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My Cat from Hell: Like 'It's Me or the Dog', but with Felines!


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Posted Jul 1, 2012 @ 11:50 AM

Musafa the Bengal was so beautiful! And here again is another example of a clueless owner, riling the cat up and encouraging it to attack hands and feet as a form of "play", completely not getting why the cat then goes on to attack his girlfriend in a less-than-playful fashion. The look on Jackson's face when he said something to the effect of, "So the cat bites her until she bleeds and she's scared, and you think that's funny?" spoke even more loudly than his words. I'm glad they managed to work it all out, because Musafa was so NOT the problem.
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Posted Jul 1, 2012 @ 3:04 PM

You're so right. I couldn't believe not only that the boyfriend laughed, but his strange behavior when they demonstrated Musafa's attack and his girlfriend was standing there almost crying. Jackson pointed out that the boyfriend had a thoughtful look on his face, or something like that, but I was amazed that he just sat there on the floor looking up at her-- didn't go to her or anything. (Unlike the other couple, where the fiance moved right in every time his fiancee looked upset OR happy). But by the end, Musafa's owner slid on to the couch and put an arm right around his girlfriend-- it did seem as if working out this problem together brought them closer. I'm not sure I subscribe completely to Jackson's "solve this issue, solve everything" philosophy, but I do think that a couple who was as dysfunctional as this one was at the beginning of the episode would never be able to handle problems down the road-- kids, loss of job, anything-- without developing these skills.
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Posted Jul 1, 2012 @ 3:45 PM

I'm always amazed that people apparently buy a freed of cat without bothering to learn what their personalities can be like - Bengals are EXTREMELY active, they make Siamese look calm and sedate. And at how they play with the cat in a way that hands, feet, body parts are used as prey, then act surprised when a cat goes after hands, feet, body parts when it is not playtime. I'm not sure I would want my bf to sit around while anything was going after me, causing me pain. That was a little bit disturbing, but he did seem to get a bit of a clue after Jackson 'splained it all to him and things do seem to be better for Mufasa. This was totally not his fault from the territorial peeing to the attacking his mom and I'm so glad Jackson was able to make things better for him. He is a gorgeous boy.
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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 2, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

Why don't any of these idiots own cat toys?
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Posted Jul 4, 2012 @ 1:26 AM

I like the change-up that the New York setting for this season provides. The owners we've seen Jackson dealing with up to now have had big homes with plenty of space to give over to the cats. These NYC apartments are a whole different story. Can you imagine if Mufasa the Bengal had been the cat living in the apartment Olive and her fellow cat were living in? I don't see any way to make a Bengal happy in that situation....they'd have to move! It seems like the people selling/giving away Bengals should be extra careful to make sure the prospective owners understand what Bengals are like. The lesbian couple from last season who had a Bengal-Manx mix (City the Kitty) could be excused to some degree because the cat had been living on the streets and adopted them - they hadn't intended to add another cat to their household. But some of these other owners, oof.
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Posted Jul 6, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

One of my best friends is going to be on episode later this month. We have given him grief about it for months...and finally, the day shall be upon us. We're praying he doesn't come across like a jerk, but he's stayed in contact with a lot of the people who work on the show, so we figure that's a good sign. I can't wait to stop by after it airs!
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Posted Jul 7, 2012 @ 10:41 AM

Oh, fun! Can you give us a hint? What kind of cat or cats does he have?
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 10:21 AM

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?

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.
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 11:22 AM

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?

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?

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.
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

I was also surprised a vet missed the cataracts that the specialist diagnosed. Poor Xena!

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.

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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.
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 1:35 PM

Yes, Ketzel - my friend's cat is a Sphinx named Oscar. There's video promo floating around for it...I think it airs next weekend or the weekend after?

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 @ 2:13 PM

Thanks! I'll be watching. I think Sphinx cats are so interesting and beautiful. Well, I think all cats are interesting and beautiful, but the Sphinx are unusually so. :-)

Edited by Ketzel, Jul 8, 2012 @ 2:14 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.
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Posted Jul 8, 2012 @ 5:26 PM

Gigi was just like the black female kitten in a litter I fostered last summer. Being black, of course she didn't get adopted quickly, and when she was nine months old, my older cats--female AND male--started to attack her. Based on my observation of her behavior, it was her fault in that she was either unable or unwilling to respond "properly" (in cat terms) to the other cats and the cat heirarchy, which just riled them all up. Luckily, I finally find someone who was willing to adopt a black cat. And I don't know how how many times I emphasized to her new person that she really should be an ONLY cat. I said that if the adopter did feel the need to bring in another cat, she could try a (preferably male) kitten, but that I wouldn't recommend it at all.

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.
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Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 10:03 AM

Re the vet missing cataracts, my assumption was that the owner had lied about taking her.
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Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

I agree with you, queasy, there was something about the vet visit and the eyes. To me the visible 3rd eyelid is a major sign of illness. And if you look at your cat on a daily basis, it pretty obvious if something is "off" with the eyes. I am glad the family really embraced Xena and wanted to give her a better quality of life.

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 9, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

The PTSD kitty story was strange to me. Jackson speculated with the little boy that maybe a delivery truck made a loud noise, and then came in and presented that to the owner as the official story. Also, I too wondered why the first vet wouldn't have seen cataracts. Regardless, I was glad to see the family taking better care of her and she did seem to be happier in the last visit. Now if they could work on not leaving the dog tied up out in the rain....
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Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

I was exasperated by the woman's father (cataract cat). So the kitty wanted to sit under his desk while he worked--BFD! Let the poor kitty under the desk, as far as I could tell he wasn't hurting anything by being under there!
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Posted Jul 9, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

The owner of the blind kitty posted on facebook that they were aware that their cat was blind, they just didn't think it was a factor in her current behavior since the vet had diagnosed the blindness seven months before she started acting strange. I don't think they realized that she was in pain, though.
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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.
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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.
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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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Posted Jul 10, 2012 @ 9:12 PM

I was really interested when Jackson introduced his colleague who is the expert in "catifying." I would like to see more than just a brief mention and maybe one or two shots of newly installed cat furniture. Specifics would be so helpful - things like "this is what you can do with a long narrow hallway, this is what you can do with a window that has a very narrow ledge, this is how to plan a cat highway and how to install it . . . "
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Posted Jul 11, 2012 @ 5:24 PM

With regards to toys, not all cats love the same thing. All my cats loved stuff that was homemade, like a receipt tied to a shoelace, or a plastic ring from a gallon of milk. Some are very easy to please, some are not. You just give them the opportunity to see what they like best.
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Posted Jul 11, 2012 @ 9:46 PM

Re toys -- my older cat is very timid and pretty much spooked by toys but she's fascinated by Q-tips so I ended up tying one of those to a stretchy string and she'll chase after that for a good while. Maybe for her the small size seems manageable. Plus I can replace it every so often once it gets too grody with cat spit and dust bunnies.

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 13, 2012 @ 11:15 PM

I have never had a cat that didn't love ping pong balls, $2 a dozen.
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Posted Jul 14, 2012 @ 12:07 AM

I am always really skeptical when the owners claim to have taken the cat to the vet recently. Most of the owners of the cats who are peeing out of the box just seem like the type to figure the cat is just bad, rather than checking for health issues.
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.

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Posted Jul 14, 2012 @ 3:07 PM

I really hope that Jackson takes on at least one long-haired cat that resists (tooth and claw) being brushed or otherwise groomed. Then the owners give up and the cats end up with matts or other skin problems. I'd like to see how he handles such a common problem.
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