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 holistic remedy section of store.jacksongalaxy.com
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.
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, such as these corrugated cardboard squares) 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 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.
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:
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.