My Cat from Hell: Like 'It's Me or the Dog', but with Felines!
Posted Jul 1, 2012 @ 11:50 AM
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Posted Jul 1, 2012 @ 9:56 PM
Musafa was so NOT the problem
The cats are never the problem.
I'm always surprised that the first thing out of Jackson's mouth ISN'T "has the cat been fixed?"
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 10:21 AM
I liked the British couple who added a second cat to their home. I've lately considered getting a second cat, but I've been afraid that my existing kitty would have felt displaced if I did, so I can understand how terrible they felt when the "queen" started beating up on their new Princess, lol.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 11:22 AM
This confused me too. I've only owned one dog (who passed years ago) but I feel like everytime we took her to the vet they checked her eyes. Is it not the same with cats?
Did anyone see last night's episode with Xena the cat that turned out to be mostly blind from cataracts? And had PTSD from some unknown cause in the back yard? They said they had taken the kitty to the vet and he had found nothing that would be causing her strange behavior, but wouldn't the vet have noticed that Xena couldn't see when he examined her?
There was something....off to me about that story with Xena in the backyard. I think the little boy was great with her, but could it have been something with the dog that set her off? I was thinking it could also have been a snake that scared her.
This was my first time watching the show, so what's up with the guitar case? I mean I guess it's more masculine than a purse full of cat toys, but it just seems strange.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 11:36 AM
As for Princess Yuki the kitten and Gigi, I didn't blame the woman (can never remember the human names!) for wanting to adopt the kitten. She was completely irresistable. But when you know your grown cat was bullied by other cats before you adopted her, the idea that your cat would just fall in love with its new "kitten companion" was unrealistic at best. The man got the issue - he thought bringing another cat home would not be a good thing for Gigi. It should have been no surprise that Gigi didn't want a "kitten companion" around, and I think they should have returned the kitten as soon as they realized how upset Gigi was, and how much risk they were exposing the kitten to.
But even once she saw that Gigi was genuinely upset, she ignored both Gigi's stress and the fact that Gigi was terrorizing the kitten to the point where it had no real life, just so she could play with her cute kitten when she came home. She seemed to think there was nothing she could do about it, or else she had romantic notions that one day she'd find the two of them cuddled up together, if she just gave it enough time. If she couldn't figure out how to keep them both safe and happy, then I agreed with Jackson, she was being selfish, and cruel to Gigi and the kitten to insist on keeping them both. Especially since re-homing that adorable little kitten would not have been a problem. I, for one, would have walked through the TV to take her, if that were possible.
Edited by Ketzel, Jul 8, 2012 @ 11:40 AM.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 12:29 PM
But even once she saw that Gigi was genuinely upset, she ignored both Gigi's stress and the fact that Gigi was terrorizing the kitten to the point where it had no real life, just so she could play with her cute kitten when she came home.
I wouldn't have been able to last a week with that going on in my house. I would have been more stressed than the cats. She was definitely clueless.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 1:35 PM
At one point in the video my friend says he was going to put Oscar to sleep if he didn't start behaving, and in my friend's defense, that was a little piece of coaching. He was not going to put the cat to sleep. He might have given it back to his "best friend" who gave it to him, which is frankly a fate worse than death as you will soon learn, but Oscar is his bff. ;)
Edited by laconfidential, Jul 8, 2012 @ 1:38 PM.
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 4:49 PM
I've lately considered getting a second cat, but I've been afraid that my existing kitty would have felt displaced if I did, so I can understand how terrible they felt when the "queen" started beating up on their new Princess, lol.
A lot of that depends on the cat. I had one that loved getting new kittens or cats, but he loved everyone. I've found that contrary to what you would expect it's female kitties who get territorial with new cats, especially other females. I have 3 boys who get along great, but only one "princess."
I thought it seemed strange that Xena's cataracts were missed by the vet, too. I've had many cats through the years and have had several vets and eyes, ears and mouth are part of every examination, even when it's obvious that's not the problem.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 5:26 PM
Which brings me back to the show: when a rescue/foster home tells an adopter about the behavior of the animal in their care, they really ought to pay attention. That woman had all the imformation she needed to know that bringing in another cat wasn't going to go smoothly, and yet she did it anyway. Argghh! This is why I find adopting out my fosters to be so hard; you often can't trust people to make good decisions for their pets.
Somebody mentioned the lack of toys in some of these homes, which I also find mystifying. My cats want at least a half an hour of play time every day. Cats may not need to be walked every day like a dog, but they need stimulation and exercise just as much.
Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 10:03 AM
Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 11:15 AM
Proud Bengal owner here! I do not understand the lack of toys and cat furniture. I try to play with my cats and their "birdie" toy every night, but I have plenty of other things to keep them busy when I'm unavaible like an automated laser pointer, catnip mice of various shapes/sizes and 3 different cat trees. They jump all over the house. I love when Jackson promotes vertical space. And swapping the trees around the house or putting them in a new location makes them "new" again. My cats can circle the kitchen via 2 cat trees, the cabinet tops and a board that spans the width of the kitchen. They will do laps. Awesome.
Can't wait to see that Sphynx. Is that the one that Jackson said has a good set of lungs?
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Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 11:13 AM
they were aware that their cat was blind
Don't you hate when the reality shows leave out important parts of the story?
So the kitty wanted to sit under his desk while he worked--BFD! Let the poor kitty under the desk
He gives music/singing lessons. Maybe someone he teaches is allergic? But if that is the case, the door should be kept closed to keep kitty's dander/hair out of the room at all times.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 2:37 PM
Don't you hate when the reality shows leave out important parts of the story?
Seriously! I think they wanted to make it seem like Jackson discovered the blindness, probably to make the story more interesting. I don't really think it was necessary - obviously Jackson knows his stuff, and there's no reason to make the vet and current owner look bad to make Jackson look good.
My cable and internet went out right before the premiere of the first episode (although I was lucky to have power, so I shouldn't complain...) so I only recently got to watch the first and second episode. I liked them, but two things are bugging me:
1. The examples are always so extreme. I get that it makes for more interesting TV, but for once I'd like to see something I can relate a bit more to.
2. Why is everyone on the show either part of a couple or a family? Do no single people have problem cats?
I always dig seeing how people "catify" their house or apartment. I just moved and can't wait to get some shelves and set them up for my cats and I love getting good ideas.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 3:43 PM
I do not understand the lack of toys and cat furniture. I try to play with my cats and their "birdie" toy every night, but I have plenty of other things to keep them busy when I'm unavailable like an automated laser pointer, catnip mice of various shapes/sizes and 3 different cat trees.
Some cats just don't do well with toys...I have 2 regular kitties and they are not really into toys. I have a scratcher and some fluffy balls and a catnip fish. I've even bought a toy Jackson recommended, the pink spider toy on a string and the cats hated it. And it scared my husband. I've bought a laser pointer and a fluffy thing on a stick. Both of those scared my cats.
I really do like Jackson's advice and I appreciate how emotional he gets about the cats. Too many cats have to be euthanized due to behavior issues. This show is much better than that other cat behavior show with that Australian woman. I think that got cancelled really fast. She never addressed any real problems. I hope this show stays on track and doesn't turn into the current crap fest of It's Me or the Dog.
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And honestly, those manufacturered toys are $5-8 each and they get chewed up or come apart very easily.
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Posted Jul 14, 2012 @ 12:07 AM
And the blind cat last week? Didn't buy the story that Jackson seemed to manufacture about a truck backfiring. I think either the kid or the dog (or both) did something to the cat that scared it. I also didn't agree with Jackson saying the kid was now the cat boss. That is too much to expect of a five-year-old; what if something goes wrong and they end up having to get rid of the cat? Plus I just don't think you should make a child the boss of anything, that is what grownups are for.
My cats' favorite toys are paper wads, the laser pointer, stuffed catnip fish by "Yeowww", yard waste bags (bigger and sturdier than grocery bags) and sheets of plain newsprint from a roll end (great to make caves and tunnels out of and to crash and slide into/on and verrrry crinkly).
Edited by MittenGirl, Jul 14, 2012 @ 12:08 AM.
Posted Jul 14, 2012 @ 3:07 PM