A Few Words About Pump

Hi to all Cat Mojo-ers,

Pump’s storyfrom last week’s episode of My Cat From Hell was emotional for all involved, and judging by the unbelievable outpouring, for you as well.

Like all of our stories on the show, it’s about keeping cats in their homes.

In our show, simply, the cats tell their story.  I work with that story, and we all work with our clients towards an organic and positive outcome.

The frustrating resistance, as well as the inspiring gains we made in forging a relationship between Candice and Pump were incredible and real – have no doubt about that.  The reactions Pump had from the healing energy in that room was revelatory to all three of us.  When we wrapped that story, I felt clarity and a true sense of my job being done.

Often the complexities of relationships go well beyond what we can address on air, and of course life goes on after the cameras turn off.

In this particular case, the couple apparently believed there was a better place for Pump, yet still within their family.  Pump is at home with Lucas’ mom, who truly does love him.

You guys know my story by now.  I’ve advocated for, comforted and loved more animals than I can possibly count.  In the shelter and rescue world, we daily see unspeakable cruelty and neglect.  Pump is loved and is in a loving home, and that has to count for something.

In the past 3 seasons of My Cat From Hell, I’ve begun to see a dream realized: we are millions of people who love and live with cats, and we’re making our voices heard in serious ways.

This community — “Team Cat Mojo” — has real-world potential.

We can take the passion I’m seeing beyond the four walls of our home and into the streets of our communities.  We can take this mojo and help realize the day in the near future where no animal dies homeless.

However, while many of the comments I’m seeing are based in love for Pump, the reactions also are counter-productive to our ultimate goal.

It’s easy to succumb to the emotions of condemnation; much harder to expand our circle of love and access the bigger picture.

I’d like to ask that we put this behind us; please refrain from any further personal attacks on Candice and Lucas.

It serves no greater purpose, and Pump is, after all, in a home with a loving guardian.

I believe in Cat Mojo, which is to say I believe in compassion and education.

Please help me spread it.

– Jackson

  1. Sheryl   September 6, 2012 at 6:24 am  

    well I am sorry things did not work out but at least Pump is with someone who loves him and he will be very well looked after in his remaining senior years.
    Jackson you did what you could do to help the situation when you started the case and that is all anyone can ask for.

    1. Rlayten   September 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm  

      I agree. Sometimes there is simply a personality conflict and I think this may have been the case here. However the most important thing is that he has a loving home to live out his last days.
      Jackson, you are an amazing person, and I wish I could meet you personally, but alas, I doubt that will ever happen.

    2. Diane Blakney   September 9, 2012 at 5:57 am  

      Jackson, you are right. I have been a rescuer over 40 years. I’ve seen it all, too. I try to find good homes for my rescues (after I already have them fixed), but keep the ones no body wants, usually ones with health issues or are considered “not perfect”. I am currently listening to my Max singing at the top of his lungs. He is 19 years old. It does get annoying at 3:00 in the morning, but I always tell Max that his operatic arias are lovely and he has the voice of Andrea Bocelli. ha ha ha He seems to like this response. Another rescue recently passed, Charles, he was 19 also, he had been diabetic all his life, that’s why his previous owner gave him up at age 1. The other cats and dogs in my household, 8 of them, seem to tolerate Max’s singing, they just ignore it. Max seems to sing a little more since his best friend, Tina, passed away also about 6 months ago. She was 17, and had brain damage from birth. She was my heart. When the vet called me about her, she was 6 days old. He said he wasn’t sure she would live, but she lived a great life for 17 years. She was always a bit clueless, would get lost in the closet or bathtub and wait for me to come get her, but that’s what made her so endearing. I will miss her forever. Keep up the good work Jackson, we need more people like you.

      1. Elizabeth Coker   September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am  

        We need more people like you as well Diane! Your story just brought tears to my eyes. What an awesome and loving person you are! If all people learned to respect and accept personality quirks, not just in our beloved companions but in each other as well, the world would be a wonderful place. Change can happen one person at a time and you are a mighty voice. 🙂 Thank you!

      2. Tallison   May 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm  

        Bless you, Diane. While I’m not officially involved in rescue, about 15 years ago I committed to adopting only elderly or “flawed” kitties, which has led to some incredible mutual rewards. I’m still fighting depression from having to put down my latest beloved in March, whom I adopted from the shelter 8 years ago at the age of 9. His name was Ozzie, and he was one of the brightest stars in my cat universe.

        I like pointing out to folks that among the advantages of adopting seniors is that you get a known quantity in terms of personality, they’re typically calmer with fewer behavior issues than young-ins, and the turnover is higher so you can accommodate all the more animals in a lifetime. And you don’t necessarily have to go crazy heroic with vet bills in older animals, either; palliative care is trending in vet as well as human medicine, which emphasizes comfort & dignity through conservative therapy over longevity through often painful procedures that cats will never understand is “for their own good.” I’ll never regret the day I traded a head cone for a prednisone pill wrapped in salmon treats to manage Oz’s large mast cell tumor the last year of his life. God, he might’ve just been the Best Cat Ever. Who’d have thought I found him in a shelter cage at NINE years old?

        Right now I just have a 4 year old tortie with a nasal septic defect whose nose generates about a cup of green snot per day but is otherwise perfectly happy & healthy, but am actively patrolling the local shelter for my next perfectly “imperfect” kitty – maybe an oldie, an odd duck, a one-eyed, a 3-legged, a diabetic, or just plain homely.

        2 weeks ago I was about to apply to adopt a old diamond in the rough recovering from mange, but darned if another family didn’t also see the potential in her & snatched her up! We’re blessed in Fairfax, VA, to have a well-resourced shelter, but with kitten & puppy season now here, seniors are sure to once again suffer.

        Anyhow, just wanted to say hi, and thanks & God bless for the wonderful work you do!

        1. Gail   November 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm  

          Tallison, it’s so great to “meet” others who prefer to take in the older, less desirable cats. Whenever I’ve gone to our local shelter, I generally ask them which cats are the most in need, and I adopt them.

          A number of years ago, I adopted a 15-year-old cat that had been in the shelter for a year because nobody wanted a cat that old. The poor thing had been abandoned when her “family” (such as they were) moved away. Ana was with me for only a year and a half, but during that time, this feisty little torti ruled the household with an iron paw.

          I’ve also taken in the cats that people thought were “mean” (Tawny wasn’t mean…she just hated being in a cage, and let everyone know that in no uncertain terms when they attempted to put her back in the cage at the shelter) or those that were so terrified of humans that they were slated to be adopted out as barn cats.

          They were all special and I wouldn’t have traded them for anything. Then, of course, there were the several ferals who came around that I fed, then trapped and neutered, and that decided they liked being indoor housecats more than fending for themselves.

          Right now my motley crew consists of younger cats so I haven’t visited the shelter in awhile. The last addition was the starving stray that came up to me when I was walking to an indoor flea market. She was basically a walking skeleton, and people there told me that she had been hanging around for several weeks, begging people to help her, but no one bothered. She is now healthy and happy.

          The ones that are the most needy often turn out to be the most special of all.

  2. melissa   September 6, 2012 at 6:24 am  

    Beautifully said, Jackson. I believe when we want to attack someone, it is actually best to wish love and light upon them. No doubt, it can be difficult….but it is always better to choose love.

  3. Caroline   September 6, 2012 at 6:25 am  

    I’m so glad you posted this. We should all be happy Pump is with someone who loves him and will take good care of him. Too many people surrender their cats to a shelter or abandon them. This couple found a safe, loving place for him and I am grateful, for Pump, that they did. Keep up the awesome work, Mr. Cat Mojo Man! C

    1. Carole   September 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm  

      This couple didn’t find Pump his good home, LUCAS did. Such an insecure and vain wife. I think he should’ve found the wife a new home. I’m very glad that Pump is in a good home it sure isn’t where his heart is. His heart is with Lucas and his last years of life should’ve been with Lucas.

      1. Sexy Black Cat Lady   September 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm  

        I have to be perfectly honest I have mixed feelings. As Jackson said on the show, rehoming him would be a death sentence. I only wonder how Pump is doing now. I’m relieved Pump is away from Candace due to her negative energy. But my heart breaks that Lucas and Pump have to be separated . Carole you said it best. Thank you.

  4. Brandy   September 6, 2012 at 6:27 am  

    Well said 🙂

  5. Leanah   September 6, 2012 at 6:31 am  

    Thanks for taking the time to present your viewpoint, Jackson.

  6. melissa   September 6, 2012 at 6:32 am  

    Beautifully said, Jackson. I believe when we want to attack someone, it is best to wish them love and light. It can be difficult, but choosing love is nurturing and freeing.

  7. melissa   September 6, 2012 at 6:34 am  

    opps…just go with the first one. and delete this and the second.
    thought it didn’t go through.

  8. Jennifer Hemmerlein   September 6, 2012 at 6:41 am  

    Thank you, Jackson, for those moving and inspiring words. I’m so sad to hear that Pump no longer lives with Lucas, but am happy to hear that his mother has given him a loving, happy home. Pump’s special nature definitely shone through on last week’s episode, and perhaps his story will inspire others to keep a cat they may see as “difficult”. Every day with our pets is a gift.

  9. Lisa   September 6, 2012 at 6:55 am  

    Can’t say I’m surprised. Some people just should not own CATS.

  10. Pat Frederickson   September 6, 2012 at 7:06 am  

    Beautifully told story. I am relieved to read that Pump truly is in the best care possible. Peace.

  11. Diana   September 6, 2012 at 7:15 am  

    Thank you for all you do!!

  12. Shelley Nagle   September 6, 2012 at 7:23 am  

    Thank you so much for the work you do.

  13. Stefanie Mackenzie   September 6, 2012 at 7:26 am  

    Thank you for the update, Jackson. Its good he is in a place where he is loved. Is Pump receiving regular treatments such as what he was getting from Candice?

  14. Kristy   September 6, 2012 at 7:28 am  

    Wow,I don’t know wht to say Jackson…. Um…. U r rite about the moving on words…. BUT, we all feel soooo much love for Pump, it’s Guna b very hard for people to NOT react!!! He is such a lovely little man;). He deserves better than Candice, mite I add.. Her name fits HER precisely!!!!! Wht a biotch!!!!!!!!!! Poor Lucas to have to part w his beloved Pump…. For tht woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O man….. Sad!!!! But for Pumps sake….. RITE ON!!!! Hez better off away from her!!!!!;). LONG LIVE PUMP, our favorite little man;)

    1. Terrie Lynn   January 13, 2013 at 9:33 am  

      I have never seen “My Cat From Hell” show before a friend of mine downloaded three episodes for me that just happened to include the one with Pump. What I couldn’t understand was how he came to be classed as a cat from Hell in the first place. He was so adorable and was just being a cat in the first place. Hey the last time a ‘so-called’ significant other gave me an ultimatum that it was him or the cat…guess who was shown the door? Yep cat stayed..man left and good riddance too. I would never date anyone that didn’t want my cat around…period. On the other hand, with Candace being pregnant and all..I’d like to hope maybe she was just hormonal. But I can never understand how anyone can feel jealous of a cat..especially a cat as lovable as Pump. I’m glad he’s in a loving home now and I hope Lucas visits him often. If I were in the the US I would have loved to take Pump…he seems to have the same temperament as my my 15 year old Maine Coon, Duchess. GO PUMP!! A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE TO YOU GRAND OL’ BOY.

  15. Connie   September 6, 2012 at 7:31 am  

    well said.

  16. Dawn   September 6, 2012 at 7:46 am  

    Well said!!

  17. Glogirly and Katie   September 6, 2012 at 7:53 am  

    Beautifully put, Jackson. Thank you for you bringing it back to what really matters. We are very happy to know that Pump is loved and in a loving home. That’s what it’s all about.

  18. Simone   September 6, 2012 at 7:54 am  

    My dog was given to me by a woman who was pregnant when she realized she wasn’t treating him right because she was losing patience with him. I was his pet- sitter at the time. The minute he came to me I became his MOM! I had him for the best 7 years of my life! I know in my heart the love I gave is what my friend took with him on his last day on Earth! If PUMP is loved for how many days he has left that is what he will remember and better leave feeling the LOVE! Thank GOD Candace and her husband knew that. That’s a GOOD thing!

  19. Tawny   September 6, 2012 at 7:55 am  

    Well putting all of this behind us may not be easy but hopefully we can use our passion and compassion towards helping all the homeless or hungry cats out there! Volunteer at your local shelters, start a TNR program, or just put a plate out for that hungry kitty you keep seeing! Do all of this in the name of Pump! Adopt an elderly cat just like Pump so that poor little guy that has been sitting in that cage at the shelter for so long can have a happy ending! Even if you adopt an elderly kitty with only has a year or a couple months left on this planet, give them the best and most loving year or last couple months of their lives!!! We adopted a six year old little Torti which isn’t at all elderly but she wasn’t that kitten some may be looking for! She was underweight, skiddish, not spayed, a horrible dander problem due to a poor diet! She was given up by her past owners after having her for six years beause they decided they wanted a puppy instead! There were some growing pains but now she has been such a gift! I couldn’t imagine my life with out her! Give elder kitties a chance in the name of Pump!

    1. mariposa   September 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm  

      I knew someone who did just that. She is a small-animal rescuer who adopted a 17-year-old cat from a shelter. She gave Mia 3 wonderful months, until renal failure claimed her. This woman held Mia in her arms as she was put to sleep, making sure the cat knew she was loved even in her last moments. When I am in a position to adopt again, I will be looking at older cats, including some with special needs. I love the seniors.

      1. Tallison   May 2, 2014 at 9:50 pm  

        Yes, yes, yes!!! Senior cats rule! I just commented up thread how I came by the cat love of my life when he was 9 years old at the shelter. Most shelter cats are not there because of any issue of their own, but because of stupid people issues. My Ozzie was the sweetest, gentlest, best behaved boy on earth….he was given up because his previous family fed him crap food that gave him kidney stones they then couldn’t afford to treat. Just some decent food ensured we never had that problem, and I was subsequently blessed with 8 years of the most loyal & sublime companionship I’ll ever know.

        Nowhere is the Zen energy stronger than around older felines. I’d open a cat retirement home if I could!

  20. LuAnn   September 6, 2012 at 8:00 am  

    Nicely said.

    And BTW, what a beautiful cat.

  21. Margot   September 6, 2012 at 8:01 am  

    Pump was the sweetest old cat in the world from what I saw. I don’t find any anger in them rehoming him but I think Candace missed a great opportunity to practice her reach from people to animals. I’m sure he’s happy were he is now even though I think they should have kept him.

  22. Christine   September 6, 2012 at 8:15 am  

    Thank you for your letter about Pump. I, too, was incensed by what was happening to this poor kitty, who just wanted a place to be safe and loved. Thanks for letting everyone know that he is now being well cared for, because he does deserve to be where he is wanted to live out the rest of his days. Thank you for your kindness and understanding with people too. Obviously, they wouldn’t be calling you if they didn’t care deeply about their animals. Thank you!

  23. Cheryl   September 6, 2012 at 8:15 am  

    I can understand why so many people felt moved by the story of Pump. As the mother of two babies, I cannot imagine the thought of giving away either of my 2 when they get older. My boy is 9 already and just the thought of not having him in my life makes me tear up and I don’t care what anyone said, I would leave or make them leave before I got rid of him. I was even diagnosed with severe allergies to cats after getting him but it was too late, he was in my heart so I just keep him bathed and live with the allergies anyway. Lucas had him for 12 years there yet they got rid of him (even though it is a family member, it is still another home and caretakers, not the ones he was used to) and did so with no afterthoughts after receiving money for the show which seemed to be their whole goal to begin with. He was fine for all the time he lived there before. If they were that worried about him crossing the streets he should have became an indoor only cat. Mine are and I will not allow them out because of the risks. I have not seen their pages where they were attacked but I do feel they do not deserve to be lucky enough to have a pet in their life and I do feel sorry for their child!!! I would not personally attack them but I would never visit her for healing or anything else!! I just found your show this year Jackson and I love it and this episode truly moved me to tears as you could tell even though she said she would keep him, she had no intentions of doing so by her body language and that made me so sad for Pump.

    1. Rebekah   September 6, 2012 at 10:33 am  

      Couldn’t have put it better myself…the only thing that truly shocks me is that she does energy work for a living and look how she treated pump 🙁 Irony to say the least. This episode made me cry my heart out…long live pump!

      1. mariposa   September 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm  

        I agree. Knowing about Pump, no way could I go to her for healing. I’m afraid I’d find that energy way too disturbing. It would be interesting to see if this couple were still together in 5 years. That cat was very dear to Lucas, and having to give up Pump could breed resentment. I work with a woman who pushed her husband to rehome or euthanize his pair of elderly cats. Both were euthanized. She’s pregnant, and the marriage seems to be in trouble. This woman, like Candice, chose to date and marry a cat-lover, then asked him to sacrifice his precious pets. No way could I do that, nor would I ask someone to do so. I’d resent someone for it, and worry about them resenting me for such a request.

      2. Debi Leshin   September 11, 2012 at 10:53 am  

        You guys took the words right out of my mouth! How could someone so unfeeling have such little compassion for a 23 year old (sweet, gorgeous and loving!) cat profess to be “a healer”. I am a committed believer in karma and if that sad excuse for a human Candace did the show just for the $$ then she put HER bad mojo out there for all the world to see — how much $$ do you think she’s gonna make in her business now that she’s exposed what a truly heartless “healer” she is??? You reap what you sow Candace dear!
        I just lost my beloved 7 year old Pumpkin to gastric lymphoma/triaditis and I pray every single day that all my cat’s live LONG, healthy lives like Pump and tossing away a 23 year old cat (which is really uncommon) is reprehensible!
        The only think that worries me is they say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” and I just pray for Pump’s sake that the woman who raised that heartless “healer” isn’t where Candace learn her behavior from!
        Just be happy Pump and if you need a Florida vacation, Spartacus and I would LOVE to have you!!

    2. Denise   September 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm  

      Very well said Cheryl. I do not want to speak ill of anyone – but as I watched I knew without a doubt that she had no intention of making this work. It broke my heart – especially because I couldn’t fathom the thought of re-homing a cat of that age, especially since he’s had the same person for most of his life. And yes, Rebekah – I agree with you as well. As I watched I couldn’t help but think, wow – she is putting out a lot of negative energy… for an energy healer. It was absolutely shocking. I am glad Pump was able to go to a family member and not to a shelter or stranger’s home, and I do hope he is handling it ok. I don’t care what anyone says – animals can think and feel. Poor pump must be so saddened by the betrayal – I really do hope he finds a way to live out his days in happiness.

    3. Dianne   September 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm  

      I am a certified pet massage therapist and a Reiki Master. When I saw the episode about Pump, I was appalled that this woman who does healing energy work couldn’t understand that animals are attracted to that kind of energy, and she wouldn’t even consider that she was the problem, not Pump. I don’t want to disparage anyone but I have to agree with the sentiments I’ve read here; I wouldn’t want that kind of energy near me. It’s a shame she put that kind of selfish negative energy out there and Pump paid the price for it. I’m happy to hear that Pump now has a loving home. He is a sweet old man and reminds me of my Freddy who lived to be 21 1/2 years old. I’m on Team Pump!

  24. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 8:20 am  

    Jackson, I’m glad to read your thoughts on the situation, and happy to read that you feel Pump is in a loving home, but I have to also say I’m honestly disappointed that you didn’t address any of the other issues that came to light after the show aired. Besides our deep concern for Pump, I think many of us were shocked to read Candice’s FB post that implied the producers of the show – and perhaps you, too – knew in advance that Candice & Lucas intended on rehoming Pump. Also, Candice’s statement, “Yes, I did the show for money, NOT BECAUSE I THOUGHT JACKSON WAS GOING TO SOLVE ANYTHING.” Candice & Lucas’ other FB comments on how this was reality tv, entertainment, acting, and learning how they had previously participated in reality shows and movies, only added to the disappointment a lot of us felt. I realize there are editing liberties that many tv shows make, but I really didn’t include Animal Planet in the group. Call me naive or idealistic. Personally, I thought of My Cat From Hell as a sort of docu-series, and not a reality tv show. While I “get” some people can say the Pump episode was a teaching episode, and how it really doesn’t matter if it was “fake,” I am left feeling disconcerted. I love your spirit, Jackson, and I love what you do. I will continue to watch My Cat From Hell, but it honestly just won’t feel the same to me. And I can’t help but say that I am still worried about Pump. I really hope he will be okay.

    1. Michael   September 6, 2012 at 9:34 am  

      I am having trouble finding Candice’s or Lucas’s FaceBook. Do you have a link?

      1. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm  

        Michael, I believe Candice’s FB page for her business (which included the comments I had referenced) was deactivated. I’m sure you can understand I don’t feel comfortable directing anyone to their personal FB pages, though.. If you haven’t already, check out post #47. Candice posted an apology.

        1. Jennifer   September 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm  

          Thanks Beverly. I did not want to give out their FB pages either because that would have prolonged this fight. I do not like Candice (or her cold and somewhat bitchy apology) and do not get healer vibes from her but I am removing my emotions from this situation and focusing love on Pump. Jennifer

    2. Cheryl   September 6, 2012 at 9:54 am  

      Whoa, I did not know any of this Beverly. It certainly changes our feelings about the show and what’s behind the scenes. Knowing this, if true (I haven’t seen the FB posts), I believe that this show should not have been aired at all, it’s phony and I don’t like phony. I appreciate that Jackson has gone beyond anger and judgement to help cats and I am trying to do the same. I don’t happen to be very good at it yet, folks just make me mad sometimes! Thanks for your comments.

      1. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm  

        Cheryl, see post #47. Candice posted an apology. I appreciate her thoughts, and I’m open to believing it is genuine. To be honest, I’m still not so sure about the show’s production team, since nothing was ever specifically addressed on those issues. As I mentioned in my original post, I love Jackson’s spirit, and I’ll continue to watch the show, but it just won’t feel quite the same.

    3. Carole   September 6, 2012 at 10:12 am  

      These are my sentiments exactly Beverly. I don’t watch any reality shows, or at least I thought I didn’t. Like you, I thought MCFH was a docu-series, and now I’m left wondering how many of the other cats I’ve seen on previous episodes have been re-homed, or taken to shelters. Also, the discrepancy between Jackson’s post saying Pump went to live with Lucas’ mom, while the post by Candice said he went to live with her mom, leaves me feeling that we still don’t know the truth about Pump. I’ve learned some helpful things from the show so I will also continue to watch, but not with the same good feelings I’ve had in the past. Very disappointed.

      1. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm  

        Carole, I somehow missed your reply (and Judy’s, too) when I first checked back (I guess it’s because replies await moderation before they are posted). I hadn’t realized Candice had mentioned Pump was with her mother, while Jackson has mentioned Pump is with Lucas’ mother, and now in Candice’s apology post she only mentions Pump is with “a very loving family member” (apology post is currently #58, unless there are other posts awaiting moderation). Hopefully, it’s just a misunderstanding, but it does make you wonder how Pump is actually doing. I’m open to believing Candice’s apology is sincere, but I’m still worried about the little guy.

      2. Kym   September 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm  

        Carole, the initial quote I read was she said that Pump and their other cat went to her MIL (mother-in-law) and thereafter referred to her as her mother.

    4. Judy   September 6, 2012 at 10:52 am  

      Beverly, I feel the same way. It is coming across now as a scripted reality show. I wonder how many other endings turned out differently from how they are portrayed on the show. I am sure Jackson Galaxy & Company would like us to move on from this story of Pump very quickly. It heartens me how many cat lovers posted in support of Pump and hoping for the best for him. I so hope he is now in a good home and that Jackson has checked up on that to make sure it is true and that her Mom is planning on keeping Pump (and I guess the other 12 yr old I read they rehomed too that we didn’t see on the show) and he is being treated with the respect of being an elder.

      Since these shows are filmed in advance, maybe it would be nice at the end of the show to put up a present update or a blog entry like this one after each show. I don’t think anyone should be surprised at how the viewers felt when we found out what happened to Pump. Cat lovers are the ones that watch the show.

      1. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm  

        Judy, I must have somehow missed your reply when I checked back the first time. I, too, agree it would be nice to have an ‘update’ at the end of each episode, should anything have changed after filming wrapped. I’m sure it would have helped out tremendously in this case. Hoping the best for Pump.

      2. Syn   September 11, 2012 at 8:43 am  

        The show isn’t scripted. Of course it’s editted, but not scripted. We don’t know what happens off camera, in this episode we happened to have found out what happened. That doesn’t mean the show is scripted. Don’t be stupid.

    5. Catburglar   September 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm  

      I am entirely in agreement with this post. I appreciate what Jackson is doing for cats with this show, but I think the integrity of the whole endeavor has taken a hit, and my delight in it, and respect for what happens on the show, has been undermined. I don’t know if Jackson fully approved of this couple being chosen, but in the future, I hope the producer steers clear of “reality-TV” hucksters. After all, look what happened, and look at the backlash. It isn’t worth it.

      1. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm  

        The whole “back story” is just so puzzling/surprising….

    6. Beth   September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm  

      That was very well said Beverly and I agree with your thoughts completely. I think Jackson is amazing at what he does and what he stands for. I felt a little “blown off” for lack of a better phrase by him though after reading through hundreds of posts about Pump on his FB page for days and hearing absolutely nothing from him. I am glad he took the time today to somewhat explain or at least put some facts out there about Pump and the whole situation, but like you, I wish he would have addressed ALL of what came to light following the episode. After all, without his fans there would, I’m sure, still be business for Jackson but there would not be a television show, a book, and such a large internet following. I know that “reality” tv is baloney for the most part but this show never came across that way to me before now and I guess that’s why, in essence, I just feel disappointed. Should we all perhaps turn off our televisions and let MCFH fade into oblivion so that we can use our passion and feelings for Pump in other avenues? Perhaps, but it was Pump’s story that led to such a determined force in the first place. I am happy that Pump is in a good home, I will also continue to watch the show when I have the chance. I just don’t think it will be a top contender on my DVR list any longer.

      1. Beverly   September 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm  

        I, too, felt like Jackson kind of skirted the other issues (sorry, Jackson). I keep telling myself, though, that maybe he is just really limited with what he can and can’t say. I’m hoping in time my enthusiasm for the show will return to the same level it once was. I’m not giving up, but (sadly) something did change.

    7. Christine   September 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm  

      I’m not going to “assume” that the cat is fine. Candice already lied about keeping the cat so why should I believe that the cat is in a happy home now? I have a right to feel anger about how Pump was treated and am not going to sweep it under the rug. I will keep watching Jackson. I think he is brilliant and I am learning a lot. It’s just reality biting me in the bum as far as the whole “Candice and Pump” story goes. I am also glad that people are speaking up about what happened. That’s all. Thanks to everyone for commenting. Such great responses!

    8. mary   September 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm  

      I have never been so moved by a program. I failed to catch what exactly pump was doing that was considered a behavioral problem. He wanted nothing more than to be included in the goings-on of the household. And Candice wanted nothing more than to exclude him. The shockingly selfish behavior of an adult woman who claims to want to help others “heal”, was one of the saddest things ive ever witnessed. This situation brought tears to Jackson’s eyes as well. I hope anyone thinking of bringing a sick animal to her for healing will be well aware of her lack of compassion for an ailing animal in her own home. Focusing on GRATITUDE on a daily basis may be where candice should start.. Jackson, thank you for what you are doing.

    9. Amanda   January 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm  

      My thoughts exactly, Beverly.

  25. robin fiskaa   September 6, 2012 at 8:23 am  

    I know rehoming cats can be stressful to them- ESPECIALLY when they are Pump’s age…. I truly hope he has adjusted and is doing well. I have never been more touched by a story OR segment of ANY show before… I hope you were able to follow up on Pump and actually speak to his present and past ownners– I hop his new family is using your Spirit Essences to keep him calm and give him teh energy he was craving 🙂 Love you Pump and Jackson!!!!! Thank you for the update—-

    Robin Fiskaa

  26. chittumd   September 6, 2012 at 8:27 am  

    Very well said, my friend. I’ve been looking for your update about Pump. The story broke my heart. I will never understand how folks can give up a pet after so many years together but I’m happy to know that Pump will live out his last days in a home where he is loved.

  27. Cyndy   September 6, 2012 at 8:36 am  

    Very well said and I totally agree! The ultimate goal was for Pump to be happy and he is! Bless you and your love of cats, the world is a better place because of you!!!!

  28. Amie Lilbear   September 6, 2012 at 8:39 am  

    So happy to hear that Pump was able to stay within the family. I recently had to do this with my dog as my illness had taken a turn. We often shun those who try to better their pets lives when we know nothing of the situation. I know all to well being called a horrible person. Its not that I didn”t have love for my dog. I loved him he was my child. But it was cruel for me to keep him in a home where he wasn’t getting the 100% he deserved. I was able to thankful keep him in the family so I can still see him and so can my kids. Don’t judge what sacrifices we must make to better the lives of our pets. Sometimes letting them go is the best thing we can do for both their physical and mental well being.

  29. JaneA   September 6, 2012 at 8:44 am  

    Thank you, Jackson, not only for following up but for urging people to refrain from personal attacks. Although I was heartbroken to find out that Pump had gone to a new home after the episode seemed to culminate with the feeling that Pump was going to stay, I too agree that continuing to bash Candice and Lucas isn’t doing any good for anyone. Pump is OK, even if he’s not living with Candice and Lucas, and ultimately that’s what counts.

  30. Judy   September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am  

    I would like to see Jackson Galaxy and My Cat From Hell get away from the human relationship drama and concentrate on the cats. The stories are getting old about people wanting to split up because of their cat. This could get boring really quickly.

    For the new season try something different. Maybe a family with 5 or more cats. A family that is going to stay together anyways but is trying to help their cats with behavorial problems. That would be more interesting than the human drama.

    And really, each show, Jackson doesn’t have to try to get clawed up by the cat. He is putting his arm/hand out there and asking for it.

    Let’s change it up some!

    1. Elizabeth   September 6, 2012 at 9:43 am  

      I think when Jackson is putting his hand out to the cats he’s actually testing their behavior to see if they are truly aggressive or if they are just scared (fight or flight). It helps him to guage what kind of treatment they need. He doesn’t do it just for the show. 🙂

    2. Cheryl   September 6, 2012 at 9:45 am  

      Yeah, Judy, this is a great idea. Jackson can come to our house. We have 8, one with fear agression issues and two or three others that tend to pull her chain! We will not give up on any of them, we’ll just keep trying new things and taking them to the vet when the flare-up gets totally out of hand! Unfortunately, at our house we can’t stage the flare-up, it happens when it happens. Thanks Judy!!!

    3. JaneA   September 6, 2012 at 11:49 am  

      IMHO, the whole reason Jackson does deal with human relationships is that those human relationships ARE crucial to understanding a “problem” cat’s behavior. Just like a counselor wouldn’t treat a child who was acting out without helping his/her family to understand how their behavior plays a role in the kid’s problems and giving them new tools to manage their relationship as well as their child’s issues, as an animal behaviorist you have to factor in the inter-human dynamics to get a read on what kind of stresses might be causing the cat to act out and do what you can to help people become aware of how their behavior is stressing their cat.

  31. Jennifer   September 6, 2012 at 9:09 am  

    Hi Jackson. Thank you for these comments. I was one of those who really needed to come to my senses about this episode. I feel the point of contention was the coldness that came across from Candace about Pump. This cat clearly craved that healing and energy from her. Many of us were left feeling that she had no heart and that does not go along with being a healer. I am a Shaman/medicine woman. I feed up to 30 stray cats every day, weekends and holidays, 5 of my own, two flocks of wild birds (daily), and a squirrel that comes through my screen to raid her bag of peanuts on my plant stand if I do not leave enough out for her. I am not saying this is for everyone since these tasks are grueling. My heart is in training as an energy healer and to be a healer there should ideally be a respect, regard, and love for all living things. We definitely judged poor Candance very harshly and I am certainly sorry to have participated in it. Hopefully your words will help us calm down. Everything happens for a reason and while this is certainly bizarre (I was surprised by my own ferocity) I hope this couple got something positive out of this also. I feel healing is spiritual and not a business. This is where so many took issue with Candace also. We must all understand that it is not our place to judge and we should not have attacked her but I personally would never seek her out for healing work. She has some maturing to do and I wish her and that adorable old gentleman well. I wish I had him to spoil. Please give an update in the future on our old guy. I love your show and my cranky old Mama who hates cats has come to love your show too! Who woulda thunk it? Jennifer Chandler ( Shaman/Kai-Yee)

  32. Candice   September 6, 2012 at 9:16 am  

    You healed the 3 hearts in that family Jackson! It was the most touching outcome I have ever experienced on you show as of yet. You are wonderful and the cat Pump is so incredible for his age!

  33. April Wilk   September 6, 2012 at 9:19 am  

    Even though Pump is in a loving home, it is still stressful for a cat to be rehomed, especially at the age of 23. I truly hope this transition does not cause his health to decline.

  34. Sarah   September 6, 2012 at 9:20 am  

    I totally feel for them. We had an older cat that didn’t get along with our other two young cats and now she lives with my in-laws, who have 9 other older cats. She’s perfectly happy there and it worked out for everyone. We felt guilty about giving her up, but we can visit her and she’s loved.

  35. Cherry City Kitties   September 6, 2012 at 9:20 am  

    Thank you for sharing more of this story with us. While it would be nice for life to always have the fairy-tale endings, happy endings are just as important. Real world, real life, happy endings. Sometimes it’s not “Hello Kitty” sparkly yarn-ball pretty out there and to be able to still do the right thing in the face of everything is pretty “right-on”.

    Keep rockin’ it for the kitties!
    Your friends at Cherry City Kitties

  36. Laura   September 6, 2012 at 9:28 am  

    Namaste Jaclson

  37. Krissy   September 6, 2012 at 9:42 am  

    I am sorry but Candice is selfish. Just not a cat person. I hope Pump lives a long time with his new loving gaurdian.

    1. Lee-Marie   September 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm  

      I love your loving heart Jackson but the only reason Pump is “in a better” situation is because he is safe from a woman who would throw books at the elderly. I hope she shows more patience for a crying baby than she did for the crying cat… I too believed Pump was in Candice’s life to teach… too bad she didn’t learn from it enough to keep Pump w the human who has loved him so long. My heart still breaks because for pump its a loss. He isn’t w HIS human.

  38. Gracey, THe Tiniest Tiger   September 6, 2012 at 9:46 am  

    I am so happy that Pump is in a loving home. Thank you for sharing this post with us as a reminder of what is most important.

  39. Ben Kloepper   September 6, 2012 at 9:50 am  

    I have no doubt that Pump is better off being rehomed. My issue with this situation is that the show didn’t reflect that, and gave us the impression (or attempted to) that the conflict had been resolved, and Candice had come to accept Pump in her household, when, in fact, that was not the case. I don’t know whether the decision to try to leave the viewers with that impression was your or your producers’ , but it was a mistake. A “What they don’t know won’t hurt them” approach only works as long as “they” don’t know; when “they” learn the truth, as they almost always will eventually, it hurts more than being honest in the first place would have. You and/or your producers would have serve your audience better presenting us with the truth: that, in some cases, people just *are not willing* to make the adjustments you advise, and in those cases it’s better for the cat to be placed in another home where he will be appreciated and loved.

    But the decision to present this case with a fantasy “they all live happily ever after” ending rather than the truth only serves to cast doubt on the rest of your apparent “success stories.” IN this case, the rehoming *was* the “happily ever after,” for Pump, at least. We should have been shown that.

    1. Ringtail   September 6, 2012 at 10:30 am  

      I totally concur that rehoming Pump was a happy ending for him rather than stay in that household where he was not wanted. I feel marginally less hostile toward Ms. Cheadle after reading her statement. And it is good to be reminded that MCFH is not a documentary show but reality TV with all that implies. I was yelling at my TV while watching this episode because I KNEW she was not going to keep him. It would have been a better teaching moment – and better TV – to show Pump in his new home. I saw an episode of IT’S ME OR THE DOG which had an unhappy ending – a couple broke up over disagreements about a dog. I was very surprised but this is truth and I appreciated. the honesty. I realize this is a fine line and JG is trying to cultivate positive attitudes toward cats so showing a “failure” is risky. But if people have absolutely intractable attitudes, why make the animal suffer for them?

    2. Carole   September 6, 2012 at 11:00 am  

      Yes, yes, yes! Thank you for explaining it so well Ben.

    3. Melissa   September 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm  

      I think that would be a good idea as well.

    4. Maryann   September 8, 2012 at 4:29 am  

      Totally agree. That would keep it “real” … life isn’t always about a perfect ending, and as the Buddhists teach, being attached to anything, in this case, the idea of how something should turn out, sets us up for unhappiness. Sometimes things don’t go according to “the plan” and a “good” ending can be one you didn’t imagine.

  40. Karen Oliver-Paull   September 6, 2012 at 9:54 am  

    I’m glad a place was found for Pump. A cat once followed my mom home from the school bus stop when she got my son for me. He loved her so much but she knew she couldn’t keep him so I took him home. Poor thing cried as he looked out the back window of the car towards her house. He was a beautiful black cat and we named him Nikki. He was a wonderful part of our family for many years and when Mom came over he’d sit by her on the couch and purr so loud we could hardly hear each other talk. Obviously, she was his person, but was happy enough to be with us instead. Sometimes you have to compromise to get a good result.

  41. Buff Lee   September 6, 2012 at 9:58 am  

    I am an avowed fan of yours, Jackson, and was very moved by Pump’s story especially as I have an older cat fellow myself (aged 19) named Jerry Garcia (my now 32 year old daughter named him – can ya tell her parents were Dead Heads?).. I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for that couple, but I’m very happy for Pump. My cat was diagnosed with brain cancer 2 years ago and we chose to treat him holistically and nutritionally and not put him through chemo/radiation which is not only incredibly expensive but also needlessly cruel, in my not-so-humble opinion. We have a wondrous vet now who works closely with us and we talk to her pretty much every week (she adores Jerry). He’s hanging in there (he gets a bit wobbly and confused at times, but still plays and talks and checks everything out – he’s very alert and alive) and we enjoy every moment we have with him. He’s had several seizures but always seems to bounce back after a few days…and he’s able to take care of himself with a bit of help (a few extra litter boxes and water bowls). I wouldn’t trade a moment with him for anything. We have another rescue furry kid named Lolly who is 7 years old. It’s taken them about 2 years to become friends, but they are so now. It really changed when Jerry got sick and Lolly just got very maternal about him. Very touching. These animals have made our lives so much better and fuller and they’ve taught me a lot about living. I like them so much more than most humans, it continually amazes me. At any rate, THANK you for your wonderful work and your show and your book! I have turned many friends on to you and will continue to do so. Bless you, sir!

  42. Deborah Barnes of Zee & Zoey   September 6, 2012 at 9:58 am  

    Some may see fit to condemn Jackson for his less than conventional path to where he is today, and some may lay judgment that my cat had a litter of kittens. But, the point is, we have both grown and learned from our paths as we spread the message of positive cat mojo as best we can. We have to move on, and while I was heartbroken at first to hear of Pump’s situation, upon further reflection, especially with Candace about to give birth, I can only imagine her stress level increasing, as well as possible resentment of Pump.

    Senior cats, especially in their last moments can often be very difficult to handle physically and emotionally and if you are not properly equipped to understand that, the cat will suffer. At least Pump is now in a home where his needs can be catered to and he can live with a sense of love, peace, and dignity.

    1. Jennifer   September 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm  

      @Deborah Barnes: Nobody who has ever had cats can judge about kittens. None of us irresponsably do this. I made an appointment for my Himmie TingTing to be neutered. It so happened that I had just rescued two kittens that had taken shelter in a pine tree on our grounds. After watching them cling to the branches where their mom put them, and after two rainstorms I brought them in. As God is my witness TingTing experienced his first heat right at the time of that call and in the week I had to wait to take him to be neutered he got this girl pregnant, as I found out when I took her to be spayed. It was my judgement that proved t be off. I was lucky to receive help adopting the kittens and their adoption fees are helping the local organization that took them for adoption. Accidents happen!

  43. Candice Cheadle   September 6, 2012 at 10:00 am  

    Thank you Jackson for posting your statement. I admit I was very naïve in my participation and expectations of the show, and there were a lot of elements of the process that were simply beyond my control. However, there are several things for which I, and I alone, am responsible for, things that I know played a big part in causing such negative reactions in people. Therefore, I wish to apologize to all who were offended, disgusted, and who felt betrayed by these actions.
    First, and foremost, Pump is alive and well, residing with a very loving family member in an environment that is entirely conducive to an elderly cat. The decision to re-home Pump was one that my husband and I came to after much careful consideration, and while I know that many will never agree, we know it was for the best. Pump is doing more than okay and is still very much a part of our family. I deeply regret saying the words, “ I will keep Pump,” on the show when I knew I wasn’t going to live up to that statement. Those words never should have come out of my mouth. I am sorry. I also never should have even insinuated that I was throwing a book at him. It was not only stupid of me, but it was incredibly irresponsible. I have never hurt an animal, nor would I ever, and it was in very poor taste and in poor judgement for me to have done that.
    I am ashamed and embarrassed that I have trivialized the work that I do in the healing arts. I acknowledge that I have much work to do on myself in order to become spiritually mature enough to walk the path of a true healer, and I don’t take the criticisms of others on this matter lightly. I openly admitted that I did the show for the money, and sadly that is the truth. In an effort to rectify this situation in any way I can, and also to show my sincerity in my apology, I am handing over every dollar my husband and I earned from the show to Jackson for him to donate it to a cat charity of his choosing.
    Candice Cheadle

    1. Kelly   September 6, 2012 at 11:13 am  

      Candice, I hope you realize that it wasn’t just that you re-homed Pump. That could almost be forgiven, except for the fact that we know you didn’t even try to adapt. You yourself admit you said what you didn’t mean, and you went through the motions without letting it change you. You pretended to care, and in the process, a lot of people DID grow to care about Pump, because we saw the beauty and the soul in him that you obviously didn’t and still don’t. You had your mind made up, 100%, and didn’t even try to let Jackson’s work or Pump’s love for you change things. And that’s unforgivable. There’s a quotation kicking around the world today about if you want to know how a person treats their friends and family, look at how they treat their pets. If you cannot handle the mild needs of an elderly cat, how in the name of all that’s furry are you going to handle the needs of a baby?

      1. coreen   September 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm  

        Thanks , Kelly for saying what I’m Sure EVERYONE is Thinking !! I also think that her ‘apology’ is her Still ‘acting’–maybe the producers told her to do it , to lessen the Mess she made !! I PRAY that Jackson Not only Checks up on Pump—But also , does a Follow up episode–so that All of US can see how he’s doing !!!!

      2. Niki   September 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm  

        Exactly what I was thinking, Kelly! Candice, I hope that you were not faking when you promised to give the money to a chairty. I don’t want to think ill of you, or of anyone for that matter, but I don’t know how you could keep money earned illegitimately. Pump is a very special cat. I, along with millions of watchers could see it, just from watching the show. It’s too bad that you could not lose your feelings of resentment and learn to love, and enjoy his presence! That’s very sad. I’ve had 3 cats in the last 10 years, one who died at a very young age, and one I adopted as a senior, and I’ve enjoyed almost every moment that I’ve had with them, because I know that time is precious and cats are an intangible gift, as are humans. I’m glad that Pump is in a loving home now, I just hope that he made the transition all right, in his advanced age and health condition, it must’ve not been easy.

    2. Julie   September 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm  

      Tough episode for sure but I hope others will read your statement and try to understand where you are coiming from. I applaud you for being so generous in donating your earnings to the kitties who aren’t so lucky to be rehomed where they can still see their person. I thank you for speaking up and also, putting the money where your mouth is, so to speak. Wishing you peace.

    3. Sabrina Edwards   September 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm  

      I must say, this is one of the coldest women I believe I have ever seen. I can not believe that her husband sat there & allowed her to boss him around & made him in essence re-home a loving member of his life…BTW, lets cut to the chase & admit it, Candice would never accept Pump with all the money,therapy,healing,etc. in this world because of one thing..PUMP WAS FROM AN EX!! I can only hope that this women uses some of her own “healing auras” to heal whatever it is in her that has made her so cold & seemingly heartless. I can honestly say, if it was my partner or my 2 furbabies~well, let me help you pack. I am truly worried for that child that is being brought into this world by this cpl..

      1. Oliver   September 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm  

        Cold, indeed, Sabrina. She lied when she said she’d keep Pump – “acting” for the show is how she’s rationalized it. Now she says she “deeply regret(s)” saying that. Does she regret saying it, or does she just regret getting caught? We’d be foolish to believe *anything* this person says.

      2. Julie   September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm  

        That was very clearly the bottom line of the problem, but I almost blame him more than her. She recognized she had issues, spoke out and donated her earnings. He started off as the good guy for keeping Pump, who was the ex GFs cat, then looked like a mushpile. Bottom line is, Pump will still get to see the person who has cared for him the past 12 years (???!!!) and I’m sure the mom is a good caregiver willing to take on an oldie. It was a bad deal all around, except for the charitable monies some cats will benefit from.

        1. Debra   September 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm  

          I had my cat before I was married and let my now husband know from the very beginning that I wouldn’t consider a serious relationship if he didn’t get along with the kitty. After all, she was in my life before him. I place blame on the husband who had Pump for 12 years. He had to know from the beginning that Candace didn’t like Pump. How could he have done this to the poor kitty?

        2. Tracy   September 30, 2012 at 8:26 am  

          If she donated her earning I’d sure like to see proof.. This woman is heartless and self-serving and so is her “apology”. She is just trying to save face and get back any hope of getting clients. She openly admitted she did the show for publicity and money. Now that her publicity has exposed her for the petty, bitter, self centered, self serving person that she is, she wants to save face, and we should believe she would consider donating a dollar to a cat charity- she didn’t even consider keeping the cat! She even deleted her own facebook page because it became a source of negative publicity. Who in their right mind would trust an energy healer who throws objects at a 23 year old cat for simply wanting to be near her? What a fake. I feel bad for that poor baby, hope it doesn’t cry too much at night.

      3. DBK   March 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm  

        You folks are bang on. Pump was “energetically connected to his ex” she said. What absolute rubbish and what a rubbish woman. And mean. That guy should have dumped the mean woman and kept the sweet kitty.

    4. Judith Zinn, LCSW   September 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm  

      This was a gracious and, hopefully, sincere statement. Candice took responsbility for her part in creating all of this uproar and if she follows through on her promise to turn over the money to Jackson for a contribution to charity, it is perhaps better for Pump that he went to a loving home. Hopefully, he and his companion cat will be kept indoors and out of harm’s way. What is unfortunate is that Candice did not foresee the blowback that would result from her deception when she and her husband had already decided to rehome their cats. A great deal of drama and subsequent harm to her reputation could have been avoided had she never participated in the show.

      1. Melissa   September 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm  

        Basically, yes.

    5. Kym   September 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm  

      Candace: While your apology is appreciated, I hope you can understand why I, as well as others, find it a bit difficult to swallow. You already have presented yourself as someone who will say whatever sounds right at the time, regardless of your true intentions. Jackson was gracious enough to lend you his services, and you went into the situation knowing full well from your other forays into reality programming that MULTITUDES of people would be seeing you. As others have said, I’m not sure if you are truly sorry for what you did, or simply that it has come back to bite you. Not only did you do harm to a defenseless member of your family, I feel that you cheapened what Jackson tries to do for every cat he comes into contact with, and for that alone, I can’t forgive you. I hope you can heal yourself and learn from this experience, but not at the cost of another’s love and trust.

    6. Carrie   September 7, 2012 at 8:50 am  

      The problem is, perhaps, that thousands if not millions of people are desperately asking for real help for their cats. By participating in this show when you knew nothing was going to change your mind took the opportunity away from someone else and more importantly another cat. That cat may be in a shelter now or worse because you decided to do the show for all the wrong reasons.

      The sad truth is that Pump really is better off in a home where you are not living. A home that will protect him from further exploitation.

    7. Jennifer   September 8, 2012 at 9:37 am  

      Namaste Candice. I cannot believe my own behavior in attacking you. I am older and know better. Good luck to you, your family and Pump. I think your healing has evolved into an art and I am glad to hear from the real person. Blessings and Light. Kai-Yee

    8. Kim   September 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm  

      Candice we all saw through your act on the show & no one is surprised you did not keep pump. I’m sure you told your husband “the cat goes or I go” and he was forced to make that heartbreaking decision. I only wish your husband chose the cat instead of you.

    9. Zac   September 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm  

      Regretful of your actions, I don’t think so. Regretful that you got caught redhanded in perpetration of a fraud, definitely. I think the only actual truth in that whole “apology” was the admission that you did the show for the money.

      As for Jackson, while I would like to think that he didn’t have any idea of what was going on, it’s a hard pill to swallow, especially knowing that Hollywood is considered the epitome of ‘California-fake”, but if it’s true it sounds like his production team needs to do a much better job at vetting potential participants or this will just turn into another “reality” TV show.

      Hey Candice, here’s one last thought for you…..”Physician, heal thyself.” and people who don’t like cats come back in their next life as mice.

      1. Shelley Nagle   September 11, 2012 at 9:59 am  

        I must agree with these comments. I tried to keep an open mind, but How can she talk about all this energy work and be so heartless? This is so wrong. Maybe when she is old and unwanted she may see how her energy feels.

    10. Linda Eisenhauer   September 11, 2012 at 10:46 am  

      Hi Candice I am proud of you for taking responsibility and handling this like an adult. We all make mistakes and bad decisions and do things we regret. These are jusr learning opportunities to grow spiritually . It takes a big person to acknowledge and take responsibility for what they do! Good Job!

    11. sheila squires   September 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm  

      Hello Candice…all love that i have for cats aside…i AM a healer…have been for 25 years.
      i have never heard of anyone in the healing arts act or say the things you did.
      i am sorry you are having difficulty understanding the true meaning of giving. you MUST
      know how to do that before you can heal anyone…even yourself.

      i send your human baby blessings. maybe she will help you learn.

  44. Lanie   September 6, 2012 at 10:03 am  

    Thanks Jackson. As someone who works in the animal welfare with shelters I knew that this particular show would bring up some strong emotions. Not everyone if prepared to take on the challenges of cats with issues – or even those without when our life changes. The bottom line is Pump is loved and is in a loving home … we all need to be cognizant that life isn’t perfect and cut each other some “slack.” Eyes on the prizes – we need to work collaborative, not in a confrontational manner

  45. G-Man   September 6, 2012 at 10:06 am  

    Well stated Jackson. Thanks for keeping us focused.

  46. Patty   September 6, 2012 at 10:07 am  

    All of us are glad that Pump and the other cat are with Lucas’s mother and that it looks good for them. But what wasn’t addressed is the fact that even before the show, they planned on rehoming Pump. They did this for the money. She even said so. I think Animal Planet needs to get their money back, because this seems like a fraud was done. And it makes a lot of us upset at AP for not doing a better job of screening.

    1. Arlene   September 6, 2012 at 11:52 am  

      I agree with Patty wholeheartedly that poor pump was helpless with the situation, there’s an old saying what goes around comes around, might take some time but she will get her dose. Arlene

  47. Leslie Hernandez   September 6, 2012 at 10:13 am  

    We cannot show too much kindness. Thank you for your peaceful minded follow up.

  48. Barb B   September 6, 2012 at 10:22 am  

    Thank you for the update. There could be no better outcome than Pump finding forever home that will give him the love and caring that he deserves. Every animal deserves to have a full tummy, a warm bed and a sense of being loved!

  49. Amanda   September 6, 2012 at 10:22 am  

    I think a better home for Pump is where he’s surrounded by NOTHING BUT love, and it sounds like that’s where he is now (with Lucas’ parents). NMHO, Lucas did the best/most loving thing for kitty, given the circumstances, but I’m sure it was a really hard decision for him… (Sad too).

  50. Heather   September 6, 2012 at 10:32 am  

    I did not think that woman was going to “allow” Pump to stay. From the beginning it was obvious that she was just going through the motions and her husband was hurting. She has to be the alpha and the fact that Pump was an “old girlfriend’s” cat made her even more resistant to keeping him. I do not buy into her apology. She did what was BEST FOR HER and HER ALONE.
    Must wonder how long this man can live with a woman like this. Personally, 37 years ago I told my respective husband that I am a package deal with my cat. If he did not accept that then the there would be not deal. Since then we have been guardians (mom& dad) to 11 and we currently have 5. We also had Boxers in the mix a few times.
    At least Pump is in a home where he is appreciated, loved and above all WANTED.
    Thanks Jackson, you are awesome and I continue to look forward to your program as well as your postings.

  51. Carolyn A   September 6, 2012 at 10:45 am  

    Jackson, thank you for at least addressing the subject of Pump. It is just that I feel it could have been so much powerful of an episode if it had dropped the excessive human drama and instead addressed both the cat/energy connection (it was quite enlightening to see Pump’s reactions to the healing energy; it was a vivid reminder of how much a part of the circle of life and energy our companion animals are) AND the best considerations when rehoming a senior pet.

    I am uncomfortable when I juxtapose your clear on-camera emotional feelings about ripping a 23-year-old cat out of his home for rehoming with the off-camera revelations on Facebook and here that the 23-year-old cat was indeed rehomed – with a “grammie” that we never saw or heard about on the show, someone that there was no information about how close she was with Pump and his daily life.

    You emotionally told us that the stress of ripping a senior cat out of his home “could kill him”. I think it would have been/be helpful for *many people* to understand, if a pet guardian has no choice, what factors can reduce the risk of terminal stress if they MUST rehome their beloved senior. For example, how closely does the “new” home’s owner have to be involved in the cat’s life before? Do they need to have been frequent visitors? There are service people being deployed, people moving into a nursing home/care facility, and those making a job change to a location that precludes bringing their pet (overseas, etc.). In the first segment, show us the “problem” (less throwing books at closed doors) and explain the couple’s conflicted decision to rehome. Spend the middle segment of the show on the cat/energy connection. Spend the final segment showing us Pump (and Candice’s other cat?) with grammie and explaining the risk-reduction considerations and why they should work. We don’t need every episode to end with all parties living *together* happily ever after to learn more about living with cats.

    Kind of a P.S.: While I agree that writing negative comments about Candice’s personal life as reviews of her business, I strongly believe that the type of cold, unemotional behavior toward a cat that she showed – even if it was only “acting for the camera” – on the MCFH episode *does* bear a relationship to her ability to successfuly interact with clients with healing energy.

    1. VeryZenJen   September 30, 2012 at 12:34 am  

      Excellent, excellent post. SO well stated. You offered constructive criticism, positive reinforcement, and plausible solutions. I cannot say thank you enough for sharing your thoughts – I read through a great deal of random and irresponsible negativity before finally coming upon your post – and your post is where I am going to exit the conversation. Good vibes intact. Peace.

  52. donna   September 6, 2012 at 10:53 am  

    i am glad pump is now somewhere where he is loved. he was such a cool cat! i love that, at 23, he is still so healthy and beautiful. i hope he stays that way for a long time. i hope i will be so lucky with my own relatively young cats

  53. Nick   September 6, 2012 at 10:54 am  

    Jackson I think the world of you and what you have achieved. The things you do for cats and the feline world at large are amazing but in this case I have to disagree with you. If it had been a younger a cat or some other situation I would be a little more okay with it, but quite simply this woman just did not WANT this cat and that was apparent. Now I understand she had a baby on the way but the only time she seemed honestly interested in him was when she saw the chance to make money off of the idea of expanding her business to include pets, that is just wrong to me. The cat was elderly not really doing any of the things we have come to see you deal with weekly on your program, she was just hung up on the fact that 12 years ago an ex-girlfriend gave him Pump. I am glad he is in a loving home but I think we all know she has probably shortened his life by being selfish. If she was not an expectant mother I would be quoting my favorite Monty Python movie “BURN HER!!!”

  54. Dee   September 6, 2012 at 10:56 am  

    “Dude, she, like, totally wrecked yer episode.”
    I agree strongly with Patty (#50). The issue is one of fraud. The cat’s fine and that’s great, but her whole performance was just that — fiction. I still think you’re the genuine real deal, Jackson, and I think good Cat Mojo did happen there, like you said. But, her statements after the fact have damaged the show’s reputation as “reality” TV versus “based loosely on actual events” TV or plain ol’ drama. I *want* to believe that these stories of redemption and healing are real. They give me hope — it makes the show more exciting. Now, I can’t fool myself into that anymore. I guess she’s done me a favor. I will still watch the show, but I’ll take it all with a pinch of salt, as I should have been all along. I guess I’m just a gullible idiot. Wouldn’t be the first time. 🙂

    1. Marybeth   September 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm  

      I agree completely with you. I still admire Jackson, but will watch the show with a different eye from now on.

      1. Clark   October 19, 2015 at 2:06 am  

        Couldn’t agree more.

        I loved this series so much and I wanted to believe all these cases were actual stuffs.
        Perhaps it is time for me to grow up and accept the reality.

        Why the hack would people want to be on a freaking TV show without getting paid! (facepalm)
        …now that I think of it.

  55. Kelly   September 6, 2012 at 10:59 am  

    I’m sorry, Jackson, but I can’t agree with you on this one. I wish that I could, because I respect you and everything that you do. But in this case, we are right to vilify Candice, and Lucas to an extent, because neither one of them stepped up to the plate as cat guardians. Pump deserves better, and the fact that he was driven out of his own home is shameful. Somebody, somewhere, needs to stand up for Pump and call a spade a spade. I’m angry, and for good reason. Any animal’s life, cat or otherwise, is a reason for anger.

    1. Yippy   September 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm  

      I totally agree with you, Kelly. Candace and Lucas got exactly what they deserved and Someone had to speak up for Pump for how poorly he had been treated – in this case, unfortunately, I do not think Jackson did.

    2. Kym   September 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm  

      Well said, Kelly. I think it also bears mentioning that Candace and Lucas went into this as a “reality-show acting job”, and they now must bear the brunt of their actions. The only other method we would have would be to stop watching Jackson and MCFH, and I don’t think THAT is the right thing to do. I don’t agree with wishes of violence toward Candace or Lucas, but they least they deserve is to bear the ire of those of us they purposely deceived on the show.

    3. Candy Justice   September 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm  

      Amen Kelly. Unfortunately I lost my facebook account & so did another friend of mine due to our concerns in regards to Pump. My friend & I were quite vocal in regards to Pump’s ex guardians & I guess Jackson didn’t like it & complained to facebook. I don’t regret though. My only concern was for Pump & as long as he is happy than so am I.

  56. Sharon Kent   September 6, 2012 at 11:30 am  

    I don’t know if it is Pump’s age or the attitude of his owners but this episode had a real impact on those who follow you Jackson. This episode just didn’t have the same feel as all the others and I wonder if it had to do with the “behind the scenes” stuff we didn’t know. As an active shelter volunteer with cats I have learned so much and know I can better interact with cats I am helping get adopted through watching your program and reading your book. Thank you for that. Pump’s episode should serve as a learning experience for all of us – real life cannot be scripted.

  57. Jeff   September 6, 2012 at 11:45 am  

    The work Jackson does is incredible. As is the show. My wife Paige and I were truly touched by the episode about Pump. He touched us so and we’ve watched the segment numerous times. I wish his guardians had been less selfish, but alas Pump is now in a home where he is loved. Hopefully Candace will be a better mother with her baby than she was with Pump.

    1. Laura   September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm  

      Jeff You should not judge how good a person will be as a mother just because they don’t like cats. She will probably make an excellent mother. I think she as a healer probably felt she needed to concentrate on her work and felt that Pump was interfering instead of realizing that the vibrations were calling him as much as her clients
      It is a moot point at any rate, because pump is living with his grandma. and Iam sure is not geting yelled at

      1. sara   September 8, 2012 at 10:42 am  

        A “healer” would take into account the feelings of those around her, including non-humans…not focus ONLY on herself.

        1. Beth Horner   April 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm  

          Amen Sara

  58. Julie   September 6, 2012 at 11:57 am  

    Thanks for trying to make it work for Pump in his home. I am really glad he stayed within the family so he will be comforted when he can see his person Lucas. May he live out his days in peace with a nice lady who will love and care for him, maybe even spoil him a little bit! This was a super tough episode to watch but I am confident Jackson did everything to try to make it comfortable for Pump, and though a great stressor, it’s probably for the best. Love the show, and I suppose it’s these tough episodes that reminds us to make committments we can keep…we are, after all “cat guardians”!”

  59. Rayn   September 6, 2012 at 11:59 am  

    I am so happy Pump is with Lucas’s mom. I’m very relieved to know that he is completely loved and in a really good home. Candace and Lucas have their own personal issues to deal with and I truly wish them well and happy lives and thank them for taking responsibility for putting Pump is a safe and loving home. Pump is an extraordinary cat and he has touched so many of our lives in such a short time. Please keep us posted on how he is doing. I’m sure we all feel like foster guardians to him.

    Peace & Love

  60. apricot2   September 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm  

    Fait accompli.

    Quote —
    I am handing over every dollar my husband and I earned from the show to Jackson for him to donate it to a cat charity of his choosing.
    Candice Cheadle

    Hope she is sincere about this — do let us know.

  61. Mary   September 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm  

    I’m truly sorry for Candice, actually, it was apparent to me that Pump was in her life to heal her, not the other way around. As a healer herself, the benefits of his loving spirit could have only increased her ability to help her clients. I’m sure Pump will be just fine, I wish Candice the best…maybe the next time a healing cat comes her way she will be open to the love and joy she will receive.

  62. Nancy Hori   September 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm  

    Thanks Jackson, you’re really amazing and have helped everyone but me!! And my situation could easily be a matter of literally “life” or “death”!! I’ll keep you posted if anything ever does happen, that is if you want to know! Every day is such a challenge and its only getting harder as Bongo keeps growing! He should max out at about the size of an average size coyote, which is pretty big for a cat! We’ll see what happens!

    1. Karyn V   September 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm  

      Out of curiosity, is Bongo part bobcat? Or is he a Savannah?

  63. Spooky's mom   September 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm  

    Pump touched all of us and we are all in awe of him
    How could we not see this episode?
    Please keep us updated on him
    Yes, I wish that Pump didn’t need to go to a new home but life in a loving home has to be the best outcome

  64. Jenn   September 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm  

    I can’t speak for everyone but another issue I had was that Candace kept bringing up the fact that the cat was HIS EX-girlfriends! The EX was from 12 years ago, the cat was HIS now and for gods’ sake, Pump is 23 years old! Get over the fact that he was from a prior relationship! Would she feel the same way about a child from a prior relationship??? The poor cat, all he wanted was some love and affection and all he got was resentment for something he had no control over.

  65. Adrianna   September 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm  

    I think an honest public statement from Candice explaining her choice would help a lot to soothe nerves.

  66. Jen   September 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm  

    While leaving Pump in the home with Candice and Lucas was the ultimate goal, there are things we may not be aware of that caused Pump to need to leave. I just hope Lucas sees him often at his Mom’s so Pump knows he wasn’t abandoned. Best of luck to all of them.

  67. Teri   September 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm  

    But did you read her post that she KNEW she was giving Pump away even before Jackson came? And that she ONLY did the show for the money and only ‘acted’ mean to get on the show?

  68. Pens Thayer   September 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm  

    Jackson: Thank you for making a comment on Pump. I would have been truly disappointed if you had not. There were many concerned people, that love your show enough to pour their hearts out in writing. I was one of them. I hope and pray that only the director, staff, Lucas and Candice knew the outcome before the show aired. I love watching your show, and truly believe you are a “Cat Daddy” and there is no doubt that you love the kitties. They absolutely respond to you. I regret to say with regard to the show I will be watching it with a more cynical eye, not because of you, but “production and such.” Keep loving and helping the kitties Babe!

  69. Liz   September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm  

    Too bad nobody is facing the fact they are expexting a child. And if candice only did it for the money why did she get prego. I think candice ahould dinate any money made from the show to a cat shelter and i will definately not feel this show is real at all

  70. Diane Klekotka   September 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm  

    I agree with Jen above, “I just hope Lucas sees him often at his Mom’s so Pump knows he wasn’t abandoned.”

    I don’t particularly credit Candice’s words (post #56) with a great deal of candor considering her actions. May they become more true as time goes by. We leave her to her karma. Nothing more.

    It is Jackson’s wish that we let it go from here and refrain from vitriol. Agreed.

    We love you Jackson. You rock.

  71. Lesa   September 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm  

    I appreciate all that you do and all that you teach people when it comes to giving your cat a safe, happy life. I watch your show every week and always seem to learn something new. I have a year old cat and because of you and your knowledge I made sure she was spayed, vet checkup and microchiped, but best of all is she brings me more happiness than I could ever imagine. I feel that cats are very smart and know when they are loved and cared for. Thank-You for bieng ther to help people better understand how things work when it comes to having a cat.

  72. Bec   September 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm  

    I have sat back today and try to really get hold of my emotions to write something that did not show my anger. Here goes…. Jackson, I LOVE you! As I read all the shocking notes that you and the show knew that Pump was rehomed and still showed this did hurt my belief in you at first…Just being honest…Now I do know it is a show; It is just the words you said “A matter of life or death” for this cat. I think that is the issue everyone has here. It pulled on our hearts and it kind of crushed our image of you when we heard this was already known..like a big cliff hanger. Now, I cannot take away from ALL THE GOOD you have done and all the good you are going to continue to do! This was just a life lesson, for all of us. As for Candice AND Lucas, the deception runs very deep! As someone who BELIEVES in holistic “medicine”, I thought it was quite odd behavior you showed as a “healer”. I watched your eyes and I knew in my heart you were not telling the truth but, I thought with Jackson’s help, maybe you would at least allow this poor old dude live the rest of his time in peace. Yes, I could go on but, I will not as I know I will only get upset again. I read your apology and as a resolution you stated you would donate all the money back to a “rescue” of Jacksons choice. Good decision. DO NOT take it as a tax write off either. I was raised if someone asks for forgiveness to grant it BUT your actions in the future will really hold the key if you were sincere. I hope for you that you were.

  73. Karyn V   September 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm  

    Thank you for your update on Pump. I think so many negative comments were generated because Candace was so callous and self-serving in her original FB post and Pump was such a sweet wonderful cat. As I said in some of my posts, I have a huge soft spot in my head and my heart for senior cats. If you plunked the world’s cutest kitten down next to an old guy, I would take the old guy everytime. I adopted my Nifty at 12 and my Nikki-Tom at 14. I miss both of them. Not to mention my Kelly Springfield who left me at age 21 and a half. Reading Candace’s statement it seems that she still doesn’t quite “get it.” It’s a start, and maybe when she grows up she’ll understand what all the fuss was about. I’m glad Pump is loved, although like others, I’m concerned that he is allowed outside. Jackson, thank you for all you do and thank you for updating everyone about dear, sweet Pump.

  74. Billye   September 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm  

    Very well said, Jackson!

    It is probably better for Pump to be with an older guardian. Especially since there will be a newborn baby arriving. The stress of hearing a baby crying could be upsetting for Pump & later on when the baby starts crawling & walking. He’s in a much calmer environment now. For what it’s worth, I approve of their choice!

    I just wonder if he’s still getting healing treatments in his new home. I have given & received healings. Marvelous experiences!

  75. kary   September 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm  

    When the owners first went online after the episode aired to complain about the way the show depicted them, I rolled my eyes. This is the only non-scripted show I watch so although I knew that shows like House Hunters have been accused of misrepresenting (to put it mildly) the process, I believed My Cat From Hell mostly free of such manipulation. That’s why I was disappointed when Candice revealed that the decision to re-home Pump had been made before the show even began filming, but I was even more bothered when I found out that they have another cat as well as a dog. Why weren’t they shown, or at least mentioned, during the episode? As Beverly and others have already posted, I’m not sure I can buy what this show is selling anymore.

  76. Bob   September 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm  

    I’m glad they loved Pump enough to seek your help and to ultimately find him the right home. As you said, we only see a small part of the story and none of us are living their lives so it’s unfaif for us to judge.
    Thank you for helping humans and cats – you’re awesome !

  77. Maria Johnson   September 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm  

    I love the show “My Cat From Hell” with Jackson Galaxy. I have “owned” cats for over 30 years. I have learned a lot about cats in that time. Every cat has their own purrsonality and we as humans need to respect that. Cats have their likes & dislikes and they can tell a lot about people as well. Just as humans choose to like certain people, so can cats. I find it amazing how ignorant about cats some people are and wonder why they have problems with their cats. Thank you Jackson for educating people and understanding that some cats may not like some people who adopt them and are happier living with other people. It’s not abuse when you make sure that the new home is as good or better than your own when cat & human don’t get along.

  78. paula walker   September 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm  

    As usual, well put Jackson.

  79. paula walker   September 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm  

    As usual, well put Jackson.

  80. coreen   September 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm  

    Thanks to Kelly—You said what EVERYONE is Thinking. I DO NOT believe ANY of what Candice said in her “apology’–I think she is still ‘Acting’. Or maybe the producers told her to say something, cos of all the Mess she made . Jackson –PLease do a Check-up visit with Pump—AND Please also do a Follow-up episode , so that All of us can See that he is OK !!!

  81. heidi   September 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm  

    AW Pump is such a nice boy and he just wanted to be a part of things. He was too sweet sitting on the chair watching the sessions, I was so sure they would keep him. I am happy to know he is in a place that appreciates him though and hope he continues to live a long and happy life. Jackson you Rock!!!!

  82. Terri   September 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm  

    I was dismayed at this episode. Regardless of Jackson’s attempts to ‘reframe’ the facts, it was obvious she felt the episode was about her and her business and how engaging with the elderly feline was beneficial to her business first and foremost. It was all about her and it was obvious that old Pump was out the door right from the beginning. The phrase “resistance is futile” kept running through my head for some reason. I have an elderly cat; I am her 3rd owner. She was born in the boonies on Okinawa about 16 years ago. She’s not an easy companion but I’ve learned to read her and we get along fine. More importantly we all should understand that owning an pet is about stewardship; we are responsible for the well-being and care of the animals we have regardless of who they belonged to before us or any other prior history. This whole episode was disturbing and it is unfortunate to find that this show is as unrealistic as all the other “reality” shows on tv today.

  83. Paula   September 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm  

    Jackson you are my hero. You are one of the few real men in this world and your example of kindness and compassion is inspiring.

  84. Anne Feminella   September 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm  

    No matter how much I appreciate Jackson’s glorious work, and no matter how much Candace apologizes and donates her money, I am still beyond disbelief at this episode. Pump is awesome, and yes, hopefully, now in loving setting, however, how prepared is Lucas’ mother, or he, or Candace prepared to deal with this awesome senior cat? Obviously, they are not. To reiterate some feelings, Candace was cold as ice, how can one realize that any human or cat is being helped by your “healing” and still be as obtuse and unrelenting as she came across? I felt true awesomeness in the healing work, and as soon as you, Candace, opened your mouth, I decided that it was all BS. Change your attitude, give all the money back, and make sure that if you continue to practice, you get yourself some healing first. I suspect that perhaps this is so very needed, because children are much, much more unpredictable than a senior cat named Pump.

  85. Michael   September 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm  

    It stinks that it appears that a lot (all) of the shows are scripted. That really came through on the Pump episode, mostly because of Candice “letting the cat out of the bag” on her Facebook about the “reality” of the experience vs. what we saw on the show. She’s kind of mean/weird for stating these things publicly; but that’s how she came across on the show, too. You’d think there’d have been some sort of confidentiality agreement with AP. But, we all realize she’s a little off anyway. Both her Facebook page, and as of a few hours ago, her company website (www.asoundlife.com) appear to be down. Perhaps she regrets the whole thing (her LinkedIn is still up). Anyway, I there’s no sense in persecuting her. It is what it is.

    And, even though the show is clearly scripted for continuity and “happy-feeling” (I always think it’s cool that they don’t screw up on Jackson’s shirts from clip-to-clip), Jackson’s advice and expertise is paramount and very REAL. And let’s face it, the cats are the stars of the show! (Well, Jackson, too.)

    I too would love to see a format change, that’s already been suggested somewhere in these comments–only one-case-per-episode shows. Then it can be more in depth, a fake scenario about splitting up a couple wouldn’t be necessary, and continuity would be less of an issue. I think there’d be a real chance at “more realistic” reality this way.

    Either way, I love the cats, and I love and need Jackson’s advice. I thank him, and my two cats thank him, as well! 🙂

  86. Avery   September 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm  

    I advocate for animals of all kinds and come across all kinds of people frustrated by others attitudes and with the countries they come from. The abuse of animals, etc. We have to have faith and do what we can while we can. Being angry just blocks out the positive essence of life itself and once its blocked there is no where to go in anyone’s hearts or minds. I say this, as it has saved me on many an occassion. Mother Teresa said once to an exasperated woman who was at her wits end cos she couldnt feed everyone, Mother T said.. if you cannot feed 100, feed one. I use it in everything when I feel those walls coming. I talk for that one, donate for that one, speak for many with hope one is saved. I believe deep in my soul where my light emanates from that the endings of things will balance out as long as we do things for the right reasons, speak the right way. Sometimes you cannot reach the masses, dont get angry or frustrated, reach out to one, and never stop. ~A~

    1. Terri   September 7, 2012 at 6:29 am  

      Very good point and thank you for sharing that. It reminds me of the ‘starfish story’. We cannot help all but we CAN make a difference and help at least one. Sometimes cynicism wins out but when that happens ‘the one’ will suffer and there is no need for that. Today is a new day and a new way to reach out to anyone or any animal that needs our help.

  87. Karen   September 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm  

    Well I believe that Candice needs to be honest. Her business website still states that she has two cats and a dog. This obviously isn’t true. I also believe that her apology posted here is just her continuing the charade and acting. I believe it is just damage control because in the end, this will hurt her business which is really what she was trying to promote on the show. It had nothing to do with poor old Pump.

  88. Tracey   September 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm  

    Jackson: You do understand that you have probably destroyed your wonderful show by pimping these reality TV fame whores, right? And that you have seriously impaired your credibility by posting on Facebook how wonderful everything was with Candace and pump long after you surely knew what actually happened? You understand that they continue to destroy your reputation by talking about how it was all just acting for the money?

    I am truly stunned, because, as others have said, I did not think of your show as reality TV; I thought of it as educational television. I’m not stupid: I knew that many of the participants were working the reality TV tropes and playing their parts to the hilt, but I thought you were real, and your work with the cats was real. Now I’m honestly not sure what to think. If you’re willing to broadcast this show, without commentary, knowing how things actually turned out… how can you expect me to believe anything you broadcast?

    1. Brent   October 20, 2012 at 11:40 am  

      What a disappointment to learn that Jackson went along with a charade after he knew that Pump would be re-homed. I lost all respect for Jackson as an individual. He may still do good work, but so do most of us. He projected an image of concern for our feline companions that outweighed his own concerns for money and fame which sadly appears to have been a front. That the joke of a “healer” that got rid of her husband’s 23 year old cat companion is a fake was obvious; that Jackson put fake things above his concerns for cats was not.

      I hope Jackson will redeem himself by turning the show into a truthful representation of what happens, or quitting the show entirely should others prevent him from doing so.

  89. Kim   September 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm  

    Let us not forget there is a squalling infant coming into this home. I believe Pump is much better off in the peaceful adult home he has been moved to, than he ever could have been surrounded by the chaos of a new family. I have seen the challenge it was for my elderly cat to accept the noise and disruption of a new baby. On top of the obvious conflict with Candice, I think this is too much to ask.

  90. Melissa   September 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm  

    I’m actually very glad for Pump. He’s definitely better off with someone who can take care of his special needs. I suppose the “fake” element can’t be totally avoided. Hey, I had Animal Planet on the other day and they had a supposedly “real” documentary about mermaids, so my hopes aren’t high. I just wish there wasn’t so much unnecessary added drama, and I hope the producers will keep in mind that if it gets TOO faked, it will take away from the show and the genuinely useful info it provides. I can handle the CatMobile car and the other over the top gestures.

    I think it’s cheating to bombard this woman’s business with bad reviews if you’ve never met her or had a session. I wish people wouldn’t do that. In the end, if the cat’s fine, I simply do not care about her or her husband or anything else, and I think they can just live out their lives in peace and hopefully make better decisions in the future.

    However, something I don’t think anyone else has mentioned:

    I hope she is not really kidding herself that she can work with and heal animals now. This isn’t about publicity. This is about admitting to herself that she is not ready for this and may never be.

    Also, what a serious blow she did to her healing practice, and by that, I mean the entire *kind* of healing practice! Think about it: I’m sitting at home, watching this show. I live in Southern California, but I don’t think like a Southern Californian. I’m seeing this thing with the silks and the rainbows and the “bonnng” and thinking “vibrational therapist? What IS that? That looks ridiculous.” Finding out this woman actually did fake it makes me think, “well, vibrational therapy: add that to my list of silly useless expensive things I’ll never waste my money on.” People who really try to do this work must be so upset. I know I’d be.

    Of course I will still watch the show. I was at the vet today and we both love Jackson’s work.

    1. Karyn V   September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am  

      Melissa, it’s good to see that not everyone in Southern Cal subscribes to things like vibrational therapy. I have an open mind about new age/alternative therapies – if you have enough money, it just might work. That said, I used to know a man who was a healer. He used to hold public sessions the first and third Wednesdays of every month and only asked for a dollar donation to cover the room rental. He considered his healing abilities as a gift from God, not as a way to make a buck. I am rambling. I hate that this woman cheapened Jackson’s work. I am currently using some of his techniques combined with his Spirit Essences and have had amazing results.

  91. Lucia   September 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm  

    I cried, got upset with the pet guardians, but in the end, Jackson did his best. The further enlightenment of the humans is up to the timetable of the Universe. So, everyone, in Pump’s honor, donate to humane societies, get your own neighborhood strays spayed and neutered.

  92. Hil   September 7, 2012 at 3:48 am  

    Wise words from Jackson. I know that his objective was to keep Pump from being re-homed, but like he said, if the guardians aren’t in agreement with that, then you can’t force them to keep the cat. I think the way he worded it in the episode was, “you can’t break arms…” So he did what he could. And after that, his hands were tied. All he wanted was what was best for Pump. And all in all, I am happy to hear that Pump is alive and well, and in a good home (and with his “sister” cat). I have had a lot of anger and frustration at what I saw from the cat guardians in this episode as well, but Jackson is wise to advise us to move on at this point. Dwelling on the ugly feelings doesn’t really do anyone any good. I love you & your fantastic work, Jackson! 🙂

  93. Ken   September 7, 2012 at 4:16 am  

    It seems that other options should have been explored before kicking the cat out of the home. The changes Jackson suggested sure seemed to be working, so why rehome the cat? Why does she need to operate her business in her house? She could have rented a space for that. There are always other options. I hope Pump is doing well but it still angers me that she would banish this sweet cat for what appear to be purely selfish reasons. I hope she doesn’t rehome her baby if it cries when she’s with a client.

  94. Judi   September 7, 2012 at 4:57 am  

    Jackson- you are the best. That episode with Pump really touched a collective nerve here. I think we all fell in love with him, I know I did. I hope the move wasn’t too hard on Pump. Please do give us an update when you can. We would all be grateful for that. Everyone wants the best for the sweet puddy!.

    1. Judith Zinn, LCSW   September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm  

      There WERE no other options. These people had pre-determined that Pump was leaving and Candice did not have any reall feelings for him. Hopefully, he is in a home in which he and his buddy will be loved and respected for what’s left of their lives. They deserve it. Hopefully, they will no longer be allowed outdoors and will have their medical and emotional needs met.

  95. Julie   September 7, 2012 at 6:00 am  

    Your show seems to focus on human relationships rather than helping cats. I understand that by helping the humans that you in turn help the cats they care for, but your show is becoming repetitive. Every episode focuses on owners who are at their breaking point and can no longer function normally as people. Honestly it is getting a little hard to believe. Many people have cats with behavioral problems and just need your help. I would love to see you continue to educate people about the importance of play but also about maintaining clean litter boxes, and how important it is to feed a species appropriate diet. I feel if you continue with the human drama, your show will lose viewers. Make it about cats.

    1. Buff Lee   September 7, 2012 at 6:15 am  

      In order to make a show about cats, who have admittedly little control over their own lives, the show MUST be about the humans who care for the cats – that’s, in my opinion, exactly why the Pump story was so spot on. Jackson can only do so much. I’m just glad Pump ended up in a loving home where he can see his fellow on occasion. I feel sorry for the healer as she clearly missed a marvelous opportunity in her practice nd needs to do some healing of her own (re: the ex-girlfriend issue). Jackson, you did your best. Nuff said.

      1. Julie   September 7, 2012 at 8:24 am  

        Buff Lee, I don’t know if you have ever watched Dog Whisperer, but Cesar is truly about helping the dogs. Not every show focuses on desperate people who are about to commit suicide over their pets behavior and the show is better for it. I honestly feel that if My Cat from Hell continues with the formula they are following, it won’t last much longer. I know I am already bored by it. Nuff said.

        1. Buff Lee   September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am  

          Your loss, I guess. YMMV. I just know as a family member of many cats and dogs over my 61 years, I learn more from Jackson’s show every time I watch it and the main thing I’ve learned from my animals as well as from Jackson is that it’s about the way people relate to their animals in every way. I’ve had some pretty tough customers (animals) in my life (ones who’ve been dumped in the street, ones who’ve been considered inconvenient and therefore taken to shelters or worse, and ones who’ve been obviously abused and tossed aside), but I have never meant one that couldn’t be reached by changing my behavior/attitude to give the animal what it needed. It’s much easier than trying to get a long with human room-mates. Animals are pretty clear on what they want and need, even if we don’t always understand what they are trying to tell us. Many humans, however seem to thrive on secrecy, competitiveness, and are often very passive-aggressive in their actions. Show me one animal who wants to cause discord and harm for the “fun” of it, or to be the winner. Even alpha animals are looking for balance and calm. Wish I could say that about human beings. I could care less about the couple who re-homed Pump – it was their loss as well. I’m just glad Pump went to a family member and is being loved and cared for. That’s the bottom line. I learn from Jackson and from the animals every time.

      2. Beverly   September 7, 2012 at 9:21 am  

        I don’t want to speak for Julie, but I gathered from her post that she does understand the importance of humans in the cat/guardian relationship, but I think she also feels Jackson should focus on some practical issues (i.e. diet, play, litter box maintenance, etc.) that are just as important. I am someone who would definitely find that useful and interesting. There’s always more to learn. 🙂

        1. Julie   September 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm  

          Thank you Beverly, that is exactly what I was trying to convey 😀

    2. ilovecats   September 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm  

      Julie, I totally agree with you. I understand the importance of the cat/human relationship but this MCFH show seems to be going overboard on the human drama. Which we now really don’t know if true or not. When they are doing auditions they actually ask how their problem with the cat is ruining your relationship so that is what they are mainly looking for. I wish each show could be a little different than all the same so it continues to help cat pawrents learn from it. I find it is getting boring quickly. I wonder how many even make up their relationship problems just to get on the show. I guess after with this show about Pump and what we have learned, I have become less excited about watching it and I don’t think I am the only one. I do really hope that Jackson himself actually checked on Pump at the Mother’s house to make sure he is being well taken care of. Because if not, I am sure someone would step up and take really good care of him.

  96. Hil   September 7, 2012 at 6:58 am  

    Want to add something else…For those who are criticizing Jackson, I imagine that there are aspects of the TV show that are not in his control. Likely there are producers who make decisions about scripting, editing, etc, and the final product (episode) we see is probably more to do with how they (not necessarily Jackson) want it to come across. Also, while the Cheadles say that they never intended to keep Pump, it could be that Jackson wasn’t aware of this at the time the episode filmed. Perhaps her “I’m keeping Pump” statement at the end duped him, as well as us viewers. All I’m saying is…keep an open mind here. Don’t vilify Jackson, I think the last thing he’d want is to antagonize fellow cat-loving viewers. Indeed, he looked pained at several points in this episode, I think it was an especially tough one, and I think his heart has always been in the right place & he wants us all to stay focused on the positive.

    1. Michael   September 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm  

      Thumbs up!! Great point.

  97. Midge   September 7, 2012 at 7:08 am  

    As the owner/guardian of a senior cat (18) I found this episode particularly disturbing and agree that it was a huge mistake to feature this animal-hating couple. I would have to imagine that there are other cat guardians out there with more serious problems than getting cat hair on her expensive pillows and precious silks, or wanting some occasional attention. I sincerely hope that he’s in a better place now, with someone who will give him the love and respect he deserves at this stage of his life.

  98. JaneA   September 7, 2012 at 7:23 am  

    To all of those who say they’re disappointed because Candace said the show was a “reality show” and therefore it must be totally scripted … I honestly doubt that. I think a lot of what Candace said on her original page was self-serving and I think she did go into it with the attitude that it was nothing but a scripted reality show, not because it really IS a scripted reality show. I’d be curious to hear from Jackson how the show works, but here’s what I can surmise right off the bat:

    1. Jackson obviously doesn’t do all the work he does in a few 5-minute visits. There are many hours of training, counseling, etc., involved in getting the humans and cats working well together.

    2. Because the production company wants the show to get good ratings and interpersonal drama equals good ratings, obviously they’re going to edit all those hundreds of hours of contact into a few of the most dramatic segments. I think Jackson has less control over what ends up on the cutting room floor than a lot of you may believe.

    3. I’d be curious to hear if Jackson was as surprised to find out that Pump was rehomed as we were and when he actually DID find out. I’m guessing it was about the time the rest of us found out. Candace said she knew she was going to rehome Pump before the episode was taped, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Jackson, or even the production company, knew.

    4. For those of you who say you feel Jackson blew off his fans by not talking about Pump as soon as Candace went public about the fact that he was rehomed: if you were following his Facebook page, you would have known that he was indeed investigating the situation. Following up on these things takes time, and I think he took the high road by finding out what was going on BEFORE he went public with his statement.

    Although Candace and Lucas may have cheapened the show, I’d urge you not to demonize Jackson as some kind of sleazy reality-show huckster.

    I do agree that I’d love to see some follow-ups on some of the cats that have been featured in the show.

    1. Beverly   September 7, 2012 at 10:38 am  

      I think those of us who mentioned feeling Jackson may have skirted the issue or felt “blown off” by him HAVE been following Jackson’s FB. Please don’t assume we haven’t. I think you have misread or misinterpreted what we have stated. From what I’ve seen posted here, only two people posted the comments you are referring to — myself and a poster named Beth. My comment regarding being disappointed and feeling some issues were skirted was in regards to Jackson’s published statement, and NOT in regards to feeling he should have addressed the issue on FB sooner, as you have stated. That could not be further from the truth. I felt Jackson acted in a very timely manner with his statement, yet in his statement he did not address some issues that came to light after the show aired. You said yourself that you would be curious to hear from Jackson on “how the show works.” That is similar to what Beth (the other poster) and I have expressed. For reference, you may go back and reread our comments in posts 37 & 38.

      I think most of us already realize the other things you have mentioned in your other comments listed in 1 – 3 regarding production, editing, the hours Jackson actually spends with the cats & guardians, etc.

      Regarding Candices’ FB comments, I don’t know if you saw her original posts, but she stated the decision to rehome Pump was not hidden from anyone. I think that’s one of the main issues many people had, and had hoped Jackson would specifically address. I don’t think anyone is taking Candice’s FB posts as the absolute truth, but many of us did want to hear Jackson respond directly to that comment. Also, Candice’s comment about “doing the show for money, and not because she thought Jackson was going to solve anything.” That’s another comment that prompted people to start to wonder about the show. Those are the types of things some of us would have liked to have been addressed in Jackson’s statement. But as I previously mentioned in another post, perhaps Jackson is limited to what he can and cannot say.

      Lastly, I don’t think anyone is “demonizing Jackson,” as you have suggested. I think people have concerns about the show’s production, and it’s okay for people to express their disappointment. It’s also okay to be disappointed that Jackson didn’t address what they had hoped. As I stated in previous posts, I love Jackson’s spirit and I love what he does. I’ll continue to watch the show, but yes, I was disappointed.

    2. Michael   September 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm  

      Thumbs up, again! 🙂

    3. Mia   September 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm  

      I agree with many of JaneA’s points, and also with other people’s feeling that MCFH should vary its format.
      Oddly enough, when I saw the Pump episode, I felt that Candice was “faking” and she really intended to keep Pump all along. This made me question the “reality” of other episodes I’ve seen and loved. I was stunned, therefore, to hear that she and Lucas had re-homed Pump and the “faking” was that they intended to keep him.
      We cat lovers are invested in this show, as you can see by the flood of response to this episode. Please don’t sacrifice truth for formula.

  99. Carrie   September 7, 2012 at 8:20 am  

    I’m glad Pump went to a home where he will be loved. I still can’t reconcile the healer part of Pump’s former guardian and the get rid of this cat part of her, however, those are her issues. As long as Pump has a stable place to live out his life and gets the love and honor his catness deserves it’s a good resolution.

    I have a Senior Kitizen cat– Kelda is 14 years old. She was no spring chicken when I moved in with my husband, but I made it clear that if you love me, you love my cats. Anything else was a deal breaker because I made the commitment to my cats first. It took a long time for my husband to build a relationship with my two cats, but he became their Cat Daddy 100%. When the younger of the two, Socks at 11 years old, succumbed to cancer this summer, he held her in his arms and sang to her when she was put down. She was my ex-husband’s cat.

    I came into watching Pump’s episode with similar experience, except in my house there was no conflict. I saw my older cat in Pump. She wants to watch the world and be apart of the family, but being older she needs a little accommodation and a lot of “yes” spaces.

    In our house we recognize the healing value of cats. We have “Cat Therapy”. Whenever my son or my hubby or myself is feeling down, we spend some time with a cat. It’s an instant pick me up. I cannot even begin to tell you how much our cats have made difference in my son’s struggle with autism. Teaching my son to read a cat’s body language and to build trust with his cats has been an amazing tool that he has been able to use with humans. When I saw Pump’s owner was a healer I saw a HUGE business opportunity that Pump could take an active role in. It’s unfortunate for both Pump and this womnan that she couldn’t see past whatever issues she had to fully explore their relationship potential personally and professionally.

    It is about helping the cats ultimately and if this woman can’t see Pump’s value than he’s better off with someone that does.

    1. Judith Zinn, LCSW   September 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm  

      A lovely post, Carrie. When my 16 year old Siamese girl appeared to be at death’s door from renal failure and an embolism that occurred while she was hospitalized and paralyzed her, I literally was holding her as my vet was preparing to euthanize her. She looked at me, I looked at her and I said, “She’s coming home; if she dies there, so be it.” I prepared a hospital setting in the Master Bath and learned how to administer fluids. I hand fed her and she ate. Within a couple of weeks, she was managing to get into her litter box; within a month, she was finding her way down the hall to get turkey breast treats on her own. And, on a watershed day, I was on my (platform) bed when I heard a “thunk” She was up on the bed.

      My vet believes that the embolism resolved itself, but was amazed at the very sick cat that left to “die at home” and the healthy cat that came back for a check-up. My baby had a very good year of quality life, but as happens with so many cats who are treated with fluids, she eventually let me know that it was time for me to let her go. Her ashes are by the bed, where they will remain with those of my many departed friends.

      A post-script: Two years later, I received a call from a rescue group, telling me that a Chocolate Point Siamese girl had been found wandering the streets…no microchip and no response to advertisements. When she came to be “fostered” by me, and went to be spayed, she was found to have a uterus filled with pus from Pyometra. Fortunately, it was caught in time and the “foster” became Jasmine, my fourth rescue cat who lives with my other three rescues and two German Shepherd rescues whom she rules with an iron paw. Karma…my little Jasmine seems like an incarnation of my Blue-Point soulmate.

      It’s too bad that Candice was unable to give her heart to Pump..he was so ready to give his to her.

      1. Buff Lee   September 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm  

        Here, here! I would no way miss these last two years with Jerry Garcia, my 19 year old tiger-striped tabby, than give up one of my human children. We were told to euthanize Jerry when he was diagnosed with brain cancer, but chose to bring him home…and here he is alive and kicking (albeit shakily) and playing and talking and loving us. I’m so glad we saw the life in his eyes and brought him home and that we have not done chemo/radiation and used nutritional and holistic remedies and occasional Rx meds as needed thanks to his great vet who has stuck with us and our decision. By the way, Jerry sends his best to Pump – Jerry’s new hero. Jerry is now happily aiming for 23 yrs of age at least (he watched the episode with me). HOORAY FOR OLDER KITTIES!

        1. Karyn V   September 8, 2012 at 11:03 am  

          You are wonderful! Much love to you and Jerry!

          1. Buff Lee   September 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm  

            If your message was to me, Karen, then Jerry Garcia and I say thank you!! I just don’t know how this message stuff all works 0.o

          2. Karyn V   September 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm  

            Yes, my message was for you and for Jerry Garcia. Much love and prayers for you both.

  100. Paula   September 7, 2012 at 8:42 am  

    I’m very glad that Pump found a good and loving home to live out his remaning years – might I say he is a very handome boy for 23 years – WOW!

    I am sorry that Candice did not see how Pump was trying to help with her therapy although I can understand you have to be selective w/clients as some may be allergic to cats. I hope Lucas’ Mom will bring Pump by for his therapy sessions – it looked as though he truly enjoyed it!

    All said and done it was a happy ending (I hope) for all. Thanks for all you do Jackson and together we can all make a difference for cats and all sentient being. I am a vegan and might I say I truly find peace knowing that I do not contribute to the torture of other beings.

  101. Cheryl   September 7, 2012 at 9:22 am  

    Here’s an idea that might curb the folks that are in it for the money and have no intention of truly working with the cat(s). Plan to have periodic follow-up meetings, one month, three months, six months or more. One thing that we never hear about (until Pump) is where things are down the road. We watch The Dog Whisperer also (although we have no dogs) and there is almost always a followup commentary from the owners. Occasionally, Cesar Milan has mentioned that a particular dog was euthanized (without his knowledge) or traded into his dog pack due to ongoing issues. The world isn’t perfect, far from it, we can all handle the truth. Jackson, I believe you have so much to teach us about cats, we’re listening. We can all handle the truth…

  102. Holly   September 7, 2012 at 11:01 am  

    Jackson, after all of this controversy and many of us feeling like we’re invested in Pump’s welfare, do you think Lucas’ mother would consider starting a Pump page on Facebook? I already hear from Henri the Existentialist cat and Jeddah, the cat rescued from Saudi Arabia . . . why not Pump? Just in case you’re in contact with the mother, maybe you could mention this from Pump’s adoring public.

    1. Kelly   September 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm  

      City the Kitty (whom Jackson helped!) also has a facebook page! a page for Pump would be great, and if Lucas’ mother doesn’t want to deal with setting it up or anything, I’m sure a quick trolling of Jackson’s FB page would turn up a ton of volunteers, myself included!

  103. Marrianne   September 7, 2012 at 11:06 am  

    I watched the episode and have read all the comments, and I am really surprised at how oblivious everyone is about the realities of reality TV. This whole thing was obviously scripted and if you think that it was the couple’s choice to omit the fact that there was another cat AND a dog in the house then you are so naive. I think Jackson knew what their situation was and the show chose to move forward because they knew they could get a drama filled show out of it, that’s how Hollywood works! Vilifying the couple is sad, and the fact that the show misrepresented them should not fall on the couple’s shoulders. I think it was really wrong of Jackson to say that Pump would die if re-homed, it clearly got the audience fired up, as was his aim. The truth is he is alive and doing well. I also found it gross that Jackson alternately bullied her into saying she would keep Pump and shed crocodile tears for the camera. Pretty douchey if you ask me. Lastly, she runs a business, and aren’t there alot of people who are allergic to cats? His solution was to force her clients to have a cat in the room which is SO unprofessional.

    1. Melissa   September 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm  

      Can’t speak to your other points. I see what you’re saying. But my allergist says that if you’ve got cat dander in your house, you have cat dander in your house. I have asthma and allergies. My kitties aren’t allowed in the bedroom because of dander collecting on the pillows, yes, but someone who is really severely allergic to cats wouldn’t be a lot better off whether that thin screen door was pulled tight or not. He also says that if you have cats, it takes two full years of not having cats in the house before the dander is fully gone. He’s a pretty damn fine allergist.

      So while she might have had to work out of their home for financial reasons, it would have been better to do what my sister does as an acupuncturist: rent a teeny tiny treatment room with shared office space, and leave the five kitties at home. That way the allergic clients can have a nice clean space and she can keep it the way she needs to.

      Anyway, what’s done is done. Whatever happened, I don’t think she deserved to have her business strafed.

  104. Susie   September 7, 2012 at 11:52 am  

    I can appreciate what you’re saying Jackson. However I do feel that Candice came across as cold and uncaring. I could see that all Pump wanted was to be around her and be accepted. He was a very sweet cat and enjoyed the company of human companions. It appeared that all Candice cared about was her business. She didnt even make an attempt to accept Pump, at all. I think she’s lucky to have had such a sweet cat in her life and she didnt appreciate it. Very sad.

  105. Bec   September 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm  

    I posted on here yesterday after I calmed my emotions towards Candice and Lucas. Today, I was able to take some extra time and read all of the comments on here and re-read Jackson’s update on, what I am going to call “The Country;s Most Beloved CAT, Pump”! WOW! The emotions truly run deep! I must say, most days I feel as I have lost my faith in man kind but, today, I feel overwhelmed in regaining my faith! Thank You all…Thank You Jackson…Thank You Pump!

    This is what I want to add to be fair to Jackson, whom I still adore! At the beginning interview with this couple, Jackson and MCFH may actually have thought Pump and his guardians needed the help they could offer. However, if MOST of the viewing audience could see right through Candice in just short periods; How could the crew NOT have seen this plot? Not the entire ending but at least seen enough to throw on the breaks! Because of this entire TIME CONSUMING commercial of her business AND her getting paid for all this FREE publicity, I have to ask….HOW MANY CATS ENDED UP IN A SHELTER? I know the show and Jackson must get thousands of requests and cries for help! I am sure this is an enormous task of finding the ones to say yes too. That is what the show is supposed to be about…. Helping that family and their cat(s) to understand better and stopping the “Drop off at the nearest shelter”. I certainly hope Candice and Lucas get this. The problems created by this couple has a trickle down effect. It has tarnished Jackson’s good name. It has called into question the validity of this WONDERFUL show. You know why? Because no one appreciates being duped! This and several other great Animal appreciation shows have attempted to teach and bring up awareness. Candice continued to incite this by saying Jackson and MCFH all knew in advance this was not going to happen which has hurt Jackson’s name even more. This couple has done so much harm but, it is time to let go of them.

    I still believe in Jackson’s work! I Thank him for every animal that has not been dumped because of all his efforts! I certainly hope the show has learned a valuable lesson here. Let’s NOT use the show for free advertisement for someone… Do a better interview process. As you recall there was a STRONG reaction to another “female” that we all thought was only doing the show for the show, not the poor cat… And for heavens sake, keep it REAL, learning/educational, not a scripted REALITY show. We have enough of them and if that is what I wanted to see, I would turn it on. I watch MCFH to learn and pass on Jackson’s advice and teachings. Life is full of mistakes and learning. I do believe that this has been a learning process for MCFH staff. I think we all want the show to continue…Just do not take your viewers for granted! We all know life does not always end the way we want it, just like the story lines. Just be honest with us. As you can see, we will be honest with you..

  106. Sandy Bockelman   September 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm  

    When I watched the show the woman, Candice?, struck me as someone with serious self confidence issues if she was threatened by a cat formerly owned by a former girl friend of her husband. Good thing her husband didn’t have any children by a prior wife. I can only imagine what a wicked stepmother she would have been to them. I’m glad the cat is in a better home. The one I feel most sorry for is Candice’s husband. I hope he realizes what he is in for.

  107. Valerie   September 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm  

    While watching the episode about Pump, it was obvious Candice was holding a grudge against Pump only because she had once belong to Lucas’ ex-girlfriend. That was 12 years ago!! Get over it! Lucas behaved like such a wuss! Pump is a precious cat, and his personality is so sweet. Lucas had better stay on Candice’s good side or she’ll be dumping him out on the front door & throwing books at him if he begs to be let back in. Sorry, but I think she’s one selfish person.

  108. Marika   September 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm  

    I’m not going to say anything cruel, just that it’s going to be awesome when her future toddler spills apple juice all over this chick’s frou-frou pillows and uses her precious silks as picnic blankets or as capes to run around in the yard playing superhero.

  109. Linda   September 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm  

    I am sorry that Pump was rehomed, but very glad that he is with Lucas’ mom, who loves him. I just have a hard time understanding it, though. He is such a sweetheart, and just wanted to be loved. I hope Lucas can still see him regularly. I do think that Candice missed a wonderful opportunity for a rewarding relationship with such a wonderful kitty.

  110. Rose A Holden   September 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm  

    You are much to sweet Jackson. Candice is Jerk and Lucas is whipped. Hope she doesn’t send their future child packing to grandmoms when he or she reaches those wonderful teenage years !!!!

  111. N   September 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm  

    My sister had an older kitty they brought to CA on a move from AZ. They lived with me temporarily while setting up new home. She ended up staying with me to save the trauma of another move. For almost five years I made sure she got all the special love and attention my sister gave and she took her last breath in my arms. I was honored to be her temporary guardian. While I am disappointed the couple re-homed Pump I believe Pump will just fine.

  112. Meria   September 8, 2012 at 7:10 am  


  113. Dr. L   September 8, 2012 at 8:49 am  

    Wow, Jackson could not have said those words about love and kindness better! It is great that Candice went to the lengths that she did in trying to work things out with Pump…it shows her love for Lucas. No need for attacks at all! As a veterinarian, I see my fair share of situations that do not work out for owners and pets for a number of reasons. I work with the local cat shelter and I also see the results of when people feel they have no other options…especially with older cats. That is true sadness and heartbreaking. Pump is lucky to be surrounded by a family who loves him and, even if he can’t be in the home with Lucas, at least he is with someone he knows and loves for the remainder of his days. And, Lucas can still have interaction with him. I commend Lucas and Candice on their efforts with Pump! Best wishes to all of them!

  114. Jen   September 8, 2012 at 9:37 am  

    Hi I have a cat we found almost a yr ago as an injured kitten. We did everything we could to help her and she was so loving. We gave her to a cat rescue to help out health wise because we knew we couldn’t afford to do it. Mind you she was so loving when she left. Well a few months later the woman who took her came and said she had to many cats did we want her back. We said yes. Cozy is not the same cat she is great with me but if the the kids try to pet her she tries to scratch them. And she’s mean to our other cat who us younger then her. What can I do to help that lovable sweetie to come back.

  115. Marrianne   September 8, 2012 at 9:41 am  

    Jeez people, Pump is with Candace’s mom not Lucas’! If Jackson wasn’t able to get that information right, what else got misconstrued? Also, they have 2 other pets! All these commenters are acting like the couple was hiding that information from the show, you’re kidding right? They were in their home, they obviously knew there were other pets in the equation. CLEARLY the show fabricated and tailored this story to their liking. Don’t believe everything that television tells you! This is a TV show with a huge corporate network behind it, they are an expecting couple who probably needed the money, and now you’re trying to tear them down and apart? This whole thing is sickening. Oh yeah, and once again, Pump is with Candace’s mom, so let the judgements stop right there.

    1. KD   September 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm  

      Please re-read Jackson’s update on Pump – it clearly states that Pump is with Lucas’s Mom, not Candace’s.

  116. Liz   September 8, 2012 at 10:34 am  

    I am glad that Pump is in a home where he’s loved. But I’m very sad that he is not allowed to live to the end of his life with his human of more than a decade. Personally, I could never rehome a family member who has been a part of my life for so long.

  117. Susan   September 8, 2012 at 10:58 am  

    Somehow I knew when it was disclosed that Pump belonged to the ex-girlfriend, he was not going to remain in the home. There appeared to be some bad feelings from Candice right from the git-go. I just got the vibes from Candice and saw from her body language that it wasn’t about the cat, it was about control. I’m glad that Lucas found a home for Pump with his mother, but wouldn’t you think that Candice could have let the old boy live out his last couple years with Lucas…she is a bit selfish I think. Keep on Jackson, we love what you do!!!!

  118. Audrey Gaia   September 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm  

    Perfectly said Jackson…….Pump is where he is destined to spend the remainder of his days—-surrounded by love…..obviously (to me anyway) this was meant to be…..

    1. Buff Lee   September 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm  

      Agreed – Pump is where he should be: in a loving home. To me that is all that matters.

  119. Linda   September 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm  

    Hi everyone. I believe that Jackson had good intentions. From watching the show I can tell Jackson has the kitties interest at heart. The humans need help too,but ultimately the kitties are the main focus.
    Pump is a Gorgeous Kitty and I wish I lived close to him. I would have gladly taken him to my home to love and take care of til he left this earth!
    I feel sorry for Candice and Lucas. I do. Lucas had Pump for 12years. He gave him up for Candice and Candice knows deep down inside that he made this sacrifice for her. All Pump wanted was to be loved and have a home and they couldn’t give that to him. They are not cat people. It is good that Pump had to be re homed but sad he couldn’t live his life out with Lucas. I just pray that the Cat Gods watch out for Pump and keep him in his new familys loving arms.
    Pumps episode on My Cat from Hell was heart-wrenching and I was upset but I know Jackson was there to intercede and get Pump into a loving home. I trust his intuition and know he does what is right for all kitties.
    I thank Jackson and the show for caring about animals and these kitties. We are their guardians and it is up to us to see that they are fed,spayed and loved. After all isn’t love,security and happiness what we are all wanting in this life?
    God Bless You Jackson and Pump- Much love and Kitty Hugs from me and my Kitty Cookie(4 months old-She is a rescued Barn Cat). Much continued success Jackson 😉

  120. Amy W.   September 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm  

    You can tell in the show that she is being dishonest about her intentions with Pump. I’m not coming down on her, ultimately the decision was hers. Pump is a 23 year old cat, rehoming him at this age no matter if it is with a loving family or not is a death sentence. What I don’t understand is why Lucas who had this cat for twelve years.. let me say that part again, .. twelve years, could just abandon him like that? That is heartbreaking to me. I am a cat mommy, and my cats are not just cats, they are my children, I don’t see them as an animal or some lesser creature, they are my children and I would rather die than see anything happen to them, and I mean that litteraly. I would die for them. The fact that someone would just give away a member of the family that he had had for twelve years knowing full well that at that age it could kill him is just mind boggling. I hope that all goes well for Pump, and I wish the best to Candace and Lucas, but hopefully they will never again take on the responsibilities of being pet parents. In general it makes me sick that people treat cats and dogs and all other ‘pets’ like they don’t have feelings. They do, they feel and they love and they can hurt just like a person can. How much pain is Pump feeling right now? He doesn’t understand why he was cast out, he just knows that the person he has come to love and be best friends with for twelve years is no longer there. I feel for Pump, my heart is with him. I don’t think we should attack Candace and Lucas for what they did, they are the ones who have to live with this decision, I only hope that Pump isn’t the one who has to pay for it. I remember watching that episode and thinking, there is absolutly nothing wrong with this cat, they just don’t want him. I guess I was right. I hope the fifteen minutes of fame is worth Pump’s life. Best wishes to Candace and Lucas.

  121. AllieB   September 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm  

    I hope Lucas learned something about the person he married and the woman about to have his child. She did more damage to her industry than anyone in recent history! She’s a fake and I’ll never get over the anger I feel for her. Hopefully our anger will drive us to help more cats in bad situations.

    I’m disappointed with the show now that I know it’s not totally authentic. Sad, sad, sad.

  122. Jennifer   September 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm  

    I just got to watch the episode about Pump. It was very sad to watch, but I just hoped for the best. I know the couple only had him for 12 of his 23 years, but it just made me wish I had more time with mine. Unfortunately mine never made it passed 12 due to illness. I would have given anything for 12 more years.

  123. Elizabeth   September 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm  

    Perhaps I missed it, but no one has mentioned what I found to be the most striking part of the episode. Pump absolutely loved Candace. He was calm and content around her and wanted to be where she was to the point that he annoyed the crap out of her. Whether or not she was able to accept it is irrelevant. That is her lesson, and is not really our business. I believe that the universe is much smarter than we humans can ever be. They are among the most powerful teachers who ever enter our lives. They teach us about responsibility, love, companionship, stewardship, parenting, priorities, loss, grief and acceptance. Animals are able to live in the moment, to be present. Pump has reached the hearts of tens of thousands of people, causing open discussion about animal welfare, our duties to those in our care, spaying and neutering etc. These are important topics, and I dare say that knows how much good this simple old cat’s blind love for someone who did not love him back has done for others of his own kind and of ours. What I am sure of, is that my negative reactions as a result of what I think I know about these people (when really I know nothing) and what I think they should have done (again, an analysis entirely formulated in my own head and without a single drop of true personal knowledge of the situation), are not a reflection of my best self, nor of the most service to my fellows (both animal and human). My indignation shows me that I have missed Pump’s real message. Love in all forms is good. Who knows that the larger conversation he has provoked wasn’t his true purpose, his gift to the world? Who knows how many people out there are going to re-think their relationships with the animals in their lives and be better guardians as a result? Who knows how many elderly cats will be adopted instead of overlooked, because someone saw this show and had strong feelings about it? I know that I had to dig deep to find forgiveness in myself for those I felt angry with on his behalf. I also know that Pump would not have had to look so hard in his heart to find the same. Let’s do something useful and tangible in response. If everyone who had a reaction to this show, donated $5 to an animal welfare organization today, lives will be saved. Let’s make this happen! Do it if you’re angry, do it if you’re not, do it if it made you think, do it if it reminded you of an animal you loved, or should have loved better. Be better because of this. That can be the legacy of Pump and this show. To feel something and do nothing is a dishonor to him and those like him everywhere.

    One woman missing out on the love of a cat is not the story here. What we do with it can be.

    1. Melissa   September 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm  

      Oh, my God. That was beautiful! I already donated my $5 because I was thinking the same thing 🙂

    2. Amanda   January 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm  

      I had the same thought about Pump: he followed Candace because he WANTED to show her love and get love from her in return. I have one cat who follows me room-to-room, even though I play with him, cuddle with him…he can’t get enough of me! I consider this a compliment! If she worked at home all day and Lucas was gone, he wanted company and was ignored, thrown out of rooms, etc… He constantly forgave her for throwing him out of the room…he wanted the same thing humans want: to be acknowledged, valued, and LOVED. If she couldn’t love him, she could’ve at least LIKED him, or pretended to for the sake of the remaining time he has left and her love for Lucas.

  124. Lori   September 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm  

    We have 9 rescues, some with medical problems. When we take in a cat, whether as a kitten or as an adult, we vow that our home will be its forever home. We usually have some adjustment issues when a new rescue is brought in, but we don’t give up on them, no matter how badly they behave.

    Having said that, not all homes are that way, and Pump had the unfortunate baggage of being the “ex’s cat” that Candice refused to accept. Although it broke my heart to learn that Pump was removed from the home, and Candice lied to us about keeping him, I have to say that I feel it is better for Pump to be in a home where he is loved, accepted, and paid attention to, rather than to have him in a home with some seething, jealous woman who hates him. It was obvious she hated that cat, sorry to say, and there was nothing in his behavior that I thought was that bad.

    Cats are very psychic and can pick up on the vibes from their humans. True, they have an attachment to their surroundings, but the negativity was making Pump sad, and who is to say that his life would be made shorter by leaving such negative vibes? Perhaps it will help his longevity.

    As far as Candice, she has done a great deal of damage to her profession, and I’m pretty sure the heat and anger she feels from us will hopefully help her to learn and mature from this episode. She may have done the episode for money, but she now knows you don’t mess with cat people, ’cause we’re fanatical when it comes to felines. I’m sure she’s regretting it now. That young lady needs to grow up.

    Live long and prosper, Pump! As for Candice, you got a long way to go, darlin’. I’m not saying this out of meanness, either….it was the nicest thing I could think of and still be honest.

    Still love the show, but now a little bit more suspect about the people on the show and what their motivations are.

  125. Sarah   September 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm  

    What you said is so true. It is best for Pump to be loved and calm then resented for reasons far deeper then his years or that he is a cat. Thank you for such wonderful words.

    1. Ashley H.   September 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm  

      While I’m sad to hear that Pump couldn’t stay in his home, I am very happy to hear that his grandma has taken him in and will give him the love he deserves in his senior years. Seeing Jackson’s determination to help this cat, and his passionate tears of true concern for Pump’s future reduced me to tears myself. Thank the cat gods that there’s someone like Jackson, out there working hard for the felines of the world. I wish Pump (and I love his name btw!) nothing but love and joy in his golden years.

  126. Linda Eisenhauer   September 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm  

    I am completely with you Jackson, condemnation serves no purpose and I know it was not an easy decision for Candice and Lucas. Pump is in a good home with a loving guardian, and that is what counts. I wish them light and love. I still connect with the spiritual energy from Candice, Lucas, yourself, and Pump from that show. I know it was real and things turned out for the highest and best for all concerned.I so connect with the spiritual aspect of our relationship with animals that permeates your show, and that is what I love about it and about you! You are held in love, light, and may you get back all the mojo you bring out in humans as well as animals. Linda Eisenhauer, also Sky Blue, and Isis

  127. Laura Fronzaglio   September 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm  

    Though I’m happy that Pump was rehomed to his “grandmothers”, I hope that Lucas will one day not resent Candace for the choice. I once compromised the safety and well-being of my dachschund Gidget for a man. To this day I feel guilty. I now am a kitty “mommy” to mother and daughter Koda and Midnight. I will do anything for them. Koda had been homeless once a time. I then got her from my friend who was going through a divorce. Her ex threatened to shoot my poor kitty. Her mom, may she rest in peace, gave me money for the pet deposit and to get her spayed. It took a while for her to warm up to me but she is a loving kitty now. She had trust issues, especially with men. My current boyfriend is awesome. It took time and patience for her to trust him. He brushes her, pets and massages her, and plays with her. She knows she has her daddy wrapped around her paw 😉 My kitties and me are a package deal. I will never again be with someone who doesn’t love my babies. I’m glad that Lucas will still be able to spend time with his adorable Pump.i truly hope that Candace will work out her insecurities and that they and their baby will be happy.

  128. Nicole   September 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm  

    Not to mention the cat(s) and people that could have really used the help that weren’t chosen in lieu of these two. What a shame.

  129. Vikki   September 9, 2012 at 12:13 am  

    I came to the website because of a problem I’m having between our first cat and the newest kitten/cat. My son and I watched the episode with Pump and it’s the only one where we’ve wondered aloud since what became of the cat. I remember feeling hopeful at the end of the episode hearing Candice say she planned to keep him. What a disappointment but, in the end, the best for Pump.

    How sad a situation when a human being can’t get beyond her own insecurities to take care of a wonderful senior cat.. and a cat who has had a 12 year relationship with someone she loves.

    I hope to see an update regarding Pump and agree with previous posts.. please have a segment on Pump and his new surroundings very soon.

    Thank you Jackson for your work with our furry family members. I’ll work through this problem with my husband, son, two other cats and two dogs.

  130. Geri O'Hara   September 9, 2012 at 3:10 am  

    Well, I just started watching the show on the recommendation of a friend. Let’s see, 23 year old kitty does everything he can to fit in but money seeking couple want to be on the show Cat From Hell. Problem 1: this little guy is from heaven. Enter Jackson who tells us problem is fixed, everything cool. Problem 2: witch posts on her Facebook page good kitty rehomed with HER mother as she and spineless husband always intended to get rid if kitty because witch is so wonderful. Problem 3: Jackson responds to numerous comments about bad kitty parenting and phony outcome of his show by saying Pump was rehomed with HIS mother and of course in reality tv land is now living out his golden years happily ever after. Well, I for one am a busy person and never plan to watch Jackson’s phoney, lying show again! I pray for Pump daily. Seems like a good kitty who was let down repeatedly in his life by humans, lying Jackson included. Waste if time to watch this show. Have better things to do with my life. I’m jus sayin’

  131. Geri O'Hara   September 9, 2012 at 3:37 am  

    Comment 2. When Jackson gets on the Internet and says Pump was rehomed not with the witch’s mother but with spineless husband’s mother, well, I just have to wonder.
    1. Pump stays with money/publicity seeking couple.
    2. Oops! Witch posts on her Facebook page never intended to keep 23 year old kitty because he bothered her. Says rehomed with mother who raised and made her what she is today.
    3. Oops again! Enter Jackson who now says good kitty was rehomed with spineless husband’s mom.
    God only knows what really happened to Pump.
    Jackson’s misstatement tells me he really doesn’t care all that much either.
    Lie for damage control.
    So not watching or ever checking posts on this show again.

    1. Linda Eisenhauer   September 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm  

      I think you are a little hasty in your judgement. I believe Jackson that what happened on the show was sincere. I believe Jackson is sincere.Also, you don,t know the history, you only saw the show. I think it is uncalled for to label Candice as a witch and Lucas as spineless. Candice was pregnant and hormonal, and I think the history of the ex- girlfriend may run much deeper than we know, or a myriad of things that could cause this energy blockage that Candice has with Pump. You never know unless you are in someone else’s shoes, and you were not involved in the situation,so I wouldn’t be so quick to condemn.

      1. Nancy   September 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm  

        Being pregnant is no excuse! I am personally sick of pregnant women acting like total witches to others, including pets and their spouses, and then blaming it on hormones. And the “energy blockage” is pure b.s.

  132. Rick T.   September 9, 2012 at 6:14 am  

    A few people have referred to Jackson’s statement that “Pump would die if he was re-homed…” and then roll their collective eyes at the comment because Pump did not immediately pass away the second he crossed the threshold on the way into his new home. A move like this is traumatic and stressful for an elderly cat and it could very well take its toll over time. Then again, Pump may wind up doing cartwheels in his new Candice-free home – who really knows what will happen?

    Candice clearly did not want the cat there. She wasted Jackson’s time (and ours) if the decision to re-home Pump was already made prior to filming. There were really no cat behaviors to correct in this show as Pump was awesome. But if nothing else, take away the lesson that sometimes you have to make accommodations for your cat so that you can both reach a compromise in behaviors. The show illustrated how to do that.

    I am a business owner and if I have learned anything from this, it is “never trust a business owner who will lie and cheat to make money.” While I am glad to hear that the money was returned to Jackson, it was clearly a reaction caused from the fallout of the show. Candice, I truly wish you the best of luck with your business. The old saying “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” may hold true here. You can see how you made people feel…

    With that said, and possibly in Candice’s defense, I do want to mention something I have not seen discussed yet. In her otherwise fairly well-worded post, Candice offers this: “I also never should have even insinuated that I was throwing a book at him…” This has huge implications for me. It either means that Candice misused the word “insinuated” – or that she was told to throw the book at the door and it was later edited to look as if she was throwing it because Pump was crying on the other side. And that would open a whole other can of worms on the reality aspect of the show.

    Do not get me wrong – you can see that parts of the show are embellished. People often poke the cats or touch them in a manner that will provoke an attack for the camera. I do not believe that people cannot have a social life because their cat attacks their date. Ever hear of going outside of the house when you go on a date? People do it sometimes and it works well.

    I do love the show and it taught me a lot about cat behavior. I can understand that sometimes you have to make an extreme example to show how to handle it. I think that Jackson does a stellar job making the show entertaining and informative, regardless of whether it is scripted to some extent or not.

    All I ask is that you do not make any more cat owners dress up in cat suits!

    1. Cathy   September 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm  

      Her statement made it sound like the book-throwing was from their audition tape, so the decision to fake violence against the cat was her’s, not the show’s producers. That said, I think no one involved in the show did much due diligence on this couple, and probably not on other “cast members” selected. I wondered whether Melissa and Mariah weren’t cooking up some of that extremely bizarre behavior to get on the show and launch some kind of career for Mariah, as well.

      Jackson’s statement addresses the cat’s welfare, but not the fact that the episode features two lying con artists who never intended to keep their pet when they called him. I assume there are legal reasons why he can’t talk candidly about the whole affair.

  133. Sharon   September 9, 2012 at 9:15 am  

    Awwwww, a shame it all did not work out as it appeared on the show. However, awesome for Pump. It is certainly more important that Pump has a great home and the love he deserves.
    I hope Candace still continues her possible journey of sharing her gift with the animals as well as the humans!
    You are awesome Jackson. So glad you came along to bring much needed cat knowledge to the masses!

  134. Susan   September 9, 2012 at 10:19 am  

    I still respect you and your mission … But the show, not so much. Not after the Pump episode. Either you and/or your producers were completely conned by these people, or you knew they were conning you and chose to work with them anyway. I don’t like either option. I know you are relatively new to LA and a big soft cat daddy guy, but you are beholden to reality show producers who may not align with your mission.

    That being said, I am grateful that Pump is not on the street, and is now getting lots of love from your cat mojo army, myself included. I have learned a lot from what you share on the show.

    Peace and cat mojo blessings from our little part of the world to yours!
    Susan, guardian of Violet (grey shorthair) and Jackson (black ex feral Tom)

  135. Janet W   September 9, 2012 at 11:23 am  

    Jackson, thank you for all you did to help Pump and all you continue to do to help so many cats and families. When I watched the show, all I could see was a lovely, sweet cat who just wanted love and attention and a woman who kept shoving him away. I honestly think it is best that Pump didn’t stay in Lucas’s home because the stress of living with Candice would have killed him. I am so glad Pump is in Lucas’s mothers home now and will live out his years with someone who will take care of him.

  136. Kyoteee   September 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm  

    The very first time that Candace told Lucas that Pump should be rehomed, he should have told her to take a hike! Not just because that beautiful kitty is so old but because it shows her incredible selfishness and self-absorption. That he didn’t shows that he enjoys being “whipped” by selfish women. I’m glad that Pump is with his mother … hopefully, SHE loves him to pieces and makes him the center of her universe. He sure deserves it!

  137. Christina   September 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm  

    Thank you, Jackson, for your kind and gentle words and for your compassion and wisdom. For good reason, the first Reiki precept is “just for today, I will let go of anger.” In volunteering with rescues and sanctuaries, I am often tempted to harbor anger. Watching Candice toss Pump out the door and then yell at him and throw a book at the door also angered me – both the first time I watched the episode and during the marathon yesterday after learning that she was lying all along. The anger that all of us felt, like pain, is a signal that something is wrong – and something was definitely wrong with Pump’s home. Holding onto the anger, however, only adds to the negativity. When faced with persons like Candice and the situation she created, I center myself by calling to mind a quotation by Martin Luther King Jr: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” May we choose to shine…

  138. lindsay   September 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm  

    Why would anyone say something bad about rehoming a cat? You want to hate on people? Hate on the owners who dump their elderly pets in a shelter. Happens every day – to pets of all ages. At least these people found a home within their family for Pump. At least they called in someone to help before just taking him to a shelter! If only people spent more time helping cats rather than criticizing people on the internet…what a wonderful world it would be!

    1. Vicki   September 10, 2012 at 1:56 am  

      What you fail to understand is that it can be detrimental to the point of fatal for an senior cat, especially one who is 23 years old, to be rehomed. This isn’t a cat with a behavior problem, this is a sweet, loving cat who’s only problem .. according to Candice.. is that he was her husband’s ex-girlfriend’s cat. That is the issue here.

  139. Carolyn Harris   September 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm  

    I wish all good things for Pump. May his remaining time be wonderful for him! He is lucky that he is in a home where he is loved, Wish all cats could find a home where they are loved.

    I have learned so much from MY CAT FROM HELL, and have learned My cat isn’t as bad as I thought she was. I am learning a lot from the show, and my cat and I are reaping the benefits! Thank you Jackson for teaching all of us how to be better cat Guardians!

  140. ellen   September 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm  

    I will admit that when I first watched this show I, like many others, found Candace and her attitude towards Pump dreadful. However, it is not my place to judge others. Owning a pet isn’t always easy and not everyone needs to, or maybe even should own a pet. Cat’s with their unique personalities can be even more daunting to a non-pet person. I had hopes that Candace was going to be able to embrace a new relationship with Pump, but I had my doubts. All that being said, I have to respect the fact that once realizing that she couldn’t give Pump the kind of home he deserved, she and Luke decided to rehome him – and to another family member. She didn’t throw him out into the street and she didn’t dump him into a shelter. We are all human, make mistakes and make decisions that others may not understand or agree with. I applaud Candace for doing what was in Pump’s best interest. Granted it was in her best intererst also, but either way it put him in a better home. He deserves a home where he will be loved for the rest of his life, it’s just a shame it couldn’t be with Luke.

  141. Lisa   September 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm  

    I think it’s good that Pump is with Lucas’ mom. He at least has a good home, and they cared enough for him to find him a home rather than abandoning him. Look at it this way – Lucas’s mom is probably home all day – which means Pump has someone to be with him all the time and simply love and dote on him.

  142. Suzanna   September 10, 2012 at 12:08 am  

    I am glad you posted it. I am pleased that this elder cat is out of the negative environment. I am sorry that this person took advantage of the free ad time on your dime. You are a very forgiving person and you understand that the important thing is that this cat is out of the negative space. I am sorry that I can not feel as positive as you for I am not so forgiving to those who do not are oblivious to their sense of responsibility to animal companions. It should be realized that animal companions are not pretty pillows that you remove all the rough edges to fit your exact need.

  143. LB   September 10, 2012 at 10:51 am  

    Jackson, without you, I have no doubt that Pump would have ended up at a shelter and died. I am happy to hear that Pump is now in his hopefully forever home with Lucas’s mother. That was a very sad situation, and it was very hard not to get really angry. I give you so much credit for what you do. My kitties send lots of hugs.

  144. Nancy   September 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm  

    Jackson, I’m glad there was a happy ending for Pump, but I wish you had decided not to air the show in the first place! Candace DID come across as an absolute selfish, “witch-that-starts-with-a-b” who was so paranoid about a sweet older cat wrecking her job and interfering with her care of her future precious baybee. And Lucas came across as spineless and unable to stand up to his domineering partner and defend his dear Pump. Of course true cat lovers and pet lovers were going to be upset about them – so why did you air it in the first place if you didn’t want them attacked?!

    My DH and I were appalled with Candace and Lucas and called them names while we were watching them – and we’re not forgiving to people who decide to toss pets aside because the pets no longer fit their lifestyle! However, we did adopt one of our two torties when her previous owner – a breeder who had yet another baybeeee – put her up for adoption. The breeder’s (and anyone who is so selfish and uncaring to toss a pet aside when they have a kid is a breeder, NOT a parent!) loss was our gain – our kitty is a very sweet girl who happily settled in to her new home with our other tortiegirl.

    Breeders shouldn’t have pets in the first place – and yes, Candace and Lucas are nothing but stupid, selfish breeders. I feel sorry for their future child. Candace will probably toss him or her aside when the child interferes with her b.s. career, and Lucas will just go along with that.

    1. LB   September 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm  

      Nancy, I agree with a lot you said. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this couple doesn’t have any other animals in the future. Pets are a privilege, not a right to be abused.
      P.S. We adopted a tortie girl too 🙂

    2. F4Jock   September 11, 2012 at 10:17 am  

      Her throwing the phone book at the door was a dead giveaway to her real personality. Here’s hoping she doesn’t toss a book at the baby when it crys!

  145. Vicki Cook   September 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm  

    Sad, but not surprised that Pump was rehomed. I came away from that episode feeling that Candace was insincere, and it turned out to be true. I’m sorry that Pump was not able to stay in his home, but he is truly better being with someone who loves him and wants him than he is living with someone who resents him. Wishing you peace and love Jackson!

  146. Dawn   September 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm  

    Pump’s story broke my heart. I’m glad that he is in a safe and loving home. It should have happened long ago. No cat should be denied a loving family where their worth is appreciated.

  147. Julia   September 11, 2012 at 9:00 am  

    I heard about this episode before I actually saw it so watching this one was especially hard for me. I was mad at her before I even saw the episode. I could tell while watching this episode that she had no intention of keeping Pump, however, I don’t know if I could tell because I knew ahead of time or not. This episode was especially hard for me since I’m in a similar situation. When I met my now husband he had been separated from his girlfriend of 16 years for a little over a year. They had two dogs together and they were in her care but we would get them sometimes for the weekend so he could spend time with his dogs. When her situation changed the dogs came to live with us. One of them is elderly, maybe 15, which is pretty old for his breed. The elderly dog has a pretty good quality of life but he has an incontinence problem. He will poop on the floor without even knowing he’s doing it, he’ll even poop in his sleep. You can imagine how disgusting this is and how frustrating it is for me. This is not MY dog, this is THEIR dog, HER dog. Yeah, it drives me crazy and it’s hard for me to deal with sometimes but I would NEVER ask him to get rid of the dog, rehome the dog or put the dog down. It’s not the dogs fault that he was their dog and not mine, he can’t help it that he’s getting old and having trouble with his bowel control. His quality of life is pretty good, he can’t help it that he’s affecting my quality of life. I will care for and house Samson until the day he either passes away or his health becomes such that we have to put him down. And if that day comes, if we have to put him down, I will be there for my husband and his dog and I would even welcome his ex to be there. In fact, with her financial situation we’ll probably have to pay for the cremation and then give her the ashes because she’s going to be so emotionally affected by his passing and she can’t keep him full time like we do.
    I don’t understand how she can be an effective “healer” when she’s got such nastiness inside of her. She needs to learn compassion and that her needs aren’t always the most important. Sometimes you have to set aside your own selfishness and give of yourself to others, whether they be human or fur baby. Clearly she had an effect on Pump. Clearly he enjoyed the healing she was doing and was drawn to it. I would love it if I went to a healer like that and there was a sweet kitty there, for me that would be another element of the healing.
    She could have sucked it up and let the cat live out his life in the home he was used to with the person he loved.
    And yeah, my cat (may she rest in peace) was not an easy cat to like. She was mean to everyone but me and even to me she wasn’t always pleasant but I loved her with every fiber of my being. She was my baby and my husband knew going in that were it ever to come to a choice the choice would ALWAYS be her. ALWAYS. I would NEVER rehome one of my fur babies. I think it’s a bunch of crap. You can’t “rehome” a human. Animals are a resbonsibility not a disposable item.

  148. Elizabeth   September 11, 2012 at 9:55 am  

    Poor Lucas! It must have broken his heart to given Pump to him mom. Even knowing that she is a good, loving cat guardian and is giving a wonderful home to Pump, it is was still probably one of the most gut wrenching things he’s ever had to do. All my love to you Pump and Lucas!

    Jackson -Would it be possible for you to blog/talk about the best way to integrate a new partner into the lives and homes of cats at the *beginning* of a relationship? Cat guardians may feel as if they are imposing an unwanted responsibility on their partner, or the partner may not want to intrude. Or perhaps they simply don’t know how to care for a cat and don’t want to do it “wrong,” or maybe the cat guardian has never had to introduce the cat(s) to a new person and isn’t sure of the best way to do it. Maybe each partner has their own cat and they don’t know how to introduce them to each other. The list of unknowns goes on and on! As a cat guardian I would love to learn about the best and healthiest way to share my kitties with a partner. The love and joy cats bring to their guardians’ homes and lives should be shared with any and all new members of the family. Help us learn how to best do this.

  149. F4Jock   September 11, 2012 at 10:14 am  

    OK no nasties but an observation: I wonder if Candice will feel the same as she did about Pump when her baby demands attention and if I wonder that if she does, her husband will get rid of the baby? I rescued an 11 year old problem cat that would have been put down otherwise. he’s 22 now, not in as good shape as pump, but damned if I’d get rid of him!

  150. Karen A.   September 11, 2012 at 11:53 am  

    What’s done is done. Fine. But the only way we will ever have closure is to actually see Pump in his new home. Any one remember when Japan had the Tsunami and a picture was taken of a dog staying with another dog and everyone wondered what happened to them. So many rumors, so many lies. How can we take someones word about Pump without seeing the proof. Not just a picture, but a followup. And at this point my doubt makes me feel that all other stories should be followed up by someone. And while Jackson’s letter was good, it sounded a little like “ohh, I better calm things down or I’ll loose my show”. As did Candice’s apology. Sounded like “ohh, I’m gonna loose customers, better back track”. A lot of people are helped by the show and hopefully many animals are saved, I’m just a little jaded to it now without seeing followups or proof.

  151. Dennis   September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm  

    I loved Pump. He looked as regal as a African Lion. I would’ve taken him home if I had the chance. While it’s a shame he couldn’t stay in his home with Candace,I’m glad he’s in a loving home with Lucas’ Mom. I hope Lucas visits him frequently. God Bless Pump!

  152. Kristina   September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm  

    Ugh. I was so angry at this woman while watching the episode and didn’t trust her at all. How could you even think of asking your partner, the person you supposedly love, to give away a friendly well behaved elderly cat that’s been with him longer than you have? I can’t, and frankly don’t want to understand people like her. Yes, Pump is probably better off with someone that actually wants him around. But I don’t applaud her for anything, and it’s nothing to congratulate her on. Maybe a “Congratulations, you’re a cold, heartless, selfish ***** and got your way!” Yay you, Candace! Go pet your scarves and pillows.

    And yes, it’s easy to condemn people that deserve it. If the cat was really a ‘cat from hell’ then I might be more understanding. But Pump’s ‘crime’ was wanting to be around his people. I don’t think I’d want the energy of someone who loves her scarves and pillows more than a living creature anywhere near me.

  153. Carol   September 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm  

    I will never watch My Cat From Hell; I think the moderator has NO ability to judge the people, and can therefore be of NO help to the cats. It makes me sick to my stomach to read about “cutting them some slack” — we do way too much of that in our society! Just look at Michael Vick, who beat, burned and hung dogs, and now he’s what–“rehabilitated”? What horses**t. No one who is cruel to an animal who can’t defend themselves or leave and find a better life elsewhere deserves our “compassion” or “tolerance.” Candice and her milktoast husband are walking turds; I just feel sorry for their kid, as he/she is the only blameless one in this whole mess.

    1. Doreen   September 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm  

      What on earth are you rambling about?

    2. coreen   September 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm  

      Carol . while I do very much agree with you about those AWFUL PEOPLE , who were Pumps owners—Pathtic POS–I will continue to watch Jackson–he has helped Many cats , and hopefully this mess will Not happen again. Pump is in a better home and hopefully much happier.

  154. Doreen   September 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm  

    As a self proclaimed cat guardian, I immediately understood why Pump was drawn to that healing room. From what I could see on the TV, the room offered colorful light and appeal, making it the perfect place to heal. Pump, being an “old man” was wanting to be healed or at least comforted. On the other hand, I understood Candice’s need to keep Pump out of the room to protect her equipment, colored silk scarfs, etc. Pump had a beautiful long coat which we all know will shed. I am so relieved to hear that Pump has found new love in that of another member of the family. This does sound like the best solution we could have hoped for on behalf of Pump.

    1. Karyn V   September 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm  

      Doreen: my short haired cats shed far more than my long-hairs. Candace just couldn’t get past the fact that Pump belonged to Lucas’ ex. Fortunately for all concerned, Lucas didn’t have a child with the ex.

    2. Suzanna Bailey   September 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm  

      Many of us are caring “guardians”. I think what has angered folks so much is that these people exploited this show and the moderator needs to vet more thoroughly. They used an elder cat as a way to be seen and then tossed it aside. The cat was nothing more than a prop and that was disturbing.

  155. Allison   September 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm  

    I am happy to hear Pump is in a home where he is loved and appreciated. I felt so sorry for him having to live with Candice who put him outside and threw books at the door when he whined. While it must have been very hard on him to be rehomed at that age, I’m sure he is happier than he was living with Candice. It angers me Candice got the airtime when there are people out there who truly love thier cats and need and would appreciate Jackson’s help.

  156. Dennis   September 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm  

    Yeah,I agree,it seems as if Candace doesn’t understand what she’s involved with. Her shunning of Pump sort of tells me that she might be a quack. It seems pretty elementary that Pump would be attracted to the positive energy enhancement and for Candace to not have picked up on that on the first place is….well,sort of fishy.

  157. Gina-Marie Cheeseman   September 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm  

    The good news is that Pump has a loving home and is doing well. There simply should not be personal attacks on Candice and Lucas. That is negative energy, and serves no purpose. Thank you, Jackson for helping cats and their guardians. The work you do brings some positive energy into this dark world.

  158. Maggie   September 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm  

    I watch My Cat From Hell believing that I am observing cat guardians who are seeking the help of Jackson’s wisdom and experience to guide them to a better relationship with their cats including the resolution of any problem behaviors. Now I see that it is possible for cat guardians to appear on the show with the motive of making money with no real interest in Jackson’s help and without any intent of resolving any cat problems. My trust in the program is damaged. I wonder if other episodes besides “Pump” contain similar hidden motives and whether those cats are still in their homes. Perhaps there should be a “My Cat From Hell Revisited” where we go back and find out whether there really was a happily ever after.

    As far as Pump goes, I am heartbroken that a 23-year-old cat was ousted from his home. However, I do hope and pray that he finds peace and contentment in his new home. I will be thinking of Pump for a long, long time. His story moved me in a profound way.

    Candace will one day find that even beautiful, colorful silks will not hide the person she is inside. I hope she finds healing for herself out of this sad experience.

  159. Jennnn   September 13, 2012 at 8:30 am  

    Chances are Candice would have felt the same about any pet in the house, not just Pump. She obviously is just not an animal person. I’ve seen comments about how she’s so selfish she would probably act the same towards her baby if it started to annoy her. Really? I hope those ridiculous comments were sarcasm and nothing more. Believe it or not, there are good people who value human life more than their pets. That doesn’t make them bad people, it doesn’t mean they are animal abusers, it means they’re human! Women who choose to have babies are breeders? Really? One, two or even four kids compared to let’s say, the Duggars? The woman who gave up her cat because she had another human baby is a bad person because she chose her actual human baby instead of a cat? Did she put the cat in a bag and toss it in the river? Did she kick it out the door on the streets? Did she toss it out of her car on the freeway? NO. She chose to find another loving, safe home for the cat when she realized she couldn’t handle a new baby and the cat. I worked at the animal control shelter, and I got pissed at women who brought their cats in because of a new baby or because they just got pregnant. After I got over my initial anger, the most important thing was to find homes for the animals. It took me a while to realize the human aspect of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love my pets. Currently I have 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 fish and a guinea pig. I’ve been through the heartbreak of losing my first 3 beautiful cats to illness before these 2, and losing my oldest dog in April leaving the other 2 lost without their pack leader. I chose to make the commitments to care for them and be responsible for all of them, but I also have a daughter. In the event of some catastrophy, as much as I love my pets, I will always choose my daughter. Just know that it would definitely take a catastrophy for me to make that choice. All humans aren’t wrong, they are just all different.

    1. Karyn V   September 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm  

      No one says that she is a bad person because of the baby. She is a not nice person because she is more concerned with her things that with a living breathing being. If the show is available on you local PBS station, watch the episode of “Doc Martin” where the Doc’s parents come to visit. The father and especially the mother remind me of Cancace and Lucas.

  160. Joanne   September 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm  

    PEOPLE!!!! this is a reality show, it’s scripted. and PUMP IS WITH CANDACE’S MOM! There is alot of conflicting information between the show, Jackson and Candice, and you just ASSUME it’s all Candace’s fault, because you’re used to just believing everything television networks present you. I bet you 3/4 of the people who do this show are ACTORS looking for a gig. It’s a recession and LA survives off of Hollywood. Just keep judging so you feel better about yourself.

    1. Suzanna Bailey   September 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm  

      The comments are a reaction to the concepts suggested in the episode. I really don’t think that you need to explain that this is a reality show. People can still react to a hypothetical and an exchange of ideas should not be condemned because you think the reaction is banal. I believe that there is so much animal cruelty in the world that people feel helpless and situations presented, fiction or non- fiction, spark an exchange. Being passionate about the well being of a weaker being is not a bad thing. If this thread is bothersome, unsubscribe. The judging comment is really calling the kettle black since you seem to condemn everyone on the thread.

    2. Jeana   October 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm  

      I don’t think this is the type of “reality TV” like the Bachelor or the Real Housewives. I think it’s more like documentary and real, like True Life. Yes, there is editing, but I feel that the people who claim and defend themselves are the ones that got caught and try to justify their negative behavior on national TV.

      When I saw this episode, I knew I saw the couple before on TV, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. She knew what her intentions were, and just like any other person that got caught on national TV, she has to defend herself with a long contracting post, over and over again. Any young people familiar with True Life, on MTV, she is just like that Kristen girl from the textaholic episode, trying to contradict her points over and over again on twitter and Facebook. After I read halfway through the episode, and heard about this, I knew I was right all along!

      Pump was such a sweet kitty! He reminds me so much of my pale ginger Jenny Wren, who I inherited from my great aunt, after she passed away. Jenny Wren was also a Maine Coon, and an elder, and was very sweet and comforting. She LOVED watching Adult Swim Programs (Family Guy and Robot Chicken were her favorites!) She spent her golden years with my family, happy and thriving, and I miss her terribly.

      1. Jeana   October 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm  

        Also, I believe that Jackson’s work is real, and City The Kitty is evidence that Jackson is authentic, and his methods have helped and reached out to many people. Another form of proof is Molly, the tortie/tabby, who’s owners planned on putting her down, and the fact that her owners were clearly stubborn about taking away from their aesthetics.

        In that case, Jackson, I have a bit of an overstimulated Persian, who’s story is similar to Gracie’s (the same episode as the crazy lady and her daughter), except he’s very sweet with the kitten and was in a matter of 72 hours. I’m hoping one of the problem kitties next season is indeed Persian so I can learn a bit more about my own. He was a stray, believe it or not, and oddly turned out to be indeed purebred. He’s a traditional Persian so any sort of grooming advice, and behavior of them, would be great.

  161. Maggie   September 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm  

    I just want to add a few words. I’ll keep it short since I commented above once already.

    Jackson Galaxy provides an invaluable service helping cat guardians resolve problems. HIs quality consultations based on his extensive experience with cats should be worth a nice hourly rate. I would love to see cat guardians who appear on the show recognize that they are receiving great professional advice from an expert absolutely free for appearing on the show. That should be sufficient reward. Any money that would have ordinarily been set aside to pay cat guardians for appearing on the show should be donated to a cat shelter for homeless cats. That way everyone benefits.

  162. Melissa   September 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm  

    I was just wondering–is there a completely unofficial fan site/web forum for the show? It would be nice to be able to talk about some of these issues and debate them (politely, of course) without clogging up this website. If there were a fan page or fan forum, it should be moderated, or you’ll get all kinds of crazies and spam. But there could be tips (without substituting for a real behaviorist or a vet) and episode specific discussions. It was just a thought.

    I’m not volunteering, BTW. I know I can’t take it on. But people seem so eager to dicuss the show and the issues it raises!

    1. Jennifer   September 16, 2012 at 7:18 am  


      There IS a website, Television Without Pity (www.twop.com) that DOES have a forum devoted to My Cat from Hell. It’s listed under How-To Reality Shows. Forum rules indicate that you are supposed to only discuss the actual episodes that have aired. Be warned, the forums at times, can get very snarky. However, the Pump situation has been passionately discussed on there since it was aired.

      1. Melissa   September 16, 2012 at 11:43 am  

        Actually, I’ve been on there and posted. It was just a thought. Last time I looked at that thread, it hadn’t been discussed nearly to the length it has here. I was thinking something like the boards/site dedicated to one show. For example, I think there are fan sites dedicated to Merlin, to Castle, etc.

  163. Dianda   September 27, 2012 at 6:47 am  

    Pump got a happy Ending, that’s what matters!

  164. Tony L   September 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm  

    Jackson, thanks for this good news follow up. I was concerned and sensed that this precious kitty Pump was not completely situated at the end because Candice could not let go of projecting jealousy about an ex-girlfriend on the poor thing. A 23 year old cat is a blessing. Not everyone deserves to have a cat like him, and not everyone is a cat person – or will ever be.

  165. Tara T.   September 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm  

    Honestly, I am sad to read Pump wasn’t able to stay in his home, but Lucas’ mother is a champ for stepping up and giving an aging cat a loving home. May Pump have many more happy, healthy, and wonderful years with a new space to call his very own.

  166. Cindy   September 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm  

    Who would ever let Candice work on the energy of an animal when she had absolutely NO compassion for Pump!!! My view of this episode is that Candice is insecure, selfish and jealous of a girlfriend from years ago and takes out her insecurity on an elderly cat. She cannot stand the cat; you can hear it in her voice when she talks about the silks and the pillows she cannot wash. The only time her voice changed and had some excitement in the episode is when she thought she could benefit from him by expanding her work. The long ago ex girlfriend was not a good care taker as Lucas said in the narrative. He is a responsible human being; he is caring for the cat. Caring for the cat does NOT mean he still has feelings for the ex girlfriend. Is Candice so insecure that she cannot comprehend this? To sum it up she is self centered, self indulgent and only interested in her own personal gain. The cat does not have much longer to live. There was light at the end of tunnel and it was close. The cat loved the energy work and wanted to be a part of it and for this she throws him out doors and eventually out of the house. Nothing will get in her way, if it does its gone. Lucas, as stated in many posts, should take heed to this personality trait and run, but he won’t he is the compassion one. He will feel at least a tinge of guilt and sadness when the cat dies and I hope he resents Candice for her absolute selfish personality. Candice, what are you going to do when your child touches your silks or pillows? How are you going to handle this? I implore any potential customer of hers to think twice and not take yourself or any animal to someone whose own energy radiates selfishness to a point of cruelty.

  167. Renni10   September 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm  

    Whatever Jacks. Doesn’t matter what you say.
    This complete beatch has no business being a MOM
    to an innocent helpless baby, let alone the owner of a cat.

    Hey Candace, go see a psychotherapist who can medicate you
    and your severe mental issues. This CAT has NONE of that.

    And Lucas, take that baby and RUN RUN RUN.

  168. Adrianna   September 30, 2012 at 1:29 am  

    I was truly disgusted and horrified with this WITCH “called” Candice, She should have been the idiot REHOMED!!! This pathetic excuse for a human being, pissed me off to no end! She doesn’t even deserve a child, a business, or a husband!! I Hope she gets even OLDER AND SAGGIER THAN SHE ALREADY IS and that LUCAS finds himself a NEW HOME!! This lady was the epitome of a B**** !! I don’t know how she expects to RAISE A CHILD!! when she couldn’t even tolerate a HARMLESS ELDERLY CAT Rubbing on her “silk fabrics” and only for a few seconds!

    I really cannot even believe she was given the airtime she was, BUT I AM HAPPY SHE WAS GIVEN IT, because she exposed her horrible, awful, UGLY heart and FACE to the world!!!! She will now not get any business, and will have to face the sad person she is!! I am truly saddened for Pump and my heart goes out to him!!!!

    Candice, I truly hope your toddler is DAMIAN and a rotten, dirty little child that gets into everything!!! Let’s see if you rehome it!!!!

  169. Morgen Middays   September 30, 2012 at 8:51 am  

    I felt Pump was there to be a teacher and was drawn to the healing energy that Candace had in that room. His obvious response to that energy was proof of this and he wanted nothing more than to be close to her. Although I cannot understand Candace’s decision and her inability to empathize with Pump as a healer, there is a lesson to be learned, that may take years of reflection on her part. I’m glad to know that he did go to Lucas’s mother, that cat had the sort of wisdom that radiated from his being. Much like we deserve a peaceful place to live out our final days, Pump deserved that as well, and it appears as if he found a kindred spirit that may treat him as she would want to be treated, a being with empathy brought on by her own stage in life. Pump did not deserve to be in this final chapter of his life in a place where he was not welcome…with that, I feel as if he has already forgiven Candace as he is way more advanced emotionally than her. I just hope she is able to forgive herself when one day the opportunity to learn from this gentle loving creature was denied from self doubt. Bless them all.

  170. Ricky T   September 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm  

    Thank you for your work with cats. I just saw Pump the cat episode and never felt so sad for a cat before.
    I am an Iraq veteran who came back from the war with an angry & desolate heart. I took in an abandoned neighborhood cat named Razz. He gave me unconditional love and acceptance. During some awful midnight panic attacks he sensed my distress and always came to give me comfort. My brother always say the we both saved each other. In fact I don’t know what would have become of me if Razz wasn’t in my life. It is difficult for me to understand how someone who practices life enlightenment cannot see the life force of every living being. All Pump wanted was love and acceptance. Someone who claims to understand the inner self and does not see that perhaps needs to re-think her occupation. Again, thank you for sharing your work with cats. I look forward to see your future episodes.


  171. Cynthia Cash   October 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm  

    One thing I have learned through many, many years of rescue is that when a person wants to get rid of the animal, get it out of the house. By the time the decision is made, the animal is surely being shunned and ignored. You just hope it’s getting food and water. While I applaud Jackson’s efforts to salvage Pump’s home situation, I was shaking my head during the entire show. The husband displayed no genuine compassion for the cat nor any semblance of a spine. The wife controlled everything. Watching her, my intuitional red flags were alerted…she was going to get rid of that cat and damned well knew it all along. She could not have been more disingenous. And I kept asking, exactly what horrible, hellish behavior was the cat displaying??? Touching her things??? Everyone here is pretty much saying the same thing. But, the bottomline is that the cat is (hopefully) now in a home that loves him. You could tell all he wanted was attention. Yes, changing environments is one thing that cats HATE, but knowing he is finally getting love and attention, rather than being resented for the dreaded mistake of being the ex’s cat, is the good news! Go Pump!!! And Jackson, doG knows you tried but unfortunately it seems the decision was made before you entered on the scene.

  172. Ann Brownell   October 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm  

    I just watched the episode on Pump and was crying like a baby…then to learn that he was given away…well I will refrain from what I really want to type only as respect for you Jackson. But I have to say one thing…I NEVER would go to healing therapy from her…ever! KARMA! I kept watching that show and thinking…bring that poor cat to me! This seemed that it was never about Pump but about the ex girlfriend. I pray that Pump is fine and loved unconditionally in his new home.
    Jackson you are a Saint. To see the pain in your eyes…you are a wonderful person doing amazing things for cats and people…thank you.

  173. Ann Brownell   October 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm  

    And now I just read that they she planned to give Pump and another cat in the home away anyway and only did the show for the money and to promote her business!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! Sorry but really? Crazy!

  174. Stacy S   October 20, 2012 at 11:54 am  

    I seen this episode today, and it broke my heart. Pump reminded me so much of my 18 year old ginger tabby cat George (now deceased) who got the exact same way as Pump in his old age with the yowling and such. I would give anything to be able to spend some more time with him, and I just couldn’t believe how cold Candice was with Pump. It’s crystal clear she’s just not a cat (or even animal) person. I really wish I hadnt decided to do a web search on this episode, and find out she never intended on keeping Pump. I do feel good that I’m not the only one who was disturbed by this show. I know so many people who have pets and once a baby is put into the mix they get rid of the pets. I know they are ‘just animals’, but they should not be disposable or used to get on tv to promote your business. I love my cats like they are my children I can’t imagine for the life of me someone coming into my life and asking me to get rid of them because they yowl at the door. Really? This show really seemed scripted out in a way with a horrible actress. I love this show, and it’s really taught me a lot even though I am a seasoned cat owner. Watching my cat from hell has really opened my eyes how people are with their pets. It’s scary to think what goes on in homes that dont receive help from a cat whisperer. Jackson is brilliant.

  175. Linda   January 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm  

    I have been rescuing and doing TNR with my neighborhood cats. I have 5 official and 3 auxiliary, but regular, outdoor kitties. They sleep in the garage in the cold weather. The latest, now neutered, huge male gray and white tuxedo is very sweet to me (not so much to the other two, but he kind of tries to scare off strays by running at them and then turning away. kinda scary, not) but my husband is convinced he ate the bunny that lived in our back yard, and he wants this one GONE, and has promised him to our (not too bright) plumber. I live in Phoenix. Is anyone there interested? Plumber has a profoundly autistic son who doesn’t speak and is not in control of bodily functions, and I fear that the cat will be tossed out on the street.

  176. Alina   March 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm  

    Hi, I live outside US, but we watch Jackson’s My Cat from Hell each week. We were shown Pump’s story tonight and it broke my heart, just as it did for many of you guys here, as I could see by reading the comments… I believe it was such a huge mistake, especially by Lucas, to let his cat go to live his last days somewhere not beside him. My cat Elf (he passed away a year ago at the age of 19 years 11 months) stayed by my side all throughout his life, with all our moving here and there across Europe. We never had any thought of leaving him to live with somebody else, because we knew that, as he was growing old, he would experience more and more stress of losing us, which would in the end kill him, and we would never forgive us for this. I don’t know if Lucas is able to sleep well… Pump is such a wonderful kitty, so gentle and not DISTURBING anybody! How wonderful it was to see that he wants to participate… I would give ALL to have my Elf beside me now and see him participating in my daily routine… Pump doesn’t have much time and it’s terrible he has to live away from his owner just because the new wife wants to do her business without the cat… It’s so cruel…

  177. Alina   March 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm  

    Ant just one more little comment to what I wrote now – it isn’t fair to call Pump “Cat from Hell”, he is such a lovely kitty! So adorable and such a respectable senior. I just hope he is not stressing in the new home, but I don’t know if the elderly lady will be able to take good care of him and if he really feels ok. That was a terrible mistake to give him away…

  178. Dave   March 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm  

    Candace is the most insecure cunt that has ever come across my Television. She should shove those “Silks” right down up her ass so she can’t talk out of it anymore. Personally I do not like Cats but Pump was only trying to open up to her.

    On another note, Is this healing therapy a f*&^% Joke. Next time I break a bone I am gonna opt for a cast over a green silk

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  179. Gini   March 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm  

    I, like so many others, was truly heartbroken to see the episode with Pump, and then to hear he was “rehomed” after all was truly gutwrenching. Candace is truly heartless and self-centered. To shun such a sweet 23 year old cat who only wanted to be near her- unbelievable. Lucas should also be ashamed of himself for being bullied into dumping Pump. Honestly, if Candace was so inconvenienced by Pump being around, what is she going to do when a baby insists on crying? When a toddler insists on being in the room? Candace clearly thinks the world revolves around her and is incensed when Pump didnt treat her like the center of the universe. And she is having a child?? Lucas needed to be a man and stand up to Candace. I am sure that this whole thing opened his eyes to the kind of person he married. Even if Candace isn’t “an animal person” she knew how much Pump meant to Lucas, and she still couldn’t adjust? It’s more that not being an animal person. She isn’t a loving person at all. It’s only a matter of time until Lucas’ resentment for her cold-heartedness comes to a head. I’m sure we will never read about their divorce but I know it’s coming. I just hope Lucas can get full custody of the baby and be a good father. That baby has a tough life ahead with a Mom From Hell.

  180. Monica   April 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm  

    Jackson-Could you possibly fit in one of your episodes, a short video update on Pump’s current home with Candice’s mother in law. I really believe being able to actually see him in his new loving home will quell the angst that some of us felt for Pump. Out of all the stories you presented on “My Cat From Hell” the whole thing seemed different than the rest. (As someone previously noted in this blog). Is is true that it’s better for him to be with someone that will love him than to be in a home that he is not wanted or thought of as no more than a burden. It would just be nice to see his content look in his new home

  181. Sonia   April 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm  

    Well, I saw the episode some time ago but it is not until now that I have read the end of the story. I have to say I am not really surprised that they gave him up, I think that it was pretty clear that even if Jackson did a great work, 6 years without interacting with the cat and an ultimatum were really a stone hard to break.
    I am really glad that his new home placement was within the family,as this probably helped with the adaptation and made things go smoother for pump, which at the end is what matters. Having spent some years in several animal shelters, this is a happy story after all!.
    However, what really kept me thinking and pretty sad, as I have seen it more times than I wished was the fact of an ultimatum and seeing yourself forced to give up your companion for 12 years…but, who am I to judge?

  182. nina   April 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm  

    I knew while watching, that Candace was intent on getting rid of Pump – It was obvious in her eyes, voice and body language. I agree with others that it is so ironic that this woman calls herself a healer ( a vibrational one at that). Well it didn’t take special “healing powers” to read her vibrations – she hated the cat – the cat belonged to Lucas’s X – the cat felt like betrayal ( the other woman so to speak). I think Candace should get on her table, cover herself in colored silk, and do some internal work on her self- esteem.
    I also must say that I felt that Candace was dangerous to Pump – she threw a hard cover book at a cat – a 23 yr. old cat !!!!!! Something seemed terrible wrong – I think that’s what upset those that saw this segment. It was clear that when the cameras stopped rolling, Pump would be out. I have to hope that Pump is in a calmer home – he was not going to get the love, peace, and comfort he needed and deserved in that environment.

  183. Sue j   October 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm  

    I agree with nina. Candace was intent on getting pump out of the house. I am horrified her husband allowed this to happen. He rescued this cat from a bad cat owner who just happened to be an ex. I watched this show and I was willing Jackson to ask the question about having pump and the baby living together. It is my belief that she never wanted the cat and was biding her time to getting him out. I bet anything she used the baby as ammunition to getting her husband to move the poor cat out. For someone who claims to understand auras. All I will say is I believe in karma.

  184. Margot C   January 16, 2014 at 10:10 am  

    I am just so sure that Jackson is the absolutely sincere guy that he appears to be and I really love his show. I have watched every single My Cat From Hell installment (some of the several times). I have actually learned a fair amount from him and I have been passionate about cats for decades. In fact I have a copy of the book ‘The Natural Cat’ by Anitra Frazier from which Jackson learned pretty much every single technique that he uses (the eye blinking, the flower essences, everything). He has said so, so I’m not saying anything bad about him.

    No episode had lingered with me more than the story of Pump and unfortunately not in a good way. I would imagine that by now poor Pump is no longer padding about this mortal coil. If he is I would be very surprised. That the final years of this beautiful elderly cat were made full of strife is down to one person of course and that person isn’t Jackson.

    Jackson might be able to forgive Candace Cheadle, but I don’t have to. I also hope that this experience of being manipulated by fame whores teaches him (or his producers) something that they need to learn. Interestingly, I think that while maybe Jackson didn’t KNOW that Candace was playing him he knew in his heart that she was lying and that’s why he made her lie twice on camera.

    I think that they might consider actually having an installment where everything just doesn’t end the way he and the viewers want it to. It would be more in tune with the person that Jackson seems to be.

    I wonder now that all of the episodes are on Netflix (and a couple of hundred thousand people will have an opportunity to see Candace Cheadle for who she really is again); if it is really wise of her to attempt to put up her facebook for “A Sound Life” again.

    I live in Southern California and I see all sorts new agey pseudo practitioners and they give people who have genuine healing skills a really bad name. Candace Cheadle is so obviously a scammer with nothing positive to offer anyone that it’s almost comical to watch her dig herself in deeper and deeper on the show, or it would be if poor Pump didn’t have to pay the price for it all.

    So, really it’s a good thing that the episode is on Netflix and her potential clients can watch her lie and attempt to manipulate Jackson and his crew, abuse her husband’s elderly cat, attempt to promote herself and “A Sound Life” in the most blatant and repulsive way, then lie some more. They can Google “Candace Cheadle”, as I assume most candidates for healing practices do and find out exactly what happened and make a decision based on that information. Not a hard decision to make I wouldn’t say.

  185. Jyrki Outinen   July 15, 2014 at 4:49 am  

    Just wonder is Pump still alive?

  186. GG   August 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm  

    I just finished watching the episode, and I searched for the key words “My Cat from Hell + Pump” because I was so disturbed.
    So I land at this entry, and apparently something happened or came to surface after the episode was aired. That is sort of a relief, because I cringed when this woman, who showed zero compassion for a fragile 23 year old cat, started talking about a new business idea that involves animals. The one thing I do not understand is, weren’t you guys suspecting then that she was trying to promote her business?

  187. Tracy   February 17, 2015 at 11:13 am  

    Please do a follow-up story on Pump, that gorgeous senior who lived with his dad until he married and the new wife (massage therapist?) wanted him rehomed. He was such a sweetheart!!

  188. Quelyn   June 22, 2015 at 9:25 pm  

    Just watched this episode and it broke my heart. I am so upset with the actions of this woman who clearly has no empathy. However, she was a toxic presence in this kitty’s life. Pump was a beautiful creature who just wanted to be loved and to have company. I truly hope that Lucas’ mother could provide that for him, and that the rest of his days were good ones. Thanks for the follow up, Jackson, and having met this little guy I am sure you are more upset than anyone. Thank goodness for people like you who do everything you can for our little friends, or else things would be much worse.


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