Introducing Spirit Essences for Your Cat’s Mental & Emotional Health ENTER TO WIN! Prize Includes Personalized Advice from Jackson Galaxy!

Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Health & Nutrition

There are so many life changes that can cause our cats to become upset and agitated on an emotional level — everything from moving to a new house, adding a new cat to the family, the arrival of a baby, or even just a thunder storm. These stresses can eventually lead to physical problems as well. What if there was a way to naturally and safely reduce your cat’s stress to help them live a calmer, more balanced life? That’s exactly what Spirit Essences can do for you. Without any drugs or chemicals, using just a safe, non-toxic natural remedy.

So, what are Spirit Essences exactly? They are vibrational essences, meaning they are remedies that are infused with the energy from natural elements like flowers and gem stones. You may have heard of Dr. Edward Bach who pioneered flower essence therapy in the 1930s. Spirit Essences use flower essences similar to those developed by Dr. Bach, but they also take advantage of a wide variety of other vibrational essences to create remedies specifically for treating animals.

Spirit Essences was founded by holistic veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve in 1995. In addition to conventional veterinary training, Dr. Jean studied veterinary homeopathy, homotoxicology, Reiki, and many other facets of holistic medicine. In 2002 Dr. Jean partnered with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy who became the President of Spirit Essences and is now the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell (season 2 airs in January!), and who uses the remedies frequently in his work as a cat behavior consultant. Jackson has been using the essences for many years in his practice and has come to appreciate their power as well as their gentle, safe method of creating noticeable change for his clients.

Spirit Essences remedies are very easy to administer. You can add the essences to your cat’s water or food, spray the room with a mister, or apply them directly to the cat’s fur while you pet them. Most issues can usually be resolved in 2 to 6 weeks with regular application. Read all about how the essences are made and what you can expect from using them on the Spirit Essences website FAQ page.

There are a variety of Spirit Essences designed specifically for cats. There’s one for separation anxiety, and another for scaredy cats. If your cat has obsessive-compulsive behavior such as over-grooming, you might need the Obsession Remedy. From Healthy Helper, to Nervous Nelly, to Bully Remedy, there’s a Spirit Essence for every issue. You may be having a difficult time deciding which remedy to choose, so Jackson is going to help. Five readers are going to win a Spirit Essences remedy specific to their issue, plus Jackson will offer personalized advice for your situation.

Here’s how to enter: leave a comment on this post describing the issue you are having with your cat that you think Spirit Essences might help. Jackson is going to choose five comments and he will recommend the appropriate Spirit Essences formula. Each winner will receive the Spirit Essences that Jackson recommends. We’ll post the winners’ entries along with Jackson’s customized tips here on Moderncat for everyone to read. Please only leave one comment and try to be brief when describing your cat’s issues. We will choose the winners next week and post the recommendations the following week. Comments must be submitted by December 22, 2011 in order to be eligible. This giveaway is open to readers everywhere.

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458 Responses to “Introducing Spirit Essences for Your Cat’s Mental & Emotional Health ENTER TO WIN! Prize Includes Personalized Advice from Jackson Galaxy!”

  1. 1

    my senior cat is constantly grooming herself

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    Colargol (Cola),the cat I think could use Spirit Essences, spent nearly a year living in a basement with several other cats, visited by humans once or twice daily. Two months ago Cola moved to a temporary home. He’s living in a students’ flat with no other cats for company and is taking it badly.Cola is now used to his human carer, but still afraid of other people – won’t leave the room when he hears them talking or moving about. Recently he pooed and peed over the clothes of his carer’s visitor.We would like him to be eligible for adoption, please help.

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    Hi there,

    I have 5 cats at home, 1 male and 4 female. The male, Bailey is the oldest and the first cat I adopted. He is a sweet boy, not aggressive, except towards one of the girl, Jaffa.

    For whatever reason, he attacks her all the time, even though he knows I don’t like such behaviour. He will launch on Jaffa every chance he gets (when I look away).

    And he likes to pee in the shower. The litters are clean and he doesn’t have any medical issue, I checked.

    Please help, what should I do.

  4. 4

    Hey! My cat is about to have a few major changes in his life. We are moving from Germany to Georgia in 6 weeks. Before that point, we will be going from the only house he’s known to a temporary lodging. When we get back to the states, we will be in a temporary place while we find our new house. Once settled in for a few weeks, I am looking at adopting a new cat. It’s a lot for him. The vet said Benedryl works for travel stress, but I am uncomfortable with giving it to him. This stuff looks like a great solution.

  5. 5

    I’m sure it a great product to help a cat without medication.
    I have two cats, a male (neutered), 11 years old, since this summer he mew every night, like if he was lost in the flat, we have to get him and take him to the bed, like if he can’t find the way himself.
    The second cat is a female, neutered too, 9 years old. She’s a “gluecat”, she’s always following me, she’s super stress, every time. She’s on medication, to help her relieved the anxiety, we have not find another way to help her. We have check her, she’s has no health problem.

    Thanks !

  6. 6

    We have two feuding cats in our house right now and rely on drops like these (as well a an arsenal of anything else we can think of!) to keep the place calm.

  7. 7

    Since bringing home a dog 18 months ago, our cat – who was previously perfectly litter-box trained – has taken to peeing in the bathtub and in the front hall. This is an improvement from when the dog first came home, since she was peeing on his crate (there’s a litter box there now, too), and on his toys. She will do this even when her litter box is perfectly clean.

    Please help! We have a room we have to recarpet because she peed in three spots in there (and it was a room the dog has never been in), so this is getting expensive. She’s been to the vet – no infections.


  8. 8

    Howdy! We have 6 cats, 3 boys and 3 girls.

    Recently one of our girls, Dusty, has begun attacking another one of the girls, Tikki. She’s never done it before, but now she lurks everywhere just waiting for Tikki to come along and then attacks, viciously. I’ve talked to several vets that specialize in cats, but we have not seen any results.

    Dusty gets along fine with all humans, and out other animals of our menagerie, but seems to have it out for Tikki. Tikki is now terrified to go into our barn, where we keep the cats at night and stays out at night, which concerns us.

    This has been going on for almost half a year and nothing I’ve done seems to help.

    I would appreciate any advice you could give.

  9. 9

    My four have none of these problems LOL! just entered anyway,BUT! I do take care of cats who might actually benefit from some of these . Sure would like to try them.

  10. 10

    Hi there,
    I have a long-haired Himalayan cat. He obsessively grooms himself causing major fur balls! The vomiting episodes have caused several serious incidents as a result of asperation into lungs and nose. Vet recommended grooming and hairball remedy gel, but nothing works due to his obsession to licking himself. Yes, he does have food allergies but unfortunately due to a medical condition he eats special food that can’t be switched. I would be curious to see if your Obsession Remedy would help.

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    We have a 4 year old female, Manx mix (Calypso) who spent the first 3 years of her life being the only cat in the family. Two years ago we adopted a rescue kitty (Layla) that is the same age. Layla was used to other cats and tried to play with Calypso. This would cause Calypso to his, growl, etc. Less than a year later we found a feral kitten outside and took him in (Azumi). My daughter moved out and took Calypso with her a couple months later. We then adopted Siberian mix, year old brothers. Four months later my daughter and Calypso moved back in and brought along 2 kittens. Calypso has always been aggressive by biting, scratching humans. She has recently started chasing Azumi (he is a 13lbs which is the same size as she is now) who is intimidated by her. Layla defends any of the other cats against Calypso. We aren’t expecting all of them to be best friends but Calypso tends to isolate herself from us most of the time, never plays with the other cats and is just mean to them and us.

  12. 12

    My husband and I rescued our two cats (sisters-Siberian Forest cat/Maine Coon mix) when they were 19 months old. They have always been skiddish but would tolerate visitors to the house. After moving to a new home in another state they now cannot stand having visitors in the house. They hide in our closet as soon as guests arrive. One of them hisses, spits, howls and screams if anyone including us get near them even for a while after the guests leave… at least until they realize we are the only ones in the house. I’m hoping the Scaredy Cat product will help with their stress levels.

  13. 13

    My third rescue cat, Zazzie, had a rough start in life. When I picked her up through a fantastic local rescue group, she was four months old, had just been spayed and weighed three pounds! She’s now a almost two years old and weighs 4.4 lbs. When she was 6 months old, she began going into heat. After several vet visits, we discovered that she has only one kidney. She’s a bit feral, doesn’t like to be picked up, and seems distraught and marks territory when she has heat phases every few weeks. Due to her size and after an ultrasound, I decided not to put her through another surgery to try to re-spay her, but am wondering if spirit essences would help her be happier and calmer. Despite all, she is the ruler of the older cats, has boundless energy and always makes me laugh.

  14. 14

    I have 3 neutered male cats who are indoor/outdoor cats. I added an Irish Wolfhound puppy to the mix and Nicholas(my first cat) is stressed. He shows this through inappropriate peeing. The puppy’s beds are a common target. He also suffers from UTIs generally brought about by stress. I know he will never be happy unless he is an only cat again but I would like to ease his stress.

  15. 15
    Mrs. Prime

    Good Morning,

    I am entering for Freddie, my DSH Male Tuxedo. He recently suffered a case of fleas, and could use some ‘Spirit Essence’ to help relieve the stress he underwent. Please and Thank you.

  16. 16

    Ichiro was found by the shelter as a kit after being abandoned on a porch by his Momma cat. He was hand fed for awhile and when he was old enough he was adopted out. The adoption event was large and all his siblings were adopted. He went to another adoption room the next day where the Woman adopted him–with all this moving around and separation of all that was familiar he gets anxious easily and he meows at night looking for attention and making sure the people are still there.

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    kathy N.

    Help, I have 2 male cats (Max 4yo and Bob 1.5yo) that seem to be fighting more. Bob has become spooky. Normally, he gets along fine with Max but something spooks him, he gets all pissy and hisses at Max, then he goes and hides. Then Max gets all dominant and investigates Bob in his hiding spot, which gets Bob all scared again. Vicious circle. Maybe the “Safe Place” essence can help. Anything would be great at this point. Thanks!

  18. 18

    Existing cat is angry that new cat is there and has taken to pooping around my house. Which would be fine if the dog didn’t eat it all the time.

  19. 19

    My oldest cat has stomach issues AND is super clingy. I’m not sure if there’s something that could help both issues or if two different essences are needed.

  20. 20
    Linda Bean

    I have a friend who uses these essences and swears by them. I would sure love to win some for my 3 kitties (and the kitties I cat-sit for!).

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    My 2 year old cat constantly meows at the ceiling, scratches the walls and attempts to get as “high up” in our loft as possible. He has torn the walls apart with his nails. I would love to help his stress, and am wondering what could make him do this? One time I looked up and he was attempting “pull-ups” on our ceiling boards- I live in an open loft with exposed duct and wood-work.
    I hope we help Phoenix with his anxiety and stress!

  22. 22

    Too bad Nervous Nelly isn’t made for cats. My cat Bella could really use some help in that department!

  23. 23

    Wow, need to check these out for sure. My big 16lb boy not only has seperation anxiety, but doesn’t like change of any sort in the house hold routine. I’ve already talked to the vet about what I can do – without going so far as to use kitty prozac!! But sometimes I really think he needs it (poor baby!!!).

  24. 24

    I have two rescue cats that I adopted 2 years ago. Simon is a “lovable” bully, he fights the other cat and me. He’s also attention starved, and has respiratory issues. If love anything that will lessen the bullying, and if something can strengthen his immune system, that would be great too!

  25. 25

    My 10 year old kitty has been having more issues with urinating outside his box. I took him to our vet who states he thinks my cat is stressed out due to my schedule change at work. I bought him a “cat condo” so he could have his own space which appears to have helped him a little, but he still appears to be stressed and anxious when I leave. I can hear him crying by the front door and when I get home from work he is in the front window meowing. I really think that the separation anxiety spirit essence could be a great thing for him and would help him relax while I am away. I just wish there was a way for him to know that I will be back and for him not to stress so much. Help! :)

  26. 26
    Rebecca Enos

    I have 5 cats, all spayed/neutered, and try holistic whenever possible! Thanks!

  27. 27

    Tried the essence. Isn’t working yet (4 weeks). Need to win this to help my situation.

  28. 28

    Two of my three rescues are brothers–Duncan and Mac. They were feral babies, adopted from my local pound. Duncan is still a bit shy, but approachable at times. On the other hand, I still cannot come within 5 feet of Mac before he runs. I have had them both for a year and a half, and would love to be able to pet Mac and give him love and attention. I feel for this poor cat who won’t allow humans to touch him, but am unwilling to stress him out further by forcing contact on him. I am hoping a scent-based holistic approach might help.

  29. 29

    My cat Daphne has severe travel anxiety. We adopted her when she was 3 years old, and now, at 7, she continues to go completely ballistic when she has to go in her cat pod and into the car. While we don’t travel with her often , even the shortest trip sends her into a panic. In fact, when we try to get her into her cat pod sometimes she gets so worked up that she pees a little bit. This was even the case when my husband and I moved from one house to another, literally down the street, and we put her in the cat pod and walked her down the street for approximately 45 seconds. She pants, sweats, and completely freaks out. We spoke with a vet about it in the past and they recommended mild sedatives – all that did was relax her body and make her unable to walk around very well, but it did not turn off her panicked mind and she still freaked out. We have also tried Feli-Way spray and other herbal remedies and they have had no affect on her. While she is completely fine as soon as she gets out of the cat carrier, we wish there was a way that she could be calmed down while on the journey.

  30. 30

    My darling Daisy has decided that peeing in the corners of the basement is preferable to her litter boxes. We’ve cleaned, moved litter boxes, and are currently trying to discourage with aluminum foil, but I’ll take and help I can get to understand her! She knows how to use her litter box properly (and did in our previous residence). We have not changed litter or boxes. Please help!!

  31. 31

    I have an 11 year old female cat that has had a little bit of stress this year due to an addition of a dog to the family in April this year. We are adopting another dog and I would love something to help her deal with the changes etc in the household!


  32. 32

    hi jackson!

    i have two inside cats: oro (1 yr 4 mo) and ono (1 yr 2 mo). oro cries alot that he wants to go outside even when it’s really cold and rainy and I’m not sure how to keep him from feeling so antsy. and ono is very well behaved except when people come over, he’ll hide until they leave. is there anything to help him not be so shy and anxious?

    thanks! kim

  33. 33

    I work for an animal rescue ( and we often deal with cats who are stressed. Currently, I have a cat who became so stressed from the transition into a new home that she stopped eating. I have been syringe feeding her a mixture of a/d, Nutra-cal, and electrolytes for over a month, and keeping her in a bathroom so I an monitor her behavior or litterbox use. She has another cat with her to keep her company. I think these essences would help her and the other cats in our rescue who are stressed.

  34. 34

    i don’t think my kitty ever had any proper kitty mothering. him and his siblings were found abandoned after a bad rain storm at a very young age. the issue that i’m having with him is that when he bites he doesn’t let go. i’ve tried saying, “ouch!” and i’ve tried going limp, but he just doesn’t seem to care. i’ve tried pinching the scruff of his neck like a mother cat would do to correct behaviors but he only bites harder when i do that. please help!

  35. 35

    My 12-year old calico cat, Ruby, is complicated. For years she shared our home with Clark. Ruby overgroomed for many years and the one thing that finally got her to stop, sadly, was Clark’s death at the ripe old age of 17&3/4 years.

    Ruby is very affectionate and needy, but also tends to be aggressive at times. (Some say just crazy as a calico.) She was aggressive toward Clark at times, and occasionally toward my boyfriend’s Jack Russell terrier who pretty much lives with us part-time. As she gets older she sometimes sleeps very soundly, and recently when I accidentally woke her, she bit me hard enough to break the skin and give me a big bruise. We were both sleeping right before that happened, which makes me think it’s something deep in her that makes her a little crazy.

    I’ve pretty much given up on getting a second cat again while Ruby is with me, but I can’t help but wonder if she is “treatable” and would ever be able to accept another cat in our home – I would love to adopt an adult cat from one of the vets or shelters in town.

  36. 36

    Looking at the website, it seems like my cat could use Hyper Helper to curb what we’ve taken to calling “flippy cat” moments. And Feline Training to help teach him to stop clawing up our furniture.

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    Jennifer K.

    Beasley constantly over eats and is nervous. This has lead to no exercise and she has packed on the pounds. Could one of the essences help her? Would love to win and maybe find a remedy for our fat cat!

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    One of my cats has idiopathic cystitis, and we can’t figure the trigger. He will sometimes pee on things when his humans are stressed, or even just when we come home from work.

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    DaisyMae Maus

    My eight year old male is very angry and takes out his aggression on my eighteen year old girl. I’ve been adding “Good Cat” to the water he drinks and I give him St. John’s Wort as is recommended by my vet. He was on Buspar for his anxiety, but isn’t any longer. Last New Year’s Eve, he bit my mother who was cat sitting for him and put he in the hospital for four days. He bit ME last week when I came home smelling like the vet’s office and was trimming his claws. He can be very sweet … his name is Charmee, afterall. I’d like his temperament to equalize.

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    Judy Hall

    I have a very thin male kitten, well he is a year and a half now but since I’ve had him, and his sisters, since they were 5 days old, he’ll always be a kitten to me. He is scared of EVERYONE but me. I’ve taken him to the vet for his weight issue and they found nothing wrong with him, as he is very healthy, bright, and active. He gets only the best natural, dry and wet foods, and uses natural cat litter as well.

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    I’m exploring ways to help my 2 recently adopted boys. One was feral for part of his kittenhood and has what I suspect are anxiety-related and obsessive behaviors including chewing/eating paper; excessively digging/scratching in and around litter boxes; fear of vacuum cleaners, door bells and house guests; and gulping his food combined with insatiable appetite. He also has some health problems, perhaps related to poor nutrition when feral. The other, born deaf, can be very affectionate and seek attention, but will also duck and squirm away from contact for reasons I haven’t identified. Both are receiving T-Touch therapy and I hope someday they will accept acupuncture treatments too. Maybe the right Spirit Essences can help them accept more healing touches and feel more comfortable in their fur.

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    Leslie Mccrea

    This is awesome. With multiple cats I could use them all!

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    We took in a kitty from someone who got evicted and unfortunately she got very sick and we have to end her suffering today. My other kitties never really gelled with her, and now we are going to be watching my mother-in-law’s dog next month so they’ll have something else thrown at them.

  44. 44

    My cats seem to believe that homeopathic remedies work, despite the overwhelming lack of evidence in their support. I’ve tried for years to stop them giving all their money to charlatans, but they continue to waste their meager allowances supporting snake-oil merchants who are at best misguided, and at worst outright dishonest. Is their a Spirit Essence to help that?

  45. 45

    I am a kitten foster volunteer at the Burbank Animal Shelter. Each season we work with our adopters to try to resolve problems with their new kitties. Recently one of my adopters reached out to me wanting to return the kitten she adopted (now 1 yr old) because she has started to attack and bite the children. The kitten was very sweet, and socialized at a young age. There doesn’t seem to be a trigger as to why the kitten has started acting out a year after being adopted. I would like to try to help this family keep the kitten they adopted and help the kitten stay in a loving home!

  46. 46

    I have 4 cats. Three are long hair and 1 is medium, so I do have problems with hairballs. One of my cats also has a problem with her nose being congested some of the time. I would love to try some of these remedies.

  47. 47
    City Kitty

    I work with cats with chronic illnesses, doing supportive in-home treatments using eastern and western medicine, and often do hospice care. I’d love some essences to help the cats and their families transition either to living with a new disability and/or, ultimately letting go and passing on. I’ve used rescue remedy for vet trips etc, but am not sure what to choose for the main work I do. Any help would be wonderful!

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    We take our cat to our cabin in the snow each weekend in the car, he loves it when we get there, but he gets a bit stressed about going in the car as I think it makes him nauseous and he tends to throw up as soon as the road gets a bit curvy or if it’s windy. I want to make it easier for him as we don’t want to leave him behind. We have tried a lot of different things, so maybe holistic might help- we’d give Easy Traveler a shot.

  49. 49

    Hi Jackson,

    I’m actually not sure which of my two cats would benefit from spirit essences, as I can’t tell who is causing the trouble. Makoto is very playfully aggressive, and wants to chase and chew on Gil multiple times during the day. Gil will not have it at ALL–he never wants to play with Makoto. He just runs away and hides / hisses at him, even though they get along fine otherwise and are both sweet cats. Gil is a bit lazy, but he’ll play with toys no problem–he just doesn’t ever want to play with Makoto. We adopted two cats so they could play together and keep each other company, but that benefit seems lost at the moment.

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    My first cat, Pumba, was adopted from a humane society. We had a great bond and I didn’t have any problems with him. A few months after I adopted him, I adopted a female cat who was older and more dominant than him. She would steal his food and toys, and as a result, he turned into a very submissive and non-confrontational cat. She has passed away since, and now I have Pumba and two other boys. He is still afraid to be close to them, though he will play with them sometimes. The biggest problem is that if we approach him, even though he loves us and loves getting attention, he automatically runs and hides under the couch or bed. I don’t know how to get him to stop thinking he needs to hide from us; I’m curious if the scaredy cat remedy will work for him.


  1. [...] I don’t usually include links to giveaways hosted on other blogs, but Moderncat is hosting such an awesome one, I just have to share it with you. As you know, I’m a huge fan of Spirit Essences and Jackson Galaxy, and I also have a close connection to them: I provide the Reiki that goes into the spring water used in the essences. Enter the giveaway at Moderncat, and you could be one of five winners of the Spirit Essence recommended by Jackson specifically for your cat’s situation. The givewawy ends December 22. For more details and to enter, visit Moderncat. [...]

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