Squirt Bottles, Punishment, and Cat Behavior

By Jackson Galaxy The scenario plays out with cat guardians everywhere: the cat is always getting into something, like jumping onto counters, climbing up screen doors or drapes…and the list goes on. It seems like everyone these days is armed with a handy squirt bottle or squirt gun; sometimes, as I've seen in clients' homes, in every room of the house. Somewhere along the line, this punishing tool has become as prevalent and acceptable as just saying a loud "NO!" In response, we've had many queries, both on line and ...

2012-07-04T07:42:44-07:00

Traveling with Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM I've had lots of experience traveling and moving cats by car; we've gone back and forth from California to Colorado (about a 22 hour car trip) 7 times over the years. I've learned a lot about traveling with cats (and more than I ever wanted to know about moving!) that I'm happy to share with you. I use one carrier per cat; big enough so they can turn around and curl up in, but it doesn't have to be huge. Even cats who usually get along ...

2011-05-08T09:32:52-07:00

Urine Spraying and Territorial Stress

By Jackson Galaxy In 1995, Dr. Jean Hofve created Spirit Essences, our line of flower essence remedies. Actually, they contain much more than flowers! (See the FAQ at www.spiritessence.com for details.) We want to share how we create our formulas by taking you through the story of Safe Space, the remedy for spraying cats. One of the wonderful aspects of the Spirit Essences remedies is the fact that they're built from real life experiences. I do a behavior consultation, discuss the problem with Dr. Jean, and we create a remedy for ...

2015-07-12T09:20:05-07:00

Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litterbox?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Spirit at age 20...her creaky old joints made it hard for her to access the litter box.     Spirit Essences were named for this spunky kitty! House-soiling, or inappropriate elimination, is a common and frustrating cat behavior problem. It's the most frequent behavioral reason for cats losing their homes by relinquishment to a shelter, exile to the outdoors, or even euthanasia. When a cat "goes" outside the box, she is not being vengeful or mean; she's just trying to express her frustration about something happening in ...

2012-09-15T13:43:58-07:00

Your Cat and Your New Baby

By Jackson Galaxy Expecting a baby? Congratulations! In all the anticipation and excitement, don't forget that bringing home baby disrupt in your cat's routine. Without proper preparation, litterbox problems, aggression or other forms of acting out can be an unfortunate result. To a cat, routine is everything. It's hard to predict how a cat might react to the unexpected arrival of a baby, who smells funny, makes a lot of noises, gets lots of attention, and changes the household schedule radically. The cat may also get much less loving attention. ...

2015-07-12T09:20:44-07:00

EFT in Practice: EFT Helps Aggressive Stray find Love and a New Home

by Maureen Cram, Stuffbusters Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (now www.eftuniverse.com/). Maureen Cram from South Africa completely shifts the life of a stray cat by using surrogate EFT. Of interest here is how she "tunes in" to the cat. Many people (perhaps everyone) can do this. We can also tune in to each other and this ability brings with it superb healing potential. By Maureen Cram Hi Gary, I wanted to tell you about my use of EFT with animals here in South Africa.  My husband and I have ...

2015-11-16T09:05:30-07:00

Do-It -Yourself Bach Flower Essences

By Dr. Jean Hofve Bach Flower Essences were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the early 1900's. While originally developed for human use, we have found that the Bach Flower remedies work beautifully on animals, too. The remedies work on an energetic level, similar to homeopathy, acupuncture or Reiki. They affect the mental and emotional planes, and are useful for problems originating on these levels. Dr. Bach felt that even physical illness has its roots on the emotional plane, and by treating at this level, ...

2014-07-24T19:56:03-07:00

Cats and Claws — Living Happily Ever After

By Jackson Galaxy and Jean Hofve, DVM Claws are a physically, socially, and emotionally vital part of every cat. Scratching, for a cat, is not only a natural act, but a necessary one as well. First, it removes the dead outer sheaths of the nails, keeping the claws sharp and ready for action. Second, it is an essential exercise technique which serves to stretch and strengthen their upper bodies. Third, cats mark their territory visually, especially in multi-cat households, as a way of determining rank. And finally, between your cat's ...

2015-06-02T13:54:27-07:00

Catnip

By Jackson Galaxy Catnip has a powerful attraction for many cats. They will pounce on it, roll around in it, chew and eat it. Some cats will sit in a big pile of the dried herb and simply drool, eyes glazed over, while others get completely hyper for a while, running laps throughout the house. Because this perennial herb, Nepeta cataria, is considered harmless even when ingested, it is included in an enormous amount of cat toys these days. Cat towers, scratching posts and other habitats come pre-treated with catnip. ...

2018-02-11T16:43:26-07:00

Cat-to-Dog Introductions

By Jackson Galaxy There are some cornerstone thoughts to remember, when introducing dogs to cats in a new living arrangement, in order to avoid problems. These revolve around the rather simplistic thought that they are different species. They don't share the same set of body language postures, nor the same social structure. Of course, if either animal was exposed to the other species during their "critical phase" of social development, that may give them an advantage in knowing what to expect from the other. On the other hand, cats will ...

2015-07-12T09:22:24-07:00

Cat-to-Cat Introductions

By Jackson Galaxy The common wisdom in introducing a newly adopted cat to a resident one in the past was to open the carrying case and "let them work it out." We most definitely have a new way of looking at things; from the cat's perspective. Cats are, after all, about territory. Bring a new, utterly alien scent of the same species into the house, and more times than not, we're asking for chaos. Of course everyone has a story about introducing two cats that went smoothly doing the old ...

2013-12-07T16:38:09-07:00

Before You Get a Kitten…

Photo: Pieter Lanser Kittens have a way of turning up when you least expect them! If a kitten has appeared in your life, or if you’re getting the urge to add a new feline family member (not forgetting that there are millions of wonderful, healthy adult cats waiting for a home like yours!), you'll definitely want to consider these important issues: Cost Sure, a kitten may be "free" in terms of spending money to acquire it, but many people don't understand the real money costs associated with a new ...

2016-05-20T11:45:13-07:00

Base Camp — How to Prepare for your New Cat

By Jackson Galaxy Congratulations on giving a homeless animal a new life in your home! You can bet on one thing; the cat you just adopted is in the midst of having her world turned upside down. Routine is a vital aspect of cat life; it's key in how cats define territory. Things must look the same, smell the same, and so on in order for confidence in the territory to remain high. Now imagine the life your new companion was leading before he came to live with you. It ...

2017-02-21T13:24:42-07:00

EFT in Practice: Surrogate EFT for two cats and a puppy

By Gwyneth Moss, EFT Master Article reprinted with permission from Gary Craig. Hi Everyone, EFT Master Gwyneth Moss from the UK helps us understand (1) how well EFT works for animals and (2) the power of surrogate EFT. Note how this was all done in a workshop setting where the animals were not even present. -- Gary Craig I'd like to share three very special and moving EFT experiences.  People often ask me if they can use EFT to help their pets.  So I tell them yes.   And because animals ...

2013-02-23T08:20:26-07:00
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