Spirit Essences Report: helping the “terror,” and the terrified

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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

Kashmir eating peacefully with Darla just a few feet away.

Kashmir (on the left) eating peacefully with Darla just a few feet away.

Kashmir – a former “terror”

Kashmir was “a terror” whose already bad behavior degraded after Brenda moved into her boyfriend Dean’s home.  Kashmir began attacking both her human guardians plus Dean’s cat, Darla.  Dean almost got his eye taken out, with scratches up and down his face from just one attack.

Jackson says:
In terms of Spirit Essences, we used Ultimate Peacemaker, but really, on top of that, Safe Space for Cats had to be used as a spray around the house.  So instead of spraying Peacemaker around the house, we were spraying Safe Space because honestly, you couldn’t ask for a space that had to be (feel) safer than Kashmir and Darla’s. (ed. note: this was because must of the ‘bad behavior’ had been triggered by a feral cat colony outside the home, which made the space feel dangerous and unsafe for Kashmir.)

For more about the case of Kashmir, see this post.

Relevant Spirit Essence Remedies:

Ultimate Peacemaker is a 3-remedy set consisting of Bully Remedy, Peacemaker, and Self-Esteem.  It’s formulated to help heal serious or long-standing aggression between animals and is a longtime best-seller in the Spirit Essences line.

Another Spirit Essences best-seller, which helps cats feel their territory is protected.

Riyo, finally feeling safe to relax with Turbo in their fancy cat tree.

Riyo, finally feeling safe to relax with Turbo in their fancy cat tree.

Riyo – formerly terrified

“She’s totally anti-social,” Theresa said of Riyo.  Riyo spent 20+ hours under the bed in Theresa & Arman’s new condo.  A central part of the couple’s homework was to help Riyo feel safe enough to come out, be a part of the family, and experience a richer, better life.

Jackson says:
For Turbo and Riyo, really it was like the double-dose.  Self-Esteem and Safe Space for Cats in the home as well as Stress Stopper as we were challenging Riyo to come out, as we were putting down her challenge line, as we were blocking the underside of the bed.  It was really about soothing her as we were challenging her.  So when you have Safe Space, Self-Esteem and Stress Stopper, you’re not only challenging but you’re acknowledging that the challenge is hard work and soothing them as they go.

For more about Riyo, see this post.

Relevant Spirit Essence Remedies:

Stress Stopper 150x

  • Self-Esteem – After about one week on the remedy (mixed into her food 3 times/day) we noticed a subtle change; after two weeks it was dramatic, and she just keeps getting better!  — Patricia R., El Sobrante, CA
  • Safe Space for Cats – Now, the shy cats are out, the aggressive cats are 75% less aggressive and the marking has decreased significantly! I can’t believe the change, but I am very grateful. — Deborah S., Hayward, CA
  • Stress Stopper – Stress Stopper is more short term use but it’s a must have on hand product. Before you pick up a new pet or introduce a new pet, get it. — Sophie S., Newbury Park, CA
  1. Marilyn   July 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm  

    I bought my Ragdoll the Safe Spaces and Stress Stopper. I used the Safe Spaces in his water. The change was immediate. Nick is now able to walk around the house and not be jumpy at all. He also goes outside with me and doesn’t spend his time crouched on the porch. He and I take a stroll through the garden and he loves it. I couldn’t believe how fast the Safe Spaces worked on him. He is a big cat too. I just recently used Stress Stopper when we had a sudden thunderstorm and he just laid on his back and chilled out! This is a cat that dives under the bed at the first sound of thunder. Unbelievable. Thanks Jackson!

  2. maureen   July 31, 2013 at 11:56 am  

    hi jackson I have a seven year old tiger cat. Recently she has not used her litterbox
    to poop and goes on the floor right near it. But this isnot always the case. any ideas..
    i would appreciate yourinput. thank you…….

    1. bobcat   August 8, 2013 at 4:21 am  

      I am having exactly the same problem with a 9 year old female cat in a house of two males and 1 2 year old female. maybe you could address this type of behavior in an episode? or post something on your ideas? I am totally unsure which of your holistic remedies I should try

  3. Katimae   November 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm  

    I don’t know which Spirit Essence for you to use but I did go through this experience myself recently. I learned that the first thing you want to do is rule out a physical problem. It may be a sign of trouble getting into the litter box or other things you don’t want to mess around with.
    However with my boy it was behavioral. And the reason was obvious. We had brought a new rescue into the home that he was not fond of (and still isn’t, though now we’re trying the Ultimate Peacekeeper set and building some high highways.) So maybe he wanted his scent a little stronger than the litter allowed it to be or (and they say they don’t do this but) maybe he was just mad. But I’ll tell you, shortly after I started the Bully Remedy on him he stopped.
    So I’d backtrack to exactly what was going on when it began. If anything at all in the house was different or changed then. Sometimes even moving things around can do it. Also do you have enough boxes for all the cats, at least 1 per cat plus 1. Maybe she objecting to not having enough place for marking with her own scent. That’s totally just a random thought that went through my mind though.

    1. Kathy   May 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm  

      Did the bully remedy help your cat problem? I am having an issue with behavior and an adoption as well. Thanks!

  4. Terri   November 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm  

    Hi! I need some help. I adopted 2 cats in March fro. The humane society that were from a hoarding case. They get along & had settled in. Two weeks ago I rescued another cat. I have had her spayed this week. She is attacking one of my existing cats who is now living under my table now. She is as of today too scared to even go to a litter box. What can I do? I want to keep the new cat, but not at the expense of the original one. Please help!

    1. Anita Doo   June 27, 2015 at 6:27 pm  

      cats are very territorial being and having to defend its territory at all time can be frustrating for your kitty. Even for people, we can’t just bring someone into our home to stay without talking over with your mate or your room-mate. That’s my thinking. I have only 1 rescue cat and she is so scare of everything, I have so far not having any visitor until she is more sure of herself. It only been 3.5 months!

  5. doreen   December 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm  

    Have a cat who was very traumatized before I adopted him. He bonded with my first cat and has been slowly coming around. He stays in the room with me as long as I’m sitting and allows me to groom him while he eats. Other times I cannot touch him. He does come when I call.
    I purchased trauma free along with the stress stopper. Trauma free in food. Stress stopper on him and in water.
    Doing this for three days.
    Suddenly, he stopped coming when i call. He won’t come out for food.
    Question – does an animal on these essences sometimes get worse before better?

  6. Susie Servin   April 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm  

    I also need advise. I have two dogs ,two cats I raise since they were abonded mother cat. Fed Boo boo. I notice he was slow,not all there. He was house broken, but then he change. Pee everywhere, still poop in the litter box , good cat.i was just wondering what I could of done to fix this.

  7. robert rodger   December 12, 2014 at 4:27 am  

    hi Jackson I have a 14 year old female cat a 4 year old female cat and now wee have taken in a 11 week old kitten but it is proving tough the new kitten runs and jumps on the two older cats and it is becoming too much for our 4 year old cat she is feeling threatened and has started to attack the new kitten which is a boy kitten if this doesn’t stop we will have to look at rehoming the kitten can you help us ?

  8. Jennifer Rustin   April 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm  

    We currently have three cats. I purchased a ragdoll 9 months ago and this cat and my birman do not get along. The ragdoll will hiss, defecate on herself and goes into a cat fight with the birman. I have to keep the ragdoll in a separate room and not let her out to roam free with the other two cats. Can you help? The birman is also peeing and pooping outside the litter box since this cat arrived.

  9. Josh   April 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm  

    My girlfriends cat is obviously troubled, she’s an 8yr old with a serious social issue. Genevieve hides/lives under our bed, only to come out when “momma” is home and ready to sleep. She wants nothing to do with ANYONE else. I can’t walk in day or night in our room or any room for that matter without hissing and running back under the bed. Nobody can pick her up , not even momma . In turn she never gets brushed or hair cuts. Her dreadlocks are getting out of control She was a rescue kitten who was from what ive been told,abused.Our other cat Lola (also 8yrs) is a sweet loving(attitudinal)princess with much better social skills. They tolerate each other with no conflict. I just want to help this poor little sweetheart. I didnt mention “momma” just says “thats just how she is “. I believe she’s much more then that. Please help us help her .

  10. Gina Gracie   May 14, 2015 at 6:23 am  

    My 13 year old tiger cat has severe social anxiety. He sleeps all the time and when he does come if he sees someone he gets scared and runs back to his hiding space. You can’t get close enough to pet him. He was recently diagnosed with hypertension and they prescribed medication for him but I can’t get close enough to give him the medicine. Any suggestions?

  11. Emily Phillips   November 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm  

    Hi Jackson,

    I have a real problem on my hands and need some advice. I want to purchase some of your products but need a little help and direction. I have three cats right now, one that was a street cat for a very long time but was owned at one time by an abuser or mentally challenged individual; Omar is approximately 9 yrs old FIV + he has been with us for 4 years, we had 4 cats at the time and all of them avoided him and would not accept him. They all passed away the most recent losses were in Sept. 6 days apart. Omar is socially awkward you can pet him or brush him and he will up and bite you for no reason. He also has mega colon and some deformities to his jaw and back. We love him and tolerate his bad behavior due to history. However recently I trapped a one year old feral which I had been feeding since June. His name is Fritzzey and is probably about one year old. He is a joy;lovable skidish, funny cat and he loves to play. However he was very aggressive with Omar at first and caused some very bad abscess’ . Things somewhat settled down Omar seems to have took the dominant role and Frittzey seems fine with that or at least he is letting Omar think he is top cat. Frittzey has been with us for two months. Now two weeks ago I found a hungry kitty hanging around which obviously belonged to someone at a point. It got really cold and I found her sleeping on my porch so I brought her in. She is probably about a year old beautiful gentle submissive cat. Frittzey hates her and can’tbe trusted to stay in the same room with her without attacking her so she is bedroom bound and nervous as can be. Omar really likes her but she wants nothing to do with him, she warns him constantly by hissing at him every chance she gets. I was using rescue remedy but it just puts them to sleep not solving anything. I really want to keep all three but I am a cancer survivor with lymphadema in my right arm and missing lymph nodes on my left side which puts me at risk for lymphadema in the left arm. Please advise me how to get all to live happy lovingly free of fighting and biting.
    I anxiously await a response.

  12. Candy   February 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm  

    My husband and I have been caring for what we thought was a feral cat for almost two years now. However, we believe he/she is an abused cat. We have managed to get him/her from the pole barn to our back porch and even a few steps into the house to eat his/her foot. Recently he/she injured his/her leg and we tried to catch him/her with no success. I am at my wits end because I know he/she would make a wonderful indoor pet if he/she would just totally trust us. Recently he/she has rolled over on his/her back when we went to the back door to feed him/her, but when we step outside he/she runs under the tarp we have over the porch furniture. Do you think this product, Stress Stopper, would help him/her or does anyone have any other ideas? This cat looks like a Manx and loves our other cat as well.


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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