Spirit Essences Report: Grouchy & Litter Box Phobic

SE More on Ep 9 Bea, Fi

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

Bea - the grumpy cat who used to attack Aragon the 24-pound Bengal, and Cece, his guardian.

Bea – the grumpy cat who used to attack Aragon the 24-pound Bengal, and Cece, his guardian.

Bea – grouchy and antagonizing her fellow house cat

Bea was grouchy.  And just like humans can take their bad mood out on others, Bea was attacking her fellow house cat Aragon and Aragon’s guardian Cece.  Changes were made in the ‘family dynamic‘ of the household to help resolve the situation, but in addition to that, you can also use holistic remedies to help support those changes.

Jackson says:
Honestly, I don’t think we did use this, but I would use Grouch Remedy.  She just was grouchy and we needed to break her out of that.

Spirit Essences Jackson put to use:

Grouch Remedy 150x

This remedy helps restore a sunny disposition to animals who have become moody or grumpy for no apparent reason.  Grouch Remedy is ideal for the animal who is moody, depressed, or despondent.  It’s also especially good for animals who are easily annoyed by children, rambunctious animals or generally chaotic homes.

Fi - declawed as a kitten, she stopped using the litter box ever since...until Jackson came along

Fi – declawed as a kitten, she stopped using the litter box ever since…until Jackson came along

Fi – litter box boycotter due to litter box phobia

Fi was declawed as a young kitten.  She also refused to use the litter box.  No one who ever took her home saw her use the litter box.  Ever.  That is, until Jackson helped Fi re-associate the litter box with a pain-free experience.  You see, after a declaw surgery, it is incredibly painful for a cat to walk, much less step in litter.  Such a cat needs help to learn to ‘trust’ a litter box again.  Holistic remedies can help.

Relevant Spirit Essence Remedy:

Declaw_Remedy 150x

The declaw surgery causes a physical shift in balance in the body, can lead to arthritis, and some cats appear to suffer psychological and behavioral consequences as well.  Declaw Remedy helps “rebuild” energetic balance in the paws and heal the body and soul.

  1. Beatrix   June 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm  

    You mentioned a veterinary GI specialist on the show – could I get their name? I have a third cat with what seems to be irritable bowel disease and between the cats’ discomfort and the nonstop poop – I am desparate. I have taken the cats to regular general practice vets and have done the novel protein, prednisolone shot/pills, probiotics. aloe vera water, etc. I really need to find a vet who is expert in GI issues…
    Thank you,

  2. sheila   June 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm  

    Dear Jackson,

    I’m new to your show. I’m so enthused to find someone who shares my passion and approach to felines. I’ve been blessed to share the company of many cats and they have enriched my life beyond my expectations.

    I am recently divorced and for the first time in my adult life I am without the company of a cat to share my life. I hope to rectify that in the near future.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom, and more importantly your love, for cats. There really are no bad cats. We just need to have some patience and understanding to have a deeply fulfilling relationship with our feline partners.

    Thank you for your work and show.

  3. Candice Raine   June 20, 2013 at 12:12 am  

    Hello obviously we watch your show.
    We have 9 indoor Ferrell cats and 1 in and out. 5outside we care for. I don’t understand why some one would not get it if they want this kind of child. We have three boxes and you can never even smell ours. I like your show. Keep the knowledge going! Check out Mrs Kitty cat house in Presscott,AZ they helped me with a handicapped lady, long story! Oh I live in black canyon city, AZ. Home of Ferrell abuse.
    Candy. Rains

  4. Lisa   June 20, 2013 at 12:55 am  

    Jackson. I have 2 cats which i rescued that the mother abandon one at 4 weeks the other about 4 weeks. The older of the two attacks anyone other than me that walks in my home. I have great neices neices and other family members that visit and help me out because I’m disabled. He’s so nasty he flies up and attaches himself to peopls legs and draws blood when hes clawing. I don’t know why he does this but i need to figure out how to stop him because I’m actually afraid someone will sue me for injuries. HELP tell me how to get him to stop.

  5. Ronda   June 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm  

    I wanted to mention that I have a cat, a bengal, that urinated on the floor all the time in the same spot until I had her spayed. The smell was so bad because it seeped into the wood floor, so I took some baking soda and spread it on the floor in the spot of where she would pee, and it took the smell away completely. But I also did this before I had her spayed and she would not go near the baking soda on the floor. She would go to the litter box. I clean the litter box daily because we have two cats. I also wanted to say that if anyone knows how cats communicate with other cats let me know as I believe that one cat outside is telling other cats if they are hungry to come to my back door and look into the kitchen screen door and I will feed them. I don’t know how they do it but I am sure they communicate with one another. :))

  6. Carlene Smith   July 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm  

    We have 3 cats, 1 is 16 yrs old the other 2 are 4 yrs old and brought into our home at 4 weeks and bottle fed. The older cat would clean one of the kittens since she never had kittens. In the past 2 months Zia the old cat has not been using the litter box. The other two cats have starting chasing and fighting her, though she was a feral cat caught around 3 weeks old she has never been a fighter. I have taken her to the vet she has no infections, I bought Feliway diffusers and spray and still she wets and poops everywhere but the box. My husband wants me to put her down. But I have no problems when I travel out of town to work she goes with me. What am I going to do??? She has also lost a lot of weight she use to weigh nearly 20 lbs in her youth and now she is around 10 lbs. I can’t stand the thought of losing her, please help me. Tonight I had to lock her in her carrier. We have 4 litter boxes, cleaned daily.

    1. Sharon   October 28, 2013 at 5:35 am  

      Try the spirit of Essence sprays & drops..safe space & stress stopper..Has helped in my three cat household…Two girls and a male…The male was having issues of spraying…You can spray the cat and put drops in their water….with both products…I was ready to put my male cat to sleep….this has helped a lot….

  7. Valerie   November 30, 2013 at 10:25 am  

    My son and his wife have a male Bombay, Felix, age approximately 12-14. Felix will pee in his litter box, but has taken on the habit of pooping in their dining room, on a spot about 10-12 feet from the box. They have tried everything, pheromone sprays, through cleaning, putting the box in the dining room, but nothing helps. Felix started this behavior a few months into my daughter-in-law’s pregnancy-their child was born October 4th, 2013. The cat is perfectly fine with the baby, and they are careful to give Felix extra attention. They are at their wit’s end trying to help Felix overcome whatever is upsetting him. I suggested they use the pheromone plug-ins in the “litter room”, also they cover the litter box, although they say Felix doesn’t like a box top. I also suggested cleaning with an enzyme cleanser on the carpet.
    Does anyone have other suggestions to help these new parents? They love Felix a lot and are upset they can’t help him. While it’s wonderful Felix is okay with their baby daughter, his pooping in the dining room is not acceptable to anyone except Felix. I’d appreciate anyone’s advice if you’ve had luck coping with this kind of issue.
    God Bless the beasts and the children.

  8. Tammy   July 12, 2014 at 7:51 am  

    Dear Jackson,
    My son and I love your show, and are amazed at what you accomplish. Anyway, we have 2 cats, which are really good cats. However, one of them, out of no where, decides that he would rather pee on clothing, than in his litter box. He doesn’t do this often, but when he does, it of course is annoying. In the past, we have had problems with UTI’s, and I wonder if this is a precursor to a UTI? There boxes are clean, so I know that it’s not a “hey, my bathroom is dirty, so fix it”, situation. I would appreciate any suggestions that you can offer.

  9. Paul & Tony   July 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm  

    Recently, one of our male cats had crystals. We got him to the vet, he’s had antibiotics and other treatments, and he’s now on a permanent special diet.
    Since then out little boy is now urinating everywhere. Like he’s still got the crystals (which we can confirm he doesn’t).
    We are at a loss what to do.
    There’s three litter trays throughout the home which he does use but then he goes in corners on shoes etc. We can’t leave anything down and all our rugs have had to come up.
    Can you please help, suggest anything?

  10. Amanda   August 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm  

    Hello Jackson I’m a huge fan and I love your show, not only is it heart warming it informative. we have even used some of the things we have seen to great success. But one of our three cats Simba, a 6 year old domesticated long hair, has stopped using the litter box he has mainly keep it to the bathroom but has since branched out from there. We have tried changing the litter 5 times thinking that was it and no change we also have three litter boxes and change them everyday and that didn’t help either. We have a baby in the apartment and don’t want her to find anything unpleasant. If this issue is not resolved then we will be forced to get rid of him and I don’t want to think like that. PLEASE if you have any suggestions or ideas I would be very grateful.

  11. Pam Brown   June 1, 2015 at 10:33 am  

    Grayson is almost 3 years old, male and neutered at about 6 months. He has always used the litter box. I recently fed him cheaper food for about two weeks instead of the Wellness I had been using. He got diarrhea and put it everywhere! He now will not use that litter box. If I put him in it, he jumps out. What do I do to retrain him?

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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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