Oscar howling at night, peeing outside the litter box • Riley scratching his humans


This is how Jackson helps the cats (and their guardians!) you see on the show...off camera.  This blog post gives you an inside look at how Jackson used the holistic solutions he formulated with Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Jean Hofve over a decade ago.

Spirit Essences are not essential oils.  They are flower essence formulas, and the first veterinarian-formulated line of its kind in the world. Jackson has developed and refined the solutions based on his over 20 years of experience and the needs of his clients.  They have been extremely successful, even in very difficult situations.  You can see the entire line, which includes solutions for all animals, not just cats, by going here.

Oscar the Sphynx

Issue: While Oscar was a 'normal' cat with Travis, he would growl and yowl (and scratch) whenever Diane picked him up.  At nights, Oscar paced and howled and interrupted Travis' work, which he did from home over the phone.  And on top of all that, Oscar urinated outside the litter box.

Jackson first had Travis and Diane work together to bathe Oscar, instead of Diane doing it on her own (which was why Oscar growled at her and not Travis).  As a Sphynx, Oscar needed a weekly bath.  Jackson also had a professional groomer show them how to give the bath in the most pleasant way possible so it wasn't a traumatic experience for anyone (human or cat).  Travis began "playing cat & mouse" with Oscar, which stopped him from being a nighttime noise-maker.  And finally, to help solve the urinating problem: along with changing to a new litter and new shaped litter box, which helps re-program the cat's previous associations, Jackson used essences...

Jackson says: Essence-wise, for Oscar, we used Declaw Solution, trying to undo the energetic damage done by the surgery and to help Oscar re-associate the litter box with positive things.

Spirit Essences Jackson put to use


Issue: Riley's immediate shifts into fight or flight mode made life unnecessarily difficult not just for her, but her guardians Vincent and Esther as well.  Hands and faces got scratched, everyone was living in fear and frustration.  Along with traditional behavioral therapy, Jackson used essences...

Jackson says: Essence-wise, for Riley, we used Trauma-Free and Stress Stopper.  It's a one-two punch for cats like Riley who had a really bad experience with a person and what that person's energy represents.  In this case, it was what Vincent's hands represented.  The other thing that we did was use Trauma-Free and Stress Stopper to help move Riley through that process of going from bad to good.  And obviously that helped a lot as well.

 Spirit Essences Jackson put to use

For more information on how Play Therapy & Rehabilitation techniques were used in these cases, see this additional blog post about Oscar & Riley.