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. 301
    Alicia O'Toole

    My Russian Blue Penelope is an enigma. Some moments during the day she happily licks our other cat Admiral, and plays, and is fine, and at other times she’s making crazy noises at him and boxing his face. She’ll lay with my husband and I on the bed, but the minute we accidentally bump her while moving, she’s growling and angrily running away. It’s like she’s bipolar. What do you think?

  2. 302

    I just inherited a cat from my mother in law. He was very close to my father in law before he passed 4 years ago and then to her before she passed on 2 weeks ago. Now the cat has to deal with the loss of his usual companions and adjust to new home that already has 2 cats. He is a senior in a household with a 4 year old male scaredy cat and queen of all she surveys. The new cat is the only one not neutered and I have noticed that he has been eliminating on the cat scratcher as opposed to the litter box. He also hides all day. Please help!!

  3. 303
    Vanessa L.

    my cat pidge has spells of meowing incessantly for no apparent reason. i follow her to make sure she is good on fresh water, food, litter, etc. but she seems to have no idea why she is whining either.. she especially gets upset with any closed doors, even if she and i are in the same room.

  4. 304

    We rescued a kitten 5 mths ago, who is now 8 1/2 mths old. We have tried integrating her with our other three cats and she just continuously keeps attacking them. We’ve even tried using a harness and leash with her, which she’s now used to, but won’t leave my cats alone. Sometimes it seems like she’s just trying to play with them but then other times it seems more like antagonizing. We are beside ourselves. We really want to make this work and not try to find her another home. My best guess would be the Bully Remedy, but feliway didn’t seem to help.

  5. 305

    I would love to win this…my cats need it badly. they don’t get along at all…they just tolerate each other, but not much. thanks.

  6. 306

    My boy suddenly started to over groom his tummy and back legs. No changes at the house, so this is confusing. My girl can be bitchy. I think both my kitties may benefit from your products. I like the fact that they are made from natural ingrediants.

  7. 307

    I’ve been having problem with two of our boys who are bullying and three others who are marking and I’ve tried everything to get them to stop and nothing works and I’m at my wits ends what would you recommend

  8. 308
    Sandy Y

    I have 4 cats. One suffers from separation anxiety. If I don’t get home from work by 6:00, he’ll sit in the window and cry until he sees my car pull in the drive. When I have to leave overnight or longer, he’s a basket case. He’ll refuse to eat and he wanders the house crying. I’d love to try the Spirit Essences on him.

  9. 309

    Ever since Olivia got sick, she wants to be babied more than ever. She would follow me everywhere I go. When she’s sleeping and then I pass by her, she’d wake up and follow me. When I’m in the bathroom she’d wait by the door. When it comes to feeding time, she would call my attention as usual and beg for food but when I put down her plate she won’t eat right away. She wants me to feed her first, so I put a piece of her food on my hand and put it to her mouth. After a few bites out of my hand she’d then proceed to eat out of the plate. It’s kind of annoying especially if it’s my mom who’s feeding her because she doesn’t have the time to hand feed her. what usually happens is she’d wait for me until I hand feed her. I just want Olivia to be a little more independent and not too clingy. I can’t be there for her all the time and she needs to learn that. I also noticed that she gets easily scared more than my other cat, Tiny. Tiny is adventurous and brave compared to her.

  10. 310
    Lisa Woods

    I could use some Nervous Nelly for our cat Butch. He and his two sisters were feral kittens and now live with us inside. I am the only one who can pet him and the sweet boy loves to be petted but he just gets nervous with any sudden movements. I’d love for him to be more relaxed so he can enjoy himself more.

  11. 311

    our older cat gets so anxious when left alone – we need the separation anxiety formula.

  12. 312
    Rebekah A.

    I’ve got one male neuter cat (run of the mill DLH stray), who’s going to be 3 in March of 2012. He’s a sweetheart, generally–doesn’t bat an eye at being handled, is a purring machine, hasn’t ever scratched or bit on purpose–but he’s got two small problems…

    First, the most apparent one: he SCREAMS NONSTOP when he’s in the car. Doesn’t matter if it’s a hop down to the vet’s office or several hours worth of driving to my parent’s house. The vet’s giving me prescriptions in the past, but then it just sounds like drunken screaming. I’ve always properly secured him in a carrier lined with his favorite blanket and fuzzy toy and I’ve tried every seat in the car to find one that makes him happy, all to no avail. It seems to be just a car problem; he actually loves visiting new places, just not the travel it takes to get there.

    The second problem is very much a human-made one: I’m a law student (and I work) so I’m not at home as often as he would like and it’s not a situation that can be fixed until I get out of school. When I get home, the house is a disaster and he is incredibly wound up. I never get a bit of peace when I walk in the door because he’s climbing in cabinets, digging his nails in my carpet/couch, or knocking things onto the floor. His current favorite “game” is dismantling my Xmas tree one ornament at a time. I really think it may be a boredom problem (God knows I’ve bought him enough toys to try and combat it); whenever we visit family, he’s never as hyper since he gets to interact with more than just me (not to mention he likes to boss the family dog around).

    Please help!

  13. 313

    my cat has been peeing in his litterbox, but going #2 on my area rugs. he used to just do this on bath mats and when i got rid of the bath mats, he stopped until we moved to a new home. i tried changing the litter, adding more boxes, changing the materials of my rugs, etc…i was giving him “safe space for cats” from spirit essences and that kept him from pooping on my rugs for a few weeks but now he is back at it again. help me please!

  14. 314

    This sounds like a fascinating area of medicine for animals. And allows the animals emotional state to be treated unlike vets which mostly treat the physical symptoms

  15. 315

    My cat, Sophie, (he’s a boy), has always been a jealous sort, and he bullies one of our other cats, Mr. Micawber. Sophie has also taken to bullying the other cats, not as insistently as he bullies MM (which is anytime he’s near him), but taking swats at them, and being generally menacing. He is a senior cat, and can’t jump very high or move very fast, so he is not the biggest threat, but I would love it if we could get him to settle down. Also, did I mention that he sprays? I have been told that I could put him on an antidepressant, but I am reluctant to drug one of my cats unless medically necessary.

  16. 316
    Bree B.

    I have one established house cat. I foster cats with my local humane society. Mostly for URIs while they recover from their kitty cold, I would want them relaxed and calm so that they can get as healthy as possible so that they can have a successful adoption back at the shelter. (and that they travel back to the shelter as calm as possible etc)

  17. 317
    Annie D

    I have two cats – a male and female – that are 10 year old litter mates. The female in the past three months has begun obsessive chewing on her front forearms and is pulling out the hair in those areas. Multiple trips to the vet have ruled out food allergies or anything else that might trigger this behavior that might be biological.

    We haven’t changed our routines or anything in the house environment, so we are truly baffled as to what the cause could be. We’ve gone over the past few months tons of times and can’t come up with a cause. It’s hard to see a cat that is otherwise so happy and loving clearly having issues. According to the vet it’s definitely an obsessive issue rather than a medical one, so I hope we can figure out a way to get her to stop being so self destructive. She really is a lovely, funny, beautiful girl.

  18. 318
    J. Crews

    Hi Jackson, Really liked your shows. We have 5 indoor cats. One is a rescue that I think might have spent the first part of her life in a cage, just based upon things. She didn’t know how to play, but after years, has seconds where she now does. She sometimes exhibits compulsive behavior, like pacing. But hasn’t lately. A big issue is urine marking among the boys, both are fixed, but still. I’m about to rent a cleaner before family arrives for Christmas. Would be nice if I could figure out something, other than getting rid of a the other cats, that would stop them. :) I look forward to speaking with you if I win.

  19. 319

    Two cats, Augie & Ziggy, both about 2 now. Ziggy had some urinary issues & peed where he shouldn’t have because he just couldn’t help it. We got him checked out & got them both on the wet & dry CD food, yet Augie still prefers, on occasion to pee juuust outside of one of our 3 litter boxes or in a corner by a desk near the closet. On the hardwood floor. Not regularly, just every so often, maybe once a week. Two of the boxes are open, one is closed. He pees outside the open one. He’s ruined that little corner.

    He’s a very laid back cat, he’ll go in the box to pee & poop, I’ve seen him, just for whatever reason, he prefers the floor or corner. I’ve Nature’s Miracle’d everything, put paper down around the box, tried Feliway, different litter, it doesn’t seem to help so HELP!!!

  20. 320
    Camie's Kitties

    I actually have two issues with my cats – I have one that is basically an indoor feral who is 12 years old. I’ve only been able to pet him in the last 6 months and then only while he’s eating treats. My other cat is a female tortie, who is a bully. So her being a bully doesn’t help my scaredy cat either.

  21. 321
    Robin English

    Perhaps this might be the answer for dealing with the day to day stresses my rescues experience. We are getting tired of sniffing the pheromones I spray all over the place and am beginning to believe it is having strange effects on us humans! I would love for my Frankie to be able to spend time with the group but he is extremely aggressive towards one of my old girls and is now on Prozac to stop him from literally hosing down the house. Would you advise the Bully remedy?

  22. 322
    Gail (catsmom)

    Buddy can be a bully and Rocky never shuts up. I am going to get another cat and something to calm the stress in the household of a new cat would be nice.

  23. 323

    I would consider one of my boys to be a nervous nelly. if we clean and something gets moved then for the next two days he’s freaked out by everything. Like if we go to stand up and he cant see you he jumps like 3 feet in the air. he just seems jumpy in general as well (doesn’t take much to scare him :( ) it’s horrible that i have to make sure he looks at me before i pet him otherwise he just bolts (even tho i know he can hear me coming) he immediately comes back to rub on me but i know it can’t be good for him to get that scared so easily.
    both of my boys are really friendly and are great with strangers (no other animals tho) would love to get a dog in a couple years but doesn’t seem like we will be able too. That’s not to big of a thing yet though.

  24. 324
    Brookie Judge

    I dream of the day when my 5 cats can live together. As it stands, 2 live in the bedroom and the other 3 live in the living room all because of mean, giant Maine Coon-mix Oliver. A bully to the bone.

  25. 325

    When I had horses, my farrier would always talk about how the Bach essences helped many a horse overcome anxiety at hoof trimming and shoeing time. I’ve often thought of trying essences on my cats, and I’m in a situation now that makes me think I could give them a good test. I’ve been fostering and rescuing for 2+ years and, while I feel Im doing s good thing for the cats I’ve rescued, it hasn’t been fair to those who live here. I’m a “foster fail” much of the time, and end up keeping unadoptable and older cats. In addition, I now have an additional nine kittens from a feral colony to socialize and try to adopt out. We have serious behavioral problems going on — mostly fighting and also spraying. There are a total of 21 cats here now. I see some of the fighting from jealousy and seeking attention. Robbie lost his brother Chip this year (cardiomyopathy). Robbie has always been a paranoid scaredy-cat, but now, without his big brother, he attacks everyone (including me). And he sprays. He is especially vicious toward Ricky, who is still semi-feral. Now Ricky goes after anyone else near him, especially the kittens. Snickelfritz and her littermate Cindy Lou were always best friends and cuddlers, but now poor Cindy is being attacked by Snick. And Chacho, my most laid-back, loving boy, is being attacked by all the girls in the house, especially Theodora, the alpha female. Oh, and Theodora is the one who never calms down and she’s the one who NEEDS to be calm. She has a serious heart condition and overexertion could do her in. Even with vet-prescribed calmatives, I can’t transport her to a specialist, let alone her own vet for needed tests. Yes, I think we ALL need help!

  26. 326
    Carol H.

    My almost 5 year old mostly Maine Coone mix is always in a heightened fear response state unless he is sleeping. He has FHV so this does not allow his immune system to fight back very well since he is always stressed. He also likes to chew my plastic vertical blinds which he has destroyed. He is the my only cat. I would love to find a way to help him so he can be off antibiotics more often.

  27. 327

    My kitty Fi has always had a bit of feral in her. I got her at about 7-8 weeks old! She has always been disconnected but lately has become rather aggressive towards me! She sleeps alot and if woken up she will growl at whoever is closest even biting them. Also she will come out of her way to come cuddle with me and at the blink of an eye she will start to growl and attack me. I’m not sure if it’s just the way she is or if there is even something to help her. I’d really like to help her be a happy healthy cat again. Thank you!

  28. 328
    Loni Sue

    I have three cats (two 9 year olds and a 7 year old) and my sister has a 6 year old cat.
    We have multiple issues in our house, the first is that my 7 year old cat, which was my late husband’s cat, viciously attacks his own tail, he started to do this shortly after my husband passed away. He will literally draw blood and get his nail stuck in his tail.
    The othe issue that we have is with the 6 year old, he is extremely stair dominate and will literally jump on the other cats trying to pass by. Other than that we are a pretty happy household!
    Fingers crossed that you can help Gandalf, Riley, Vindicator and Shivi!

  29. 329

    We have an 11 year old female (her littermate died in April from megacolon) and two 8 month old female litter mates. We introduced them gradually when we got the kittens in July. The older cat did well with them, until about a month ago. And it’s not horrible…but it has changed. The kittens do nothing to the older cat, other than ‘coo’ or chirp when she’s near. They do not approach her, do not antagonize her. But the older cat has taken to hitting them and growling at them when close enough…she does not seek them out. They will sleep on the couch together, although never touching. It seems to me, more of a fear-based reaction than a bullying situation. I don’t know which Spirit Essence to buy for the situation!

  30. 330

    I have two kitties, Jasmine and Satine. Jasmine is my elderly girl, she’s 17 years old. Jasmine was quite the bully to other kitty I had in her youth, but now life has reversed and my young girl Satine, 3 years old now, is constantly picking on her. Poor Jasmine doesn’t see very well and these attacks seem so cruel to my aging kitty. She’s developed coping mechanisms like hugging walls as she walks, stopping points where she feels protected and can observe if Satine is around, and she’s gotten very vocal at any perceived threat – like a warning meow. It’s particularly bad when Satine gets jealous of attention I pay to Jasmine. I always intervene, but it doesn’t seem to be changing Satine’s behavior. I do see them occasionally sleeping on the same bed, not touching, but I never see them get along. Is there anything I can do to help them have a better relationship?

    Also, Satine is a very vocal cat. I love having a talker, but she’s beyond any cat I’ve ever had. Any tips for getting a vocal cat to quiet down a bit?

  31. 331
    Pam Price

    Have 2 cats. One is easy going, the other is neurotic by nature. They’re best buddies. I recently took in a little dog that was being mistreated by my neighbor. He’s a sweet, gentle mini schnauzer. I’ve had him 5 months now, and the easy going cat is fine with him but the neurotic cat still hasn’t accepted him. The dog is great with the cats, but my neurotic cat won’t come in the same room and hisses at the dog if he sees him. How can I get him to accept the dog??

  32. 332

    I live in the prairie province of Saskatchewan in Canada where we have below freezing temperatures for 5 months of the year. During this time, my cat, Morrissey, gets a bad case of winter blues. He over eats, becomes very needy, and develops other behavioural issues such as knocking things over/destroying things.

    We are not even half way through winter and we are both already going nuts!

  33. 333

    my 2 yr old Finn McCool has anxiety issues. it started shortly before he was diagnosed with asthma @ 9 months old. he hides when anyone comes over, has an extremely high startle response, & rips out his tail fur. before this happened, he’d fall asleep in anyone’s arms, was friendly & social with everyone, & had a beautiful tail. i’ve tried feliway, rescue remedy, reiki, & having 1 friend over at a time (talking very softly). he gets skittish if my hubby & i walk in a room together or move to fast

  34. 334

    Isis is a 7-year-old domestic shorthair, and the happiest, most affectionate cat I’ve ever met. But, though she handled a move from San Francisco to New York very smoothly this year, she has had a couple of pooping-on-the-bed episodes in the past few months – this started fully six months after reaching her new apartment. This has made it really difficult to say what she’s reacting to. One incident seemed explicable, since it happened after we had to spend a night away from the apartment. Two others happened after hectic mornings getting ready and out the door to work… but that explanation seemed pretty weak. Not sure how best to help her out!

  35. 335

    I have three girls, the fighting has intensified over the past year. The oldest ( 14 ) was born deaf, I sometimes think it’s a source of power for the others. I know if it’s upsetting me it’s upsetting them. There are so many things I could go into, but I won’t! Thank you!

  36. 336
    Stephanie Power

    My cat WILL NOT let us brush her. She has long poofy hair and is now developing mats :( at this point we need to take her in to a groomer. She gets *extremely stressed around people she doesn’t know so I am wondering what is safe, medicine wise, to calm her without going the tranqulizer route. Also for after.. maintaining the hair.. brushing a little at a time until she gets used to it hasn’t worked at all… been trying that approach for 4 years. She gets violent at even the sight of the brush.

  37. 337

    Large apartment with 3 cats. Oldest kitty (4) frequently (at least 2x per week) poops and pees on the carpet. We have done everything we can think of behaviorally and medically to help her use the litter box every time including having 5 clean (scooped daily) litter boxes in a quiet room, lots of attention from her humans, fun toys, and cozy private places to sleep. Medically, she is on Hill’s diet prescription W/D food due to an enlarged intestine (possible food allergy). She has had bladder infections in the past and been on antibiotics to clear them up. Right now the vet is thinking she has idiopathic cystitis, but i feel at a loss for how to help our girl always use the box. I feel so defeated and not sure what to do to keep us (humans) happy and make sure that she is comfortable and healthy :(

  38. 338
    Betty Matsumoto-Schuch

    We have an 11 year old neutered orange Tabby, (Tony) who has a long history of spraying. He particularly chooses electrical outlets, power strips and sound system speakers. Go figure? He’s a scaredy cat around strangers, and can be prone to ‘petting induced agression’. He also likes to pee in the bathtub drain on occasion. Our vet says it’s ‘behavioral’. Outside of these issues… he is a ‘good boy’. We’re ready to try some ‘integrative medical alternatives’.

  39. 339

    My husband and I are currently guardians to a cat clan of nine. All have been rescued in some capacity– some directly off the street, as I used to live in an area known as the local cat dumping ground– but my biggest and saddest problem is my 2-year-old shelter rescue, Arnold. Arnold came home from the shelter as a kitten with a terrible upper respiratory infection. Our vet prescribed antibiotics and lysine, and instructed us to keep him separated from the other cats until he was better. The sad part is that Arnold came to associate the arrival of humans in “his” space– especially if the human petted him or picked him up– with having to take medicine, which he hated, fought against, and cried about until we cried, too. To this day, Arnold runs away in fear when he is approached by any human, including us. He is a loving boy when he approaches on his own terms and he gets along well with the other cats, but he will run away even if we humans are just passing by to go from one room to another, and it breaks my heart.

  40. 340

    I adopted two kitties back in 1999, my girl in the spring and my boy nearer to the end of the year. They grew up together and were the best of friends until we lost our boy in 2008 to cancer. Callisto was not the same for months so almost a year later in June 2009 I adopted another boy only slighter younger from a shelter hoping he would become her new companion. I took the introduction slowly and methodically over a few months but even after two+ years Callisto has not accepted him and is very stressed, ‘hissy/snarly’ – not her normal tempermant and has ‘medical stress’ issues re: diarrhea & vomiting. Slinky is twice her size and wants nothing more than to be her friend and play, he rolls over and presents his tummy to her all the time. I don’t want her to be unhappy in her senior years but he is also part of the family. I am constantly trying to keep them both happy, peaceful and out of each other’s way (in a small house). I would love any advice on how to make both of my kitties happy and healthy because that is what is important, if they do become ‘friends’ they would be a wonderful bonus!!! Thank you :)

  41. 341
    pam decker

    it seems many folks have scardy cats ..I have one also. When anyone comes to visit 1 of my guys hides..once for 2 wks he hid in a basement crawl space. Was bor from generations of ferals,loves me though. and can be so sweet and clinging .

  42. 342

    I have six cats, all rescued from shelters or by myself. The last addition to the house – and the only male – was found by my husband in a garage, two years ago. He was about two months old, and other than really dirty and hungry had no other visible problems. But to say that he is a scaredy cat is a really big understatement.
    We can barely see him around the house. He is always hidden under the bed or the sofa. Or in any room that we are not. As I spend more time at home than my husband I see a bit more of him, but he can go days without caching a glimpse of the cat. We can’t brush him, clip his nails, give him any kind of medicine…
    He gets along really well with the other cats though. They are, of course, all spayed/neuter and indoor cats only. And I often have foster cats here, but I keep the fosters isolated in another room.
    I would really like to try the formula for scaredy cats, and would love some tips!

  43. 343

    I have a cat who won’t let me put her in a carrier. This is a problem because I really need to take her to the vet to get spayed (she’s in heat at the moment, actually-yes she’s staying in the house!) She claws and meows like crazy, no matter how gentle I may be trying to put her in the carrier. I was thinking I might have to get a tranquilizer for her, but maybe this would help?

  44. 344
    Robin C.

    I am a newbie, adopting my first furbaby in Sept 2009, then came the little girl in Janu 2010, followed by the last child in Jan 2011.
    Cat#1 is Max- he is purrfect, walks on a leash, rides in/on a stroller, somewhat obedient, very loving, and very much a pack animal.
    Cat#2 is Possum- she is my little girl. Shy, and skittish by all appearances, she is also a prankster who takes risks with the other two cats. She knows that I’ll protect her, and give her more food when Max finishes off her plate (major issue there- is he hungry, or is it an emotional outburst, or does the food just taste really good?
    Cat#3 is Shadow- I trapped and rescued him Jan 7 2011, I have been feeding him outside for approx 6 months when I heard that the SPCA was going to be trapping cats. I spoke to the coordinator, and she lent me a trap. Since I knew I would adpot him, I didn’t want him to go through the confusion of going to the SPCA…I’d just take him to my pwn vet. I caught him, and he was mad, but he came out of the cage and went right intohis cubby. For 5 months I had him locked in his sanctualry room, omplete with a water fountain, litter box, perch with a view out a screened window, Feliway difuser in the wall, and a background of classical music playing 24/7. One evening I said innocently to my boyfriend that he should go to Shadow’s room and watch the news, just to get him used the new scent. My MISTAKE- from then on Shadow always jumps off his perch to greet Todd, he follows him up and down the stairs, and he jumps up in bed with him in order to be pet! It makes me feel pushed away since during those first 4 months I had made great strdes, being able to pet fim for 45-hour, and even putting him up on the bed aand continuing until he was not only purring, but drooling!
    My boyfriend says it’s because my personality is loud and outgoing, and because I’ve pick him up (to cut his nails).
    I want Shadow, but I currently feel just like his maid- he calls me when the litter box is dirty, or when he wants more food. Once at 3am he came into the bedroom calling me. I dragged myself out of bed and checked his food, water, and litter box. Everything was in order, so I figured out that he wasnted attention, but only from my boyfriend, so there was nothing to be done.
    I know I can give this cata wonderful life, and he may be a good playmate for Max, as Possum is clueless when it comes to playing.

    Got any magical ideas I can try out? The cats, specifically Max, are eveything to me, so I’ll do whatever I can to improve their quality of care.


    San Francisco, CA

  45. 345
    Liz Baker

    Think Miaowski could do with some help. I adore her but she won’t let me touch her unless I’m giving her treats. Wish she was more chilled out instead of a scratchy bitey puss

  46. 346

    Since moving house, my little old man is becoming increasingly lethargic and is losing interest in playing as he used to and in eating the healthy treats that he used to love. He also occasionally panics when he doesn’t know where we are, crying an meowing loudly. I would love any suggestions as to how to get my beautiful cat’s spark back and help him to become the happy little boy I know him to be.

  47. 347

    My three year old is a big mush except when he wants to play with his 14 year old sister. Its like putting your grandmother in a headlock and giving her “nuggies”! A little kitty tonic couldnt hurt.

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    Ive got an elderly cat, Zeek, who yowls in the middle of the night, and he seems just fine when I check on him. H’s also got pretty good territorialism and has bitten me a couple of times, mostly around the appearance of his new roommate, and when I cry.
    The other cat, Obiwan is an absolute treasure except when it comes to getting in his mouth or clipping his nails. At the vet they have to have 2 people hold him down to check his teeth, and I have to wait for him to sleep before I sneak up and clip his claws. When I first got him, I wasn’t able to handle his front paws at all, and we’ve made great strides there. He’s declawed on front, and has claws on back. He came to me that way as I detest declawing. thanks for any help!

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    trine christiansen

    My oldest cat emma was kicked and abused by a former nabo in my building. since then her behavoir is changed from loving sweet emma to bulling my other cat, hidding under the bed and a all together unsercuer emma.
    please help.

    thank you

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    Joelle Yourglivch

    I have 2 neutered male cats, 18-24mnths old, black domestic shorthairs. Luigi is a confident fellow and most definitely the dominant one. Mario I describe as “nervous.” He’s a tree-dweller and likes to be up high in the house which is great, but never seems quite sure of himself. He loves to cuddle but with the slightest movement or noise he is off and running. Also, although Luigi is kind and a really sweet boy, I’ve noticed that sometimes he tries to “box Mario out” of preferred areas of the house; window ledges, beds, Mom’s lap, AND when you give them treats, Luigi tries to push Mario away. :( I hate seeing Mario “bullied” I adopted the cats together and they are bonded, they love to play and snuggle together but Luigi is alwats getting the upper hand. Can spirit essences help relax Mario and give him more confidence or make Luigi less of a bully? Thank you!


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