In-Depth Mojo: Pink & Zoey – normal vs. abnormal aggression

In-Depth Mojo 411 Pink, Zoey

There’s normal cat aggression (the kind that can be explained and addressed using cat mojo) and then there’s abnormal cat aggression that stems from even deeper issues.

The cases of Pink and Zoey are terrific examples of both types.

Here’s Jackson on the cases of Pink and Zoey.

For even more info, see this companion post about which Spirit Essences remedies Jackson used in these situations.

Pink - and Jackson reaching out to find her 'challenge line'

Pink – and Jackson reaching out to find her ‘challenge line’

Pink – (formerly) aggressive towards all, deeper issues

Pink was a very aggressive cat.

It was really interesting to me to see the lengths that somebody will go to when they say “I commit for the rest of this animal’s life that I will have them with me.”  Katie went so far as to basically pay rent on an extra apartment so Pink could live there, because Katie and Aimee didn’t live there.  What she wound up doing with this sorta band-aid approach was alienating the cat socially even more, so she (Pink) was that much more freaked out when people showed up, including both Katie and Aimee.

It’s one of those things that I see way too often, which is: we slap a band-aid on the problem and the band-aid begets another band-aid, begets another band-aid, and we have a house full of band-aids, which cannot stand.

In order to deal with these problems, you have to get to the root.

With Pink, there was a dual-headed monster at play.  One was the fact that she was unpredictable, for sure, and that Katie felt that she could no longer trust Pink to the point where she wouldn’t even wear shorts in the house.  She always had to wear jeans.  Katie sacrificed a lot for Pink but in the process lost her bond with the cat.

One thing that wasn’t shown on the show that I feel is really important is that Pink required medication.

Without that medication, there wasn’t even a chance of me being able to work with her, because she saw — as many animals and people do who need mood-balancing drugs — that the sky is falling.  They always see the sky falling.  And if you’re seeing the sky falling, how could you ever find positive elements in day to day life?  So that’s one thing that’s a little more in-depth about Pink.

But the other part that we just began to explore in the show was being able to trust that cat enough that you could put your hand out, close your eyes, and visualize a good outcome.  It was something that was really hard for Katie, that was hard for me, but I had to show her that I could do it as well.

Zoey - the gloves Michelle used when she tried to handle him

Zoey – the gloves Michelle used when she tried to handle him

Zoey – normal cat aggression

Zoey’s case was really interesting because Michelle wasn’t calling Animal Control just because ‘she didn’t trust Zoey’ – that was a given – the other thing was Jon didn’t believe that Zoey could inflict that kind of damage.  He would come home and the cat was loving and wonderful and perfect.  He would leave and she would complain about being viciously attacked.

So basically she was looking to Animal Control to prove to him that the attacks were that vicious.

In the meantime, what she was also doing was slowly signing Zoey’s death warrant because it was only going to take a couple of more calls when they would’ve said, well, this cat is a threat to the people living here, and they could’ve confiscated him.

So I’m glad we were able to step in when we did.

But it does go to show you that a simple lack of communicative skills between humans can play out in disastrous ways to the animal.

Zoey was a very straightforward case.

Zoey was bored, she was overstimulatable, Michelle did nothing with her all day long while Michelle worked at home, and Zoey was simply looking for an outlet.

Also Michelle acted like a prey animal and Zoey played into that as well.

They just established a really vicious cycle in their relationship that unfortunately, Michelle bore the brunt of.

There are very few cases I’ve worked on where the cat was almost as big as the human.  And I’m not saying that lightly.  I mean, Zoey was a big cat and Michelle, if she was 4’10″, that would’ve been a miracle.  So y’know, the first time I saw Michelle pick up Zoey, and to see Zoey sorta spilling out over the sides of her arms, and get agitated at the same time…and also to see that Michelle had no knowledge of what her cat needed, y’know in terms of stimulation and overstimulation….  Those were the things that bothered me the most to see.

So Zoey’s case was equal parts teaching about cat mojo – teaching about cat body language – and also, getting the couple to communicate more clearly because that almost caused that cat his life.

For even more info, see this companion post about which Spirit Essences remedies Jackson used in these situations.

  1. Connie   June 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm  

    it would have been very helpful if you had mentioned that Pink went to the vet and was on medication..

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    1. Amanda   February 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm  

      He did… did you read the whole article?? “One thing that wasn’t shown on the show that I feel is really important is that Pink required medication.

      Without that medication, there wasn’t even a chance of me being able to work with her, because she saw — as many animals and people do who need mood-balancing drugs — that the sky is falling.”

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  2. Marty   June 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm  

    It’s so sad to see obese animals, dogs or cats. Cats eat out of boredom and inappropriate species food, dry sugar/salt laden kibble left for free feeding. Cats are not free feeders. I’d surmise one of Pink’s aggression issues could be related to food, health, and weight. I’ve been rescuing cats for 30 years, have 12. No free feeding, and none overweight, tho some would be easily if given a choice to free feed. ESP with rescues, always the fear of going hungry. I can’t wait to hear how both these stories ended with Jackson’s help.

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    1. whisperingsage   July 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm  

      I free feed with a 50 lb feeder, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens. (different foods in each for each species) I don’t have any of my critters having obesity issues. Dogs and cats get meat based food, and raw milk and mice and chipmunks- I couldn’t have a garden without them. Carnivorous animals that get fed corn based food, now likely GMO, (look up GMO rats, there is a frightening story), and some foods have soy (also 90% of which is GMO now too, my mother had a pit bull that couldn’t walk when he was on food with soy in it, and it wasn’t the first ingredient. As soon as I got him off the soy, he improved and walked again.)
      Quality of food is extremely important. At the outrageous prices of things now, people are less likely able to afford it unfortunately. For a multivitamin, raw liver is a good thing. Cooking destroys some important vitamins, Look up Dr. Pitcairn’s the Natural Pet, or look up Dr. Beck on Mercola dot com. Dogs in the wild don’t carry around a bag of dry food, and neither do cats. Cats are obligate carnivores.
      When I hear of pet obesity and thyroid problems and needing insulin shots, there is something very wrong with the food. Carnivores need to be on a low carb diet regardless of what one may think of humans on low carb diet.

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      1. Amanda   February 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm  

        both dogs and cats are basically lactose intolerant… they can’t digest it!

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  3. Melissa   July 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm  

    Thanks for the insight on Michelle and Zoey. It helps to know how much of that was cluelessness and miscommunication. I’m also not surprised that Pink needed medication. I was really slow to see that my kitty Marbles needed it, but with some meds AND play therapy AND a good diet and working with her and her brother, the troublesome fights are almost gone. The problem was that she was easily spooked and frightened and had a few traumatic experiences on top of that. Now she is calmer and a happier animal.

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  4. whisperingsage   July 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm  

    I am shocked to see the recommendation for mood altering medication. For a horrifying list of possible suicidal and murderous side effects on humans, google SSRI murders.
    Safe alternatives- magnesium glycinate, fish oil, and zinc/ copper chelated in a balance. These things can calm many a human, and all creatures need vitamins and minerals.And oils. And without getting the things they need, it is no wonder there are many attitude problems. Magnesium deficiency has LOOOOng been shown to cause irritability and aggression. They knew it in horses in the 1970′s. Magnesium and zinc are each responsible for over 300 cellular processes, each.

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  5. Michelle   February 11, 2014 at 7:55 am  

    I have 6 cats the oldest is very aggressive towards the youngest one. She actually searches for her and jumps over any obstacle that is meant to seep rate them. Snack time is the only time they can even be near one another without a fight . The youngest/Nyan hides from the oldest/ Raven. She won’t fight back so she’s getting beat up pretty good at times. I’ve tried putting raven on meds and that didn’t work! Also raven seems to be urinating on the things that Nyan was on,including my head! Please help us!!!?

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  6. Michelle   February 11, 2014 at 7:56 am  

    Lol

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  7. joanne   February 25, 2014 at 5:15 am  

    I have 4 cats, 3 of them are 3yrs old and 1 is coming up to 23. They like to hide and lounge around my gsrden, but we are frequently visited by an unfamiliar cat who fights frequently with 2 of my younger cats. It actually came in through the flap one night last week, snd it was a total uproar. Isthere anything to stop itt coming in. We cannot cover our garden or any part of it, but we do have high walls surrounding it. This is really causing us problems, and it is causing high levels of anxiety for our cats and us.

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  8. Yulimar Morales   February 26, 2014 at 10:59 am  

    Hi good afternoon, I’m from Venezuela, I have a kitten aged between 5 and 6 months of age, two months ago I picked it up from the street, but a month ago the cat is very aggressive especially me, pouncing on me biting hands and arms, has bitten my face, I would like any recommendations let me know what happens and what should I do, my cat hardly leave without you grab a little bite.

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  9. Dori O'Donnell   May 25, 2014 at 5:51 am  

    We adopted a rescued young female cat (under a yr old) four months ago. We already had a going-on 4 yrs old male in our home (found him 3 yrs ago but he was not a ‘colony’ cat). He was used to being king of the castle – did not welcome with open arms the younger feline. We did have her in separate quarters in the house for a few weeks.
    Sissy is fearful as ‘Brother’ likes to stalk and pounce and occasionally swat at her. Sissy growls and swats though, for the most part, at an unseen target. She was diagnosed by a vet ophthalmologist very recently that both her retinas were detached, has no vision in one eye and very little in the other. 70% of the time there is peace here, but the rest of the time I have to hover like a helicopter mom and protect her from Brother who is much like the Tasmanian devil running up and down the stairs and throughout the house like his tail is on fire — a very active boy, but loves his naps too.
    I’ve never been confronted with a situation like this — we love Sissy but don’t want her to have to be fearful walking around her own house. Big brother is my boy and I love him immensely . I don’t know what to do — finding a proper loving home for a nearly all blind cat is not going to be easy, but I hate to see her go through this BS here. We are trying the Ultimate Peacemaker pkg from Jackson, but it hasn’t changed things much as of yet.
    Any constructive, helpful comments would be appreciated. Jackson, help!!!

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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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