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CH Cat Bully Featured On Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”

May 18, 2013

Cerebellar hypoplasia cats recently received a huge national plug.


Screen grab courtesy Animal Planet.

In case you missed it, last week a one-eyed CH cat named Pip was featured on Animal Planet’s show “My Cat From Hell.” If you’re unfamiliar with it, the show features cat behavioralist Jackson Galaxy, who helps cat parents solve all sorts of cat behavioral issues.

In the most recent episode we see Galaxy fly out to San Francisco, where he learns that Pip, despite his moderate CH, often bullies the other household cat, Red. And we’re not just talking about one cat being an alpha cat. There was footage of Pip quite literally flying at Red in anger – and not just every so often, but always.

Pip’s behavior was so unsettling that the cats’ owner’s roommate was considering moving out. The roommate said quite frankly that she didn’t feel comfortable around Pip because of his vicious behavior toward Red – not to mention that the cats’ nightly fights would often wake her up.

So this is where Galaxy steps in. He takes the time to learn about the situation, analyze the roots of the behaviors, and come up with solutions that usually involve modifying everyone’s behavior. In the end, he’s left with happy cats and relieved people.

But to be honest, even I wondered how much of an impact he’d make with these two cats!


Screen grab courtesy Animal Planet

The episode is definitely worth a watch (you can view it online here). I was thinking of drafting up a quick synopsis, but I think it’s worth your time to watch the 20 or so minutes of Pip’s segment on the show.

After watching the segment a number of things stuck with me. First and foremost, Pip’s owner said she would absolutely not give him up. What a tremendous testament that is to cat owners everywhere! Even though he was creating quite a bit of trouble, she was devoted to Pip and wanted to find a solution.

Secondly, the roommate was willing to not only help work toward solutions to improve Pip and Red’s relationship, but she took the initiative to improve her relationship with the cats too.

Lastly, Galaxy did a great job explaining the roots of each cat’s behavior, and he found great solutions that – by the end of the segment – left both cats happy, and actually co-existing without any trouble whatsoever!

I’m so glad that folks like Galaxy can show that cats – even little one-eyed CH bullies – are often misunderstood, and that with a little love and effort, a stressful situation can turn into a fantastic relationship!

Did you watch the Pip episode? Do you have a cat behavioral issue that you live with? Please share in the comments!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2013 9:19 am

    I gotta go watch that!

  2. May 18, 2013 10:15 am

    I saw that episode! I was talking to an animal behaviorist here in DC that I was going to hire to help me with litter box issues. One thing she said about the relationship between my CH and non CH cat was not to let them play fight. Though they don’t do this often and seem to forget about it afterwards, she didn’t think this was good. I guess I’ll find out more later when she actually comes over.

    • May 18, 2013 10:40 am

      Interesting! Yes, please keep us posted with what you find out. I figure when it comes to behavioral issues like that, we can all benefit from some insight and wisdom. Good luck!

  3. Lemonmelonn permalink
    May 18, 2013 1:11 pm

    I love My Cat from Hell. Really great to see an episode with a CH kitty. Jackson is a genius.

  4. Crystal permalink
    May 18, 2013 9:28 pm

    I loved him on the show… I have four cats of my own n had no idea of this kinda condition in cats I’m so glad Jackson and animal planet actually too the time to have a show bout CH cats and its great to hear there’s actually blogs on this kinda stuff…

  5. Aly permalink
    May 18, 2013 11:35 pm

    That was how I found out my kitty has CH! I went to my local vet and they said something similar but it was not diagnosed. This website helped me confirm it!

  6. Lynn Lawrence permalink
    July 21, 2013 10:20 pm

    We just adopted a cat with ch. I don’t know if he has suffered abuse in the past but he is petrified and will not let us pet him. He has the run of the house and gets along with our other cat (named Pip) and tolerates the dogs. He was pulled from a shelter in New York and sent by URKKN to us in Georgia. How long do we try with him. I am getting worried

    • July 22, 2013 4:33 pm

      How long has it been? Cats are like humans – some adjust right away, others need considerable time. It can be difficult, but try to be patient and imagine how scary everything must be for him, too 🙂 good luck!

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