Q&A: What Is Cat Mojo?

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What is Cat Mojo?

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  1. kimberly   July 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm  

    We have five foster kitties,we need help with 2 of those foster kitties.we need them to be more friendly with other people.we really really need your help!!215-990-5426

    1. Karen   July 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm  

      Kimberly, if you read Jackson’s Web site about his Spirit Essences, you will find what remedy – or remedies – they will need to adjust. If he can’t help you, I also use Master’s Essences flower remedies – http://www.mastersessences.com – the Web site has a new name, but I never remember it – you will be redirected. There is a questionnaire for you to take on the left side. It will help you decide what essences applies. But see if Jackson’s flower essences can help you first. Also, I use an Abandonment and Abuse flower essence from another flower essence line. The point is you have to figure out what the cats’ needs are first and foremost. You have to observe them to see what they need. I hope this helps. Karen

  2. Betty Moore   July 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm  

    Thank you! I love hearing everything that I can for my cats.

  3. Linda Eisenhauer   July 30, 2012 at 8:58 am  

    Hi Jackson Great video! While watching, I was thinking “Where do I feel this in my body?” The answer is I feel it in my whole body, heart,soul, and mind. It is what connects me to cats, humans, and all living things. It increases my connection to them.Your teaching has increased my awareness of this and has opened me to connect with my fellow beings on this planet.! Love, light, and mojo to you ! Namaste! Linda Eisenhauer

  4. Cheryl Stephenson   July 30, 2012 at 10:23 am  

    Thanks for the intro on cat mojo. Little did we know my husband and I have been developing our cat mojo for a while now. With eight cats you have to! We’re understanding the need for heights more and more and working to make our house more cat friendly. Thank you for all that you are doing, we love learning about what makes a cat tick. By the way, I LOVE the painting behind you in this video!

  5. Dianda   August 4, 2012 at 1:07 am  

    My cat mojo is slowly developing! Thanks Jackson! 🙂

  6. Karen K   August 12, 2012 at 7:50 am  

    Hi, me again (with Gracie’s problem of not using the litter box sometimes). I should also let you know that we have taken Gracie to the vet to check if she has a bladder infection. The vet put her on meds and she wasn’t peeing at that time…she did start again after a couple of weeks. Her behavior problem actually started last October when we left the cats under my mom’s care while we went on vacation. Gracie had actually closed herself in the bathroom and could have been in there for about a day while we were gone. Do you think this contributes to her behavior now? If so, do you have suggestions what to do?

  7. Alex M   August 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm  

    Hi there, finally I found a place for cats, those animals are very interesting and unique…I´m not a cat person
    but somehow I got related to this species, I only have or share my life with 3 cats in 17yrs and each one has its very own personality.

    I want to share a little of myself If you dont mind…( sorry for my bad english, its not my native language but I´m doing my best :3 )

    I dont know If is cat mojo but I consider those cats my other part of my family, the first time her eyes got into mines, she adopted me instantly, the first cat I had was a female queen tabby grayish mainecoon, her name was Rita and we dont started exactly with the right foot, but that time I was 14yrs old ( now I´m 31 ) and my parents getting dirvorced at that time,a month later I remember we had a fight a big one, but at the end we stop fighting and we keep staring each other for a long time and the problem was gone, no words or mews where dropped, she got older and unfortunately catch a disease from an epidemic virus ( she got all the vaccines at the time ) and I had to let her go, it was so painful I didnt expect to be adopted again by a cat.
    But then came Fritz around and that cat just read my toughts ( funny but mostly we just change or crossing our eyes and thats pretty much of it ), never had an incident with this one, he was such a gent and live for 10 yrs pretty well, just the time got into his bones.
    The last cat I had was named Joe ( Cool Joe ), this one was actualy a loved one in my family he spend many time making us happy( he was a little devil ), he liked to eat plenty and enjoy his short life, I got unlucky with this one ( developed a liver malfuntion syndrome ) but aside that we enjoy every happy moment and quality family time with this one…
    I dunno If it cats mojo but I´m afraid to look at other cats eyes again because I miss those buddies and I don´t want to lose other again, so this is my little tale, and nice work helping others cats.

  8. Caroline   September 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm  

    I know Jackson is busy so whoever has advice I would appreciate it. I rescued a barn cat who gave birth to a litter in late April. Only one kitten survived. The queen is Penny, the kitten is Peanut. Peanut is a holy terror but in a cute way. My main problem is that she thinks people are her personal toys. I have constant scratches/scars from her thinking my fingers and toes are edible. Even if I wear socks she goes after my feet. She will climb up me (and anyone else who is visiting) from foot to head, whether there are clothes on or not. It is bad enough when she claws her way up me jeans to my T shirt to my head, but it is worse when she claws her way up my bare legs when I (or my guest) is wearing shorts! Ouch! She acts like a feral cat but she has been raised indoors and only goes outdoors while supervised. She is four months old so not old enough to get spayed yet although I hope that might help stop some of her behaviors. We play a lot with mice toys, lasers, things on the end of string, and she loves to steal my socks and run off with them. She also runs up and down my shotgun hallway growling and being (for lack of a better term) a total spaz. She is not in danger of being taken to the shelter or anything, but I have had cats my entire life, at one time as many as 7 at once, and I have never encountered this problem. But also I have never had a kitten before. I have always adopted adult cats. I wanted to sign up for casting call for My Cat from Hell but I live in Washington and the call is limited to the LA area. Please Help.

  9. Lisa L   September 29, 2012 at 8:28 am  

    I rescued a feral kitten 7 years ago and I only have one question– Why does she drool every single time I pet her or give her attention? She hides when strangers come over but is very affectionate with my fiance and I. Mineux doesn’t drool over food or treats or when she’s afraid. This only happens when she’s being patted and loved on. Do you know why she does this?

    1. Therese Brausch   July 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm  

      I have 6 ferals that took me years to come in my house and get along together. They all drool when they are being petted. I believe they are just really relaxing and enjoying the attention.

  10. Lisa   November 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm  

    I adopted him from a very well known friend who helps abandoned kittens when he was 4 months old and there were absolutely no issues with him until recently. He was always very well behaved..no scratching furniture, potty trained, very affectionate and social. Spring time came and he started hanging out by a specific window rather than snuggling with me which was a change, and poopinh outside of his box, and going after garbage and all food. I had brought him to the vet many times-3 vets told me different things and inevitably I had tests done for him and they diagnosed him with crystals-he’s been on a medicated food diet since which he seems to like. Recently I’ve moved and tuxedo is still at home with my younger brother, sister, and mother who take very good care of him but his behavior hasn’t changed. He has accidents in different places, but the vet says he’s healthy. My mom has given me an altimatim; fix it or she’s putting him to sleep.

  11. Christine Jacobson   November 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm  

    I love Jackson and his show. He is very perceptive and talented when it comes to cats. The commercials for his show, though, are awful. They make cats out to be possessed demons. Cat haters soak that all in. Just last week in the news several dozen rescued cats were shot at close range. One was shot in the eye and others up the rectum. Most died and those were the lucky ones. The precious cat with his one eye spilling out was not so lucky. THIS commercial adds to the perception that cats are evil and thus give excuses for demented people to torture them. Please STOP these horrible commercials which I am convinced incite cat haters to violence against cats.

  12. Diane   March 31, 2013 at 8:12 am  


    I have a cat that adopted us about 2 years ago. She was living in the apartment next to ours with a bunch of druggies, etc. When she came to us, she was about 6 months old. The insanity this poor kitty lived with was just unbelievable! Loud music, fighting, things being broken and smashed, etc. They were going to abandon her when they got evicted so we took her in.

    She is the sweetest cat in the world but she absolutely has PTSD. She gets so scared sometimes and I just don’t know what to do to comfort her. We love her very much and she and our youngest cat are buddies but she’s still in such a state that she can never relax (not even when she’s sleeping).

    What can I do?

  13. Angela   April 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm  

    Jackson I have Three cats Wallie, Sammy and Lilly. Sammy and Wallie are brothers and Lilly we got last year. She has adjusted awesome to the brothers very well and to my children. The only problem my husband and I are have is the she has totally scratched up my bookself it is destroyed all the way down to bare wood and the other problem is she has been peeing in my sons crib on a daily basis. Lilly is a wonderful sweet cat thats a year old that has a little bit of KINKS in her all I ask is for some tips on helping her with some of these issues. Jackson please help me out b/c it will help Lilly out as well. Thank you!

  14. Yolanda   April 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm  

    Jackson hi need help with my 3 cats, the highest and lowest can not relate, just fight, but is the smallest that attacks the most, and this only happens under my bed, both have a strong fights and most afraid to go out and she is now 13 years.

  15. Melissa   May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm  

    I have a serious problem – my slightly dumb husband brought an 8 week old pointer puppy home and we have a cat with 6-8 week old kittens. The cat has tried to literally kill the dog, in the process attacking me, my husband and sister-in-law. It was a dumb thing to do but is done and we don’t want to get rid of any of them (live in the country) – I need a little advice on how to at least stop the violence….right now they are kept separate but this means the cat is outside and dog is inside only. We got a kennel and are thinking of putting the cat and kittens and bringing them inside with the dog for a few minutes at a time?

  16. Yoseph   January 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm  

    Question: We all know that the internet is for cute cat videos. And there are tons of people that are cashing in on this. most are non invasive, one time pic or video… However the now famous “grumpy cat” is being taken on tour… What are your thoughts on this type of thing? Taking the cat around the us being touched by hundred maybe thousands of people a day. Large crowds tons of noise. I as a mostly functional adult cant stand the thought of the crowds that must be endured at a place like that. But a cat that cant say “i need my space” I would think is a “ticking time bomb in that situation.

  17. Jen   February 16, 2014 at 10:41 am  

    Hi! First off let me say I love you and all your information. One of my cats have very sensitive paws. ever since I have owned her I havent been able to trim her nails. she has had them trimmed under sedation when at the vet but I would love to be able to trim them myself. she gets upset if I even try and touch her paws. I have tried coaxing her into it, showing her its ok that I touch them but nothing seems to work. I have had professionals try as well with no success. she gets very vicious. She does the same when trying to get her temp taken in the rear, 3 different vets have tried this unsuccessfully. any suggestions? She is a lovable kitty (at least towards me she is), definitely not a “Cat From Hell” but these 2 areas seem to be issues with her. Thank you so much!

  18. Dennis   October 2, 2014 at 10:53 am  

    We have a 10 year old male we rescued from the shelter in Calgary who has been the best cat my wife has ever had. About four and half months ago we realized there was a stray cat living in the abandoned barn across the road from us. My wife fed the cat for 6 weeks until it finally came to her then wanted in our house. My wife decided on the spot she wanted to keep her a tiny brown tabby. The problem was our other cat decided the cat had to go. After two severe fights we stopped trying to put them together. We both read up on getting cats together and asked for help. Unfortunately our old male refused to accept her. He constantly tried the doors to the rooms we put her in and he constantly patrolled the house to find her. We were at a point where we decided he would have to just deal with her being in the home. Unfortunately about two weeks ago we noticed he has started to loose weight, he still eats he is just loosing weight. He has also completely changed his day to day routine and eating habits. My wife decided it isn’t fair to upset the best cat she has ever had and we made the decision to surrender her to the SPCA. She is still in her 10 day quarantine before she goes up for adoption. Is there anything else we could of done to keep her or is this the right decision. I would appreciate a quick response as this has been upsetting for my wife our two boys and our family in general.

  19. Dennis   October 2, 2014 at 10:57 am  

    We have a 10 year old male we rescued from the shelter in Calgary who has been the best cat my wife has ever had. About four and half months ago we realized there was a stray cat living in the abandoned barn across the road from us. My wife fed the cat for 6 weeks until it finally came to her then wanted in our house. My wife decided on the spot she wanted to keep her a tiny brown tabby. The problem was our other cat decided the cat had to go. After two severe fights we stopped trying to put them together. We both read up on getting cats together and asked for help. Unfortunately our old male refused to accept her. He constantly tried the doors to the rooms we put her in and he constantly patrolled the house to find her. We were at a point where we decided he would have to just deal with her being in the home. Unfortunately about two weeks ago we noticed he has started to loose weight, he still eats he is just loosing weight. He has also completely changed his day to day routine and eating habits. My wife decided it isn’t fair to upset the best cat she has ever had and we made the decision to surrender her to the SPCA. She is still in her 10 day quarantine before she goes up for adoption. Is there anything else we could of done to keep her or is this the right decision. I would appreciate a quick response as this has been upsetting for my wife our two boys and our family in general.

  20. Karen Z   January 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm  

    I have recently adopted a cat from a friend that cannot properly care for the cat. The cat stopped eating and became very dehydrated and almost died. He is a beautiful Bangel approximately 8 years old. I have a cat and a dog. My friends vet said that the cat would either have to have a feeding tube placed in him or be euthanized. I could not let that happen so I took the cat. The cat has had one feeding tube replaced already and is on various medications. Since I have had him (3 weeks) he has put on weight, eating dry food only and is off his meds. We are hoping the feeding tube will be removed the end of this week.

    The problem I am experiencing for the very first time as a pet mother is that the cat started to bite me.

    I have an entire room set up for the cat with beds cat condo for climbing and various interactive toys, feeding area and little box. When I go into the room to feed him he is very docile and loves to cuddle while being fed. If I stay in the room and turn on the TV just to get him use to me he will all of a sudden come at me and bite very hard. He doesn’t run away. It is like another cat. I don’t even have to be petting him. He does not have the body language that most cats do to say ok I have had enough. There are no signs. So I am figuring that I may be encroaching on his space and should just leave him alone. He has met my dog and does very well. Have not been successful with the other cat yet and will hold off on that until this cat is off his feeding tube and allowed to go more freely out of his room.

    This kitty has been through a lot and obviously not used to a lot of attention or other animals. Any suggestion about the biting. If he continues, I will have to find another home for him which would greatly upset me. I’m a transplant patient and have to be very careful if I get a bite.

    I would appreciate any feedback.

  21. alexa   January 15, 2015 at 10:01 am  

    I got 2 kittens from a rescue group. one is now 11 months, the other is 8 months. I’m old. 🙂
    my problem is severe. they both jump the walls, seeing something i never see, and scratch a place on the wall. that leads to a sort of contest to begin peeling the paint from that area. my walls are really looking bad. I need to have the entire interior repainted and I’ve only lived here 3 years.

  22. alexa   January 15, 2015 at 10:04 am  

    (got cut off. con’t)
    my cats get plenty of play time and attention. I play with them 2 times each day. they also have 4 specific play times with each other before they fall into deep naps to recover. I have a huge cat tower that they use consistently.
    I really am at my wits’ end. this place is looking BAD. I have never had to deal with an issue like this and it is getting worse, not better. help????

  23. alexa   January 17, 2015 at 10:08 pm  

    help. help! adopted 2 kittens. now 11 months and 6 months. they are jumping up to attack ‘something’ on all of my walls. tearing paint off. once the paint comes loose, they are determined to make a bigger hole. my walls look horrible. I rarely catch them in the act. I wake up to it. every room. every hall. everywhere. If i pay to have the entire interior repainted, i worry it will just continue being demolished.
    I play with them twice a day, until they lie down to rest. they also play together 4 times a day. I cannot imagine they are bored but if they are, I don’t know of more I can do. I”m worried about how much I can take of this.
    is there any advice? I have never experienced this. they are my 3rd set of cats, my last, due to my age. yikes. looking expensive!! basic cats, not exotic. just DMH, one tortie, one white.

  24. Ivana Oliveira   January 27, 2015 at 5:02 am  

    Hi, my cat is 10 months old and since we adopted her (she was 3 months old), we have a bedroom for her with tower, toys, bed, litter, everything she needs, when we are home, her bedroom’s door stays open and she is with us, but I must be constantly with my eyes on her because she BITE WIRES and I am scared of her getting a shock, so when we go out or go to bed, we put her in her bedroom. And plus, when we are home, if we leave the toilet’s door open, she makes a mess with the toilet’s garbage which is terrible. What should we do? I tried everything: water push-push, pet corrector, saying “no”, even little slaps on her bum, nothing worked. If I need to study or do my university home work I have to go out, because if I just put her in her bedroom she keeps crying and making noise until I open the door, so I must go out… which in our canadian Winter is complicated… please someone give me any ideas! 🙁

  25. Alisha   May 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm  

    Hey Jackson just wondering if you had any pointers or tips!
    I just got a kitten and I feel like his a little bit lonely! He is very needy and whenever I’m around he doesn’t seem to leave my side.. This isn’t a problem at all because I love him being around but I fear that he is really lonely he is very spoilt and has plenty of toys but even with all these toys he would still much rather play with my hand or my feet! Iv read a little bit about this issue and the only answer seems to be get another cat/kitten but I don’t really know that I can afford another cat/kitten and that really wouldn’t be fair to do! Please help?

  26. Kay   July 2, 2015 at 10:52 am  

    Hello. I have a 9-10 month old Kitty. And she is so attached to me that I am scared to leave the house! When I leave says to go to work my fiance says she just sits at the front door ALL DAY! She is constantly by my side or ridding on my shoulders. I am terrified to go anywhere besides work I am afraid that it will cause her mental stress. I don’t know what to do to comfort her while I am gone. My fiance has tried treats, toys and giving her affection himself but nothing works. And another thing when I am home she is constantly making bread on me and it HURTS!!! She does it all night while I’m trying to sleep. I love my Kitty Alice so very much and it would kill me if anything happened to her. Can you please give me some advice. Thank you and LOVE YOUR SHOW AND THE WORK YOU DO FOR THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!

  27. Maggi   August 12, 2015 at 9:35 am  

    Hello Jackson,
    My Husband and I adopted a 14 yr old cat a year ago. Her previous owner accidently ran over her head and took her to the vet to be put down. The vet decided to repair her jaw and save her injured eye, although the retina in dettached and so she is blind in that eye. She has coodination problems but climbs the stairs and jumps onto the couch and coffee table with no problem. Since we brought her home we have had issues with her peeing in inapriate places, we always clean these places with products that saw that “help prevent repeat markings” or in the case of beds we just throw them away. Because we have another cat in the house, we have tried the following: placed a litter box (we have had up to four in the house at one time) in places she peed, booth the cats only use one of the boxes, different styles of litter pans, mulitple types of litter and also an inclosure that only she has access too. I recently took her to a vet where she spent the day and had a complete workup. She did have a UTI and this was treated. She still pees outside the litter box. With journaling as you advised this is what we can conclude.She always pees where ever she is sleeping with the exception of our couch. She has peed on every bed we have bought her or made for her. She peed on a pair of my shoes she napped on as well. Because we have had to throw away so many beds, she now has to sleep on a towel (which she pees on) she will sometimes pee in the litter box, but always poops in it. She gets along very well with our three dogs, but seems to avoid our 2 yr old cat we have had since he was 7wks old.The two of them will nap on the couch together though. We believe at this point she may be peeing where she sleeps because she has anxiety….??? If she does have anxiety what can we do about it?

  28. Jennifer Hilton   January 3, 2016 at 11:53 am  

    Hi Jackson,
    We have recently been adopted by a Maine coon kitten . We have had Sherlock for 4 months now, and at 9 months he larger than most cats. I am a very well learned cat gal, and pretty savey when it comes to their behavior. I watch you all the time and if I don’t know it I have learned it from you. With Sherlock, I am learning as I go, because this cat doesn’t follow all the cat rules, he follows a lot of dog rules. I have researched the breed and have learned a lot. My question for you is, how do I get him to stop trying to aggressively chew on me and climb on my legs when he gets mad or I try to tell him no. He does not do this to my husband. My husband says it’s because I’m the one that rescued him and took care of him the first 3 weeks. What am I doing wrong? I hate to think my behavior is bringing this behavior out. Any suggestions?
    Thanks for any help.

    1. sydney   May 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm  

      We had a Maine Coon for many years raised from a kitten and she did a lot of the same things when she was little. They are very smart & grow to be very large cats. Your hubby is correct that he has bonded with you =) My partner & I both shared in the raising of our kitties, we had siblings, so it was somewhat easier. The good news is that he should grow out of it, the bad news is it will take some time =(
      Keep doing what you’re doing though, its always good for a kitty to know what ok & whats not.
      Hang in there, just like babies, this too shall pass =D

  29. Shayne   February 24, 2016 at 9:35 am  

    I have six cats, and one of them—Socrates, a six-year-old male—has started peeing on everything. This has been going on for about three years, but getting worse and worse despite my having tried everything I can find to do. Today, I found that he had peed on the microwave.

    I’ve had him to the vet four or five times. Each time, the vet has said that Socrates has urinary tract infections, but I’m doubt that. I have reason to think that the vet saw me as a city guy moved to the country (I had moved home after 35 years to help mother before she died). I took my cats to the vet mother recommended. Most people around here don’t vaccinate or have annual check-ups for their cats—but I began to take mine in, and I had their records transferred from the previous vet, etc. The vet here started to see me as someone to take advantage of, I believe, someone who would spend money on a cat. I’ve stopped going there, and I feel better about a new vet I found—I don’t feel so taken advantage of. The new vet did not diagnose urinary tract infection in Socrates, but gave him antibiotics just in case.

    Socrates wants his way, he wants me to do whatever he’s asking (even if I don’t know what it is) right then—and if I don’t, he pees. So, for example, if I won’t let him out of the house at midnight, he pees on something. He even peed on my leg one night when I wouldn’t let him out.

    I have six cats. But this is nothing new. Socrates grew up with all of them. They are all rescues: abandoned kittens who somehow found me. Socrates just walked into my house one day years ago, two weeks before Christmas. He was starving and sick. I got him to the vet, who told me he would have been dead in days.

    Two-and-a-half years ago, Mother passed away, and I inherited furniture and other things from her. Mother had two cats, and if I had it to do again, I wouldn’t bring any of her things home because it must have smelled of other cat, and he started peeing then. Piece by piece, I have had to get rid of mother’s things—but now, everything is getting drenched—beds, shoes, chairs, books.

    Today, with the microwave, I am at the end of my patience. I can’t live like this. I don’t want to get rid of him. If you can help me, I’d be very grateful.

  30. sydney   May 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm  

    Love cat mojo & think for the most part I get it =) Have had cats in my life for well over 45 years & have never had the issue I’m struggling with now. We recently adopted a shelter cat, a rag doll, whom we believe had been living on the streets most of his life. We wanted him as a buddy for our other son, also a rescue, but we think a dump job, who just jumped in my lap in the back yard & curled up & went to sleep. Clearly I was his mom. We did the slow intro process, w/o the food, always supervised their time together, but the rag doll is very aggressive & our original cat didn’t assume the alpha cat role. (he’s a pushover)
    Its been 5 months now & the fighting has lessened, but is still occurring, especially @ nite. I’m afraid Bonsai, (original) will really get hurt. He already has patches of missing fur =( We are playing with them, brushing them & giving them equal time & treats for + behavior as much as possible & have tried everything we know how to do. Bodhi, the new boy, won’t even let us pick him up =( Any feedback would be totally welcome !!!


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book Cat Daddy and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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