In-Depth Mojo: Lita & Puffy Pants – scared and spraying

In-Depth Mojo 405 Lita Puffy Pants

Here’s how you can start solving the problem of cats who are super-scared or super-sprayers (yuck).

We asked Jackson to share a little bit more about the cases of Lita and Princess Puffy Pants.

See below to read his comments.

And when you’re done, check out this companion post with more from Jackson about how he used his own line of holistic remedies for Lita and Puffy Pants.

Lita, who spent her days hiding under the bed and vomiting all over the house

Lita, who spent her days hiding under the bed and vomiting all over the house

Lita – scared and vomiting

This is one of those cases, actually, that show you that physical health is compromised by emotional stress because the only thing that caused the extreme irritable bowel disease that we saw in Lita was Buddy, was Derek.  The stress that this cat felt caused her to throw up everywhere.  The stress that this cat felt caused her to lose her bowels and her bladder and that was all that it was.

Literally, as soon as the negative energy from Derek and Buddy were jettisoned from this cat’s life, it all stopped.  We didn’t have to medicate her, we didn’t have to change her diet.  She literally got better overnight.

It’s one of those things, like what we saw with Lily and Ozzy, that as soon as Lily stopped feeling territorial stress, she stopped over grooming.  The same thing goes for Lita.  (Ed. Note: Though in Lita’s case, she was vomiting instead of over-grooming.)

Buddy was a cat that I wish I had more of an opportunity to work with.  I never saw him again although I hear he was doing fantastic.  But with him it was really about Derek not rewarding this really jerky behavior.  But y’know, the apple don’t fall far from the tree.  Derek was really obstinate, he was just determinedly a little boy about everything.  I love him because he loves his cat.  That said, he made things very difficult, and so did Buddy.  But everyone’s happier now, especially Lita.

Princess Puffy Pants - who was soaking Jen & Nicole's living room and furniture in pee

Princess Puffy Pants – who was soaking Jen & Nicole’s living room and furniture in pee

Princess Puffy Pants – territorial and marking

That, I kid you not…walking into that house was a smell adventure.  It was absolutely rank.  That couch was soaked.

And it was actually a very interesting story because Puffy Pants had to go and live with Jen’s mom for a while.  Jen’s mom had a lot of cats.  And when Puffy Pants went there, she was territorially accosted by her mom’s cats, and also outdoor cats, and that’s why she came back to Jen’s world with such a sense of territorial/impending doom.  That’s why she was peeing all over the place.

She didn’t trust that she wasn’t going to have her food taken, that she wasn’t going to be attacked.  She basically — the first time she ever met multiple cats — she was attacked, she had her food stolen.  And if that’s your experience, uh, y’know, what are you gonna do?  I mean it’s the human equivalent of you having your house broken into five or six times.  You might go out and buy a gun.  And that’s exactly what Puffy Pants did with pee.

So…yes, we built Ft. Knox around the house.  When I was using an ultraviolet flashlight outside, and you saw that this garden that Jen was planting had been completely peed on by other cats — they were claiming the garden for themselves — there was telltale signs all over the place that the territory was like swiss cheese.  So of course Puffy Pants was feeling bad.

Another thing — you might not have seen on the show — I used donut beds and I used them all over the house.  And those donut beds were placed at the sliding glass door, on the dining room table, at every window where she was peeing, so she could soak her scent into it.  Another thing you gotta remember: [there was] no pee, no problems at all, upstairs where the bedrooms were.   [So] I introduced something like a donut bed or lots of donut beds up in the bedroom and then we rotated them out into the “dangerous” parts of the house once Puffy Pants establishes that “OK, this (the donut bed) is safe, I can use this.”  [Once that’s done], rotate it out.  So then “home” comes out into the “dangerous” part of the world.  And that worked really really well.

Also, don’t give up if your cat’s not using a litter box.  Remember you’re trying to re-associate the experience of that litter box.  That’s why we used every shape and size of litter box that you can possibly imagine and put them all over the house.  When she identified the type of litter box she liked, and a new association with a different type of litter — by the way — then we got rid of the other litter boxes and we used only that.

  1. Merrlyn   May 5, 2013 at 10:22 am  

    OK, I’ll say it: The Lita/Buddy episode was so Ryann/Derek no question. And I’ll say something else: Derek abused Lita as much as Buddy did. No cat (or dog for that matter) Decides to be gender intolerant unless that gender did damage to them.

    It was a good thing that Ryann left, now she can find a true soul mate and not Zod.

  2. CAREN   May 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm  

    I absolutely wanted to slap Derek silly!!!! I was soooooooo happy that Ryan broke up with him and moved out with Lita.
    When you and Ryan got tattooed together I had tears in my eyes!

  3. wjh   May 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm  

    Derek is the worst guy EVER! The footage of this jerk with his “fauxhawk” and “macho” cat should send every woman running for the hills. He obviously liked his cat beating up on smaller creatures, just his style! A really nasty piece of work!

    1. Catlover   September 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm  

      I thought the same thing. Derek is such a douchebag.

  4. LeisaS   May 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm  

    I DVR’d your show with Ryann and Derek the Dope.

    Ryann, if you ever read this, be glad that sociopath is out of your life. Lita broke my heart (as did you), but I also felt bad for Buddy. He may be back to “normal”, according to Derek, but I wonder what that “normal” is.

    Jackson, you rock for everything you do. Love from Rhode Island from the owner of a deaf dog, a crazy dog, and a blind cat, all of whom love each other.

    1. Mindy   May 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm  

      Sending you a big hug on behalf of your companions!

  5. Uncommonsensesc   May 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm  

    I was so glad that Ryan left Derek – he was a Class A Jerk and he was letting his cat be a jerk also! Anyone that your cat doesn’t like, you don’t need to be around either! Ryan seems like such a good person, it was not a good match for her (and Lita) to be around someone who didn’t appreciate her (and did I mention that he’s a jerk?)! I agree with Merrlyn that Derek had to be abusing Lita also – she just ran when she saw him and that doesn’t normally happen if a cat feels safe around people! When Jackson went back and Ryan wasn’t living with Derek anymore, my heart grew 3 sizes (I know Ryan was hurting but I hope she’s figured out that she could do lots better than Dejerk!

  6. Reine   May 11, 2013 at 8:39 am  

    I agree – I was sooo glad to see that Ryann left Derek. He’s a jerk. I hope a lot of other women who live in his area read these comments and watch the episode so they can see what kind of a person he really is before they get involved with him. I hope Ryann finds a wonderful new guy that will treat both her and Lita with the care and consideration they deserve. Derek, if you are reading these comments: grow up and act like a man.

  7. Suzy   May 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm  

    One statement … Derek is a manipulative nasty toolbag!! What a jerk. I have never gotten so angry as when I was watching there part of the show!

  8. Catherine   May 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm  

    I missed this episode last week and am just watching now. I hadn’t even gotten past Jackson’s initial visit, actually I was three minutes in and I could tell every bit of the problem was DEREK, DEREK, DEREK. Not even his cat, because Jackson could work with that of course, but all that jerk of a waste DEREK.

    I just hope that Ryann realizes quick that she is so much better off dropping that dead weight from her life. I just feel bad that poor Buddy is stuck with that guy. NO cat should be stuck with him. Can you tell I’m angry?

  9. Mary   May 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm  

    I’m watching “My Cat From Hell” right now with Ryan and her cat Lita. Sooooo happy that Ryan got away from the @$$ she was living with at the beginning of the episode…did not like him at all. Seems like kitty Lita was seeing that guy pretty clearly when it came to not liking him.

    On a related note, though I don’t know what Jackson’s situation is, or what Ryan’s current situation is, I saw some nice chemistry between them (either potential close friends at the very least….but perhaps much more! ;-). It was cute when they swapped tattoo stories. 🙂 Now Jackson, if you are a single man who likes the ladies, you should definitely ask out Ryan if she is still available! LOOOOVED Ryan and Lita!!! Best wishes in all that you do, thanks for the good work, and keep your followers posted!

  10. Jesslyn   May 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm  

    I have to say Ryann and Lita’s case really spoke to me as I have had a similar experience. I lived with a guy who was an emotional bully so to speak. I had 2 cats whom he refused to let roam the house just because he didnt like cat hair nothing to do with allergies. Which in the begining he had two dogs he did let roam the house except when he was working. At one point i had been baby sitting a friends 4 year old girl and she didnt get my door latched unknown to me so the cats got out and he picked up Romeo who hates being moved anyway and he had a temper tantrum and threw Romeo into my room, getting clawed in the process. I moved out not long after and Romeo has since then been distrusting of men he doesnt know. Romeo has turned into a skiddish scaredy cat ever since. He hears strange noises he doesnt like he hisses and runs to my room

  11. Nina   May 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm  

    I so badly wanted Ryan to slap that jerk Derek on camera and leave with Lita. My boyfriend who was watching the show with me said, why on earth a good girl like Ryan would want to live with a A-hole like Derek. Cat or no cat, man or woman, no one should be with someone like Derek. What a poor excuse of a Man!! Think we can all picture him as a grouchy, nasty, self centered, selfish old man, living ALONE. lol. I kinda feel sad for his next girlfriend(victim).

    I feel bad for buddy. May be Derek loves him( if he knows what that word means even), may be he doesn’t, I just don’t like the idea of an innocent animal living with him. Buddy’s bad behaviors aren’t his fault, it’s how was raised by Derek.

    Ryan, you are gorgeous, I’m not just saying that, and I know break up hurts but please
    Do not waste your tears on someone like Derek. You deserve so much more. I’m so proud of you leaving him and providing a much safer place for Lita. It shows that you are confidant, good hearted human being, & girl, you will have a fulfilling awesome life unlike derek, even if it takes a long time to heal and start dating again. You want to be with a man, not a sad excuse of a man.

    I too, think Jackson and Ryan would be a good match. There was chemistry. If they are single people, they should definitely give it a shot. Jackson is such a mans man, at the same time he has such a good heart. Just look at his eyes, and you can tell what a good soul he has!! When in doubt , look into someones eyes, it’s true, eyes are the windows to you soul.

  12. Andy   May 12, 2013 at 12:24 am  

    Hey Jackson,
    I would love for your help with great difficulties I have been having with two of my cats for years. I guess ill start off by saying that I love cats and have always had many cats and I even worked at an animal shelter for a while. The problem is between two of my cats; Sporty and Ginger. Originally I was playing in my back yard when I was little and I found a stray cat that I named Jan (who is Sporty’s and Ginger’s mother). Jan was an unclaimed stray when I found her, but she was also pregnant. We took Jan in as a part time indoor/out door cat, but her babies were indoor cats. Jan had 5 kittens and we kept 3; Sporty (boy), Ginger (boy), and Scary (girl). At the time we also had a previous male cat named Oliver and its important to note that all of our cats are fixed. Sporty and Ginger got along fine as kittens and one day they just started fighting and they will fight to the death. Over the years Oliver passed away and we got three new kittens that were offspring of a cat that my aunt took in; Lily (girl), Loona (girl), and Pipin (boy). Both Sporty and Ginger get along extremely well with humans and with other cats (both male and female); they just don’t get along with one another. Sporty is extremely active at night and Ginger is very attached to sleeping with my dad so we switch them out; Sporty is upstairs in the day while Ginger is in the basement and at night they switch. The other cats are allowed to go upstairs or in the basement as they please. When ever Sporty and Ginger are in the same room they pee all over the place, hiss, shed a lot of fur and will fight none stop to the death. We have had to take cats to the animal hospital multiple time because Ginger and Sporty got together. Sporty has had a lot of medical problems over the years. He has had several operations because of digestive problems. A male’s urethra loops while a female’s is straight. The urethra loop kept getting clogged on Sporty and forming crystals. After multiple operations of a blocked blatter the doctors decided it would be best for them to straighten his urethra out and by doing so removed both his testacies and penis. Sense this operation Sporty is still loving to humans and other cats (besides Ginger), but he continually licks all of his hair off of his crock region. I don’t know if this or some other reason led to Sporty and Gingers hatred for one another. Could you please help for give advice. I love my cats more than anything else in the world and I just want them to be happy and safe. It has put a lot of stress on myself and my family to cater to two cats that truly hate one another; especially when we have 4 other cats to worry about. Again please help!!!!!

    1. Lirishae   May 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm  

      My heart really breaks for you and your cats. Sporty is clearly under a massive amount of stress, as the overgrooming and habitually blocked uretha will attest. You need to separate them immediately :/ Give each cat his own space that the other cat isn’t allowed to violate, and feed them and give them attention in this “sanctuary” space. This won’t solve the problem between them, but I think it will make things more bearable for all of you. I’ve got two cats myself who are mortal enemies like your Sporty and Ginger (I jokingly call them India and Pakistan), and letting them have space helps a ton.

      As to WHY they behave this way… It doesn’t seem as if either cat is an alpha male based on your descriptions of them. They are seemingly in competition over something, be it food, attention, or territory. Start taking notes as to where fights tend to break out, and you may be able to puzzle out from there what it is that’s making them fight, and what if anything you can do about it. Good luck and best wishes; I’ll be keeping you and your cats in my thoughts and prayers! You can email me at my Yahoo! account if you want a sympathetic ear–the email address is the same as my username here ^^

  13. Elizabeth   May 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm  

    I have had my cat for 5 years now. 3 months ago she was diagnosed with Diabetes. In the past 3 weeks now she has been urinating on the carpet around the litter box. We have bought that spray you can put down to help stop her from doing that. We don’t know what else to do. We have a baby on the way and we are worried that she may start doing that throughout the house now. Please help us.

    1. alison   May 19, 2013 at 4:03 am  

      I have a cat with feline diabetes and he was doing the same thing. At the time we were using the clay clumping litter, but with him peeing so much his litter box was getting drowned and wet litter stuck to his paws. We now use Feline Pine litter. They are little pellets and absorb better. Because he is drinking so much water I scoop his box 2-3 times a day. Hope this info might help you in some way and congratulations on your baby!

  14. Cherie   May 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm  

    I’m having some really big problems with my 3 cats peeing in a lot of places. It’s gotten drastically worse. I know that they’re all doing this, but I have only caught 2 of them in the act. I’m not exactly sure why. I clean the litter box regularly, and feed them regularly.
    I need a lot of help…

  15. Heidi Lloyd   July 2, 2013 at 9:56 am  

    I am having issues with my Bengal cat Mika who is 2. She just randomly pees on the furniture or laundry basket, even on the laundry beside the washing machine. It’s really weird! We have 2 Bengals; they are sisters and were purchased together at the same time. The breeder said she would give us a deal because they were so bonded she did not want to see them separated. I thought it was bull but when we visited her, the girls were inseparable despite the other 20 kittens running around. Regardless, we have done everything with the exception of blackening the windows. They like to look outside, I did try bringing them out on a leash but when I did they tried to run out side every time someone opened the door. We stopped for fear they would escape. Bengals are very quick! Mika is the only one peeing and she will go when you are standing right there. They have 3 litter boxes and they are large as the girls are long. They have all kinds of toys and climbing apparatus as well as tunnels, boxes & shelves. Mika is our active girl, she runs around like a crazy woman! She loves to play with the feather wand and does daily to give her the ability to release some of that pent up energy. I can’t figure it out! We have had to replace a couch and are on the way to replacing another… We use Natures Miracle Advanced formula on everything. It helps but doesn’t deter her. There doesn’t seem to be any trigger we can identify. If anyone has any idea I am open to suggestions!!!

  16. Summer   July 20, 2013 at 7:52 am  

    When I saw this episode, I almost thought it was staged. Derek was such a stereotypical macho tool douchebag.
    That being said, assuming he really is how he was portrayed… Kudos to you, Ryann. You can do so much better than him, and I hope that you have the confidence now to realize that. I know you and your cat will do just fine without him.
    I just hope that his cat will be safe and happy with such a pathetic, undeserving owner.

  17. Val   October 21, 2013 at 9:26 am  

    Where can I buy the corrugated cardboard squares (“confidence building blocks”). I’ve been all over the internet and can’t find them anywhere. Clicking on the “link” on the squares gets nowhere……( “This page cannot be found”).

    I live in Canada, so I hope I can get them by mail……

    1. Mona Swearingen   November 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm  

      They are called kittyblock. You can find them here:

    2. Kathy   November 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm  

      I haven’t seen these squares before, but try searching for Catty Stacks; they’re a similar cardboard stacking cube for cats.

  18. Edith Sheely   March 8, 2014 at 8:48 am  

    Hey Jackson! Love your show, watching it rt now. I live on a farm with 3 large barns with around 25 – 30 barn cats and 5 indoor cats. I get that the pee/marking problem I have is due to territorial issues. The inside cats feel threatened by the outside cats, especially when they sneak in the house. There are also issues caused by taking in a rescue adult cat and bottle feeding 2 kittens, now juveniles. I feel that the biggest chore i need to take care of is cutting down the breeding population out doors, Thanks to some help from the local Humane society I am in the process of spaying 12 females. Got any other ideas? i like the show cause i pick up tips but still could use some help. Does Jackson do multi-cat rural situation advising?

  19. Monica   March 15, 2014 at 9:54 am  

    I just finished watching the Ryann/Derek episode and I am furious! Super glad that Ryann got Lita and herself out of that toxic environment.

    I think Ryann and Jackson had major chemistry. I’d love to see them together and I would happily plan their wedding. <3

  20. Yvonne   March 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm  

    I wasn’t 5 minutes into this episode when I was screaming at Ryann to leave that jerk Derek now! Nothing he said was compassionate, caring, or showed any love to her, let alone her cat. It was such a relief to see that she dumped his sorry a** and got her poor kitty (and herself!) out of that toxic situation!

  21. mary   April 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm  

    Wow! That was the most nonrepentant jerk I’ve ever seen on TV reality. You’d think he’d be embarrassed!
    Thank goodness she left.

  22. Lucy   April 26, 2014 at 8:25 am  

    All I could think about Derek was he is unfortunately going to do this to someone else’s pet if the next woman he dates has one. And if Buddy ever bites someone, poor Buddy will pay the price instead of his self-absorbed, narcissist owner.

  23. Joseph Campisano   May 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm  

    Dear Jackson,
    My wife Silvana and me truly enjoy watching your program and we always learn something new each and every time. We have four cats; all of them rescues. They are, from oldest to youngest, Mitsu (ragdoll, male), Suke (Manx, male), Princessa (ragdoll, female), and little Boo Boo (Tuxedo, female). Princessa was from Ana’s Angels here in Jacksonville, Florida where we live. She is a ragdoll and have had her ever since she was a kitten. We didn’t find out till afterwards that she was truly a feral cat. At the very beginning, for just a few hours, we were able to hold her in our arms but once let free in our home, that was it. She does get along with all our other cats. Princessa from the start, used the litter box (we have 3 litter boxes in our garage that we constantly stay on top of) but for some strange reason at the very beginning, she went on top of our bed and peed on our pillows and comforter. We thought that was because of a loud and strange noise from outside, that startled her and caused her to do that. Some time went by, and she was good; using the litter box. Then it happened again where she peed on our rug and in our cardboard boxes that our other cats love to lay in. Followed your advice and got her to the vet. We found out that for some reason, she was impacted. Got that taken care of and quite some time has passed without incident. Now she doing this same behavior all over again. Medically, she’s fine. What’s very strange is that she is definitely using the litter box throughout the day for pee and poop. Now today, for example, she went to the cat tower that we made out of very sturdy cardboard boxes (their cat condo) and peed quite a bit in one of the boxes. Right before that, she went over to one of the dolls that Mitsu plays with and assumed the squatting position over it to pee on it. I caught her and she ceased that act. Then about a half hour later, she went to the condo and peed. I must mention that ever since we brought her home, we have never been able to hold her. Only at times does she come over to us, at the dinner table for us to pet her (no table scraps) or at night when we’re in bed does she lay beside us (especially for my wife) and allows us to pet her. Sometimes she’s on our bed and starts scratching the bedspread and tries to pee. I found info on your website re “Trauma-Free”, “Stress Stopper”, and “Space Safe” so I’ll see what we will need. I want you to know that we love our little ones dearly and we accept full responsibility of their care.
    If you can offer us any advice/guidance based on what I’ve relayed to you, we will greatly appreciate it. 🙂
    As a note, I’m originally from the Bronx and am a Navy veteran. Silvana and me will be married 6 years in November.
    Thanks Jackson!!! Keep up the great work you are doing!
    Best regards,
    Joseph & Silvana

  24. Cindy Hermann   October 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm  

    Jackson I know your busy but I need help, none of the suggestions have worked and our house is being to stink. I have a 12-year-old cat was very well behaved never had any problems with her litter box or any other way . 11 months ago we adopted three rescues from a shelter now all of a sudden my original 12-year-old cat Azure has decided to stop using the litter box it was it was very abrupt now she peas right outside the litter box she also poops right outside the litter box and she is also sprayed at least three times around the house. if she is jealous stressed or annoyed or whatever with the other three cats I don’t understand why it’s been 11 months to a year since we adopted the other cats rescues cats an waits until new almost a year later. Three other cats are nice to her, we give her more attention so I wouldn’t think she is jealous. She has been tested for bladder infection which was positive and we treated her successfully for that, now she continues to do it actually even a little more we bought a litter pan just for her and she continues to pay outside the litter box and spray having a hard time keeping the other cats out of it. Have changed litter made it not as deep change litter box took the lid off and nothing has worked. If it something to do with the other cats why would she stay all of this now? Can you please help us. Please help, Cindy


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

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