Spirit Essences

How to Approach a “Difficult” Nail Trim

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Guest post by Laura Cochrane, DVM

If you ask Mojo the cat about his favorite pastimes, nail trims would definitely NOT be on the list. Sleeping and eating, yes. Nail trims, a big NO.

Mojo is a tough-looking former stray who now holds court at the office of Spirit Essences*. He was rescued by none other than Jackson Galaxy, the cat behaviorist who co-founded the line of flower essences with Jean Hofve DVM. Mojo loves people and spends his days going from office to office, making sure everyone is staying on task. He’s adjusted quite well to being spoiled and is even a big softie most of the time—except on nail trim day.Continue Reading

Alternative Healing Modalities for Cats

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More and more people are understanding that well-being encompasses body, mind and spirit, and as a result, are turning to alternative healing modalties. And, as they are experiencing the benefits of alternative therapies for themselves, they also look for alternative ways of caring for their cats.

Illness and even the normal aging process can manifest in signs of pain and reduced energy in cats as well as in humans. Your personal stress can be reflected in your cats and create illness for them. Conventional medical treatments often cause side effects that can be alleviated by alternative therapies.

Many alternative therapies are energy based. Since cats are naturally sensitive to energy, they tend to respond well to these modalities.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Ultimate Peacemaker from Spirit Essences

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I’ve been using Spirit Essences successfully for several years, both for my own cats and for my clients’ cats, with results that sometimes seem to be almost miraculous. This line of remedies was formulated by Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian with more than a dozen years’ experience working with essences, and Jackson Galaxy, who helped develop and refine the remedies based on his decades of working with cats. The remedies are constantly updated and refined, incorporating Jackson’s experiences as he uses them in his work.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Spirit Essences Holistic Remedies Ultimate Peacemaker

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I’ve been using Spirit Essences successfully for several years, both for my own cats and for my clients’ cats, with results that sometimes seem to be almost miraculous.

Spirit Essences are the first and only line formulated by a holistic veterinarian and an animal behaviorist. The company was founded in 1995 by Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian with more than a dozen years’ experience working with essences in a wide variety of species and settings, and Jackson Galaxy, who helped develop and refine the remedies based on his decades of working with cats. The remedies are constantly updated and refined, incorporating Jackson’s experiences as he uses them in his work.Continue Reading

Spirit Essences Holistic Remedies: How to Help Your Cats Find Their Mojo

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I’ve been using Spirit Essences successfully for several years, both for my own cats and for my clients’ cats, with results that sometimes seem to be almost miraculous.

Spirit Essences are the first and only line formulated by a holistic veterinarian and an animal behaviorist. The company was founded in 1995 by Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian with more than a dozen years’ experience working with essences in a wide variety of species and settings, and Jackson Galaxy, who helped develop and refine the remediesContinue Reading

Review: No More Scaredy Cat by Sara Goldenthal

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If you have a cat that struggles with fear, hides under the bed and won’t come out, or startles easily, you may want to take a look at No More Scaredy Cat: The easy, step-by-step program that puts an end to stress, fear and anxiety for the cats you love

Sara Goldenthal, a practitioner of both TTouch and Bach Flower Essences has more than a dozen years experience working with cats with all kinds of behavioral challenges in private homes, as well as in animal shelters and rescues. In this small volume, she introduces a deceptively simple method of working with timid and traumatized cats that gradually eliminates fear, stress and anxiety.Continue Reading

Jackson Galaxy Names Fancy Cats Resue Team Shelter of the Month

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Every month, Jackson Galaxy designates a rescue group or shelter as his Shelter of the Month. I’m delighted to announce that Fancy Cats Rescue  Team, based in Herndon, VA, is his Shelter of the Month for November.

I’ve supported Fancy Cats Rescue team at a number of fundraisers for the past couple of years. This wonderful organization was founded in 1997, and has evolved into one of the largest rescue groups in northern Virginia. Fancy Cats Rescue Team has placed more than 18,000 cats in permanent homes since its inception! A team of over 100 volunteers assists with anything from showing cats to potential adopters at three Northern Virginia Petsmart locations, to fostering, to helping with fundraising and administrative work.Continue Reading

Jackson Galaxy, Spirit Essences and Kitten Associates: a winning combination

I was delighted when I heard that Jackson Galaxy chose Kitten Associates as his Shelter of the Month for the month of September. A portion of all sales from Jackson’s Spirit Essences website for the month will support Kitten Associates.

Kitten Associates is a Connecticut based rescue founded by Robin Olson in 2010. You’d be hard-pressed to meet someone who is more dedicated to saving cats’ lives than Robin. The group’s mission is to save the lives of cats (and dogs, too!), support animal rescue organizations with powerful online marketing tools, and champion legislation for spay/neuter programs to end pet overpopulation.

Kitten Associates also happens to be the rescue group I designated as the recipient of the $1000 prize money for the 2012 Petties. Pettie winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on October 12.Continue Reading

Allegra and Ruby love their Cat Buddies

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Our friends at Spirit Essences surprised Allegra and Ruby with two Cat Buddies last week! They turned out to be a big hit with both girls, and we would expect no less from any toy recommended by Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy.

Ruby immediately began wrestling with Cat Buddy Lola, pictured above. I keep finding Lola in different places throughout the house, even though I haven’t seen Ruby actually drag Lola around. Each Cat Buddy is handmade exclusively for Jackson Galaxy in Honolulu, Hawaii. The toys are filled with cotton batting and certified organic cat nip leaves and buds for long-lasting potency, and they’re nice and durable.

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Allegra fell in love with her Mini Krinkle Cat Buddy, which is so new,Continue Reading

Is Your Cat Ready for the Olympics?

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At our house, the Kitty Olympics take place every day. No matter how busy my schedule is, I make time to play with Allegra and Ruby at least a couple of times a day.

Regular, structured playtime not only keeps your cats happy and entertained, it also helps correct behavior problems, or avoid them in the first place. If you’ve been watching My Cat From Hell, you’ve seen that “play therapy” is almost always the first thing Jackson Galaxy recommends to start fixing the problems shown on the show.

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While I may not be awarding medals to Allegra and Ruby, I can definitely identify favorite disciplines for each of them. Allegra is a world champion Da Bird chaser. She’s “killed” several attachments already – thankfully, it comes with replacements.Continue Reading