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. 51

    3 cats in the home. One small, older female (spayed, 7 yr. old) is intimidated by two larger and younger male catmates (neutered, 18-24 mos. old). She stands her ground but it’s taking a toll on her independence and demeanor in the house. Agression is her choice of defense. She wants to be ‘friends’ and join in (I think) but is fearful and seeks human attention/protection to calm. The interation is affecting her digestion too. Can Spirit Essences help them?

  2. 52
    Kate Livengood

    I foster loootsss of kitties from my local shelter. Most of the cats handle the ever-changing cast of cat character very graciously, but sometimes stress levels get high. I also transport cats to their new homes. I live in a rural area, so Petfinder has been a HUGE help, but it means I often have to drive cats to Baltimore, the closest city. It’s a 2.5 hour drive, and man I could use some help keeping the car rides calm. It’s hard to have adopters meet a new cat when it’s a bundle of nerves from a long car ride. And lots of cats do nervous poops while riding in their carriers, which is awful for everyone involved. I would love to try Spirit Essenses!

  3. 53
    Pamela C

    I have a momma’s boy, a timid cat. An over groomer who sits with her legs spread grooming her belly constantly, she thinks she is applying for a job with Quentin Tarantino. Also, a scarey cat – he’s orange so I’m reminded that he thinks every day is Halloween and he hides from noises.

  4. 54

    My cat has IBS and a heart murmur. Is there anything you cna recommend from your line?

  5. 55

    My 11 year old female over grooms her front legs and paws. The vet says x-rays show arthritis in her spine so she does not have the flexibility to wash her hind end.

  6. 56
    t d

    Ever since I left for the Thanksgiving break my cat has been experiencing diarrhea on and off. We thought it was due to stress/separation anxiety because it got better for a while after i returned. However, a couple of days later she had a relapse. The vet gave her both an antibiotic and a probiotic (after me and my husband suggested they check for bacteria, since her tests had been negative for parasites) and she got better for a few days before relapsing again.
    We’ve also tried changing her diet but so far nothing does the trick permanently. Perhaps Spirit Essences will be the magic remedy!

  7. 57

    My parents now have one of my rescues (Patches) because she fought with my other 3 cats and had to be separated at all times. Patches used to be an indoor/outdoor cat and when her former owners got arrested, she ended up on a neighbor’s porch, extremely malnourished. After moving to my parents house, Patches initially gained a lot of weight and had to be put on a diet of sorts. Now she is at a proper weight but overgrooms a spot on her belly to the point of bleeding. It’s almost like she wants to punish my parents for not giving her more food. Our vet has suggested many things but nothing has helped. Patches has had a traumatic life and I would really like to help her.

  8. 58

    I have an 10 year old cat who literally freaks out when we have to take her to the vet. We have been banned from vets across the country. We have had this problem since she was a kitten. She does not want or let anyone besides her “parents” touch her. My current vet has suggested a kitty cocktail before her next visit, but since she is getting old, it concerns me. any ideas??

  9. 59

    Hi there.

    One of my kitties is a fraidy cat. Whenever one of the other cats comes close to her, she cowers away or runs away. She looks afraid to go to or come out of the potty box room. Nobody ever attacks her, but one kitty will jump ‘at’ her to try to play; or maybe he knows he can scare her. Then we do have another female kitty who will attack her if she gets the idea up her butt.

    Thanks for the opportunity….

  10. 60
    Lynn Z

    My 4-year old twin troublemaker torties love to terrorize my 15 year old Old Lady Cat Xena. All she wants to do is sleep and be left alone but she ends up having to fight off attacks several times a day and often is left with scratches on her face. The Old Lady has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma, so I want nothing more than for the time she has left to be peaceful and without the constant threat of a couple of tortie thugs lurking around waiting for the right time to strike.

  11. 61
    Shannon H

    My kids are NOT getting along. I need Jackson!

  12. 62

    My cat, Milo, has been really fussy and upset ever since we brought 5 rescue kittens into our home. I completely understand why he would be upset having so many new siblings. We verrrry slowly introduced them, but he still doesn’t like them. He spends most of the day outside and I put the babies “to bed” in a separate room before he comes inside for the night so he doesn’t have to be around them. Catnip helps calm him down a bit, but it breaks my heart that he’s so upset. When he comes in, he howls and fusses. There’s plenty of room for him, I just think he preferred being the youngest cat in the house and now he’s the middle child =(

  13. 63
    Leigh A. Peterson

    I need this! We adopted a 4 year old cat, Russell. He is such a darling. Sometimes he gets aggressive, which we are working on with more patience and alertness. The other issue is that he destroys my plants when we leave the house (knocking them over, throwing dirt everywhere, etc.) despite the Cat Scat mats I have tried. I even have a kitty garden for him, so you would think the plants would not be that interesting.

  14. 64
    Lindsey Hill

    Please see a vet for behavior problems! Over 70% of cats that are relinquished to shelters are euthanized and the number one reason for cat relinquishment is behavioral problems. Most problems require environmental management. I have no problem with holistic remedies as adjunctive and complementary therapy but please don’t assume it will be a cure all. The longer you wait the harder it may be to reverse.

  15. 65

    Oh dear, where to begin…
    Three cats, all of whom would like to be an only cat.

    Two in particular spend hours each night (while I am trying to sleep) beating the stuffing out of each other – spraying them with the water bottle doesn’t help, because they just go back to fighting again. Seems each one want to have the “last word.”

  16. 66
    Nancy D

    We’re having some anxiety and territory issues in my house. We could use something to calm everyone down!

    I also have one cat who is overweight. Everyone else is normal weight.

  17. 67

    I hope everyone gets solutions for their kitties’ problems, but seriously, vibrational essences of gemstones? More like pseudoscience snake oil.

    I usually love Modern Cat, and I’m disappointed you’re promoting this nonsense.

  18. 68

    Wow, I would love to win this prize! I have a kitty who was a feral cat when she was trapped by our rescue group. She came as a foster to my house to see if we could rehabilitate her. It took a long time, but she came to trust us, and completely bonded to the other feral girl we were rehabbing. However, she has a few issues. She can be a little crazy and skittish (totally normal), and she also has occasional issues with urinating outside the litterbox. It’s not frequent enough that I’m ready to try meds, and this might be just the ticket!

  19. 69

    My one year old Siamese Daphne has decided that when she is hungry and is ready to eat she tries to wake us up in the most odd ways.

    The newest thing she has started to do is chew on our headboard and our window sills which are all made of wood. She has managed to start destroying the corner of our sills since there are bite marks and chunks starting to be removed.

    Right now I am using a spray bottle but I am not sure how to get her to stop the behavior or why she is doing this.


  20. 70

    Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if I were able to get a remedy to work on my crazy part-Bengal cat that likes to jump on me when I’m bending or walking by. Sometimes he’ll jump on my back when I’m at the mirror putting on makeup. It’s partly playful and part him trying to show dominance, in my opinion. Yet, at night, he is the sweetest, neediest boy who still sucks a blanket in place of his mother. He’s a trip, that one.

  21. 71
    Deborah Kuperman

    My Siamese, 2 1/2 year old Otto Preminger, is loved and devoted to by me almost 24/7. When he wants me awake to play with him he screams in my face, jumps on me and pokes me with his bony paw until I give in and get out of bed. I am literally only getting about 3 hours sleep. Otto can fall asleep at will on and off all day, but I can’t. Please HELP!!!!! (and Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday)

  22. 72

    Thank you for offering suggestions, Jackson!

    I have moved across the country 2 times in the last two years with my two cats, Flora and Alex. Of course it has been a stressful change for them, but we actually most recently moved from an apartment into our new house. We don’t plan on moving for a long time now. :)

    However, because our kitties went from an 800 sq ft apartment to a 2600 sq ft house, it has been a huge adjustment for them. Right now, when my husband and I are at work, we know that our kitties only sit on our bed, under the covers, and stay there until we come home. After we come home, they refuse to let us out of their sights.

    I’d really appreciate it if you could recommend something to help our kitties understand that their new place is their home! It belongs to them as well and we would love it if they would chase each other all over the place and feel comfortable like they used to.

  23. 73

    My beautiful tabby Jules is painfully shy. I’m the only person he lets near him, otherwise he’s under the bed. Even the sound of a doorbell on a TV show or the sound of neighbors talking aside sends him running to my bedroom.

  24. 74

    My 16 year old female cat may have a hyperthyroid problem. I wonder if one of these remedies would help her?

  25. 75
    Denise Kelly

    Toby, our gray tabby, is almost 19 and still getting around and eating, etc. but I think that Healthy Helper might keep him mobile and feeling great – that would be my wish for this New Year!

  26. 76

    Sorry for the double post, I actually wanted to add one more thing as both my husband and I are worried about this…

    We have a baby on the way (I’m 8 months pregnant), and we’re really concerned about how our kitties will react to our baby when she is born. As I mentioned before, they’re having some trouble adapting, but I’m even more concerned about what will happen when a little one is introduced. They have been very good around strangers and do not scratch or bite, but who knows what will happen with a baby?

    Again, thank you!! :)

  27. 77

    I got my cat Schrodinger from the Humane Society when he was just 2 months old, he was abandoned by his mom and raised in a foster home. When I walk around the house, he follows me most of the day like my little shadow, and once I start working in a room, he’ll find a spot to lay down and sleep until I move. However, when I have to leave the house to go to work he stays inside as I have bears and coyotes outside. Almost immediately he’ll start crying sometimes just for a few min, but other times he gets really upset and starts crying with a deeper sadder sounding cry than his normal. He seems fine when I get home, he comes and hangs out with me, but I would love to try out that separation anxiety formula!

  28. 78
    alice kieft

    Yin and Yang are my two cats (bro and sis) and lately, Yang has been picking on Yin-almost fighting then jetting around the house like he is on uppers. very weird..could this help?

  29. 79

    Two years ago I adopted a male and female cat (strays) from a local shelter. They got along well. Four months later, I added two more cats (litter brother (Alasdair) and sister (Emlyn)) who were strictly indoor cats and were surrendered by their owners for financial reasons.

    Since the introduction of the second pair of cats, the first male (Oliver) has acted aggressively toward both of the new cats. After two years, everyone generally gets along pretty well. A few times a month, though, Oliver will chase or stalk Alasdair and Emlyn until they are cornered and hiss, growl, or howl at him. This seems beyond the usual games Oliver plays with Julian, who came home with him. Can you help?

  30. 80
    Diana Sebzda

    My 10 year old kitty has always been on the sensitive side and we’ve been dealing with ideopathic cystitis for about a year now. Recently she has started picking fur from her belly. We’ve identified that she does it when I get ready to leave the house. We’ve put Feliway’s throughout the house, increased her play time, left classical music on when we’re out of the house, left a clothing item of mine on her bed to lie on, and have been spraying pet lavendar spray around. Some fur seems to be growing back, but she is still picking. I need help calming her down! :) Thanks for this opportunity!

  31. 81

    Toffee could really use the Easy Traveler product. She doesn’t travel much, but trips to the vet are very noisy indeed, and she gets very upset.

  32. 82

    I am flying with a new kitten next month and would love to give her something to keep her calm and relaxed for the trip. In addition, I would also love to know what I need to help my current female with the transition of getting another cat. I don’t want there to be any territorial issues so I’d like to head them off in advance. Thanks!

  33. 83
    Connie Hurtado

    I sure could use the Bully Remedy for my KK who loves to be the bully of Sam. He’s been bullying him for years and I can’t figure out how to stop this nonsense. I sure would like to give it a try.

  34. 84

    I have a terrible bully who’s been beating up the other cats for 12 years now. Nothing I’ve done has helped. If Bully Remedy worked, the rest of the cats would chip in to pay for it!

  35. 85
    Hope Valenti

    My cat Spudz had both eyes removed when he was 1 lb as a kitten who was found abandoned in a feral colony. He is very muscular and does well when he is with my dogs but he does not do well with my other cats. He is a complete bully and he bites and hurts them. It is to the point I cannot keep him in the same room with any of my other cats so he is segregated. I hate doing this but he is just too rough and doesn’t realize what he is doing and how he is hurting the others. My other cats are afraid of him. So please let me win as I believe your bully remedy could really help him get better and let him be back into my general cat population in my home instead of in his own room.

  36. 86

    I have a multi-cat home. In recent months I have been experiencing problems with inappropriate urination. I was able to determine which cats were responsible (there were three of them) and have them checked at the vet (they are physically healthy) so now they are isolated in a spare bedroom. Since they have been isolated there have been no instances of inappropriate urination in the house and the 3 isolates have been using the litter boxes in their bedroom with no problem. Prior to isolating them I had noticed that all three seem to be bullied by some of their housemates and they themselves bully others…I would like to avoid putting them on drugs like buspar or prozac if possible…I recently started using safe space but think perhaps a couple of the other formulas might be beneficial as well…My ultimate goal of course is to reintroduce the isolated cats back into the general population. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks for reading my comment. Sincerely, Alyssa

  37. 87

    We use lots of flower essences for different situations with ourselves and our pets. I would love to try the scaredy cats formula for our little tortie who still bolts every time the front door opens–even when it’s just us! :)

  38. 88

    I’d love to try these! I have two cats that are sisters. One has started hissing at the other one every time she passes by. They are 7 years old & this just started up. They both have bad tummies & regurgitate often, and they don’t deal well with change. We are hoping to move this summer, so I’m concerned with how that will affect them. They both get anxious & upset when we leave for a few days. Oh my sweets…
    They are good kitty girls!

  39. 89

    I have three cats at home : mine and my girlfriend’s two cats. We’ve been living together since April now, and everything seems to be going fine. The cats (two males and one female) often sit on the same couch and it all goes smoothly. They all share the cat tree, too, and so far there hasn’t been any problems.

    …Except for the litters. One of the males pees in the litter but poops in the bath about half the time. We’ve tried changing litter brands but it doesn’t help. We’ve tried corn, recycled newspaper, clay, pine… (We stuck to pine.) The litters are changed everyday and there are two of them. I am getting tired of the intensive bath cleaning. If there is a Spirit Essence that could help our cat, I would love to try it out.

  40. 90

    I have 12 cats in my house…most of them ferals that I rescued from my yard. Needless to say, I have a lot of personalities and issues to deal with. I watched Jackson religiously in the first season of My cat from Hell and appreciated all the advice he gave on the show. Would love to try some holistic remedies for my bunch….needless to say, the ferals would benefit from the “scaredy cat” formula, I have a bully, an over groomer….I pretty much have all of the issues covered! I believe and use holistic remedies for myself and would love the opportunity to share that with my 12 feline friends!

  41. 91

    I would love Jackson’s advice on my little Wonton. He is a skitty kid who vomits like crazy and/or licks himself nearly bald ONLY when we go away for vacation. Vet and I have tried numerous things but no to avail. It would be great to find a natural product to help him calm down.

  42. 92

    One of our cats is very shy and skittish, except with me (and sometimes my boyfriend but only if he’s farther away). She hates new situations or being picked up, but she’s also pretty smart. We haven’t been able to get her into the carrier to take her to the vet in almost 2 years. As soon as she senses something different in the routine or sees (or hears) the carrier, she runs and hides. It’s also been difficult to get her into a room to have a smaller space to catch her. We’ve tried some of the calming sprays and other herbal remedies as well as food as bait, but haven’t had any success yet. When she thinks something is up, you won’t be able to find her for hours. I’d really like to get her up to date on her vaccinations!

  43. 93

    Wow, what an awesome opportunity! I loved Jackson’s show and completely trust any product he stands behind. My kitty boy, Benson could probably benefit from the Bully Remedy. He lived his first year as a feral cat, so his behavior is understandable, but he is particularly “mean” at feeding time, most likely because he is not used to knowing where his next meal is coming from. He has two kitty sisters, Kaleigh and Harper (who is new to the family). Prior to meal time he runs around and jumps on/bites them. He also tries to eat out of everyone’s bowl. Not only am I worried about the girls eating, but he is beginning to pack on the pounds. He also goes through spats where he will chase them around the house. Would love to find something to make the house a little happier!

  44. 94
    Paula Chait

    I have a VERY large kitty population in a small space and have found Rescue Remedy to be effective at alleviating stress so would love to try these Remedies. Thank you.

  45. 95

    My male kitten is getting bigger and bullying my 5 yr old, nervous female. He is quicker and seems to be obsessed with treating her as a toy. Don’t know if I need something for him, her, or both!

  46. 96

    I take my cat Buffy with me when I visit home for the holidays. My parents have two cats: an older calico who mostly ignores Buffy and does not act aggressively toward her, and a younger tabby named Sidney who surprised us with his aggression. When I first brought her home last Christmas for a visit, I was certain the situation would be reversed: Zowie the calico would have a hissyfit, and Sidney would cuddle with Buffy. After all, Sidney grooms Zowie and follows her around the house, and they often nap together in the same spot. And yet, for some reason, he’s not a fan of my cat Buffy! We tried to slowly introduce them, but he leapt out of my mom’s arms and attacked her!

    We manage to keep Sid and Buffy separated pretty well, but occasionally my absentminded father will leave a sliding door open, and we’ll hear Sid’s telltale growling. One time, it nearly got physical. Sidney chased her and literally scared the poop out of her. Fortunately, no one was injured and we made sure my father was more diligent about closing doors behind him.

    I wonder if the Bully Remedy might help Sidney relax and let Buffy be.

  47. 97

    My usually brave Hello Kitty is terrified of our new kitten Mr. Foxtail and has moved under the bed.

  48. 98

    love this idea – i have 3 cats with 3 different purrsonalities. i know i could get use from any one of them

  49. 99

    This looks very interesting, I would love to try it!

  50. 100
    missy k

    I use rescue remedy .It helps only so much.A few of my guys were rescued from abuse and neglect. They definately have scaredy cat issues. Id loge to try some to see if it would help,as I cannot even always catch them to go to the vet .


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