Q&A: How to Choose Spirit Essence Remedies

Jackson answers your questions via video.

Jackson’s company Spirit Essences makes the only line of holistic remedies for animals that has been formulated by a holistic veterinarian (Dr. Jean Hofve) and nationally respected animal behaviorist (The Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy, start of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”)

These essence remedies are NOT essential oils, they are NOT aromatherapy, and they are NOT homeopathic. They are essence remedies – another modality in the world of holistic treatments.

This video answers the question “How do I choose which Spirit Essence remedy (or remedies) to use on my pet?

  1. Alexis   September 11, 2012 at 11:36 am  

    Hi Jackson,

    I live in a small NYC apartment and have a kitten I adopted in February. I’ve found some cockroaches recently and my super wants to Bug Bomb. I refuse. Do you trust the eco-friendly cockroach sprays? Can you offer any alternatives to exposing Lilah to toxic chemicals and ridding my home of the pests?

    Thanks!
    Alexis

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    1. Judith   September 12, 2012 at 7:06 am  

      Go to your garden center and ask about Green products.They should have a spray that will not harm your kitty!!

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    2. ashley isgett   March 11, 2013 at 9:01 am  

      hi jackson i live winston salem north carolina in Lewisville and i have a girl cat that likes to bite and she liks to dig her claws in me and my one on one and she hisses at me and my worker and please help me because if you can not help me Jackson i am going to get rid of her thank you Jackson Ashley Nicole Isgett 03-02-1993

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      1. Suzanne   April 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm  

        Ashley – As it says above, Jackson doesn’t reply to comments made here. Look at the list of the products and I am sure there is something that can be found to help your cat. If she is digging her nails into you, does she have a scratching post or scratch box? And the biting may be a bad habit from her kitten days as kittens like to bite when they play. Look up some articles on the internet or contact a behaviourist as it is most likely this problem can be resolved with time, patience and consistency.

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    3. JoDell   May 28, 2013 at 8:06 am  

      I have found Charlie’s Soap to be an extremely green and pet friendly all purpose cleaner. To my surprise it also kills ants and roaches. I LOVE this stuff because it is not toxic to my pets and rescue fosters, and it is safe for the environment. I take a lot of pride in cleaning green. I use only Charlie’s soap all-purpose cleaner diluted, vinegar and water.

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    4. Karen   October 15, 2013 at 12:28 am  

      Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth on the floor anywhere you’ve seen cockroaches. This works on any creature with an exoskeleton (we use it for ants). It’s safe for Lilah and should kill your cockroaches.

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  2. Sharon Kent   September 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm  

    I have been using Creak-Away for about 2 weeks and finally seeing some results. She is walking less stiff legged and streaching out on the floor. Less agitation when I have to move her from my lap. She has even exposed her declawed paws. I intend to continue the therapy and add the stress one. I see hope for my hurting stressed kitty. Thank you. She also has chronic bronchitis and an enlarged heart.

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  3. Pamela Bishoff   September 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm  

    I just watched your clip on When to Use Remedies and think they would be good when we have to relocated to another state with our cat, which has only started living indoors 100% for the past year. Prior to that she was a feral cat that I was slowing “winning” her over after we had trapped and spayed her. I think we should start with both remedies now and then after the move and my question is: How long should we continue to use the remedies?” Oh and she will not under no circumstances let us pick her up. Will these remedies help with that problem? Thank you

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    1. Lola   November 10, 2012 at 10:21 am  

      Pamela,,ur problem is just like mine. I got 2 beautiful ladycats that were feral bout 10 years ago. Still can’t pick either one up and put on my lap. They both will come to me when they want to be brushed, thats all I can do to get close to them. Now my Nina is sick with an upper respitory infection and I know the action of picking her up and putting her in a cage would just totally freak her out! Not to mention the vet and other peeps around her. I’ve got her in a room w/humidifier, trying to entice her with smelly food so she can eat something,,,,Now I’m gonna try that Spirit Essence scardy cat stuff and one for viral infections,,hope they work, other wise she will suffer and I hate it. Oh btw,,what happened to ur cat?

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      1. Pamela Bishoff   November 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm  

        “Mama” which is what we affectionately call her was a feral cat that I noticed nursing her 2 new babies in our flower patch. The 3 of them lived in our yard after I started feeding Mama, of course she never let me get close to her or the kittens. As the kittens got older we noticed they were born with out eyes in their sockets. We knew we had to catch them and find them good homes because they could never survive outside on their own, which we did. It was not easy. I distracted Mama as my husband quickly scooped up the kittens and put them in a box with a blanket. But we did find a great home and they are thriving. Now the big task was catching Mama and getting her spayed or she would continue to have kittens. So we set a trap with food as the bait and caught her, found a Vet through the SPCA that would spay a feral cat and got it done. After the spaying we let her back outside and because she was used to us as her food source she stayed close to our house. It took some time but I slowly won her confidence and now she is a totally indoor cat who let us pet her, brush her, and sleeps in bed with us but all on her terms. Still the slightest strange movement has her darting away. She will not let us pick her up, which is a cause for concern because she has a bad eye infection which needs to be looked at by the Vet. I don’t know what to do. Each day I keep checking hoping it will get better on its own.

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        1. Lola   November 14, 2012 at 8:17 am  

          Wow, what a story, kudos to u and ur for doing such a great deed! Thought I’d let u know bout the ‘scardycat’ stuff for cats,,couldn’t afford the JG brand so I went to Sprouts and bought Bach brand/flower essencees. Big difference!!! Nina is fine now and also used it on Buffy the ‘holier than thou’ cat! Really works to mellow them out!!! Glad ‘Mama’ is doing fine!!!

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        2. Ada   November 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm  

          I brought a feral cat and her 2 kittens into my home. she gave birth in a flower patch. Found a home for one, kept the other kitten at home with her mom. It has been a while to get them used to me other than a food source. I keep to carriers in my room. I periodically place catnip inside and also leave them treats close to the carrier doors. After a couple of weeks they will approach the carriers and enter partially. I am trying to get them to realize the carriers are not a bad thing. I am anxious to get them to the vet, but they are not 100 percent trusting. Mine both dart at sudden movements or noises, but not as much as a few months ago. It takes time and I understand your concern for her eye infection.

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  4. Elizabeth Orbin   September 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    How can I make moving less stressful on my 3 cats? Thank you, love you and the show! Meow!!

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  5. Reina   September 13, 2012 at 9:58 am  

    Hi, I LOVE your show!!!!!! IMy cats are very spoiled they get played with ,they are indoor outdoor cats. They are micro chipped!! They are very loving,even the neighbors buy them treats! My problem is they put three holes, in three different screens of the windows. The cats like to go out when they please, so this happened when i was at work. How can i get them to not break anymore or use the screens. Also i wake up to find dead animals on my livingroom floor. I know they are a gift. But they are bringing them through the screen, sometimes they are not even dead yet.When I am home, they do sometimes go to the door instead of screen, cause i tell them no screen. Can you help me?

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    1. Elle   November 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm  

      There is a product just for you! It is a screen made out of rubbery coated fiberglass,( or something like that.) I think it is called PetPruf. Replace your wire or fiberglass screens with it and your cats won’t be able to tear thru them. BTW, cats don’t really respond to verbal instruction. LOL

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  6. Tara Barkhouse   September 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm  

    Hi Jackson, We have 3 amazing cats that get along great, play together, and we love them all very much. We are having 1 problem with our oldest cat Princess who is 9yrs old. She is peeing all over our livingroom. If we leave shoes down she pees in them too. There are 2 HUGE litter boxes for the cats, that per the pet store they equal to 2 litter boxes in one, reason we got 2 of them. We clean them out daily and she still pees all over the livingroom. Not on the furniture just the carpet. She is fixed as well. What can we do to get her to stop? I am tired of our livingroom smelling like pee. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appriciated. Thank you, Tara Barkhouse

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    1. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm  

      You need three litter boxes. They mark their box. So the cat who pees, is needing his own box.
      Then you have to clean the pee areas really well..they have stuff for rug cleaning at the store
      where you rent the rug cleaner. All three cats are neutered, spaded..right? They have to be if they
      are not.

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    2. A. Hahn   November 15, 2013 at 11:44 am  

      Sometimes it’s not the litterbox. She probably has a urinary tract infection and needs to be seen by the vet. This will not go away without antibiotics. I know, I have been through this twice with one of my little females. When you have a cat that starts peeing or marking after not having done it before, a UTI is where I’d look FIRST. If she’s clear, THEN you have a behavioral problem.

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      1. Crystal Rector   November 18, 2013 at 11:34 am  

        Excellent point!! Physical causes should always be ruled out first!

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        1. JoDell   November 26, 2013 at 7:22 am  

          Urinary Tract Infections should ALWAYS be ruled out first, because if left untreated for too long a cat will go in to Kidney Failure. Once the Kidney Tissue dies it does not come back.

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      2. JoDell Stansel   November 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm  

        Also remember that if a cat has a UTI and it is left untreated it can easily turn in to kidney failure. Once the kidneys have failed they will die as kidney tissue does not regenerate like livers. :(

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  7. Rita   September 16, 2012 at 11:54 am  

    Hi Jackson I have two indoor only. cats Dinki (older) who was left by my neighbor and Daisy ( a teenager) who I found in a bookstore parking lot. When I finally caught Daisy we discovered that she had no claws. Good for Dinki, bad for Daisy because Dinki has her claws. I thought I was going to be saving Daisy and have a friend for Dinki. Well, I was wrong. Daisy, from living on the streets, stalks Dinki all the time and now she is spraying the area where the littler box is. I watch your show and I try everything that you say and nothing…I mean nothing works. I have tried the feeding between doors & Daisy won’t eat. Playing all the time! Treats! Right now Daisy has her own bedroom at night time. During the day she is roaming and stalking Dinki. They will fight all night if left together. I have tried this several times. I need your help with my kitty’s.
    Thank you, Jackson!

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  8. Pat Dewees   September 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm  

    Dear Jackson (or whoever answers this e-mail):

    For over ten years I have had one cat Hobbes. When my mother died last month, I took in her cat Angel. She had repeatedly requested that I do so in this case.

    Angel is not using Hobbes’ upstairs litter box and instead pees and poops downstairs. I have tried removing the top to this litter box to make it more inviting. It didn’t work. How do I get Angel to use the upstairs litter box? Should I even being trying to get her to do so or should I maintain a separate litter box for Angel?

    Thanks,

    Pat Dewees
    Birmingham, AL

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    1. Diane   October 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm  

      I don’t know exactly what Jackson’s answer will be for you. Personally, I have three cats and three litter boxes. We moved to a bigger apartment from a tiny place this past April. I now have two litter boxes in the laundry room and one in the master bath. They seem happy with the arrangement. Though Gracie will still use the bath mat when her tummy is upset. I learned. I keep an extra in the closet and can just throw the messed up one in the laundry. It happens less often as she’s gotten older and learned not to eat cat tree carpet. :)

      So, yes—multiple litter boxes.

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    2. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm  

      You need two litter boxes. One for each cat. They will not use the same one, unless they have
      lived together for a long long time. You can get her to use her box upstairs. Use treats
      and toys.

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  9. Rita Cobb   September 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm  

    I have a 2 year old Maine Coon. I am having prolems with her pooping on my carpet in the dining room. She does urinate in her litter box,. I use the very fine scoopable litter. She also has been declawed on her front paws, I sure would appreciate some advice on what is causing her to do this.
    Thank you
    Rita C.

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    1. Jamie   September 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm  

      Hi there Rita,

      I remember on an episode of My Cat From Hell, there was a cat who was not using the box at all because the litter hurt their paws. Declawed cats have very sensitive feet, because they basically had a portion of their “fingers” removed, and can’t walk on their tiptoes anymore. This can make digging in litter painful if you use a large-grain clay or something with big granules. You may want to try switching to a finer-grained litter – it may be more gentle on her paws.

      I don’t know about yours, but my cats are obsessed with trying to cover their poo when they go in the litter box, so the act of digging in the litter may be hurting her. She wouldn’t be able to reason “well I’m missing part of my hands and my fingers are sensitive”, she would just blame the box (and the act of scratching in it).

      This is probably the easiest place to start, without taking her to the vet to see if any of her bloodwork is off.

      I hope this helps! – Jamie

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    2. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm  

      I would make sure the litter is nearer to the cat. Just try to retrain her and make sure the litter is soft.
      I use the Big Lots all natural litter for $4.

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  10. Deb Trombley   September 17, 2012 at 9:35 am  

    Today I saw the recently posted pic of Jake–the one with his tongue stuck out? I noticed that his pupils don’t match–one is more dilated than the other. I know this might be troublesome, so I’m just pointing it out. We LOVE you and your show–keep doing good, man, and rock ON!

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  11. Emily Messer   September 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm  

    Dear Jackson, I have an amazing two year old cat named pooky that we love very much. His mother turned him away so my mother and I raised him from two weeks old. He has been fixed but now when he reached the age of two, we have been experiencing problems with him being aggressive towards my family. We watched your show hoping to find an answer. We thought it might be were he didn’t earn resect as a kitten since we were his mom but everyday it’s getting worse. But whats so weird is the aggresession isn’t constant. One second we can be petting him and the next he’s ready to fight. Any advice would be amazing PLEASE. We are literally at our ropes end and don’t want to get rid of him.
    Thank You
    Emily Messer

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    1. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm  

      I think watching Jackson all day on Saturday is the answer. You have to make a daily calendar. Write what sets the cat off. And who has handled the cat and what happened. Then use the Kitty toy Jackson uses on his show. The wand with the mouse on the end. Have everyone play with the car…one of you take morning, and then someone else take afternoon and someone evening. Make sure the cat is getting a good canned food and not the dry. Ask your vet for a good canned. I use Science Diet for my cat and she loves it. Make
      sure the cat has lots of water. Use treats to train the cat to do different things. Also, get some form of cat ladder so the cat can get away from people and relax. You can build steps on the walls. They cat sometimes needs its own space to chill out.

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    2. lynn   November 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm  

      I have a small part singapurr. When she was a small kitten she came through a screen in my daughters friends house. He looked after for a while, Then my daughter gave her to me. She bite and scatched everyone. I read on the net to ignore her. I mean ignore her do not look at her except when she is not looking at you. Cats area social by nature. try it It worked for me somewhat Little is much better
      So IGNORE HER

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  12. Mary   September 19, 2012 at 9:17 am  

    Hi Jackson,
    I have 5 cats and they all get along for the most part. Everyday I bring my neighbors cat over to play with my youngest cat(Q-Tip(while the others are outside) well my oldest cat(Casper)(he is and always has been mean towards everyone we say he is the pet cemetary cat very evil) got in without me knowing it and him,my youngest and the neighbors cat got into a big nasty fight (Casper started it)and it was horrible my youngest even turned on me and trapped me in my powder room.Once i felt he was calmed down I was able to come out.My issue now is my oldest and youngest are like total enemies and my youngest wants to rip the oldest one apart so I have been keeping them in separate rooms or putting the youngest on a leash and walking him around in the house so he don’t attack the oldest.I have to put one in a room so the other one can walk around freely and then switch so the other one has free time to. I don’t know what to do to get them to be ok again. I am to the point I think I may have to put down Casper if they can’t work this out. I am so against doing that but he does get mean with the others as well from time to time Casper has been this way for years.I am so stressed and don’t trust them together.People say put them in a room and let them hash it out but I am afraid they will kill each other.PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Peggy Delaney   September 19, 2012 at 10:16 am  

    I have 4 inside declawed cats that all get along. I recently purchased a house and a stray 2 yr old male cat came with the house. Stewie is very friendly, so I adopted him, got all his shots, and had him neutered. However, I can’t seem to meld him with my indoor cats. He attacks them immediately when I bring him inside. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to bring him inside permanently and to get along with my other cats? Should I have him declawed? He stays in one room at night and stays outside during the day. However, it will be cold soon and I don’t want him to suffer in the cold. He has lived for 2 years by himself but I want to make his life better and want to protect him. Do you even think it is possible to change his ways, or is he destined to live outside by himself in the cold? Please help!

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    1. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm  

      I would find a good cat behaviorist in your area. It is worth the cat’s life to find someone to help you.

      This cat could be feral and so it probably will not get along with the other cats. You can find a
      home for this cat or call Paws and see if they can help you. I called my local Paws for my
      two when I had to move…sadly …it was very sad. And they found a home right away.

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  14. Jennifer   September 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm  

    First of all, my 2 dogs died this year within 5 months, and I decided I didn’t want an animal for awhile. I thought God would let me know when it was time for another pet. Weeks later a stray cat showed up on my porch and put her nose in my doorway so when I opened the door, there she was. Needless to say, after several days of this I transitioned into taking her in an naming her Gracie. I know a little of her past which includes animal hoarding and meals consisting of whatever was in the compost bin. She was hungry, dirty, and covered in fleas. I took care of the food, fleas, and she’s cleaned herself right up, and she loves to sleep on my bed! I don’t know ANYTHING about cats, so your show helps, but one thing that worries me about having Gracie is that she will not (and apparently has never) use a litter box and I live in Oregon a VERY rainy place. I don’t have bushes or anything close to the house that would allow her to just go out and run back in without getting wet. I am a bit worried about how Gracie will handle going out in t he rain. Right now while it’s still sunny, we leave our back door open so she can go in and out as she pleases and I bring her in at night and if she has to go, I take her out with me so I can make sure she comes back in. I’m a bit worried she’ll go under my bed or somewhere and I won’t know it, yuck! I’ve even tried picking up grass with her urine and I picked up her feces (gross I know) and brought all of it into the liter box, and all it did was stink up my room. Gracie is a beautiful cat, she looks like a cross between a Himalayan, a siamese, and a persian, but because of her refusal to use a litter box I do believe that if Gracie were to have ended up at the pound, she probably wouldn’t have been adopted. Plus, she’s a bit unsure of people, doesn’t really like to be held, and I really think she has been treated poorly. I’ve bonded with her, and believe there’s a reason she’s in my life, but I so would appreciate your help. Having no experience with cats in the past, I’m just a bit lost and am unsure a lot of times as of what to do. As I said I’m disabled and am quite sick, and therefore have limited resources. Thank you in advance for your help, if you help me!

    Jennifer Wingate

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    1. Jamie   September 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm  

      Hi Jennifer –

      I know I’m not Jackson, but I think this resource may help you. It may take some trial and error, but this may help: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/solving_litter_box_problems.html

      Sometimes it’s just a case of preference. If you are using a clumping clay litter, maybe try something like Feline Pine, which is a brand of natural pine dust made into pellets. The dissolve when peed on, and you just need to wiggle the pan to sift it down. After a while you need to change it, and naturally need to scoop the poo, but she may like it more than the clay stuff.

      There may also be medical reasons – if you are of limited means it may be harder to get her in to the vet though. :(

      There are also some “training sprays” that your local pet stores may have – these can help attract the cat to the litter box.

      I hope this helps you.
      – Jamie

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    2. A. Hahn   November 15, 2013 at 11:50 am  

      For my two feral girls that I brought in, I “salted” their litterbox with Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract. It’s a herbal compound that basically tells the cat “here’s where you go to the bathroom”. They both used the litterbox immediately and I’ve not had a problem since. I don’t use the Cat Attract now since they’re litterbox trained, but it’s a really good product. You can also purchase the litter with the Cat Attract already in it.

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  15. Terrell AronSpeer   September 23, 2012 at 11:29 am  

    Dear Jackson, My honey and I have 4 cats ranging from 3 yrs to 17 yrs. One is a nutered male 6 yrs old, and the other three are spade females. We woke up this monring to find that one of them had taken a well contained leak in my honey’s Birkinstocks which were left beside her toilet. All are box trained (we have 4 boxes throughout the house) and we have had no problems with toilet habits before. What sort of action can we take to avoid a repeat of this behavior?

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  16. Helen   September 25, 2012 at 10:13 am  

    I have a male part russian blue and part bob tail. He’s around 9 years old and currently on treatment for UTI. I put puppy training pads out for him to use for his urgency and frequency. He started using the litter box more frequently on Sunday. But he’s been spotting on my bed. He jumps up and spots on the bed.
    Also refusing to eat the food the Vet recommended which was expensive. Any suggestions because I’m sleep deprived and laundry up to the ceiling.
    Thank you,
    Helen

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  17. Patricia Ballard   September 27, 2012 at 5:26 am  

    I have a five year old female siamese cat and she started licking off her hair about four months ago..nothing has chaned in her diet etc..I just changed her litter to one without perfume and changed her food to see if she has developed an allergy, but it is too soon to tell…she has been to the vet and there is nothing physicallly wrong with her.

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  18. Dianda   September 27, 2012 at 6:43 am  

    Great! I’m really curious to the flower/spirit essence. I’m afraid it’s just not available in Europe?

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  19. Ana   September 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm  

    Hi,
    I have a tortoiseshell comon house cat, she is a well behaved cat, she has been sterilized, she eats well and even goes outside during some parts of he day and returns to sleep inside.
    but there is one particular behaviour she has that i cannot explain myself
    in bewteen her toys she has this small stuffed ball that looks like the head of a tiger, its not a “cat toy”, its just some random toy she choose from my stuffed animal collection.
    and at first she to play with it, but lately she hisses at it and hits it and carries it around meowing, just to drop ti again and hiss at it again. even ef we hit it she will just look for it again.
    i find it rather strange, it really seems like she hates this toy.
    the vet says its because she sees “a daughter/son” in it…. wich i don buy.
    can you please tell me why she does this?

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  20. Mary Jo   September 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm  

    Hi Jackson, I really appreciate your show. I don’t have a lot of experience with cats, but I just moved and discovered a ferral cat in our yard, with only one kitten. I assume that the other kittens either died or …..ended up in some awful way. We still can’t get too close to the mama and baby, but we leave dry food and water twice a day. We have enjoyed watching them out the window….Mom had is so good with the baby, who is now eating on its own and drinking, etc. no more nursing. Watching “potty training” was especially fun….baby dug such a deep hole its whole body fit in it! Now we are paying attention to your olaying and hunting advice and we have been hiding the food around the yard….they look for our hiding places before ever eating the food in the dish. They seem to like the search. We have hung toys from bushes and baby especially loves playing with them. They both look healthy and happy, but we don’t know if they are spayed or nutured. How would we ever be able to catch them? They hardly stay in the yard when we are visible, although they watch us watching them through the window. any suggestions would be appreciated. we don’t want to scare them off, but we know more ferral cats are not needed either. thanks, MJ

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  21. Mimi   September 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm  

    Hi Jackson!
    Love the show! We have a total of 6 cats, 4 boys, 2 girls and we are now dealing with two different issues.
    1. The boys: The last male we adopted (Langley) had been in the “glass house” at the pet store for 8 months (he was almost 2 years old). My husband couldn’t stand it anymore and brought him home. He was a definite challenge as he had to be socialized, but after a year of work he is a pretty sweet kitty. Unfortunately for him, upon his arrival here he tried to pull a coo on our alpha male (Cody) which was unsuccessful. Now Cody (who happens to be a Siamese) stalks Langley and pees outside the litter box (we’ve had him checked out at the vet and there are no health issues). I’ve tried changing litters to one that is supposed to help with territorial issues and we have a total of 6 boxes in the garage and one in the bedroom. I also spray stuff that is supposed to eliminate the scent whenever I find it, but would prefer to not have the problem. Suggestions?
    2. The girls: The most recent female is a tortie with tortitude (Jasmine) that showed up in the street last December. When I took her to the vet she was estimated to be about 6 months. Unfortunately our resident female (Gracie) has spent the last 10 months chasing and stalking her. We started with a bell collar on Gracie so Jasmine could hear her coming, although now Gracie has become very adept at stalking without making a sound! Now we’ve taken to changing out their locations every day and keeping them separated as Jasmine absolutely will not stay in the same room with Gracie (I tried feeding them at opposite ends of the kitchen). I realize this is not a long term answer but it pains me to see Jasmine hiding under tables and even smaller spaces whenever Gracie is loose. And if Jasmine happens to be in my arms when Gracie comes near I get torn up wherever her claws happen to be. Suggestions?
    Overall, because of the situation with the boys and the girls all the cats are on edge a good deal of the time.
    I did just order your Ultimate Peacemaker essences and hope they work as I have tried every other spray, etc. and most of the time if you put something in their food they just walk away. Would appreciate any help that is offered.
    P.S. All the kitties in our house have been neutered/spayed.

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    1. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm  

      http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/solving_litter_box_problems.html

      Check out this web page. It has just about everything you would need to know about cats
      and problems

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  22. Gisela   October 1, 2012 at 6:20 am  

    Hi Jackson! I’m Gisela from Argentina. I have 2 cats (a girl, Adolfa, and a boy, Suertudo). They are 5 moths old and I have a problem. When Adolfa (girl) purrs, she automatically sucks out her nipples and Suertudo sucks them out too….so I’m worried that she may has a problem in the future..

    Thank you

    Gisela

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  23. Karen   October 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm  

    Hello, I have two 12 week only kittens that insist on nursing on a blanket. Not just any blanket. It is a “lamb wool” consistency (not really lamb’s wool). Should I make them stop? Is it harming them somehow psychologically?

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    1. Deb   November 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm  

      No reason to worry. It’s the same as a child sucking its thumb. Only possible problem would be from the cat ingesting part of the blanket. Hopefully there are no pieces that come off in the process.

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  24. Brianna Bintner   October 5, 2012 at 1:24 am  

    hey jackson,
    i doubt you will ever get the chance to read and respond to my post, and i completely understand :)
    but i have a problem that might result in me having to give away my cat :( my cats name is Senior (with a sqiggly above the N) Gato ( mr.cat in spanish), he is almost two and he is fixed and i clip his claws (i REFUSE to declaw!) and he has a peeing problem :( and i mean everywhere and infront of me! i have tried keep off sprays, different food, different types of litter, and more attention but, nothing seems to work and i dont want to get rid of my kitty, but if he keeps ruining my clothes and furniture and boxed items, he has to go :( what should i do???!! HELP
    Brianna Bintner

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    1. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm  

      http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/solving_litter_box_problems.html

      They have all the information about cat trouble, including peeing outside the box

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      1. Allie Lucas   November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm  

        I have been reading everything I can about introducing a new cat to our 12-year-old cat and still ended up with a peeing issue pertaining to the older cat.
        First of all, the Humane Society pages were of NO help in addressing and correcting behavior issues, only in figuring out what the problem might be.
        Second, we already know that our “S” cat (spayed female) is stressed and is marking territory even though the newcomer “B” (neutered male, 5-months-old) is still living in his own space and has had very limited exposure to “A”. We had her litter-mate “Pr” until she passed away from diabetes complications three months ago and dealt with peeing issues in the last year of her life. “S” quit peeing on things about a month after she became an only cat and so we thought we were safe in adding a new kitty. Apparently, only the humans were feeling the loss. “S” is growly, hissy, and springs to attack any time she gets a tiny glimpse of “B” and then runs away to hide as soon as all doors are safely closed again.
        Now what? We are two weeks into having the second cat and the peeing just started yesterday. We are starting our introductions all over again, and trying not to take any of it personally – even though the peeing happened after midnight, on my daughter’s bed, while she was getting ready for bed just four feet away.

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  25. Dan   October 5, 2012 at 9:08 am  

    I have a fair amount of experienced with cats, but we just took in a stray — young male about a year old. Had apparently been abandoned, as he found his way into our apt building, and some neighbors came & got me to see if we could help it out. It’s a very friendly, outgoing cat, BUT there are some issues outside my experience. He is fascinated by our other cat — a 2-year old female (spayed), and approaches here with curiosity, but she wants no part of him. He insists, and if she looks away jumps on her as if to play, but of course it’s a fight. We’ve had him for nearly 2 weeks, and thought that neutering him might calm him down a bit, but it’s made no real difference. What I’m discovering is that he behaves much the same way with us; he plays very gently, but not too gradually gets hyperstimulated, and gets rougher and more insistent. If he isn’t done playing (with a string toy, for instance), and we start to leave the room, he tackles us, getting more and more worked up — growling, moaning, etc. Likewise, if he doesn’t get what he wants, he starts acting like a surly teenager, with a ” do what I want or I’ll hurt you” attitude. I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t some underlying neruological issue, and am not really sure how to proceed next.

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  26. Marcotta   October 5, 2012 at 10:07 am  

    Hello, everyone! First I must say that I absolutely adore you, Jackson! You are an angel and a blessing to cats and their parents. Also, I was really hoping that someone could give me some advice, and perhaps ease my mind a bit. A little over two years ago, we had two female strays show up at our house, both of which were pregnant. I took them in and eventually found homes for both mothers, as well as seven of the nine kittens that came from their litters. Two of them I kept, because I fell so in love with them that I just could not stand to let them go. A male named Jack, and a female named PJ, who were littermates. They could not have been more opposite in every aspect, but still they loved each other more than anything. We had them spayed and neutered, and since they were kept indoors from day one, neither of them ever had the desire to venture outside. When they were seven months old, PJ was diagnosed with a heart condition. I fought for over a year, and spent thousands trying to keep her healthy, but this past March we lost my baby girl. I was devastated, still am, and Jack refused to leave my side for weeks. He is just over two years old now, and the sweetest, most well behaved cat that I could ever hope to share my life with, but it seems as if he lost his desire to play when he lost his sister. He is very healthy, eats quite well, and acts like himself in every other way. He just isn’t as active as he was right up until PJ’s passing. I’ve bought every toy that I could think to get him, but he doesn’t play with anything more than a few minutes before he is done with it. He used to do flips in the air chasing his loofafish and now he barely swats at it. We recently rescued another kitten, a male named Kuma. Jack adores him, and is willing to share everything, but he isn’t all that interested in playing with him. I don’t know if I am being overly worrisome, or if he having as hard a time getting over this loss as I am. Our vet says it isn’t a health issue and he is perfectly fine, but as his mom, this really upsets me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and thank you for your time!

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  27. Michele   October 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm  

    Gang, you need to read the dislaimer above:
    “Due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives, Jackson is not able to answer questions posted in the comments” I just don’t want you to be checking in here on a daily basis for an answer from him…you won’t get one.

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  28. Michele   October 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm  

    *disclaimer*…darn typo!

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  29. Patty G   October 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm  

    What kind of remedy would I give my cat if she is bipolar? One minute I can be petting her and the next she turns and bites me. I am at a loss, I can not brush her or even pet her for more then 2 times. She was good when I first got her and she is just getting worse.

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    1. Rita Palmer   October 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm  

      You need to train her. Use snacks. Use the Jackson wand with the mouse or feather on the end. You can buy one from Jackson’s facebook page. My cat was like that..now she is fine. I did 8 min. time outs on my cat and that worked for me..my arms were scratched up an down for months. lol

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  30. Dave & Jeannie Mogren   October 8, 2012 at 11:10 am  

    Hello Jackson,
    We have a dilema! We have a male and female Manx Cats. Both were nuetered at 6 months. They are now 2 1/2 yuears old…the male named Manx and the female named Mynx. The issue is a neighbor, who threatens to shoot them on site…he and his wife HATE cats because he claims they use their grandchildren’s sand box. I’ve checked daily for over a year, our cats do not use it, they use my gardens.

    We knew there might be an issue with Manx cats hunting skills. They’ve dramatically reduced our rabbit, mice, voles, chipmonks, and squirrel populations, which is good! The male, Manx, has another skill, he can vertically jump 8′ to 9′ and snags bats at dusk right out of the sky. Back on point, I installed and buried electrical wire around the perimeter of my yard ( about an acre) to “warn and shock” the cats in an effort to keep them in our yard. They both wear shock collars that give a 3 volt tingle in the thought that they would stay in the confines of our yard. Mynx responded very well for nearly 2 years. Her brother, Manx, soon learned that for a moment’s shock, he was free and outside the confines of our yard. Now he simply walks right threw and over the buried wire, and doesn’t even flinch or seem to notice a shock at all. It’s as if the wire fence was turned off. Just recently, the female walks right over the shocking area too.

    We need help or any suggestions. These cats prefer being outside to being house cats. They each only used the litter box once! I placed it outside a glass door on our deck. They used it. The second day they watched me dump the litter box behind lilacs along a row of pines. They immediately took to the new “litter box” area and progressed to the soft tilled soil of our gardens.

    The only thing I can think of doing is increasing the voltage, but PetSafe, the manufacturer of the underground fence and collars for cats, state there is no way to increase the voltage. I’m not trying to shock my cats painfully, I just am at ends as to what kind of deturant I can employ to keep my cats in my yard. Our city has a fence height ordinance of no fences over 6’…that wouldn’t keep them in either, they can leap over 6′ fertically with ease.

    I read above my letter, a Michele states, ““Due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives, Jackson is not able to answer questions posted in the comments” I just don’t want you to be checking in here on a daily basis for an answer from him…you won’t get one.” I hope you can find time to possibly drop us a note. We live in Northern Minnesota and do not realistically think you’d come up here, you are welcome anytime, we have lots of fish for your cats too, that is if I don’t eat all the Walleye!

    thanks at least for having this venue available,
    maybe one of your emailers above has a suggestion,
    thanking youi kindly,
    Dave and Jeannie
    dj652@msn.com

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  31. Dana and Hillary   October 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm  

    Hi Jackson and all,
    We are now a small family of 2, Dana is person, Hillary is cat. We’ve been together 17 happy years. We were a family of 5 but Abby (16) had cancer and Buster (15) had a stroke; they’ve both now passed over the rainbow bridge. We both have had a terrible time without them. Hillary would groom their little caskets ( they were cremated) and that broke my heart. I put them away where we couldn’t see them but we still hurt bad. Dana wants another cat, not sure what Hillary wants. I have been told that Hillary is too old for me to introduce a new cat into our family but I don’t know it that’s true or not. I’m not able to take the place of Abby and Buster. Could someone please help me with some advise? Hillary is withdrawn and I’m not as good a playmate as her cat buddies were.
    Here’s to cat power….you’re the greatest Jackson
    Thanks for any help you have for us.
    I’ll let Hillary know what you say and hopefully we can get a new family member.

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  32. Jennifer   October 10, 2012 at 10:42 am  

    Hi Jackson. . . . I have a 13 year old altered male cat. He has feline hyeresthesia and has had since he was around 2 years old. We tried him on meds but he does terrible with those. We have basically tried to keep him calm over the years and his symptoms come and go. As of late, he has been having a tough bout with this and I am afraid he will begin to mutilate himslef starting with his tail.

    My question is do you recommend any of your essenses that I can try? Or recoomend anything other than drugs? Any suggestions will be greately appreciated.

    Jennifer

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  33. Farinaz Farahpour   October 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm  

    Hi Jack,
    My cat has been pissing in the house for about one year. he usually likes the couch. I have had this cat for about 7 years. He is a mail fixed. He had this attitude before he got fixed. then after I fixed him he stopped and I never had this problem any more. about 3 years ago I adopted another cat. Things were alright. He tried so hard to get friends with her but she didn’t want to.A year later I adopted another girl and they got to be very good friends. I don’t think I want to separate them, since they love each other so much. It started when I tried to teach the three of them, to use the toilet seat. Then the new girl started to protest and used the room and problem went on and on. So I gave up. But Homie my boy, kept this attitude. He first pissed on my bed. Then I did not let them in my bedroom unless I was with them. But he started to use the couch.
    I took him to the vet and he had infection. So she injected her with some anti-biotic. My cat didn’t give up. This is the second couch I am trashing out. I am so afraid if it gets worse. Please let me know what to do.

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    1. Dan   October 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm  

      How many litter boxes do you have? The general rule is one box for each cat plus one.

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  34. Milo   October 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm  

    We have an overly affectionate cat. I know that most people would want this as most cats can be aloof. But if you give this cat attention, he will climb all over you and drool. He keeps us up at night purring and snuggling at our faces. And it is not pleasant to have drool dripped on you in the middle of the night. We enjoy having him in our room at night while he is asleep, but he wakes us several times wanting attention.

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  35. Donna Bilodeau   October 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm  

    my daughter has a new 8 week old male kitten and he refuses to use the littler box. Is this going to change
    or is he always going to do this. We feel he is marking his territory and will always do this. He is the only
    kitten or animal in the house. She has tried switching litter and also rewarding him and nothing seems to work
    Please help

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  36. Cheryl Kotecki   October 23, 2012 at 8:52 am  

    I have two cats that have been together for 4 years. They were very close, groomed each other and sleept and played together without any problems up to 3 weeks ago, when my male (Coon-cat mix, and over- anxious cat) decided to take his agression out on the female (mild mannered simease blend mix) after seeing another cat in our yard. My vet called this redirected agression. It has been 3 weeks now, no sign of the other cat, but my male continues to pounch and torture the female every change he gets. I have them seperated, she is in the basement and he is upstairs. She hisses when she sees him and will not come up stairs on her own. I have to carry her up the stairs to get out of the basement and she corners herself in one room and will not leave that room. I have to keep him in another room with the door closed in order not to have him attack her. The vet suggested Felay plug in which I have bought and some kitty towers to give her a place to go that is safe, which I have ordered. I am at my wits end with this and I am afraid the female is not going to every get over her fear of the male and the male will not get over his redirected agression towards her. Any suggestions would be appreciated as both cats are fondly loved by all in the family but I don’t know if keeping the female confined is good for her let alone fair for her not feel safe in her own home.

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  37. elizabeth wiebelt   October 30, 2012 at 11:03 am  

    I am having a little problem with my girl Chrissy. First, a little history on her. She lost her two big sisters in 2011 & 2012 both to kidney disease. Lucy was 12 and Shelby was 13. They were very close. Chrissy seems to be adjusting fine except for one thing. She won’t eat out of her food bowl. I have to literally put her food down on the floor for her to eat. She eats the Science Diet kibble so I guess it is no big deal. She has had the same bowl since her sisters and I was wondering if the death of her sisters had something to do with her not wanting to eat out of her bowl. I am usually very good at reading what is going on with Chrissy, but I am stumped with this. Should I change her whole feeding area? She eats in the same area where she and her sisters ate. Nothing has changed in the feeding area except of her sisters bowls no longer being their. Her weight is fine and she is very playful. But the whole food bowl situation is bothering me. What should I do?

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    1. Karen   October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am  

      I believe I would change where you feed her. The absence of their bowls may be upsetting. If I was used to eating somewhere with my best friend……having a reminder that they’re gone would hurt.

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  38. Patty   November 7, 2012 at 8:20 am  

    Hi Jackson– Love your show!
    I’m feeling a little slighted…
    My husband, the DOG person, is now the object of affection from my cat Louie! He LOOOOOVES him so much and yells for him, and follows him around, and barely notices me. In fact, will actually leave when I try to pet him. Louie will look longinly into my hubby’s eyes when being petted and only bothers with me when I am getting food ready. We had Louie for about 4 years before we got a female kitty, Melly. They love each and do well together, and Melly is only a touch more attached to me, but Louie is smitten beyond belief with my hubby. What’s the deal- I feel like chopped liver, and you would think the cat would LOVE that– not so!
    LOL

    Sincerely– Jilted ( Patty)

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  39. Sarrah   November 9, 2012 at 8:28 am  

    Hi Jackson,

    Why does a cat bite you after petting them for a little while? There were no signs that she was getting tired of the petting, she just bit and drew blood.

    Thank you,
    Sarrah

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  40. Agnes   November 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm  

    I have an unusual guestion. We had an outdoor cat for many,many years. My husband was always wondering how he(lucky) was consuming so much food. Lucky died a few months ago. A very sad time for us I didn’t remove his food from the porch. I got a glimpse of a black cat on the back porch one night. A couple of days later I heard something on the front porch. I looked out the window and was amazed! I saw a small black cat on its tippy toes opening the lid to Luckys cat food.I opened the door and it ran away. I have been feeding the cat EVERY day since. When I see it and open the door it runs away. It only comes at night around eight p.m. We sometimes watch it on the camera system. This cat was evidently Luckys friend. How can I tame it to become a pet?

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  41. Raquel Harris   November 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm  

    Hi Jackson,
    My family just adopted my neiborg’s cat Milles, is around 12 years old, he is so sweet and friendly with my other 3 cats, he is neutered but only issue: he sprays inside, breaks my heart when he crys to coming inside and hang on with us, but we are afraid that he will spray and he will teach bad habits to my other cats, when he’s inside for few minutes I got to watching and stay close to avoid any pee around furniture, and he knows so behaves but I would love to find a trick for old buddy so I can trust him and he can stay inside more often, we are huge fans of your and love your show! Thank you so much!

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  42. carolyn   November 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm  

    my cat muffin poops on my bed what can i do

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  43. Melanie   November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am  

    I have a 3yr old female cat Bubba, who has run the house since we got her at 4 weeks old. A month ago one of my outside stray kittens ran into the house. I took her to be spayed and have shots and decided to try to keep her. I thought she would be company for Bubba while I was working. Pumpkin is very gentle and non confrontational. Sadly, Bubba is very confrontational and won’t leave her alone. The poor kitten spends most of her time hiding under my couch. I bought a calm kitty spray but it hasn’t seemed to make a difference. Does anyone have any suggestions ! I love these cats and I would just like Pumpkin to be able to be a part of the family if that’s possible.

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  44. Michelle   December 5, 2012 at 11:51 am  

    I am considering adopting an older dog from a shelter. This will be my first time owning a dog. I do own several cats one of which is a CH cat. Does anyone have any suggestions for which remedies would be useful for both the dog and the cats?

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  45. antoinette   December 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm  

    hi jackson
    i have a 8 month old male manx for the past month he started meowing at the top og his lungs all night long and even during the day. i have tried palying with him to tire him out at night and feed him b4 bed time. can males go into heat? he is neutered yet and was wandering maybe if thats the peroblem. sometimes he will just sit at star at the wall and meow or just sit in the middle of the room and do it. please please help
    antoinette

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    1. Christine   December 9, 2012 at 9:27 am  

      I had a cat like that….he died just last January. He was 18 years old and was a real meower! At night he would cry this plaintive, loud meow that was just scary. As I look back, I think he was just so bored, but especially so lonely. He couldn’t make it up the stairs as he was too old to do so. He cried like a baby. I wish I’d brought a little kitty into the house to provide company for him at night. I would never introduce a full-grown cat….THAT’S asking for trouble! But a little one is less threatening and I’ve found that they generally end up to be great buddies. I feel quite sure that with a companion cat, his meowing would have stopped. Just my theory. Cats DO get terribly lonely, just like people.

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  46. Shara   December 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm  

    Hello Jackson. And other cat lovers.
    I have a big problem, my aunt (whom I am very close with) has a cat that hisses at me and everybody else that come into contact with her. Maggie(the cat) is crazy. And I don’t know what to do, my aunt says its my fault that she does this. Maggie has been doing the hisses since she was about one years old. My aunt adopted her from the pound when she was about eight weeks old. When I go over my aunt house, as I sitting in the kitchen Maggie will come in and look around, and as soon as my aunt would leave the room she will come over to me not getting to close and hiss at me or my children. For a period of time my aunt didn’t belive me, it took for my baby cousin to tell her the “auntie Maggie showed me her teeth” and it does not matter if you are petting her, (well I won’t pet her but others will ) and after five minutes she will hiss at them. See my aunt don’t have any children so Maggie is “her child” . Now she is getting worse because as I walking thru the house she will run up to me, hit me and hiss. Now when she hisses at me I will tell her in a firm voice ” that’s a no no Maggie! Well it don’t work cause she still does it. My friend suggested I spray her with water when she does it, but I know my aunt would have a “fit”. I would ask my aunt to put her in a room while I there but she refuse, she says “this is her house” and y’all two need to get along. But she don’t understand how it feels to have a cat hissing at you all the time. I am just afraid one day Maggie come up and hit and hiss at me catching me off guard and I will hit her or she will hurt me or someone else really bad.
    Please help me !!!!!!

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    1. Christine   December 9, 2012 at 9:19 am  

      Shara, try feeding it a spoonful of wet food from time to time. Sit on the floor (at her level) and push the plate of food towards her while speaking softly. When she starts associating you with something pleasant (and what’s more pleasant than food?), she will likely stop hissing. Even cat treats in the pouches might work. Shake the treats and then offer her a few kibbles. Keep a few in your pocket and everytime she hisses, kneel down and put a few kibbles on the floor and speak softly. She should learn to recognize your soft voice. Don’t bend over her to feed her or pet her. That’s a scary thing for a cat like this. While she is learning to associate you with good things, let HER come to you when you are sitting on the floor. Find something else to do while you just sit in her presence. This may take a couple of days. When you come into the house, have a bag of treats with you, shake the pouch (which she will hear and come running) and then. kneeling down, offer her a few kibbles. She will end up loving you.

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      1. Shara   December 10, 2012 at 10:42 am  

        Oh thank I will try that, even thou I scared cause I don’t know what she might do next, but I will let you know how it work. She proberly take my treats and hiss and walk away lol

        Thank you

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  47. Christine   December 9, 2012 at 9:02 am  

    What’s the deal with everyone declawing their cats??? I have 3 cats living among very expensive custom-made Bassett furniture that would be perfect for sinking their claws into, but they don’t. Why? because I have trained the 2 since they were kittens to only use the scratching post…and the other I’m taking care of for a friend? I just clap my hands if I see him going for the furniture. Declawing cats is BARBARIC and those of you who have done it should be ashamed of yourselves. How about YOU going to the vets and having YOUR fingernails pulled out?

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    1. Crystal   December 31, 2012 at 11:03 am  

      This is actually a misconception – and in my opinion, it is WORSE than having your fingernails pulled out. Declawing is an amputation at the first knuckle, so it is instead like chopping off all your fingers at that first knuckle! I agree that it is a barbaric practice, however!

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  48. Christine   December 9, 2012 at 9:06 am  

    To another subject: this cat I’m taking care of for my son’s friend is the WEIRDEST cat I’ve ever had in my 63 years of numerous kitties. I sometimes wonder if It’s really a cat! He comes up to my face when I’m sleeping, curls up next to me, purrs and licks my chin (painful!) but during the day he acts like he doesn’t even know me! He runs from me unless I coax him. Also, he is terrified of the laser pointer. I’ve never had a cat that was afraid of a laser pointer! I am sure that if a mouse scurried by, he’d run the other direction! WHAT KIND OF CAT IS THIS????? Any comments?

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  49. Emily   December 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm  

    Hello so i have a 7 year old cat who has just started to pee in a corner all the time the same corner as well.
    he’s seems to poop out of the litter box’s as well but he only dose that when it needs to be cleaned it gets cleaned every day but but he likes to poop out of it just b4 it get’s cleaned sometimes i think he dose it cuz he’s man but i was watching one of your shows and you side they don’t do toughs things out of anger.
    my cat is de-clawed but he got de-clawed a long time ago and never did this till maybe a month ago we clean were he pee’s with vinegar but the smell dose not seem to fully go away as he pee’s on concrete floor do you know why he dose this other then that both him and his brother are awesome cat’s there so nice an cuddly there the best cats just scamper peeing an pooping out of the littler box’s when i see him doing it ill move him into the littler box’s after so he know he need’s to go there but im sure he know that’s were he need to go he just does not sometimes

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  50. Jan Dubien   December 27, 2012 at 11:18 am  

    We have 7 cats….and for the most part they are very well behaved…only a few problems that I am dealing with..but one I cannot seem to stop….King is peeing and spraying all over the place….he has had issues with his bladder and it is an ongoing problem we are dealing with the vet with….we have 7 litter boxes and am trying a new cat litter in one of them…so far he has only sprayed once since then…(a few days ago)…we had a cat that had the same problem a couple of years ago and we ended up puttiing him down…it broke my heart…earlier we rescued a couple of female kittens (sisters)…and that is when King’s peeing problem came to light….we spend extra time with him and he has started sleeping with me again…he had stopped that before the kittens arrived here…he also started fighting with his brother and has had some minor injuries because of it…..I need help!!

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  51. Bobbi Casper   January 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm  

    Hi Jackson (LOVE! you and your show—play us something already!),
    I have an 8-year-old neutered male cat who came with a whole bunch of problems. Alex, as we call him, was a cat born in Louisiana not long before Hurricane Katrina. I adopted him when he was 12 weeks old, knowing he was shell-shocked, much like a combat vet whose seen more than he share of action. We’ve dealt with his fears, phobias and insecurities with lots of love and time, but we have lots of other health issues to cope with as well. Alex has been diagnosed with “extreme irritable bowel syndrome.” Our vets put him on Prednisone to stabilize him about three years ago and then I added a probiotic to his diet about a year later, and, thank God, we were able to wean him off of the Prednisone after about a year (Prednisone can cause diabetes). He’s still a probiotic kid, but it’s a non-perscription quality formula and is okay with the doctors and Alex. I’m not a vet, but I can’t help but wonder if all this stomach trauma could actually be food allergies (which my vet feels he went through two years ago while on another unnamed cat food brand that we switched him from)? We switched Alex to Wellness canned food two years ago and things were going really well…till recently. Right at Christmas time, Alex developed a very bad bout of diarrhea—along with that “itching like crazy at the base of their tail syndrome” that I’ve seen him do before years ago, and WORST OF ALL!) he stopped using the litter box “for feces.” He was nice enough to keep using the box for urine…Alex has NEVER done this before–ever. Any ideas on what next? Perhaps he should be put on a raw food diet?) Or could it be that (like many folks) he has come to hate Christmas over his past eight years, along anything else that messes with his very set daily routine. He is an only cat and I am home with him all day so he rules the roost. Any ideas where to start with this jumble of trouble? Alex is under the care of two great vets that are “cat vets only,” so they’re pretty hip to most things. This one, though, I think, even has them stumped. They believe he might have hemorrhoids. I give up…HELP!!! Where to I go from here, oh Wise One? R. Casper
    jrcasper@embarqmail.com

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  52. Debbie L.   January 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm  

    Hi Jackson, I am writing on behalf of my sister and her 2 sons. They have a cat ‘Duckie’ for 10 years now. She is declawed, spade and an indoor cat. She is a very large cat, only to look even larger because of her fluffy long fur. My sister moved into a new home nearly 2 years ago and she can no longer let Duckie out of the furnace room because she pees everywhere. She even pees in the furnace room, just outside of the litter box. It is like she has no consistency but I don’t know what to suggest. My sister is upset because it is not the life for a cat, living in a furnace room. She has even mentioned putting Duckie down but of course does not have the heart to do it and what would she tell her sons. So Duckie’s life is currently spent in a furnace room, which she doesn’t seem to mind at all, and my sister’s daily routine is to clean up cat urine off the floor.

    Is there any help, or anything that can be done? Does anyone know what might be causing this and better yet how to try and stop it. I have 4 cats myself and I have no idea what I would do if one of them turned to urinating everywhere. Please help me help Duckie and my sister enjoy life again.

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  53. Joanne Cap   January 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm  

    Hi Jackson, I have a cat Soxie 5 yrs olf and a rescue kitten Leila about 7 months old. Leila seems to have an unsationable appetite. She is always stealing food from my plate, also anything leftover in the sink before I clean it she eats it..If I’m eating my dinner and get up for something, she steals food from my dish and growls when I try to take it from her.

    How can I get her to stop…She has plenty of food. She also eats the other cats food

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  54. Georgiana   January 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm  

    Hy Mr. Galaxy,
    I am a happy owner of two beautiful catas adopted a few years ago when I was married. The marriage is gone and the cats live in my bedroom in my parent’s house. Sometimes, the male vomits in my bed and on the floor. Today, I have learned that he is probably stressed out. I tried to make him play but he just give that bored look and kept doing what he was doing. The female just hided. She is easier to manage. Both of them hide well when my 12 year old boy enters the room all happy and screaming. I want to know what I can do to make them calmer.

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  55. kevin   January 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm  

    Need Help,
    My wife is a Vet Tech at an animal clinic. My son and his new wife wanted a cat. At my wifes clinic they had a calico cat thet was the only one to survive in a litter. They bottle fed it for a month and my son and his wife took it in. Now 7 months later it is fine with them but it attacks any guests they have in their house. Hissing scratching. It acts mad and posessed.. when it does this my son grabs it by the gruff of the neck and shuts it into a room until the guest leaves. They and sick of this behavior and and talking about taking it to the humane society whom we all know will end up puttng it down because of its aggressive behavior… Any help or suggestions of anything we can try? This situation has everyone very upset. Please respond

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  56. Don Case   February 1, 2013 at 10:35 am  

    We have a cat (one of six) that we can’t seem to calm her any. She acts as if she was beat however she was born in this house and we know that she has never been hurt by anyone. Her two other sisters that also live here are fine with everything but this poor kitty is afraid of everything and everyone. She is never relaxed and we feel so bad for her but have no idea would else we can do for her. I would love a chance to pick your brain and see if you have any ideas as to would we can do to help Emma enjoy life.

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  57. Sheri Orzechowski   February 13, 2013 at 9:12 am  

    Hello Jackson I could use your help
    I have three cats. The problem is I have had both Sylvia and Simon for more than eight years and recently adopted a third, Sophie. I found Sophie outside matted and skinny so I took her to a shelter and when no one claimed her i went and brought her to my home. I kept her separated in another room and let them see each other with the help of a baby gate when I was home. I did this for about 10 days. Every thing was going ok except for a little hissing sometimes. Sylvia has always been very skidish and I think she must have let Sophie know she was afraid of her because now she is spending most of her days and nights on top of my water heater. I have had to come to her rescue after I am woken up by horrible cat screams(coming from Sylvia). When I put canned food down or spray cat-nip Sylvia comes down and they can all even eat off of the same dish with no issues.I feel very bad for Sylvia, I made her life worse by making somone elses life better.

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    1. Lynn   February 16, 2013 at 9:04 am  

      I have three cats, and have always had cats. Yes cats do like company. If your going to get another cat get one younger The reason I say that is your cat will train a younger kitty. I have had cat female or male train a younger kitten to hunt and play. The big taddy was trained buy his step fatAnd for your cat Wuza relax he’ll come out eventually. He may have been scared by something like a child. But MY BIG TABBY always disappears when people come over and comes out later if there still there and he may not . Remember Cats own you home They do things on there terms unlike dogs who are attention mongrels.

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  58. Glenda Heath   February 13, 2013 at 9:18 am  

    We have one cat right now. His name is Wuza because I thought he was a female. He is 3 years old. He is a good boy. Wuza has been neutered. When we have company he hides. As soon as he hears the vehicle pull into the drive way he runs and hides. He doesn’t like other people. He doesn’t get aggressive. I think he was taken from his mother to soon. I would love to get another cat. I would like to have a female. My question is: do you think Wuza needs a playmate? Do cats get lonely?

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  59. Tawny   February 20, 2013 at 4:43 am  

    Hi Jackson,

    How do I keep my older cat from pulling clumps of fur out of my younger cat?

    I’ve got two wonderful boys, one who’s 3 1/2 and a young 1 year old. We adopted the first at only a few months of age, and the second around 5 months. Prior to the adoption of the second, our first cat experienced the loss of both his brother and “adopted mother” cat over the course of 1 year, and started getting very clingy and calling often. Sometime he will still “call” at night. When we brought home the now-1-year-old, they bonded immediately. They play together, groom each other, sometimes sleep together, and generally enjoy each other’s company. Both are very well-behaved, and have never bitten or scratched out of aggression. Both are neutered. However, after the younger one was neutered, the older one has pulled a large clump of fur out of the younger one 3 times in about 2-3 months. Once on the neck, twice on the back of the head/neck. The clumps are painful for the young one. When I “caught him in the act” the younger was very submissive and the older had a fuzzy tail and was huffing. Very soon after, the older one will calm down and try to groom the young one’s missing spot of fur. Why is our older cat doing this, and how might we address this behavior? Both have been to the vet recently and were deemed healthy. They’ve got 2 stories of housing space and many perches, windows, hidey-holes, and toys that keep them occupied even when we’re not around (it’s very much a cat-adapted house). When we are home, we play with them and they’re very sweet, always eagerly waiting for us. This fur-pulling behavior has only happened in the early morning, when they will occasionally get into spats.

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  60. Yuya Shiina   February 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm  

    Hi Jackson!

    I’m hoping you might have a solution to a problem we’re having with one of our cats. We have two 7 yr old cats, one purebred siamese (Kibi) and one rescue mix-breed (Mugen). When they hit about 4 yrs old, Kibi began cleaning off Mugen’s whiskers entirely. This started only after we went on a 1wk vacation without them, and I thought it would stop after a while but it hasn’t. I’m assuming our disappearance is what caused this, although we’d gone on vacation and left them with cat-sitters before. (My mother would come stay with them, we did not board them.)

    Last year, my husband bought me one of Kibi’s half-sisters, who is now a year and a half old. About a month after we got her, Kibi switched from Mugen to Mika, and proceeded to clean off every last whisker. Mugen’s have now grown back out and look beautiful, but Mika barely has stubs left! Neither cat seems to mind -for the most part- unless Kibi’s cleaning gets a little too aggressive. They generally don’t stop her and she doesn’t understand when I scold her, going right back to it after a few seconds.

    I know this doesn’t actually cause harm to them but I’d like to know if there is some way to stop it. Is there anything you (or anyone else reading) can suggest to help? On a side note, in case it has any bearings, all three cats are strictly indoors. They have never been outdoor cats. (Unless you count the first few days of Mugen’s life, before he was rescued by Cat Haven.)

    Many thanks,

    Yuya

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  61. Tonya Mosher   March 9, 2013 at 11:20 am  

    Hi Jackson. My boyfriend and I adopted a kitten about a year and a half ago when we first started dating. When she was younger, she had a urinary tract problem but we noticed that she would urinate outside the box but on my boyfriends clothing or belongings. She is not violent towards my boyfriend at all but when he tries to cuddle with her or pet her, she runs away. She will be on the end of the bed asleep and he will go down and try to pet her and cuddle, and she will just get up and leave. I was wondering if you had any tips for that issue. And then I had 2 more questions. I would like to have her sleep on the bed with us at night but when we do let her in, all she wants to do is run around and play with the blinds in the window. What would your advice be to get her to sleep with us? Adele (her name) is also very unsociable. When ever we have guests over, she runs into the bedroom and hides either under the bed or behind our dresser. I know those are her comfort spots but how could we make her more sociable? Thank you very much!

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    1. Crystal Rector   June 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm  

      Hi Tonya!

      I am not Jackson, but maybe I can offer some insights to you, based on what I have learned from watching his show (and from many years observing feline behavior). The urination outside the box issue (if her urinary tract problem is resolved, and by now, I would think it would be – but if not, please see your veterinarian!) may indicate that your cat is feeling territorially threatened. She may need to feel like she belongs in and owns her living space so that she will urinate in the appropriate place. In many cases of inappropriate urination, that is the case, and the fact that she seems to choose your boyfriend’s clothing and belongings makes me think that her reaction is somehow related to him…especially if she runs away when he makes advances toward her. There seems to be something about him she doesn’t like or trust. Is there any possibility he has not treated her well when you were not around? If you feel fully confident that your boyfriend is not doing anything to warrant her lack of trust, I think you and he might need to make a concerted effort to gain her trust. She needs to associate him with good things. One method I have seen Jackson use on his show to do this is to have your boyfriend be the one to give her food, treats and playtime. Do not underestimate the power of play, either – to cats, it is a very important outlet for their natural instincts. If you make a habit of playing with her and wearing her out shortly before bedtime on a very consistent basis (and feed her immediately after), she should start to get used to the pattern of play-food-rest. During playtime, she needs to get worn out, so be prepared to take the time with her! If you do that, you might find that you are able to let her in your bedroom at night (which is also instrumental to her feeling a sense of ownership of her space…cats hate closed doors!) and she will be calm enough to let you sleep. You can use the same method to get her to accept visitors in the house more readily. Have them offer her treats, and if she is receptive, maybe even some playtime – to help her associate new people in the house with only good things. Whatever kind of treat or food is her very favorite will be a great motivator if used well! Good luck to you, your boyfriend, and Adele!
      – Crystal the Pet Nanny

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  62. Reen   March 12, 2013 at 8:30 pm  

    I need some much needed guidance. My cat has changed his sleeping pattern. He used go to sleep with me and wake up with me but now he’ll get up from the bed and sit on the window sill when I get into the bed. And he has been doing this for a few weeks now. I don’t know what’s going on or what I can do. He’ll spend majority of the night on the window or sleep under the bed. What can I do to get him come to bed at the same time as me?

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    1. Crystal Rector   June 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm  

      Hi Reen!

      I am not Jackson, but I would like to try to help you with your problem by offering some insights based on what I have learned from watching him and from observing feline behavior for many years. First of all, is he neutered? An intact male cat can sense a nearby female cat in heat and your cat may be responding to his natural instinct to spread his genes throughout the neighborhood when he is sitting in the windowsill. If this is the case, get thee to a veterinarian and get him neutered – pronto!

      Otherwise, it sounds to me like your cat doesn’t correlate his sleeping time with yours – basically, he is not ready for bed yet when you go to bed. Like humans, cats are creatures of habit and routine, so you can help your cat establish a “bedtime routine” to enable him to recognize when it is time to snuggle in with you for the night. Have you ever seen the technique Jackson employs that he calls, “Eat – Play – Love”? This technique is useful in helping you and your cat bond, and can also be used to help establish routine. I would suggest changing the order to “Play – Eat – Love” in your case and for your purposes. The key to establishing time for sleep is in making your cat sleepy, or tiring him out, so play might need to be pretty intensive. Find interactive toys so that you and your cat are playing together so you can stimulate the cat to play even after he starts getting bored. Many cats respond well to a feather or other light prey-like material on one end of a piece of string while you hang onto a fishing pole kind of device attached to the other end. These are often called “Cat Dancers” in the pet supply store, but you can make one yourself too (just picture a “kitty fishing pole” with “bait” that would be attractive to a cat. Try to duplicate the behavior of some kind of prey (like a bird), making it land near the cat and then fly off for your cat to chase. A lot of cats also respond well to the red dot produced by a laser pointer and will chase it for quite a while. In my household, we call this, “the red bug”. Regardless of your cat’s toy preferences, the idea is to find something he really digs and make him as tired as possible with it.

      When he is good and worn out, it is time to move into the “Eat” phase. After all, in a cat’s natural environment, the reward for successfully chasing and catching prey is getting to eat what he has caught. Of course, you wouldn’t expect your cat to eat the toys you offer him – and he wouldn’t want to – but you can offer him something good to eat right after you have worn him out. This serves a dual purpose: it helps establish the routine if you always do these things in the same order, and it will help with making your cat sleepy, since a full belly and digesting tend to make creatures more sluggish (like you after Thanksgiving dinner!). Just make sure the food you offer is appropriate for a feline diet (no cow’s milk, please!) and is something he likes.

      While your cat is eating, you can be going about your own bedtime routine to prepare for the final phase: “Love” (snuggling and low-key petting). When kitty is done eating and you are done preparing for bed, you can get into bed and encourage him to join you there, where you will engage in relaxing petting and scratching. He will likely be ready for rest anyway after you wore him out playing and gave him a good meal to digest. Now just make your bed the most inviting place for him to do his resting. The more you reinforce the pattern and routine, the easier it should get for your cat to be ready for bed when you are and to join you in your bed. Good luck and nighty-night!
      -Crystal the Pet Nanny

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  63. kathryn   March 13, 2013 at 11:17 am  

    i have a male cat who refuses to use the litterbox.i have severe copd and the smell is making me sicker.my husband says he would get rid of me before he gets rid of the cat.please help me i don’t know what else to do

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    1. Crystal Rector   June 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm  

      Hi Kathryn!

      I am not Jackson, but I would like to try to help you with your problem by offering some insights based on what I have learned from watching him and from observing feline behavior for many years. In order to remedy the problem, the first thing you will need to do is to play “cat detective” to figure out why your cat doesn’t use the litter box. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t know the source of the problem.

      The first things to rule out are potential physical reasons for your cat’s behavior. Is the cat neutered? If not, his intact state probably constitutes a large part of the problem – although by now, a lot of his habits are ingrained so you will probably need to do some behavior modification to retrain him as well. First things first: get him neutered (and I really can’t emphasize this enough!!).

      The next potential physical reason could have to do with the litter you are using. Cats can be very particular about the kind of litter – and this is especially true if your cat is declawed. Plain and simple, certain kinds of litter can be very painful for declawed cats to dig in and as a defense against the pain they simply avoid the cause of the pain, which is the litter itself. Whether or not the cat is declawed however, some of them just decide for one reason or another that they do not like a particular kind of litter – so some experimentation might be in order.
      The third potential physical reason for a cat to refuse to use a litter box (and maybe I should have put this first) is a physical illness. Your cat cannot articulate to you in human terms when he is not feeling right. He will communicate with you in the only language he knows – cat language! Much of a cat’s communication is through body language and behavior. It is always a good idea to rule out physical illness right off the bat by taking him for an exam with your veterinarian…and as a bonus, when you do so, you have an animal expert right in front of you to give you additional insights into your cat’s behavior.

      So you have ruled out the physical reasons for your cat’s inappropriate urination: he’s neutered, you have tried all kinds of litter (even alternative kinds like ground walnut and pellets made of newspaper!), and the veterinary exam yielded no health issues. Now what? Put your cat detective hat back on, because it’s time to delve into the mind of a cat to discover what’s behind his behavior.
      The location your cat uses for his toileting can yield clues as to why he is behaving the way he is. Inappropriate urination often has more to do with the cat’s perception of a threat to his territory than it does with the need to empty his bladder. I recommend first purchasing a small black light so you can see all the urine and where it is most heavily concentrated. Urine is easy to spot with a black light, and you might not see it in the light of day with the naked eye. You may find some surprising results with your new tool. The location(s) of the highest concentration of cat urine can give you clues about what is going on in your cat’s environment that is causing this disturbing behavior. A high concentration of urine around doors and windows can indicate the presence of “invaders” – very possibly neighborhood cats or other creatures that trigger your cat’s instinct to defend his territory. If this is what you find, I would recommend finding a way of keeping the invaders from coming into your cat’s territory. I have seen Jackson use various tools to do this, from motion-sensing alarms to motion-sensing water spray.

      Does the cat specifically choose to urinate on things belonging to one person in the household? From the sound of your question, I am guessing it might even be you whose belongings are the target. That can indicate the cat feels threatened by the person whose belongings are getting ruined. The cat is trying to communicate his distress to you and the relationship between the cat and the person needs to be addressed and improved. He needs to begin associating that person with positive things, like treats, food and playtime. His “victim” should be the one to give him those things with an attitude toward improving the relationship until the relationship is more positive.

      Does the urination seem to be random and equally distributed all over the place? It sounds like your cat is suffering from a complete lack of territorial security. He feels like NOTHING belongs to him and he does not belong ANYWHERE in your house. He is trying desperately to establish his territory within your house. He needs reassurance with a sense of belonging. Give him areas all over the house that are specifically HIS, and here’s a hint: cats feel secure in high places. For example, give him cat furniture to climb and/or shelves that provide a feline “superhighway” for your cat to get off the ground and take ownership of that space. Give him places of ownership in all rooms of the house so he feels like an important and included member of the family who can be in whatever room you and your husband are occupying without feeling threatened.

      I know this has been a very long answer to a relatively short question, but I hope it has been of some value to you, and I hope your COPD is more manageable with fresher (urine-free!) air in your household. I wish you, your husband and your cat much peace, love and harmonious living!

      -Crystal the Pet Nanny

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  64. Barbara Shafer   March 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm  

    Jackson, I just love your show. I am a real cat lover and have had cats all my life. My husband and I started feeding a stray that hung around our back porch. Well, word must have gotten around because that turned into a total of 6 feral cats and 1 stray that we were feeding. Not a problem. However, two of the feral cats became pregnant. Although they would not come near us, we were able to get three of the kittens inside (two from one litter and one from the other). They have seemed to adjust well to being inside, they get along well and started using the litter box immediately which I was amazed at. I bought some cat toys and am able to play with them but, after 3 months inside, I still cannot pet them. Although I am dying to cuddle them, the bigger problem is that I am not able to get them into a box to get them to a vet and obviously they have had no shots and will need to be neutered. Any help or suggestions you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Oh, by the way the cat mothers are both pregnant again and I really don’t know what to do about that either.

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    1. Crystal Rector   June 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm  

      Hi Barbara!

      I am not Jackson, but I would like to try to help you with your problem by offering some insights based on what I have learned from watching him and from observing feline behavior myself for many years. You are obviously quite familiar with feline behavior, as a lifelong cat lover. I know you wrote this question a really long time ago, and I’m sure your situation is much different now, but I thought I would give my two cents’ worth of advice anyway, in case the issue comes up again or is still partly unresolved. Most (if not all) animal shelters can lead you to resources for a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program. They may even lend you live traps so that you can capture the mama cats and their kittens to take them to the vet – getting them spayed and/or neutered when they are at the vet so that your little feral cat colony doesn’t get out of control. As for catching the kittens (now likely cats!) inside your house, have you tried getting them really familiar with a cat carrier?

      They need to associate both your hands and the carrier with good things, like their favorite foods. As feral kittens, you will likely need to take it VERY slowly and not break cat social rules when you are trying to get them more comfortable with you. It takes a lot of patience. They will need to have a lot of experiences of being rewarded with a treat for the slightest desirable behavior, and you will likely have to restrain yourself and your own excitement with each little positive interaction. First, they will need to get accustomed to your hand providing the treats they like, without trying to take it further (don’t try to pet them the first time they take food from your hand – just be patient and let them set the pace). Trust will take a long time to build. ALWAYS let the cat sniff your hand before advancing on it to pet it (there is a good video on YouTube called “How to pet a cat” which seems silly, but has really good information). ALWAYS make sure to be physically down on their level when you are trying to build trust. No one responds well when someone larger than themselves looms over them. It is intimidating and overwhelming. Also, I have personally had good luck using vocal communication during the trust-building phase. As you know, like us, cats have different personalities and will probably respond differently to different kinds of sounds. Some respond well when you just speak human language softly to them in quiet tones. Others, believe it or not, seem to respond best if you attempt to speak their feline language back to them (even if you don’t know what you are saying!). Try mirroring back their sounds to them. It has worked well for me! If nothing else, it captures their curiosity. Another way of using feline language is to practice the “love-blink” with them. I’m sure you are familiar with this from watching Jackson’s show. Get the cat to make eye contact with you and when you have its gaze, give it a slow blink. Keep trying this technique. When a cat returns the love-blink, it is beginning to soften to you and trust is building.

      As for familiarizing them with the carrier, if it were me, I would leave the carrier sitting in the room where they eat, and start feeding them in there so they will go in there on their own. You will need to be consistent, because they surely will not trust the carrier at first. Make sure they are able to just walk into it and don’t have to jump into it (ie for a cardboard carrier, lie it on its side and ensure the lid flap is not obstructing the “entrance” as you want them to just walk into it). I wouldn’t immediately close the carrier on them the first time they go in there to eat, but let them become comfortable going in there to eat, so that you can eventually easily capture them in there. That way they will not think of the carrier as some kind of trap to be avoided and they will have good associations with it from repeated feedings in there. Go about your normal business while they eat, so they are accustomed to life going on as normal and they will not be startled by sounds in the room while they eat. I would also set up the carrier so that when you approach it to capture them they will be unable to see you coming. If you set it up with the back of the carrier against the wall, you will have to approach them from behind, and they will be wary of you.

      I hope some of this is helpful advice. I wish you the best of luck, Barbara!

      -Crystal the Pet Nanny

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  65. Leslie Alexander   May 22, 2013 at 8:38 am  

    Grrr-eating!!! Mikey is now 4, lives inside with free access to large screen porch. We came together when he was 7-8 weeks. Mikey has ALWAYS been oral (climbing before he could jump to eat avocados, tomatoes, grapes, and apples)! He will “bolt” his food (hoover style! Inhale and it is gone!) (I timed his Hill’s 1/4 cup dry to just under 58 seconds!!), then I tried “Slow Go” bowl which slowed Mikey to 3 minutes until he learned to use his “paws” now under 2 minutes. I have to isolate him from other two while feeding as he will bolt his, then theirs. His puking is not “the” issue but when animals bolt they loose the nutritional value of their food which is pouring my money into the kitty box. If I “broadcast” his food on carpet it will take six minutes which of course makes me happy. I am wondering if his behavior and bolting are related and if there is some thing that can be done? Mikey EATS ANYTHING PLASTIC, vomits, repeats, etc. He has started eating paper towels and tissues. I am constantly Mikey proofing and having to fight with him to take away his plastic preferences. All blood work normal. The other cats have their own issues–one chases tail, other shy. Leslie Alexander

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  66. Petra   July 2, 2013 at 1:51 am  

    I have a cat that suffers from asthma and was wondering if there is any natural remedy that I can give her as I hate the idea of her having to continue having cortisone injections every 3 months or so. I feel it’s bad enough for her to deal with asthma I’d hate to be the cause of her having to deal with all the side effects of the cortisone later in her life.

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  67. Trish   October 22, 2013 at 9:04 am  

    My daughter has a cat that is aggressive toward her 2 dogs, both boxers. The dogs are actually pretty “chill” and don’t bother with the cat. But the cat more or less “picks on the dogs”…..swats at them; stands in front of their toys, beds, etc and the dogs are afraid of this cat….the dogs are also a bit older and are completely intimidated by this cat. Any suggestions here??

    Thank you.

    Trish

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