to know you are not the only one frustrated with that problem. Just love your kittie and she will love you the best she knows how.

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  7. skye ocaranza   July 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm  

    I am 12 years old. I don’t have a cat problem, although I have 3 wonderful cats. I love your show.
    Our family is a musical family and are interested in your music. We have searched the web looking
    for samples of your music but can’t find any. Where can we hear some? Looking forward to a reply.
    Thanks. Meow!!! =^ – ^=

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  8. Pam   July 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm  

    I saw the coolest cat tree house on the show today episode 11 (original air date 7/7/12). Any idea where we can get that cat treehouse?

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  9. Pam   July 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm  

    Ah just found answer, ahiddenhollow.com.

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  10. Laura   July 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm  

    Love your show, I am learning a ton! I’m a dog trainer (positive reinforcement!) and veterinary technician and I really didn’t know where to go to learn more about feline behavior. You are such a great resource for pet owners and another wonderful addition to the growing group of positive reinforcement training professionals. Thanks for doing such a great job, Jackson!

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  11. Rachel   July 15, 2012 at 10:18 am  

    Jackson,

    We have this kitten that we adopted last October, and hes been a very good kitten until my mom started going into the hospital. Hes now been peeing and pooping around the house (mainly in my parents bed and bathroom). The kitten is a male and he is neuterd. We have another full grown cat named Rosie. Shes about 6 years old. She constantly stays in my room, and the dinning room, only sometimes will she venture far. Also when the kitten (Wolverine) got big enough, they started having small cat fights atleast twice or more a day. PLEASE HELP JACKSON! THE KITTEN IS GOING TO THE POUND TOMORROW! PLEASE HELP!

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    1. Amy Tobol   July 16, 2012 at 9:18 am  

      Add another litterbox. You should have as many litterboxes as cats, plus one more. So, two cats would require three boxes. Keep them clean. Maybe try keeping the door to the parent’s bedroom closed. Consider using Feliway. It’s pricey, but works well.

      Another thing is to make sure you play with the cats. Jackson would tell you this. It’s one of the most important things you can do. Each cat should have at least ten minutes of play a day. Use a wand, a piece of string or ribbon tied to a stick, roll a ball of paper. Try different toys, see what they like. Switch toys often, because cats like variety in play.

      Keep trying different things, don’t give up!

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  12. Peggy   July 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm  

    What’s the best way to get rid of cat pee out of carpet. My darling old kitty Baby, in the last few months she was with me, peed all over my carpet. Mostly behind the tv and couch. She went over the Rainbow Bridge in May. Her beautiful kidneys finally failed. She lasted a year AFTER she was diagnosed with kidney disease. Anyway–any suggestions. And if I have the carpet removed- should I treat the cement floor underneath?

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    1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm  

      I’ve found “Odor-Mute” to be very effective – it’s an enzymatic product. Be sure to follow the directions carefully.especially about the temperature of the water to add. You can find it at pet supply stores or on the ‘Net. Perhaps there are also other similar products. (The pre-mixed stuff in spray bottles left a sticky residue.)

      Concrete is very porous. It should be treated, too if it’s exposed.

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      1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm  

        Something else to try: I noticed a brand called Fizzion in the shopping section of this site. There are several varieties. This must be the stuff Mr Galaxy means when he mentions using CO2 stain cleaners.

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  13. mollie   July 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm  

    Potty problems. My cat has a bad case of elevator butt – she starts out squatting when she urinates, but eventually is standing up. She used to have a regular litter box, now we have a custom made one for her (it’s a tote, with an entry hole cut on the side. She doesn’t offer to pee out the entry, as she did with her covered cat box. The problem is that I now live in a much smaller apartment and that box is VERY large. I will keep it, but I saw on your show a smaller, round litter box. I really don’t want to mess with her bathroom habits much, because other than that I have no complaints. Is the smaller, rounder box a possibility, or should I just keep things the way they are? NOt having her pee out the door of the litter box is a good thing.

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  14. amanda   July 17, 2012 at 9:57 am  

    Does anyone know what the name of the cat litter Jackson recommends for declawed cats is?

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    1. Team Cat Mojo   July 19, 2012 at 7:30 am  

      I think Jackson mentioned it was Cat Attract Litter. http://www.preciouscat.com/product/cat-attract/

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  15. Lisa Barrett   July 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm  

    I love the black light contraption Jackson uses to detect cat urine. Has anyone seen anything like it somewhere? If I remember correctly, he uses a large flashlight w/ a shield that the light passes thru. I’ve seen black light flashlights but they don’t have good reviews. Anyway, I appreciate any input.

    Thanks, Lisa

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    1. Fabe Kuhn   July 1, 2013 at 11:52 am  

      Did you ever find out what brand blacklite that was ?
      I’m looking myself

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      1. Team Cat Mojo   July 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm  

        Hey guys –

        I asked Jackson about it and he referred me to this one… so we put it up on the Jackson Galaxy online store here. Click on it and you’ll see a link to where you can get it on Amazon. (There’ve been other flashy-looking black lights you may have see him using on the show, but according to Jackson, those were not his preference; those were a “it’s all I have so I’ll use it” kind of thing.) THIS is the one he sticks by.

        …you’ll also see the “CO2 cleaner” Jackson refers to a lot, on this link. It’s called Fizzion. Hope that helps!

        -Toast

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        1. Karen   September 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm  

          Can you provide the brand & model of it? The link you mention doesn’t show on the JG Online store. Thanks!

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          1. Team Cat Mojo   September 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm  

            Hi Karen,

            Yes :( Sorry about that. Things are always changing in “Jackson Galaxy Land,” same as in real life. The flashlight isn’t on the store section of the site anymore… But if you search Amazon for the words UV blacklight flashlight, that’ll give you some good product suggestions.

  16. Doug and Carol   July 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm  

    If you have any comments, use the email. Anyways, we have two cats, one of which chokes herself on the
    lower railing of a set of guard rails about the house. When I see/hear what’s happening, I take her away from the rail and massage her throat, while she sounds like she’s hacking up a vicious hairball. This has
    changed her voice over time so that it’s rather squeaky. I think her behavior happens when she doesn’t
    get attention an the appropriate moment. She does this less that in the past, as we play/hold both cats
    more that we used to. But still …

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  17. ginny   July 22, 2012 at 8:47 am  

    would club soda help clean cat urine, too? i’ve tried everything but this. any thoughts?

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    1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm  

      I just noticed a brand called Fizzion in the shopping section of this site. There are several varieties. This must be the stuff Mr Galaxy means when he mentions using CO2 stain cleaners as he apparently finds it effective. I’ve used Odor-Mute myself, an enzymatic product.

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  18. Tony   July 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm  

    I just viewed the latest episode of My Cat From Hell and was wondering where to purchase the horizontal cat lounger you provided for Molly.

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    1. Lisa Barrett   July 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm  

      Tony -

      Here is the link – http://www.pet-fusion.com/products. Unfortunately it’s out of stock right now, probably from being bought out after Jackson’s recent episode!

      Regards, Lisa

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  19. huda hammad   July 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm  

    I have a male cat 6 years old recently he has started humping my arm and he is fixed any idea why he is doing that. I also started dating and he has a cat the same age. My cat also humps his arm too.

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  20. derm   July 23, 2012 at 8:43 am  

    Hi
    My one year old cat was badly attacked by a dog. He spent the week is vet hospital,but he is home now.
    He is still on pain killers but he seems to just stare at me,
    Is there anything i can do to make him forget about the attack.
    He spends a lot of time asleep now but even when he is awake he looks so so sad
    thank you for taking the time to read my letter
    yours

    dermot

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    1. LolasMom   August 22, 2012 at 12:19 am  

      Derm,
      He may be out-of-it from his pain medicine. But you might call your vet to ask if this is normal as a side affect.
      Give him gentle petting, and try to keep the environment calm, and quiet.
      Just continuously let him know he’s safe (now). He may very well suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and you should ask your vet about that or for a referral to a cat behavioralist for helping get him through this.
      Best wishes for your little guy for a speedy recovery!
      =^..^=
      JB

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    2. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm  

      Don’t forget that cats who live safely indoors have a longer life span. Cats that are allowed to roam outdoors, off a leash, have a shorter life span. If your cat was injured outdoors while off a leash, please don’t let it do that anymore. Keep the kitty safe indoors or at least use a leash whenever you walk it.

      It may take some time for the kitty to forget the experience entirely. Be as loving and attentive as possible and over time, it well recover emotionally as well as physically, fingers crossed. Poor kitty!

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  21. joan   July 23, 2012 at 9:39 am  

    captain jack is still attack me at times i tinkd he is playing but other times he is for real, i tend not to react to it and he is better he is still like a dog will run to the door if someone knocks, lets me know if some one is out side. cant leave him out a t night i tryed every thing he must spend his night in his room. <@:( .

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  22. deb   July 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm  

    Anyone have any suggestions on this problem?? I have a 4 yr old neutered (also 4 paw laser declawed, by the vet/breeder before I got him) Bengel (Max) whom started peeing in different places in our house and ‘Im pretty sure he is marking also as there is no real odor on those spots. We moved into a new (old) house in November and he started this I believe in Jan.?? I think there was a cat in this house previously and because the house was a repo not much else known. He was using his litter box fine before. Now if I catch him doing his sneak and look I scoop him up and walk him to his box, put him down and say “go potty’, he looks a me, mmmrrrppphs and climbs in an goes! He knows when I am watching him because sometimes he will just look at me and if I say “go to your box, go potty” he’ll meander his way there and go. other times he will ignore me and go do something else until I’m not paying any attention. I think we probably need another litter box. We also have a dog that Max is dominant over (they are the same size), 98% of the time they play, run and chase each other, But there has been 2% when they have gone at each other. I’m pretty sure Max could kill the dog just with his big canines whenever he wanted. Is there a special litter that would work better? I did change him and that was a big mistake! Would appreciate any thoughts!
    Also has anyone ever seen a outdoor enclosure built where it gets cold?
    Thanks, Deb in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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    1. LolasMom   August 22, 2012 at 12:44 am  

      Hi Deb,
      They say it’s important to gradually change out the litter when switching brands. So, best to line the pan about half an inch thick with new stuff, and then put the current litter you’re using on top of that. This is so that kitty gets used to it gradually, and won’t freak out and potty outside the box. I think it’s supposed to be a gradual, two-week change wherein you will be putting a little more of the new stuff (same way, on bottom), and a little less of the current stuff so it transitions well for kitty.

      Jackson’s had shows where cats all seem to be feeling territorial, whereby peeing in areas they have seen and/or smelled other cats marking the house as theirs. He suggested putting extra litter boxes in each area the cat pees in.

      You might try repelling feral cats, or other animal trespassers by using a motion-sendored air-shooter, safe, but effective spray, or checking your property for broken fencing or holes that make it easier for unwanted four-legged visitors to enter. Many times it’s Tom cats marking territory (that doesn’t belong to them) or perhaps your kitty sees/knows raccoon, or other pests are near his house.

      Jackson has shown some of his clients a ‘catio’ or cat-friendly patio for the residential cat to have a safe outside place to hang out. There must be a type that has safe insulation for winter time as well.

      Here’s a good site for info on various types of outdoor cat enclosures:
      http://www.paws.org/outdoor-cat-enclosures.html

      Best of luck!
      JB. =^..^=

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  23. Shaun   July 30, 2012 at 1:11 am  

    What is the brand of motorized wand toy used on “My Cat From Hell” ?

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  24. Victoria   August 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm  

    My cat keeps pooping in places other than the litter boxes when she has diarrhea. She does not eat very much. I have taken her twice to the vet to make sure she is not ill. I am a daily litter box cleaner. Today she pooped inside the puzzle box I had sitting on the dining room table. One time she pooped on some papers i left on the counter in the kitchen. I love her so much but am ready to give her away. And now she is curled up in my lap on top of my lap top. Ok. So she is cute. I guess I will just put up with cleaning up kitty diarrhea all over the house. Also, she likes to jump up on the kitchen counter and table. (DISGUSTING) I have tried squirting her with water, but she almost acts like she likes it! She does jump down, but looks at me like SO!! Not even going to bother asking for help since I have tried everything. I am feeling sorrier for Deb whose cat is peeing. I have two cats. Have had as many as 5 litter boxes, but am down to 2 and will probably just go up to 3 and play with them more. I do know she gets bored.

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    1. Ed Buchanan   August 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm  

      Cat should not have constant diarrhea, have you changed his diet or food brand . Could be parasites which can be treated within 5 days. Maybe there is something else, possibly give a sample of stool to vet to check for parasites. There are various chemicals available that attract cat to litter box. Have you changed brand of litter.The fact that cat has diarrhea could mean the urge comes on so quick he does not have time to go to box.. Also squirting with water is only effective if the cat does not see you doing it, otherwise he thinks you are playing a game. Hide behind a wall if possible. Try putting cat on all dry food for a while.

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    2. Kim   September 15, 2012 at 9:32 am  

      Some cats can have allergies to foods and get the diarrhea. Also, my cat can no longer consume treats or human food because he gets colitis which causes diarrhea. After having potty issues cats associate a litter pan with the problem. The best thing to do is change to a new litter pan and sometimes even a different brand of litter. I had to change my pan 3 times and put my can on antibotics for 10 days and never allow him to eat anything but his hypoallergenic prescription food from Royal Canin. I had another cat once to buy switching from meow mix to iams the diarrhea stopped.

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  25. Jason Crofts   August 2, 2012 at 3:34 am  

    G’day Jackson

    My Cat From Hell has just started playing here in Australia and after watching a couple of episodes I felt compelled to write to you.

    You maybe on the other side of the world but your insightful tips and sincere kindness to all creatures in need (including humans) reaches further then country borders.

    I wish you all the best from Melbourne, Australia.

    Regards

    Jason Crofts

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  26. KayakaMamaCat   August 5, 2012 at 9:37 am  

    Jackson,
    I have 10 cats & 2 dogs. They all are indoor animals except Dakota, our German Shepard. They get along great & I have no concerns you would need to help me address. I just wanted to tell you how much I admire you & the wonderful work you do with cats. I have spent $7000.00 building a special play room for my cats. It has cat trees, shelves & all types of cat toys which I switch out on a regular basis so they do not get bored. Just wanted tom tell you how much I love your show & how much I admire you. Keep up the great work. You are a special gift from God to our little four legged families. Thank you. Kay aka Mama Cat

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  27. Bonnie   August 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm  

    My daughter has 2 cats and they wake her up @ night, meowing, pawing @ doors & anything in sight, & wreaking all sorts of havoc. One will actually jump a baby gate. Of course, feeding @ 3am is a temporary fix. You had an episode last season about keeping a cat out of a couple’s bedroom using some kind of canister @ the door (can’t find episode to re-watch it). Can you identify that episode and maybe a helpful tip???
    Thanx, Mother of daughter w/cats from hell

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    1. LolasMom   August 22, 2012 at 1:00 am  

      Hi Bonnie,
      I don’t remember the episode name/number, but I know it was a can that was motion-sensored to puff out air whenever the cat came near the door.
      Here is one I found on Amazon:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000DZFFN4

      Also, your daughter should try at least 10 minutes or more of playtime with her kitties BEFORE bedtime. They’ll likely want to eat, then clean themselves and go to sleep. The playing, especially running, and jumping to catch the toys, will give them a good workout to earn a good night’s sleep.

      She will need to be patient, but most cats can be and want to be put on a routine or schedule with things like feeding, playing, and sleeping. If they are kittens, however, they may want to suddenly play in the wee hours of the morning; In this case, they should have quieter toys they can play with that don’t require human interaction.

      Best of luck to her!
      JB =^..^=

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    2. Ed Buchanan   August 22, 2012 at 2:33 am  

      Feeding at 3 am? The cat won you lost . Now they will wake you all the time about 3am to eat..As far as a noisy can on the door this will scare and wake you up as well. Simply close bedroom door and put plugs in your ears for a day or to. When they see you don’t respond this could solve it. Also try feeding prior to going to bed as feeding makes the tired and then sleepy.

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      1. Kim   September 15, 2012 at 9:48 am  

        I found by buying a rotating dish that feeds my cats a couple times in the night. They no longer awake me for feeding since cats are night animals that is always maybe an option for people. I purchase it from amazon and it runs on batteries just never trust it to feed while you are gone for days because the batteries could die out. I haven’t had it break down but I would never trust it instead of a sitter. However, it works well while I’m home sleeping. It has also helped me able to portion control over an overweight male cat. By feeding him less many times a day he is down 2 pounds which is great for his health! (this is over a long period so it’s healthy way to lose weight)

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  28. susan   August 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm  

    Does anyone have this issue or know why please??? My male cat loves to go outside and walk and eat the grass and then he gets very violent with me and I can’t touch him until he calms down. I think what it is is he smells something and can’t figure out what it is when it’s in his nose. I can give him a treat and I try to distract him from the sent. any ideas anyone it would be appreciated thanks susan

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    1. Amy Tobol   August 11, 2012 at 10:22 am  

      I don’t know if it helps, but my male cat has similar behaviors, Susan. When I walk him, if he gets a particularly strong message-scent off a bush or whatever, he sometimes gets angry if I interfere before he is done smelling. It’s useful here to have already trained some commands, because if you just push or pull at him, he will hiss and get annoyed. So, I tell him, “Pick you up” which warns him I am about to pick him up no matter what he thinks about the situation. It seems to help, if I really need to move him away from the strong scent. He knows to compose himself to be picked up, and even though he might offer a token hiss, he settles down and licks his nose.

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      1. LolasMom   August 22, 2012 at 1:23 am  

        Susan and Amy,

        Your boys might be flehming (sp?), or really concentrating on a scent:
        http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2174&aid=1142

        As for eating grass, then acting violently, he may be ingesting pesticides. You can try buying him kitty grass to chew rather than a lawn with (unknown) possible pesticides.

        I know kitties don’t like being interrupted when they’re intensely focusing on some activity, so that’s good that you let your cat know via verbal phrase before you pick him up, so at least he’s not startled. I do that so my girl knows I’m about to pick her up. I always say, “Hugs and kisses”, then I pick her up for just those reasons, and the second I can tell she is squirmy or tail is whipping, I set her down gently. This works, especially after I learned the hard way (scratch), never to pick her up during her face-gland (near mouth) rubbing sessions on door jams or any other corners she’s scent marking.

        I hope this helps, but you might give a call to your vet if it seems to be more serious.

        Best,
        JB =^..^=

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      2. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm  

        I forgot to mention that neutering will greatly reduce your guy’s sexual reactions to other cats – aggression to males, arousal to females. If not already neutered, please do so ASAP. Contact your local animal shelter for information on the location of low-cost clinics.

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    2. Ed Buchanan   August 22, 2012 at 2:36 am  

      If he eats the grass, you are taking big chance that he will come down with something. In particular if a feral was out there and ate from same area or urinated there. Other cats saliva and urine carriy many things and your cat could get it and get real sick.

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      1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm  

        Be sure you don’t give the kitty treats immediately after he exhibits bad behavior or you may be reinforcing it. My cat LOVES lemon grass, an ingredient commonly used in Thai food. I bought a plant at a nursery to experiment with in cooking and she immediately went nutty following me around with it. The vet says it’s okay for her, so now i keep lemon grass all the time. It’s outdoors all spring to fall and indoors in cold weather (it has to have a wire cage around it to protect it from being devoured at once). You can control what plant food goes into it and don’t use pesticide. If kitty eats the above suggested wheat grass or lemon grass at home, he may not have any interest in eating grass outdoors.

        Also use your lemon grass when you experiment with Thai cooking – it’s a toofer!

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  29. Steve   August 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm  

    Hey Cat-a-holics,
    I have a 15 yr old American short hair Tabby that has recently be diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism.
    My Vet put her on Denamarin 1 time per day for dehydration and liver issues caused from the Thyroid. Also she is taking Methimazole 5mg .. 1/2 tab 2 times a day. I have tried everything to get her to take her medicine including a Vet Pill Shooter, opening mouth a trying to get pill deep in throat, hiding it in all kinds of food, treats, even using Pill Pockets Treats. I once tried to give her pill through the shooter followed by a medicine syringe filled with water immediately in hopes she would have that gag reflex and swallow the water taking the pill with it. OK, so all of you know where I am going with this. She has to take this medicine every day the rest of her life and I do not want to do the surgery/radiation to remove the thyroid. I am open to suggestions from Jackson and everyone else that has found a way to give pills without finding it 10 minutes later on the floor or making her upset with me for forcing her to take this medicine. The closest I come is the Pill Pockets because they are chewy like peanut butter but she somehow knows how to work it out of her mouth. Thanks all and I hope everyone has healthy loving cats like I do.

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    1. minou   August 19, 2012 at 2:07 am  

      Steve ~
      I SO know what you’re talking about and I can empathize with you. One of our cats (neutered male, DSH, age unknown) has recently been diagnosed with a thyroid condition. It would cost upwards to $1000 to do radiation treatment which we really can’t afford. Righ now (and for the rest of his life) we are giving JJ Methimazloe 5 mg as well. His dosage is 1 whole pill + 1/2 pill per day and he absolutely hates the stuff. Because the pills are so big, it’s really hard to disguise it. So far the best method for us has been canine pill pockets (softer, more flexible than feline). We pinch off just enough to wrap the pill plus stick a couple of pieces of cat treats on the blob. For me, the key is to give it to him when he’s really really REALLY hungry. Then he will usually wolf it down (fingers crossed)… Unfortunately this is usually at the expense of “starving” our other cats until the pill is gone… Our vet also suggested having our local pharmacy liquify the pill with chicken or fish stuff and squirt it in this mouth… We haven’t tried that method yet ($$) but I’m getting close! I’m so frustrated when JJ spits out hi pill cuz then I have to throw that one away and start all over.
      I feel better knowing we aren’t the only ones experiencing these issues with our “kids”….

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      1. Steve   August 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm  

        Minou, Thanks for your reply. I understand exactly what you are saying. I like the idea of using Canine Pill Pockets since they are bigger and can be molded around the larger pills. The Feline ones are small and even though I can hide the pill, she chews up the treat and when her tooth hits the pill, out it comes. I also tried the few treats before but she somehow knows how to find that pill. The Pockets are like peanut butter they way she chews it. I think I will try the larger one. I have also waiting until she was hungry but with Denamarin, you have to give it 1 hour before food. The Vet said the pill Pocket is OK but she needs an empty tummy for this pill to work. It is not available in liquid yet. I also give her Methinazole 1/2 pill 2 times per day. They are smaller and do OK in the Pockets. But the Pill Pockets in the pet store is $6.99 for a bag of 45 for cat and 30 for a dog. That gets expensive. I did find at http://www.svpmeds.net, a compounding pharmacy, great prices on meds. I will post it here for all to see. Below if their email to me: (if you like them on Facebook, they give $10.00 off the first purchase.
        The price for the 5mg/ml strength because you will get more medication for your money. If you still want the pricing for the 2.5mg/ml I can still send it to you if you would like.
        Methimazole 5 mg/ml is compounded in the formulation of an oral liquid at $25.34 for a 120 ml bottle and $43.09 for the 240 ml bottle plus the standard shipping fee of $7.75. It may also be flavored in chicken, beef, liver and fish.
        Prescription: A prescription must be called in or faxed in to our pharmacy by your veterinarian, so that we may fill the prescription for your pet. Your veterinarian may call a prescription in to us at 877-673-3705 and our fax number is 877-329-7705.
        Thanks again for your help. I did get the Oral Rx and she takes it easy since it is such a small amount . I have not found Denamarin in oral. I got it as cheap as $23.00 for a box of 30. These are two drugs most common used in older cats. Hope this helps. Take care

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      2. Kim   September 15, 2012 at 9:55 am  

        I have a cousin that did the radiation on a 15 year old cat and it turned out perfect so I would still consider that. I however had my own human radiation for thyroid and it’s not as easy for humans because they can’t dose it right and have to kill the thyroid where my cousin’s cat the thyroid just started working right on it’s own after radiation. An old vet told me to catch the cat off guard and lift their chin up high and then the jaw has to relax. I have a cat that needs pills twice a day and he is persian with a small mouth and I shove my finger a little down his throat with his heard up otherwise he spits the pill back out also.

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    2. Ed Buchanan   August 22, 2012 at 2:38 am  

      try chopping the pill and add to her wet food.

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      1. Steve   August 22, 2012 at 10:44 am  

        Thanks Ed but the Vet said Denamarin can not be cut or chopped into food. It is to be given 1 hour before meals to allow it to get to her liver to dissolve. Thanks for the tip any way..

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  30. Jens   August 13, 2012 at 8:07 am  

    A buddy of mine moved back to east to find work and my wife and I agreed to take care of his cat until he was ready to send for him, his name is Bobes (a 3 1/2 yo super mellow, just one of the guys, grey tabby). It took a few weeks before our cat, Cleopatra (a 3 1/2 yo chocolate colored tabby, we think, with fur as soft as a rabbit) got used to him, though he still gets a little rough for her liking sometimes when he pins her to the floor as he plays.

    Anyway, we had some pretty severe thunderstorms one day couple weeks back here in southern Arizona and on his prowling (or maybe he was stalking my cat, I’m not sure) we believe he sprayed our laundry room after being startled by a nearby lightning strike (less than a half mile away). Can you recommend a product to get rid of that cat urine smell? If it helps any, the floors in the laundry room are linoleum.

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    1. mollie   August 13, 2012 at 8:50 am  

      white vinegar has always worked the best for me when attempting to get rid of ‘male cat urine’ stink. My friend Diana recommends Nature’s Miracle, but I haven’t had that work so well for me. YMMV.

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      1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm  

        I noticed a brand called Fizzion in the shopping section of this site. There are several varieties. This must be the stuff Mr Galaxy means when he mentions using CO2 stain cleaners. I’ve personally used Odor-Mute, an enzymatic stain eliminator.

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  31. Tracy Rowlett   August 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm  

    What was the electronic yellow toy with the feather you used with Roscoe?

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  32. Jeri   August 17, 2012 at 10:24 am  

    I have twoi 3YO nuetered litter mates since they were 6-7 weeks old Tuffy and Bear. Bear, has been very ill with a nuerology bladder problem to the point of passing Bloody urine. He has after 3 weeks treatment returned home and is doing very well. How ever Tuffy has decided that Bear is not welcome After a full week I am still having to keep them seperated for Bears Safty. He, Tuffy is so agressive and attacks first chance he gets. HELP I do not want to get rid of Tuffy but am not able to handle this stress.

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    1. Amy Tobol   August 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm  

      One thing you can start doing, Jeri, is try some of the remedies Jackson Galaxy offers on his site. Read up on it. Another product I have had great luck with is a pheromone spray called Feliway. You can look that up on Google, too. Play with your cats a lot more. Make some cat towers out of cardboard boxes! I like to take an empty produce box from the grocery store, and leave it around inverted. There’s spaces and holes and they will get under it and stick their paws through the holes to be tickled with a feather toy! :3

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  33. marilee   August 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm  

    hello,fellow cat lovers! I have 13 cats(whew) they all scratch the door-ways to every room, the wood looks horrible! Anyone out there know something maybe that wraps around the door-ways that would be scratch proof? Any and all ideas are so welcome,I can’t come up with anything and there are so many great ideas on this site,it’s just amazing! We love Jackson and the show,it’s great to have a cat show to help people understand cats. Go Jackson!

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    1. Ed Buchanan   August 22, 2012 at 2:21 am  

      Get a spray bottle make a mixture of oil of orange and Eucaliptus oil spray 1 door see if this works .I know it works other places. Also do they have accesst scratching post?

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      1. marilee   August 23, 2012 at 9:26 am  

        thanks for replying Ed, I will try your spray. We do have cat trees and scratching posts, I think it’s a marking thing, who ever is, scratching more and highest is the best cat or whatever, I know they just really go at it.(poor wood). I hope these oils are easy to find, I will look for them! THANKS,again

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        1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm  

          Provide MORE scratching posts as there are some many kitties. Put them right where the cats claw. Feliway is pricey, but it’s a soothing hormone that discourages scratching. I don’t know if there are other products that do the same thing; do an Internet search to see. Best of luck!

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  34. taffy dozar   August 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm  

    I am pet sitting for a couple who have two cats, a 23 yr old and a 7 yr old. The 7 yr old, Norman wears diapers because of his constant spraying around the house. He spends most of his time in a large dog crate, which he is allowed out a few hours in the evening. The said they have tried everything, including meds from the vet for anxiety and still nothing works. They have 4 litter boxes in different areas, used feliway/ removed all plants, and he still sprays. I was wondering if you have any suggestions on what may be the problem. If you have any suggestions that may help, I am pet sitting for 2 wks and would love to be able to give them suggestions.

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    1. Amy Tobol   August 25, 2012 at 1:05 am  

      That is ridiculous. Kept in a crate almost constantly? Hell, I’d spray too. Without being there and really studying the cat, it’s very difficult to offer meaningful advice. Do you spend time in the house? If you watch him long enough, he will drop clues about what’s upsetting him, but I suspect the diaper and the crate may have something to do with it.

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      1. Cindy   August 25, 2012 at 10:22 am  

        Amy, I couldn’t agree more! I was so upset when I read the post and thought about that poor cat wearing a diaper, stuck in a crate the entire day!! This guy must feel his territory is threatened by someone or something, and is just spraying as male cats sometimes will. It reminds me of the episode in which Jackson helped the couple whose male cat felt threatened by other cats outside his window, and sometimes sprayed that area in the home. Once the cat got to venture outside on a harness and got plenty of playtime, the spraying stopped. Jailing and diapering this cat is definitely not the solution.

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      2. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm  

        Kitty 101 – If not already neutered, tell the owners to do it ASAP. The vet gives the kitty a clean bill of health? Does the cat spray within the cage? If the cage door is left open, will he return there on his own to hang out? There’s a brand of kitty litter called “Attrack” that has herbs cats love. They also make a bottle of the herbs to sprinkle in existing litter – have they tried that? Are there enough litter boxes – one per cat plus one? If the vet has no suggestions, ask her for a referral to a behaviorist. Poor kitty!

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        1. Jay   August 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm  

          Sorry – cat litter is called “Attract”.

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        2. taffy dozar   August 26, 2012 at 5:19 am  

          I’m sorry i forgot to mention he was nuetered at the proper age, and yes he still sprays inside his cage. I know he would use the litter box, because that’s how you know to change his diaper. He goes in the litter box as if he is not wearing one. I’m sorry this has upset people, that’s why I would like to find an answer for them. She feels terrible about it, but does not want to put him down and I commend her for that. In the evening around 9 or 10 pm she tells him its nite nite time and he goes straight to his cage and she removes his diaper. She let’s him out every morning and evening, he has to stay in the cage while they are at work or late at night. He doesn’t fight with their older cat and she has no issues.
          ”’

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      3. taffy dozar   August 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm  

        they only started using the diaper and crate after all other options had been exhausted. She was given the option of uthenizing him, but refused and started using the diapers and crate. I will be spending the evenings and nights with the cats, so I will watch him closely. Is there a particular site on here that might give me some info on what might help. I would love to see the cat out of diapers and the crate.

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  35. jaelynn   August 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm  

    hi im jaelynn i have a black 5 year old kitty who is a cat from hell
    she atacks my feet while im sleepin she wont let me or my grandma touch her she attacks my dad i really need help!! plz help me!!!

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  36. J Dodd   August 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm  

    Where can I find your music? I have never seen you play anything?

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  37. Doris   August 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm  

    We are in a pickle, anyone have any ideas? My daughter Laura and her new husband on 1 month, Patrick had 2 Ragdolls brother and sister the Laura took in 11 years ago. They were abandoned and less than 5 weeks old. They helped her get through a prior divorced forcing her to care for them. Yukon and Golden were very close. Yukon was diagnosed with small bowel lymphoma and on chemotherapy for 18 months. Golden was diagnosed with thyroid tumor and underwent thyroid radiation at the same time. Yukon passed away this past February and Golden was left alone to cry all the time. Laura though she was lonely and brought in a 7 week old, nutered, orange tiger cat, male from a new kill shelter in Massachusetts. He is called Sully. He was so cute but was agressive from day one. He also brought to Golden, who is a bit immunosuppressed, the Caliky virus. After 2 weeks, Golden was in the hospital with pneumonia and things did not look good, but with the good care from Ocean State Vet Clinic, she recovered and was sent home. 1 week later, the week of June 6th, 2012, she was not well again and Laura and Patrick brought her back to Ocean State. She was not well. Had a pancreatitis, inflammation of the liver, difficulty breathing, and congestive heart failure. Laura agreed to have them do what they could. She ended up with a feeding tube and a catheter into her chest to check her heart pressures. They called Laura to say the she was critical and not responding. Laura and Pat raced there and Golden opened her eyes and purred when she saw them and tried to get up. The vet said she was “Still in there” and said lets work to get her through the night, and if we could, maybe she could fight this. 5 days later she came how with a feeding tube and on a blood thinner. They have to keep them separate because a bite or scratch to Golden could be very bad. Sully continues to try to attack Golden. He attacks Laura as well and prior to the wedding, she had to keep him in the bedroom so she would not be all scratched up. He is now 9 pounds and out of control. He is either in the bedroom, in the cage for biting or able to stay out and play if he is good. Laura says he is still a kitten. I think he is out of control and fear for Golden. She did not go on a honeymoon becuase she cannot leave them for fear Sully hurts Golden. She bought a “cat quieter” weighted jacket that she can put on him but then he cannot move well with the weight. I told her to find another home for him but they love him already, despite the bites and scratched. They are married 1 month but have been sleeping in separate areas (bed or couch). One with Golden and 1 with Sully or he cries all night. He hates to be alone. Please, Please, help with any ideas. She is 35 and planning a family, but she said she is nervous about SUlly because he attacks with a vengence. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Doris

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    1. Doris   August 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm  

      Sorry about the typos, it was a no kill shelter Sully came from. I am so bothered by the agression, my fingers were trying to get it all it. – doris

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  38. Doris   August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm  

    Phew, i must be really upset, through my tears I see my typos…sorry. Doris

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  39. Summer   September 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm  

    Hi! I love your work and have tried, with some success, to apply your techniques. I have been trying to open the SHOP tab, but can no longer get to the JG shop. Is there another link I can try to get to the shop? Thanks for all of your help. :)

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  40. Jane   September 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm  

    Hi, I don’t have a problem with my cats I just wanted to share our story of our four legged family members.
    Our first adopted cat was a pure siamese that we rescued from animal welfare in chicago. My husband named him Bobo. It was the funniest thing. Bobo was in a cage on top of another cage with another kitten in it. They were both scheduled to be put to sleep. My husband was playing with Bobo then would bend down to play with the other cat. Bobo didn’t like that so he stuck his paw out and smacked my husband on the head! That was Sept. of 1991 and he was 3 months old. Bobo was with us until May of 2009. He became very ill very quickly and we had to decide on putting him to sleep. I stayed with Bobo and after he passed I stroked his fur and told him how much we loved him and how much we will miss him.
    That night, my husband made me take him to another animal welfare agency. I told him we needed time to grieve before we could bring another pet into our home. Well that lasted about two weeks. One day in early June of 2009, my husband and son went to the animal welfare leage and came home with Baby.
    She was 3 at the time. She is a tortie/siamese mix. She is a sweethear t <3. She is definately my sons cat though. When he calls her, she trots after him, meows for him and will let him hold her.
    A few months later ( Nov 2009 ) we adopted a 7 month old male dmh. My son decided to name him Chewie after Chewbaka from Star Wars. Well Chewie started out as this scrawny little thing. It seemed like over night he grew! We also refer to him as Moose Kitty. He just LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEESSS to be petted. It amazes us that for Baby being such a small kitty she has such a loud purr and Chewie has such a quiet purr. But the best thing is they've enriched our lives. They are so unique and loving that even though I miss Bobo I am so glad that we adopted Baby and Chewie. I have a t-shirt that I love to wear that reads "Cats Rule, Dogs Drool". Thanks for reading!

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    1. susan s   September 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm  

      Can you tell me if the vets food hill’s WD is a good food to feed your cats?

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      1. Kim   September 15, 2012 at 10:23 am  

        I never tried WD but my cat of 10 years has been on CD and he has had AD before and I think they are great foods especially for my Persian who doesn’t eat well. He would be underweight if it wasn’t for CD. He is healthy and been to the vet at least once a year but just doesn’t like to eat much.

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        1. Ed Buchanan   September 17, 2012 at 3:49 am  

          Volunteering in a large shelter 3 or 4 days a week and seeing first hand the behavior of 100s cats and kittens, I can tell you Hills is good, but cats sometime do not like its taste and if put in a bowl along with some other foods. Cats will favor the others

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  41. Margie Cohn   September 14, 2012 at 9:59 am  

    My name is Margie. I have 3 cat’s Garfield I had since birth, Ms Oscar is 3 years and a pain and Bubba George is the newest he was a stray. Now Ms. Oscar beats up on Bubba George, she does not like him. Honestly she does not like any cat’s around her except Garfield. Garfield found her and bought her home. She was around 6 weeks old. So, how can I stop Ms.Oscar from beating up on bubba George. If I can’t find a solution Bubba George will have to go. Can you suguest something I can do to put a stop to this. Send me a emaIL. thanks a bunch

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    1. Kim   September 15, 2012 at 10:03 am  

      On the show Jackson shows to slowly bring the cats together at feeding times or bring them closer and closer for treats. He plays with one cat and then plays with the other to slowly bring the two together. I would say just bring them slowly together somehow. I wouldn’t force them but let them slowly see each other across the room. One time I put a cat in a bed room and put plexy glass in the door way so the two could see each other first before them getting to smell each other. I think you have to slowly reintroduce them to each other.

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  42. Kim   September 15, 2012 at 10:17 am  

    I have a 10year old male cat that ever since he was 6 months old has been destructive of leather products. I have to keep shoes up. I had to throw my furniture out. He destoyed it like a dog. He also loves to grind his teeth on plastic bags. I don’t bring bags into my home anymore. I hate it though that I can’t find an answer. Does anyone have an answer? He has had his teeth cleaned 3 times and this last time the vet cut off a tumor in his gum but every time they say he is good. He still chews. They can’t give me an answer. I tried the double sided tape, spraying men’s deodorant, and spraying bitter spray. I wrapped a chair in tin foil once and he got foil in his eye after chewing through it. I’m at a lose how to stop this poor behavior. He has eaten so many bags before he has been hospitalized for it. I tried to make him afraid of bags. I would chase and growel at him with the plastic. I put a trash bag in and he runs in fear but after the bag is it ……it’s like it calls him and he goes and chews on it. I heard somewhere the oils in producing bags are fish oil. I’m not sure that is correct but I have a lid on my trash containers to keep him away of all plastic but once in a while you know plastic happens. He vomits from it and I just would think at some point he would learn but I can’t get him to stop. Now, I purchase all non-leather products but it saddens me because of course I want to be protective of him but he is causing me to have to change my life. We tried prozac once too and he got worse so that didn’t work. Anyone have any answers?

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    1. Victor   November 16, 2012 at 7:30 am  

      Very good website you have here but I was wnntiag to know if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

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    2. Kim   November 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm  

      Oh, I tried anxiety medicine and it got worse. My cat also pulls his stomach hair out. I think it could be an anxiety issue so maybe if you have not tried prozac from your vet, you might want to ask about it. It may work for your cat. Plus, it is a really cheap medicine. The more you buy like a whole years worth the cheaper it is. It just did not work for me but that does not mean it won’t work for your cat.

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  43. Ginny   September 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm  

    Anybody know why my cat freaks out when I whistle a tune? She starts acting all nervous, cries and comes right up to my face and sometimes drags her stuffed bunny to me!

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  44. KittysMom   September 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm  

    My kitty has conjunctivitis.
    Are two colloidal silver eye drops effective twice per day?

    I buy colloidal silver from Wolf Creek Ranch

    I want to avoid pharmaceuticals and I also want
    to protect his eye.

    I was also told about boric acid solution but
    I haven’t found it sold in any store in San Diego

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    1. Ed Buchanan   September 17, 2012 at 3:40 am  

      I have had 74 fosters to date and have run the gamit of illnesses. This condition (as well as cherry eye ) can spread to other cats and really can only be irradicated by using antibiotics .,usually from 7 to 14 days once or twicwe per day. Don’t fool around with it as cat could develop further eye issues.

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  45. Gina   September 17, 2012 at 6:19 am  

    Hey Jackson ,My name is Gina and me and my family just got two Bengal kittens from two different ppl the boy was here first and then the female and she does not like him at all she is hissing at him and is still scared of us !!!! We live in south fl I dont know if you know anybody out here or if you can help us out from Cali. Thank you for your time and we love your show!!!!

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  46. valarie   September 24, 2012 at 11:08 am  

    I WONDER WHAT KIND OF TREATS JACKSON USES?! EVERY CAT SEEMS TO LIKE THEM! I HAVE A SUPER PICKY CAT..SHE DONT EVEN LIKE CANNED CAT FOOD OR TUNA!

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  47. Candi   September 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm  

    Anybody know where to get one of those large black light flashlights like Jackson has? All I can find are the small ones!

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    1. Team Cat Mojo   July 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm  

      Hey Candi –

      pasting my reply to a previous comment below…

      I asked Jackson about it and he referred me to this one… so we put it up on the Jackson Galaxy online store here. Click on it and you’ll see a link to where you can get it on Amazon. (There’ve been other flashy-looking black lights you may have see him using on the show, but according to Jackson, those were not his preference; those were a “it’s all I have so I’ll use it” kind of thing.) THIS is the one he sticks by.

      …you’ll also see the “CO2 cleaner” Jackson refers to a lot, on this link. It’s called Fizzion. Hope that helps!

      -Toast

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      1. Elaine   September 11, 2013 at 9:58 am  

        I can’t see any black light on that link – any help?
        Many thanks

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  48. Dana and Hillary   October 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm  

    Hillary and I are unhappy and sad. Hillary (cat) is 17 and after having a happy family of 5 (including me, Dana) it is just the two of us now. Two of our family crossed over the rainbow bridge within a month of each other leaving us alone. Abby was 16 and had cancer and my beautiful Buster love was 15 and he had a stroke. I had them both cremated and I had their little boxes set out but Hillary was grooming them (they were in velvet bags). It broke my heart so I put them away.
    I want to get another cat to add to our little family but people have told me that Hillery is too old to be introduced to a new cat but I think she would feel better…who knows?
    Jackson, I would like to hear your opinion. Hillary is healthy though she doesn’t play as much. We senior citizens tend to nap a bit more but we’re stil active.
    Please! Someone help.

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  49. Yvette Larez   October 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm  

    Sr Galaxy.
    First of all a warm greeting from Venezuela, I am an admirer of your program on Animal Planet. I have a short hair kitten American race a year ago (not my first kitten, I have had others before sadly died over time). My kitty is very sweet, gentle, loving and very good with children, this gelding and I have been concerned to care much, but the vet told me that cats sometimes are some days but always return home, and that if spent more than a week is because it was possible that had died: (.. is my case, my beloved Orion is gone from the 3rd of October and today is October 13, I’m really sad and worried, we have searched a lot in throughout the city and we have not found .. I beg Mr Galaxy, that I make not flee anymore if found? appreciate your response beforehand knowing that does not respond to personal mail, but I’m desperate .. no more I say goodbye to add ..
    Yvette Larez.
    yvetterosanalarez_a@hotmail.com

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  50. Lee-ann   October 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm  

    HELP: My cat eats plastic!! I cannot make her stop. She eats the corners of the garbage bags, zip lock bags, grocery bag handles, EVERYTHING!! I have made my house bag free for about 6 years (cat is 7) but every once in a while a zip lock is left out or a new shirt has a button in a little plastic bag and of course she finds it instantly and eats it. We have a new baby and everything comes in plastic so it is getting harder to shed the plastic outside the house. Does anyone have any suggestions on how i could make her stop eatting bags. I am afraid one day she will eat a bag and it will end up killing her.. Help!!

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    1. Kim   November 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm  

      I have the same problem I wrote a similar post back in August. I have had my cat for 10 years and he is 10 years old. He eats all plastic. Unfortunately, he will eat pills if he finds them. My mom has poor eye site and she dropped a high blood pressure pill and he ate it. I sat down 2 vitamins once and he ate them and was foaming at the month. Either of them lucky did not kill him. The blood pressure ended him up in the hospital and the vitamins I think enough foamed out that he was ok. My cat also chews on leather. He ruined 2 leather chairs and chews up shoes like a dog. I have had his teeth done 3 times and nothing is wrong with him. This last time he was grinding his teeth on his food on one side and they removed a tumor in his gums but he still continues to eat plastic. I even started trying to make him afraid of plastic, like I started chasing him with bags and acting like a dog. Now, when I get out a bag for the trash he runs in fear and as soon as the bag is in, he is back to chew on it. I do not know what to tell you. The vets do not know what to tell me. I wish Jackson would address our concerns about plastic because I know their are a lot of cats out there that what to eat plastic. I heard bags are made with fish oils but I could of been told wrong and that’s the attraction for the cat. My vet says he likes the feeling on his teeth. I wish someone could help us!

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      1. Kim   November 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm  

        Opps, look above at September 15th I talked about how you may want to try an anti-anxiety medicine with your vet.

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      2. Lani   November 18, 2012 at 5:13 am  

        Most of the cats we have had over the years, ate plastic bags and related stuff. After well over 40 years, we have yet to lose one cat due to that, but we are very careful.
        Our first cat (lived to be 17 years, ate telephone cords (the cord that goes into the wall, not the hand set. At that time, the phone company would come out and replace the cord as they were wired in to the phone. After they replaced 5 cords, they told us that any more would be on us. I bought a bottle of the hottest pepper sauce I could find and carefully wiped it all over the cord. I will admit that she made a mand dash to the water bowl right after barely putting her mouth on it, but it was also the last time she did that.
        Now, it’s Bitter Apple, sprayed on the cords and any other plastic our present cant might chew on. Either that or we put things like potato chip bags (openned or not) in a cupboard. Oh, and rubber bands are treated the same.

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  51. Angel   November 7, 2012 at 8:01 am  

    Just recently bought a home and am still in the process of unpacking. A friend of mine had 2 cats and found that she could not afford the bills to take care of both. I have adopted her and given her a new home. When they first got her she had been a stray on the streets and pregnant. Homes were found for all of her kittens and they tried to keep her. They told me that the first time they kept her she hid under their bed for a couple of months and then began to wonder the house. When they moved it only took her a week or two. When they brought her to my house she was starting to explore in just a couple of days, so I was encouraged. However, I have friends currently staying with me until they get on their feet and they have a cat as well. Both cats are fixed, but as soon as we brought him into the home, he began chasing and fighting with her every chance he got. He keeps her hidding under my bed and even chases her under there. I thought that they would work it out and that I should just give them a little time, but it soon became clear that this was not going to happen. I now have to keep an extra dish of food and water along with her litter box in my room with the door shut all the time. When I go into the room she is quite content sleeping on my bed and rubbing against me every chance she gets. My question though, Is this the best for her? She is calmer and happier and only rarely hides under the bed, if I keep her locked up in my bedroom, but I feel bad about restricting her to that space. Both cats are loving with people and both lived in multi-cat homes. What should I do?

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  52. Terri Young   November 10, 2012 at 11:49 am  

    Plants like parsley and sage that cats can eat. They like my spider plants too.

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  53. connie   December 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm  

    i have a female cat that started pee on everything, is there anything i can do? also i cant afford the vet, and home remdey i could use.

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    1. Candi   December 3, 2012 at 8:43 am  

      Unfortunately, seeking the vet is the first thing you should do. You need to rule out a urinary tract infection before you can proceed. I would put her in the bathroom with the box for a couple of days so she remembers
      it. Get enzyme cleaners so that she will not find a spot and pee again. But, checking the physical health is the most important thing! That is where many things come from!

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    2. Nissa   January 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm  

      Is your female cat spayed? I had the same problem with a female cat, she was fine for her first year and a half, but then when she went into heat (which was pretty much constant) she peed all over the place advertising. I got her fixed and the problem was gone.

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  54. Christie   December 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm  

    I have 2 female cats I adopted that are 18 months old. I found a small kitten that had taken a ride in an auto at work and brought her home to rehab and fell in love. She is about 3 months old now. She lost her bottom lip and some teeth. Could not bear to give her up. One of the older cats stalks her and chases her when we are not looking. We have tried the water bottle and will work for a couple days then she is back at it. We leave the kitten in a room by herself when we are not home. Only let her out when we can be there. How do I help them? The second older cat just hisses at her and goes away. Have had the kitten almost 2 months. We have done the food bowl outside her door, blanket exchange etc. Thanks

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    1. Nissa   January 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm  

      That sounds like a big problem! I am no Jackson Galaxy, but I do have 6 cats, 5 of which were feral when I adopted them, 2 as kittens and the other 4 as adults. I used the same process for each. Basically I would bring the new cat home and put it in its own small bedroom with a litter box, food and a safe spot for hiding. I would spend a couple hours at least each day in the room with the new cat, just being calm, talking softly and not pushing to pet etc. Once I got the sense that the new cat was feeling fairly secure in the toom, I would allow one of my other cats to come in the room with me when I visited the new cat. I would sit on the floor and pet my resident cat with the new cat watching. The resident cat would start to purr and rub on me almost as soon as I started petting it, and the new cat would watch. After a couple months of that, the new cat would tentatively let me touch it, sometimes on the head, sometimes the paws. A few more months and me and the new cat were in full on scratch mode. As I had brought my existing cats in one by one over a few months, they got to know the new cat and its smells, and the new cat got to meet them in a calm and comfortable environment. Thats when I open the door to the bedroom and give my new cat free access to my home, and the resident cats free access to the new cats room. This has always worked for me, and I have a calm, docile home. I have to say thought that 4 of my cats rend to be submissive, while 2 of them are dominant dams. Even so, while my dominant dams may hiss at each other once in awhile, I never have problems with cat fights. A hiss, maybe a short chase and the event is over.

      Maybe I have just been lucky that I have adopted just the right cats to fit nicely into my colony, but I do think my method of introducing new cats to existing cats and vice versa works really really well. All the best!

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  55. geoffrey   December 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm  

    My sister-in-law lives on the edge of Eagle Lake in the Poconos. She feeds and frequently treats a colony of feral cats, about 20. From that group, by amazing events, I ended up with Zena, about 4 weeks old, and Maggie, about 6 weeks. Both are sleek all black except for a white diamond on their chests. Not from same mother but prob same father. They were prob infected with herpes which is linked to upper respiratory infection. You have experience I read in your book. Would you send me a bottle? Do you need eco info?
    Ask. I mean details about them and their environ.
    Thank you very much for what you taught me through Cat Daddy,

    Geoffrey

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  56. Caitlyn   January 17, 2013 at 7:17 am  

    Hey Jackson,
    I have a cat named ivory and she is one of the fattest cats I have ever seen I was wondering is it possible for a cat to have a thyroid disease we have tried to put her on a diet but it seems like ever with everything we try she keeps getting fatter and fatter I don’t know what to do I don’t want her getting diabetes or anything like that what should I do

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  57. Debbie   January 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm  

    Jackson,
    My first comment is that I watched your program and think your work is wonderful.

    Now, my problem. I took in 2 kittens that were thrown out like garbage in a box. One is a Tuxedo, named TUX, the other is a tan tabby named MARLEY. Both are males. I have had 5 kittens in the past that grew into wonderful, respectful, fun cats. TUX is giving me real heartache. He will not behave. MARLEY does 95% of the time but he follows his brother. I was told that they were 2 months old when the woman took them out of the cold Illinois weather back in November. The vet I take them to says that they are only 2 months old NOW. I tend to disagree. I am going to have them ‘fixed’ and front declawed. I have done that with all my cats. I play with the new kittens, they purrrrrrr but when I put them down they start running & chasing each other. They climb in windows, claw the curtains, knock things off coffee table, & end tables. They lick my nose and face. I am distressed because I love them and do not want to give them up. I have 2 litter boxes. I clean the boxes every day. I use Tidy Cat litter and Arm & Hammer litter deodorizer. I feed the kittens Purina Kitten Chow Indoor for kittens now but will change to Purina Cat Chow Indoor when the kittens get older. I give them treats.

    I LOVE THE KITTENS BUT THEY ARE GIVING ME HEARTACHE. More heartache is caused because I put them in a cage at night because of the damage they have done. I keep telling myself “They are kittens. They will grow out of this bad behavior. When I get them ‘fixed’ that will slow them down. I hope.” I am handicapped but it does not stop me from doing things. I have always taken good care of kittens/cats/dogs.

    Thank you in advance for any reply and help. I have never needed any help with kittens before. I tell people “I speak cat.” :-) I am turning to you because I have seen your amazing work with “cats from hell”.

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    1. Mary   January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm  

      If you speak cat then you wouldn’t even think of having them declawed! I bet they get WORSE after that HORROR! I don’t you believe you know as much as you think you do. You really need to have Jackson
      come to your house!

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      1. Debbie   January 24, 2013 at 3:09 am  

        Mary,

        I DO know about cats, not as much as Jackson Galaxy, but I DO know about kittens and cats. I have had 5 in the past. They were given love and were well-behaved kittens that grew into loving, well-behaved cats–much better than the 2 I have now. I take very good care of my pets. I have had pets for about 25 years.

        All the kittens I have had in the past have been front declawed, neutered or spayed, and did not get WORSE!!!! They got BETTER!!!! They were very happy, friendly, laid back kittens that grew into very happy, friendly, loving cats. The first, RAMBO, so named because when I picked him up he scratched me and drew “first blood”. He was the last of the litter that I picked up. Next was, ROCKY, so named because he had a ‘rocky’ start in life. He was a stray that I rescued. Then came INKY & BOOTS. I got them from a bookstore owner. The last kitten I had was TIGGER, another gray tabby. He got his name because when the people who gave him to me let him out of the shoe box he arched his back and went bouncing around the living room. After the 1st day with me he would follow me wherever I went. The 2 I have now are a Tuxedo I named TUX and his brother, a tan kitten I named MARLEY. They have been to the vet. TUX and MARLEY are depressing me because they are not slowing down. They are set on HIGH and I have received scratches from their play. They get into everything and I do mean EVERYTHING. I hold them, pet them, give them treats, brush and comb them. Their food dish is full. I refresh their water dish every day. Their litter box is always cleaned. You do not know me or the attention I give to my pets.

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        1. Karen   January 24, 2013 at 10:25 am  

          I don’t think its abusive to declaw cats. I have 2 and I love them dearly. I would never hurt them and I take great care of them. I like my stuff, too and sometimes even the best behaved cats will use furniture. One cat I adopted from a local shelter and one showed up at my doorstep meowing and came in the house as soon as I opened the door and never wanted to leave. I have given many volunteer hours in cat shelters working with sick, abused and abandoned and surrendered cats. Its fat better to declaw them than to abandon them or surrender them. If you abandon them, they may die on the streets, and if yu surrender them to a shelter, they may spend months or years in a cage with no family. The cat I adopted from the shelter was very shy and had been there for a year and it took about four months for her to adjust to living with people again. Some people disagree with declawing, but I do not think you are a bad cat mom for declawing your cats.

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          1. Mary   January 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm  

            I’m sure we have much more in common concerning cats than we have differences. I’m glad you opened your door to the kitties that needed you. That is so important, and so many people don’t do that! I am a cat
            fanatic! I love all cats, large and small. Thanks for all that you do! I really like Jackson Galaxy and his book
            too. Have you read it?

        2. Mary   January 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm  

          You do not know the things I have seen cats endure after being declawed. I have worked for a vet and I have
          seen many of them develop mental problems! I have had cats since I was 5, but I have had cats by my own
          choice for 36 years. I take care of my cats too, and I have nine. I have never declawed a cat, and never will.

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          1. Elsa   January 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm  

            We have had cats, one or two at a time, for over 45 years. Our daughter has had as many as 4 at once since she moved out on her own in 1987. With the exception of the very first one, we have had each and every one of our cats declawed – always done at the same time of the spay/neuter surgery. We were not aware that declawing existed in 1967. All have been house cats ONLY. Only the front claws are removed. Not a single one has ever turned out neurotic, mean, or anything but loving, cuddly cats. At the moment we only have one (10 years old), as does our daughter. Our sweetheart curls up on my pillow most nights. When I have had surgery (twice in recent years), he spent almost my entire recovery, curled up against the incision area, purring his head off. The closest thing I have seen to a negative reaction from him was 2 years ago, when we got our pug puppy. He gave the puppy a nasty look and hissed. That was once. The puppy avoided him and all was great.

            My sweetie still “sharpens his claws” on the sofa, etc. Also on our antique grandfather’s clock and a couple of edges of built in cupbords. I don’t mind. I also don’t have to worry about him digging his claws into my leg as he kneads me. Any negative results from declawing, are usually the results of how the cat is treated. Ours are treated no differentrly than if they had claws.

        3. jaydee   February 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm  

          Declawing is disfiguring the cat. It’s also cruel and painful. You would not have your fingernails pulled off and the tendons in your hands cut, would you? And no, no one needs to know you and all the other good things you do to know that declawing is the wrong thing to do to a cat. It’s not a personal statement against you, it’s just a statement that declawing is wrong.
          I hope you will find some patience to deal with the kittens. They are just kittens, they are full of energy and full of play and they are simply going to tear around with one another, having a good time. They will grow out of it, you just need to be patient and kind with them. Just like a person would be with their own children. Most people would be delighted with the energy and fun antics of kittens. They aren’t doing anything to intentionally bother you, they are just being kittens. If you worry about things being broken, put away the breakable stuff for a few months until they settle down. It’s no different than what you’d do with a child in the house.

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  58. Brenda Collom   January 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm  

    I have a medical question, I taken my cat Leather to the vet twice and can not find out what is wrong with him. I first noticed his eyes were big could not see the green/yellow eyes he has. Then I began to watch him and he wasn’t eating much or drinking for that face. One day he looked like the was having trouble throwing up and then he fell on his side into the vomit with all four legs stiff. His blood work came back normal in fact the vet told me he’s healthy. Since I brought him home tuesday he has not eaten much or pooped. The vet said to give him a teaspoon of pumpkin to his food but her’s not eating.
    So I put it into a suringe and that’s the only way I can get him to eat it. Last night he wanted to sleep with me which is NOT notmal in the middle of the night he had another episoide and after trying to throwup he fell off the bed head first with all four legs stiff as a board. After wards he gets up and walks off as though noting happened. I love my cat Leather he’s 15 years old and I do not have children he is my child. Please helpme or give me information to look elsewhere for the answers. PLEASE

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    1. Mary   January 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm  

      It sounds like some kind of brain problem. Take him to a specialist, or at least another vet for a second opinion. Not all vets are created the same!

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      1. Elsa   January 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm  

        I had a Persian whose eyes did that – the black part covered almost the entire eyeball. It didn’t take long to see that he had gone blind and it had happened rather quickly. Move a chair so that it is somewhere he walks by frequently. Watch to see if he bumps into it. We had to be very careful not to do much moving of furniture after that. If that is the case, you can teach him to climb certain things that he used to jump on or off. Pudgy ate on top of the dryer (the dogs loved his food, so. . .) We rigged some plastic crates next to the dryer and I would put his front paws on them and then lift his rear end up so he stood on it. Repeated twice and he was up with his food. It only took two days for that. Pudgy lived a bit over a year more and seemed totally content even though he couldn’t see.

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    2. Kim   January 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm  

      I would see another vet Brenda. The pumpkin is for constipation and if your cat has that they throw up but they don’t fall to the side. If their eyes stay glass like all the time, being 15 years your cat could be losing it’s eye site but my most concern would be that the cat is either really blocked up with poop or having seizures. Either way, I’d see a new vet. My cat is just turning 11 years old and has to have 2 types of medicine a day for constipation so it does happen as they get older. He has never vomited on the side like that. Your cat could even be experiencing tiny strokes, just because the blood work came back good doesn’t mean it’s not getting worse the constipation day by day or a brain problem as the before person said. There maybe a medicine to stop the seizures or they could stop on their own too but I’d see a new vet in case your cat really needs an enema. Also, keep force feeding and giving water until you get somewhere or their little bodies start to shut down after one day. My cat has stopped eating before and I feed him chicken, beef baby food by syringe and keep the water flowing especially for constipation. He came out of it but it takes giving medicine twice daily and not giving up. My other cat has colitis and I have seen him roll his tummy on his side trying to push the poop out. He has pushed his tummy rolling down his body that I thought he was going to give himself a hemroid or worse. We were just able to change his food and baby food and antibotics worked good for 10 days and now he is on hypoallergenic food which does it’s magic and no more constipation with him. He is 11 years old too. Note some cats like baby food warmed for the smell and will eat it on their own too.

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      1. Mary   February 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm  

        What food is hypoallergenic? I have a cat that is turning 13 and he has problems with constipation also.

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        1. Kim   February 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm  

          The cat that has colitis the hypoallergenic works for. It’s Royal Canin Adult feline PD for pea/duck and it’s only vet prescribed. I went through 3 types of vet prescribed foods before I found one that helped. My cat who has constipation is on lactulose twice a day which I think is like a stool softner and one cisapride pill vet prescribed which makes the bowel move quicker through the intestines so less water is absorbed out of it. I give him a lot of tuna water too. I drain the tuna and add half water and he drinks it all. They said try clam juice but he wouldn’t touch it. I wish tuna factories would bottle water because I’d buy it. I eat a lot of tuna because of him. Anything to get more water in older cats helps with constipation and more walking too. They told me about the can pumpkin too but he wouldn’t eat it and doesn’t like can food. If you can put your cat on all can food that helps a ton for constipation. The problem too is can pumpkin is only out in stores for pumpkin pie so thanksgiving time, you would have to stock up. They said one tbsp a day if he would eat it. He is unhappy now and it sadly eating meow mix cheap food; however, it does help with his constipation. I feel like I’m feeding him McDonald’s or dessert all the time though because it’s so unhealthy. I’m going to try and get him off again and mix the two foods.

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          1. Kim   February 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm  

            Oh feeding baby food all the time helps with constipation too so maybe you could mix your cats foods. My cat just hates any soft foods. You might want to buy vitamin supplement from the store to make sure your cat is receiving all it needs to stay healthy.

        2. Esther   February 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm  

          Mary, are you still looking for a cat food for cats with allergies? Science Diet and Royal Canin make a green pea based adult cat food (green pea and duck or green pea and venison) Royal Canin also makes a Hypoallergenic Hydrolyze Protein Adult HP Food for super allergic cats. I have a foster kitty on it. It is more expensive than the green pea foods.

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          1. Mary   February 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm  

            Thank you!

  59. Allison   February 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm  

    Hi there, I have been watching Jackson on Animal Planet channel down here in Australia, Jackson is awesome and knows How cats work! I have 3 cats, 2 boys Gordon and Ramsay and a girl Marlow and love watching his show for his tips and the way he sorts out all problems people have, I cry watching every episode! . It would be awesome if Jackson could come down here to Australia, I would love him to come and say hi to my 3 fabulous felines! Meow from Melbourne!
    Allison

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  60. Sandra Nelson   February 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm  

    What do you feed pregnant cats? What do you do to help?

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    1. Mary   February 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm  

      You feed them kitten food since it is so high in fats and nutrients. It keeps the mom from getting exhausted, especially when nursing her kittens. Pregnant cats can also benefit from this practice, since she is needing the extra nutrition for her growing babies.

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  61. Esther   February 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm  

    Mary, have you tried the Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein Adult HP food for super allergic cats?

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