Spirit Essences Report: Fearful Cats, Spraying Cats

SE More on Ep 5 Lita Princess Puffy Pants

This is part of a blog series called the Spirit Essences Report.  It contains off-camera info straight from Jackson about how he helps the cats you see on My Cat From Hell.  Many times behind-the-scenes, he has his clients use Spirit Essences holistic remedies.  They are the same remedies he formulated with Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve, and he’s been employing them for over a decade.

Spirit Essences are not essential oils.  They are holistic remedies, and the only veterinarian-formulated line of its kind in the world.  Jackson has developed and refined the remedies based on his over 15 years of experience and the needs of his clients.  They have been extremely successful, even in very difficult situations.  For more info, check out the olistic remedy section of store.jacksongalaxy.com

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, former scaredy cat who vomited all over the house

Lita hid under the bed whenever she could, and threw up all over the house, on the bed, under the bed, in the kitchen….  She was a super scaredy cat — the victim of a bully cat named Buddy, who would pounce on her every chance he got.

Jackson says:
I used Trauma-Free and Stress Stopper for Lita and Hyper Helper for Buddy.  Trauma-Free because we had to re-train Lita to have the confidence to walk through the middle of a room.   Because in her experience, if she wasn’t under the bed, she was being attacked.  So we had to show her that there was life that could be experienced and enjoyed in the middle of a room.  That’s what all the prescriptive work was about.  That’s what the confidence building blocks* were about.  [It’s] about walking through experiences that represented traumatic outcomes in the past, and making them good things.  And Trauma Free definitely helps with that.  And Stress Stopper really helped when she was trapped in a world with Buddy.

Editorial Note: The “confidence building blocks” Jackson refers to are a method of helping provide your cat with a feeling of safety – and therefore confidence – in an open space.  In this method, literal blocks, made of anything sturdy, are stacked to form a staircase.  The guardian then uses treats to lead the cat progressively higher up each level, over time.  This helps show your cat that they can be safe and confident in getting up and onto open spaces.

Spirit Essences Jackson put to use:


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

Princess Puffy Pants – who made Jen & Nicole’s living room a “smell adventure”

Princess Puffy Pants, who was soaking the living room in pee

Puffy Pants, who was once a ‘normal cat,’ began spraying, marking, and peeing up a storm in the living room.  She didn’t even use her litter box.  She was full of aggression, and went especially crazy when other cats came into the adjacent yard right outside the living room’s sliding glass door.

Jackson says:
Spirit Essences-wise for Puffy Pants, it was Safe Space for Cats, plain and simple.  Stress Stopper and Safe Space for Cats.

Editorial Note: Safe Space for Cats is one of the long-standing best-sellers of the Spirit Essences line.  It was formulated by Jackson and Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM to help construct an energetic “bubble” around your cat.  In other words, this remedy helps reassure the cat that her territory is safe and protected from intruders.  Users notice a drop in urine-marking, aggression toward other animals, and increased self-confidence.

Spirit Essences Jackson put to use:

Safe Space for Cats

SE since 1995 STACKED w Safe Cats

  1. Uncommonsensesc   May 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm  

    When I watched the episode with Jen, Nicole and Princess Puffy Pants, what struck me was that the cat was the one with the most sense! I agree with Jackson that if you’ve got other cats coming up to the sliding doors and your cat is threatened by that, why in the world would you open the doors so the intruder cats could just wander in?? And I’m so tired of these pessimistic people having cats that I could scream! They don’t do what Jackson tells them to do, then when they do it, they make remarks about how they just don’t think it will work or could work – I don’t know how he’s as patient as he is with these people (not just Nicole and Jen)! If they’d watch when the cat is misbehaving, the follow up with what Jackson tells them to do, it makes sense!

  2. Rich   May 12, 2013 at 8:49 am  

    We are in big trouble. We had 4 cats 2 breed and 2 rescue. There were 3 feral kittens outside it was winter we are in n.j. We let them stay in the kitchen . We got help from Sara cat rescue who helped us with vet we are both on ssi. Spring came and they didn’t want to leave now they are 3brothers taking over our home the 1 breed cat hides in closet they attack her the other breed cat hides on top of refrigerator they are stopping her from eating and going to bathroom at night while we are sleeping we don’t know what to do please help us

  3. grama37   May 12, 2013 at 10:27 am  

    I am very thankful that I have a cat that is sweet most of the time. The only bad habits she has is to eat the handles of plastic bags and anything that even looks like string. But she knows where her tail is,plays peek-a-boo, fetches her “bunnies” for me throw for her, plays in one of her 3 caves, shows me her pretty eyes, pounces on my fingers with her claws kept in and other stuff. She always has to be close to me but that is ok. I wouldn’t trade her for any other animal even though I would like to have a teacup poodle for her to play with.but In this old lady building we can only have one pet.
    I am awed by Jackson and the way he has with cats, but why doesn’t he let us know about the medicine he uses?
    Thank you for the show,

  4. BankingOnKarma   May 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm  

    I would rather post something positive and focus on things that matter, however, I have never been quiet as moved as I was today to comment on a recent My Cat From Hell episode. I was beyond words watching a very average individual, who appeared to be a grown man, behaving like he was a 15 year old girl. Derrick and his former girlfriend Ryann sent off red flag after red flag. This is a boy who believes he’s special, but my guess it’s not actually tied to any real work, positive impact, or nurturing relationships he’s ever built. It probably occurred to him one more that he would like to be considered to be someone of value, therefore, he is. Similar to a guy who gives himself a nickname or continues to drop his drawers off at his mothers for ironing. I sincerely hope every women within 100 miles has the opportunity to see this episode an avoid the manchild who never received the tough love that undoubtedly he’s earned. In short, watch Derrick’s behavior towards someone he supposedly loved, his failure to be a responsible pet owner, and his heartless actions and words related to Lita made me sick. I can only hope that karma has something special in store for him.

    1. Mab   March 15, 2014 at 9:16 am  

      Amen! I am just now watching the episode and had to immediately start researching in hopes that Ryann and Lita got out of that toxic relationship. I pray that they have found peace and happiness.

      1. Diana Cox   April 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm  

        Totally. Ryann did the best thing for both her and Lita. Cats are good judges of character and Lita knew Derrcik wasn’t good for Ryann. They certainly deserve better.

  5. Delfina   May 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm  

    Hi there,

    I have been looking all over for solution for my two cats. Both at norwegian forest cats from the same cattery. The owner of cattery admits that both are quite unique in their problems. The 1st one I actually purchased as a therapist for my slightly disabled kid (some behavioral disorders; his psychiatrist recommend in his case Norgewians as opposed to more popular as therapist Main Coons).

    Her name is Tadea vel Tekla. She is the sweetest and most patient cat I have met and she does her work by my son really well, but she has a minor quirk that at times can be annoying. No matter what litter we use and how often the litter box is cleaned or where it is located… she simply won’t poo into the box, but right next to it. The good thing is that it is still within our toilet. We run tests and did many things with our vet, nothing seems to help.

    Now, he (Ugo) is a different story. He has learned from her that habit, but we have much more serious issue with him. He is afraid of everyone and everything (yet very curious). Seems like a tiny scared kitten locked in a body of a really big man. We have tried the gentle approach and we have tried more drastic, the change comes about very slowly. E.g. he won’t come to me (and I’m about the only person in the house he does come to) unless I’m seated or lying down. If I’m on the move he will simply run away. He avoids any males (e.g. my hubby and our son). We believe this might have to do with his ‘kitten-hood’ drama. First 3-4 month he has spend in a clinic in attempt to save his life. The vet there was male, and a needles were often at use. But he has been with us for almost 2 years and the change in his behavior is so small that we are beginning to loose hope for him. He behaves well around his half-sister and they often play together, but when it comes to me he is very possessive and often ‘tells her off’ if she tries to approach me when he is around. By that I mean if she sees him near she won’t come to me even called on and he always looks at her as if she was to steal something precious from him.

    Any advise would be much appreciated.

  6. Alina R. Fair   June 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm  

    my cat constantly barfs all over the place, i think it is because she is afraid all the time. she is constantly walking on egg shells because she is scared of everyone except me and my mother. i dont know what to do at this point, i am afraid that my family might give her away and that she might do this all over again no matter where we go.
    she has never been taken to the vet so i am not entirely sure weither or not this is is an anxiety thing or its a medical issue. do you have any advice for me?

  7. Silvana   September 17, 2013 at 5:27 am  

    So I love, love, love my cat. His name is Shadow, he is a mix of a Maine coon and tabby. I’ve had him since he was born and he used to look sickly but we kept a him anyway. He turned out to be very fluffy. We have given him a whole house to run around, first and second floor. There isn’t a place where he can’t go, he also has a room for himself with a cat tree on the second floor that looks out the window for his confidence as you usually explain on your shows.
    The problem is that he tends to be scared ALL the time, little noises make him jump and get him all tense. And when family comes over he hisses at them when they try to say him to him I have even implemented the rule of not picking him up at all. Oh and he has been throwing up or coughing at night lately. I don’t know what could be the problem.
    Would those essences work? What else should I do? I want him to be like a normal cat that comes and wraps around your leg and likes to be pet.

  8. Susan   February 9, 2014 at 8:03 am  

    Don’t watch any of Jackson’s shows with your cat within earshot! I was watching an episode of ‘Cat from Hell,’ when a cat started yowling. Mr. Pushy shot out of the bedroom and flew through the house wide-eyed looking for the cat. Oh, and he stopped to spray on the front door, a jacket I had hanging over a chair, and on a box in the kitchen. HE HAD NEVER SPRAYED INDOORS BEFORE THIS INCIDENT. Now, he is doing it frequently. Worse, he has “taught” my other cat to spray (he was fixed 30 seconds after his balls dropped) and had never shown any inclination until Mr. Pushy started spraying in the house. Once former buddies who use to sleep together, now they are constantly at each others’ throats. All because of watching a Jackson Galaxy program which freaked out one of my cats? Frustrating.

  9. Heather   February 27, 2014 at 3:44 am  

    I have 8 cats. And not sure if I have 1 who sprays on my bed blankets and clothes or several. I’ve caught 1 who sprayed on my while laying in bed cause he came up to see me another younger 1 jumped up in front of him. Please help. I will not and can not give up on any of my animals I need them.

  10. Cherie A.   March 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm  

    In terms of this and other episodes alike, I have learned more about my own cats, but unfortunately nothing I have done has stopped their issues.
    Both my cats (one male and one female, both fixed) have been marking our living room. We’ve just recently got new carpet in that room, repainted the walls and got rid of that smell…but just today we found a new mark on the wall/carpet. I can only think of a few reasons why they’re doing it, but my family is already resorting to just get rid of them (after almost 9 years)!
    I have such amazingly close relationships with my cats and my heart would be permanently broken if I were to have to part with them.
    My male cat, Clyde, is not only marking, but he is also ripping his own fur out, resulting in a lot of furless patches all over his chest.
    My female cat, Keely, just pees on the floor (and occasionally tarp or certain types of plastic.
    They actually only really started this regularly when we adopted our dog, Leo (who chases them, bites at them, and has even pinned both of them down.
    I have suggested so many things to my family, but they are not receptive to any of them.
    I am actually quite desperate at this point. We’re planning a trip to the vet to see if it’s anything physical…but if it’s not, I fear the worst.
    This is the only way I can contact you right now, but I’m willing to do anything for my cats to stay with my family. I just really hope that this is seen and that I can get help from the one guy I know who knows cats the best.
    I hope to get a response soon…

    1. SDP   August 7, 2015 at 6:24 am  

      I think if you read your own post – you answered your own question…” They started doing this regularly when we adopted our dog” A dog you state chases them, bites at them and has pinned them down…
      Does that sound like a home in which they feel safe & secure? If not, it’s hardly surprising you are seeing behaviors indicating they are stressed and fearful.
      Was the dog you adopted tested to see if he was suitable for placement with cats? Not all dogs & cats interact well.
      Perhaps some training with your dog to develop limits so he stops the aggressive behavior to the cats might be a place to start.
      The cat behavior may be helped but I doubt it will stop until they and the dog can co-exist without this antagonistic environment.

  11. jane   April 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm  

    does anyone know about the scarecrow the make cats stop coming up to the door. I read it somewhere on Jacksons web site and can not find out any more about it. How do I keep outside cats from coming up to my door and spraying. is there a place to buy this scarecrow? I will do anything to keep outside cats from coming up to my door and spraying….any suggestions. I wish Jackson would read this and post something. It is really a big problem….it drives my inside cats nuts and then makes them insecure and then they spray…..it is a relentless nightmare. would love to hear any comments or suggestions. I give my cats “safe place for cats” they calm down and get better and then outside cats come to the door….spray or hang out and then my cats go nuts again….what to do…what to do?????

  12. Shannon   May 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm  

    Was wondering how to get cat pee stain and smells out of clothes?

  13. klara   May 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm  

    Dear Jackson Galaxy,
    My family owns two cats and we recently got a kitten in January who is now about 5 months old after one of our cats got out and didn’t return. One of the cats though (my sister’s who we picked up as a young stray) is a rather large, medium haired female who has a problem pooing on peoples’ beds. She did this before we got the kitten, but not nearly as often as she does now, and it’s proving to be very stressful on my mother and I, who are the ones cleaning up after her. I feel bad for my mother who ends up washing the sheets and blankets at least once a day and we have used your destressor essence but it seemed to have little to no effect on her. We thought that perhaps it was because the kitten likes to play with her and she dislikes it (hissing and swatting at him), so we keep them separated, but they do get along and even sleep in the same bed at times. So, we assumed that she just gets over stressed or frightened. She also is afraid of anyone coming in the door, especially my father and brother (who are not helping by freaking her out on purpose at times). She will run and pee, and meow before peeing should we shut her out of the rooms. She a nice cat and all, but is very anti-social and doesn’t leave my and my sister’s room for anything other than occasionally eating and (even rarer) using the cat box. We’ve also considered the possibility that since we’ve moved about 6 months ago, that it’s because of that, but she’s comfortable getting around the house. We’re at our wits end trying to figure her out and why she’s doing this and living in a house of 9 people, I’m concerned for how much my mom does for my siblings and I on top of taking care of this cat’s mess. We love her (the cat) and all, but even my sister is beginning to get frustrated and it’s her cat. Please help me if you can. Any advice that could help would be very much appreciated! 🙂

  14. Shannon   June 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm  

    My cat is being bad she isn’t peeling in her litter box only popping in it. I can’t take it no more and I really don’t understand it. Places email me. Help me out please Jackson

  15. Cathy Jones   March 24, 2015 at 6:05 am  

    I have an 8 year old cat that has NEVER socialized. She was a wild kitten discovered in a neighbor’s attic at about 6-8 weeks of age. She was given to me. I had a sweet granddaughter visiting at the time, and she took her in and gave her lots of love an attention. This seemed a sweet kitty. We have always kept her indoors, because of a local coyote and unleashed dog situation, and she has been “companioned” by our other wild rescue cat that is a few years older than she, and who is social and loves us. Over time, she has proven to not be “sweet” and tame, but just simply frightened to death of everyone, including my husband and me. If we approach her she runs, if we touch her she tenses up and gets away as soon as she can. She does not bite or behave aggressively, however, once she got into a store room and into the wall behind the insulation. It took us 5 days to live trap her with food and water, to get her back into the house. I tried once to make sure I touched her, petted her, combed her, every day hoping it would desensitize her, but all it did was make her more clever at hiding and avoiding us. I do not know what to do with her, except to let her live out her life the way she is. I don’t see her enjoying it much. Is there any hope for her at this age?

  16. Deborah Westoby   May 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm  

    We have two male cats (Meri & AbbyBoy) which we had to move outside on a protected deck. We have a heated area for them to sleep in when the temp dips below 46 degrees. Both are fixed. One is about 4 years old and part Maine Coon (AbbyBoy). He is the issue. He will use the box but then find specific spots on the deck to pee as well as twitter or spray. Half the time I can put my hand behind him when he does this and nothing gets wet. We let them in nightly but have to watch them closely, especially AbbyBoy. They are confined to a living room and dining room and do well with commands. We do not know what to do. Now there are a ton of feral or loose cats not quite so feral that are in our neighborhood. As much as we love him (he’s mine), my husband is at his wits end and wants to rehome him or make him a barn cat for someone. He keeps his coat so clean that he would be cleaning and a predator would sneak up on him and eat him. I so want this problem solved. We try to play with him. We have toys out on the deck and high places for them to climb. What can we do?

    We also have a female who is sister to AbbyBoy, her name is Boo (she is also fixed) who stays in because she’s proven herself to using the litter boxes we have inside. We use Walnut shell litter also.

  17. Carol   July 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm  

    I have a 2 year old female Russian Blue Sydney who I flew from Houston to Florida a year ago. She spent 3 weeks under bed before coming out. The house we purchased came with 3 feral cats in the yard which I have had fixed. My cat Sydney is territorial and gets upset if they come to windows or doors. I went on vacation for a few days and left her as I’ve done before, but this time when I got back she has been peeing on the bed every night that is by the window where the Ferrel cats hang out. Do you think this is a ferrel cat problem? She uses box in the daytime only or do you think she’s mad at me for going on vacation?


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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