Viggo and the Litter Box

A Case Study.

Viggo in the cat tree.

The beautiful Viggo

Why was this magnificent male

urinating outside the litter box?

When Renie Morris contacted me on November 30, 2016, about her beloved cat, Viggo, she was, to use her own words, “in desperation.”

Although she had worked with me for a few sessions in 2015 to change Viggo’s inappropriate urination behavior, the situation with Viggo had deteriorated over time.


Viggo with his buddy, Aiden.

Viggo with his buddy, Aiden.

Viggo is an elegant black male cat.  He was found by Renie and her husband, Ross, at a veterinary office where his family had left him to be adopted.  He was around 2 years old.  At that time, Viggo used the litter box consistently.

About a year later, Aidan, a lovely male, orange tiger kitten, came to live with them.  Aidan and Viggo integrated well.  It wasn’t until Aidan was about a year old that Viggo began urinating outside the litter box.

Over the following 3 years, Viggo had episodes when he would urinate inappropriately and then return to using the litter box.  His preferred spots were on a queen-sized bed, a day bed, and finally, a brand new sofa.  The sofa was a kind of “last straw” for Renie and Ross.

The new sofa.

The new sofa.

Viggo had not had any UTI (urinary tract infections), so further investigation was needed.  The frequency of his inappropriate urination had increased over time, and was now intolerable for his other family members.

Viggo’s relationship with Aidan deteriorated.  Aidan likes things clean and neat, and was expressing his displeasure at finding urine around the house by attacking Viggo.  Renie’s husband, Ross, was losing patience with the whole situation and was asking that Viggo be caged.  This is where things were when Renie contacted me on November 30, 2016

Renie was open to trying a variety of approaches to resolve the situation because of her strong heart-bond with Viggo.  I was willing to creatively brainstorm and ask for higher guidance for assistance.

Ultimately, a combination of approaches applied over time and overlapping each other have brought about significant changes.


Viggo was already receiving homeopathic remedies chosen by Dr. Loops, a veterinarian trained in that approach.  According to Renie, Dr. Loops felt that Viggo was compulsive in his behaviors.  While the homeopathic remedies helped Viggo in many ways,  the chronic peeing outside the litter box continued, and Dr. Loops could not promise that homeopathy alone would resolve the issue.


Although I had spoken to Viggo in 2015, we began in December, 2016, with Animal Communication.  Viggo needed to understand how desperate his family was to help him.  He needed to commit to wanting help.

Viggo did understand his humans’ unhappiness, but didn’t feel that he could stop himself from peeing on the sofa that Renie and Ross had just purchased.  During the months that followed, I continued to work with Viggo and Renie.


Beautiful pink yarrow flowers.

Pink Yarrow helps prevent us from sucking up other people’s emotions by creating a clearer emotional boundary of personal space.

Aidan had started attacking Viggo when the inappropriate urination become chronic.  One of the first things I did was to negotiate, as much as possible, a peaceful settlement between the two cats.   To support this, I suggested flower essences for both the boys, as each needed different ones.

Viggo is extremely sensitive to how others are feeling, so I suggested to Renie that calming the energy of the house might be helpful.  Misting the house with Rescue Remedy once a day after she and her husband return home from work might make a difference.

We also discussed other things she and Ross could do to keep the energies at home more peaceful, such as clearing their own energies when returning home from work.

In addition, Viggo was given flower essences for developing clearer and stronger emotional boundaries.


By December, 2015, Viggo’s inappropriate peeing behavior had not significantly changed, although his overall attitude towards life was better.

At the time I was training to become a Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner².  I explained to Renie how the system worked and suggested that clearing trapped emotions and removing Viggo’s heart wall might help change his behavior.  Both Renie and Viggo agreed to try it.


In my experience as a professional Animal Communicator, I have found that some declawed cats experience phantom limb pain, just as a some humans do after losing a part of their extremities.

Viggo had told me that his paws hurt.  A cat with painful paws may find certain types of cat litter uncomfortable.  I decided to check with the Emotion Code™ to see if there were emotional blocks in Viggo’s paws that might be contributing to his discomfort.

Sure enough, he had emotions in both forefeet that had been declawed.  By releasing all the emotions trapped there, we eliminated Viggo’s phantom limb discomfort.


In over 20 years of working as a professional Animal Communicator, I have found that many animals who have been in rescue situations have put up protective walls around their hearts.  These are actual walls around their hearts that were created to prevent the physical/emotional heart from breaking.

Heart Walls are a form of protection, but can also become a barrier to giving and receiving love.  When we are unable to let love in, we often develop behaviors that get us attention, even if the attention is negative.  That’s what a compulsive behavior does, i.e., it’s an inappropriate way to ask for attention and love.

The first step was to take down Viggo’s heart wall, which was 2 inches thick.

After only 2 Emotion Code™ sessions, Viggo’s Heart Wall was completely gone.  However, he needed a month to integrate this change.

To help him feel protected, I installed an energy shield that would help him keep out uncomfortable feelings that belonged to other people.  Renie agreed to remind him each day to make sure his shield is activated.


Images of the 2 litter boxes.

2 cats – 2 litter boxes.

Over many years of having cats myself and working with clients’ cats, I’ve learned that when you have more than 1 cat living indoors, you often need more than 1 litter box.  The typical rule for cats who live entirely inside is

# of litter boxes = # number of cats + 1 (one)

In other words, for 2 cats, you need 3 boxes.

Sometimes you can get away with 2 cats sharing one box, but if you have a cat who is urinating inappropriately, having at least 1 box per cat in 2 different locations may make it possible for each cat to have his or her own private spot.  For some cats, privacy is essential.

So Renie got a second box.  Renie showed the box to Viggo and Aidan, and encouraged Viggo to use it.  Within a few days things began to shift.  What surprised both Renie and me was that Aidan began using the new box, while Viggo began using the old box more regularly to urinate.  Of course, as long as Viggo was using one of the boxes, Renie and Ross were happier.


With Viggo’s heart wall gone and Viggo feeling safe and more love, I was then able to release the energy of his compulsive urination behavior.  All living beings need attention, and psychology has demonstrated that negative attention is better than no attention at all.

In Viggo’s case, he was getting plenty of attention from Renie and Ross, but the heart wall had kept much of it at a distance.  With his heart wall gone, it was no longer necessary for Viggo to seek negative attention.

With the energy of the compulsive need gone, Viggo could consciously make some new choices.


As I worked with Viggo and Renie over the weeks and months, each step we took, each technique used, and each aspect healed contributed to helping Viggo shift into a new way of living.  No one thing that was done would have been enough to resolve the situation. 

With each step, Viggo would change in some way.  He might become more playful, or more affectionate, or more relaxed.  He might use the litter box more frequently, but then go back to using inappropriate locations.

There is no magic pill or incantation that will resolve inappropriate urination, especially when the behavior has been going on for a long time.  It takes commitment, creativity, and the application of a variety of healing methods to move things along in the desired direction.


Viggo and Aiden sharing their cat tree.

Viggo and Aiden content in their cat tree.

Viggo’s story demonstrates that the road to success may have many ups and downs, twists and turns, and even the illusion of detours before inappropriate urination behavior can be fully resolved.

From my perspective, it’s clear that no single approach was enough to completely change Viggo’s behavior.

It took a lot of creative thinking and experimentation on everyone’s part to come up with the approaches that were taken.

It took a lot of willingness on Renie’s part to experiment with different approaches.

Renie’s love for Viggo propelled her on, and her determination and love for him were key factors in bringing things to a better place.

Once you accept that there isn’t going to be a “quick fix”, you are more open to creating the real solution that will enable a cat to have a happy, loving life.

On February 17, 2017, Renie wrote to me,

A week has passed and it’s been quite uneventful.  Viggo has been using the bedroom litter box every couple of days and in between goes in the bathroom one.  Still not going in the wrong places.  He had his [homeopathic] remedy today and we continue to tell him to keep his shields up.  He is acting very outgoing and loving and he and Aidan interact a lot.

Thanks again.  I’m a lot more optimistic now.


In my mind, Viggo is still a “work in progress.”

Only time will tell how this situation will ultimately work out.  For now, the important thing is that Viggo has made a great deal of improvement in his letter box usage, and everyone is optimistic that he will continue to do better.

¹ The Emotion Code™ is the creation of Dr. Bradley Nelson.  For more information about this approach to healing, visit

² I am now a Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner and am using this technique with both my animal and human clients.  If you would like assistance for yourself or for one of your animals, please contact me at

Creating a Green Canine and Feline Footprint

June 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Animals and Nature Kingdoms, New Posts




How can having a greener footprint benefit our animals?  Here are some of my thoughts and insights that have changed the way I care for my animal family members.

Feed Your Animals Naturally

Have you ever read the labels on your cat and dog food packages?  Admittedly, you may need a magnifying glass to do so, but it is well worth the $10 or so investment to discover what you are actually feeding them. 

Unfortunately, most of the pet foods readily available and promoted on TV are really full of things that no animal should be eating:  chemical preservatives, artificial flavoring, meat by-products, and so on.  Do you know what the big, long, barely pronounceable words in the contents list actually stand for?  I challenge you to look them up online and discover what you are feeding your animals.

The expression, “You are what you eat” is correct, and today we and our animals are sicker than ever before.  A lot of it has to do with what we are eating.

It’s time to tell the corporations that we want to feed our animals natural foods, not foods filled with industrial waste products.   Companies are getting rid of industrial waste by putting it into your pet’s food. 

Feeding organic foods (and some “all natural” foods) will mean healthier dogs and cats.  Animals need foods filled with nutritious substances that are readily available to their bodies. 

For example, what is a “meat by-product”?  Do you ever see it in the meat section of your supermarket?  Do you know that it’s the parts of the slaughtered animal that is considered unfit for human consumptionIf humans shouldn’t be eating it, neither should our animals!!

Do you know WHY some pet food have artificial flavorings?  Because no animal would touch the food if the real flavoring wasn’t covered up.  Dogs and cats use their noses to determine what to eat.  So they are being tricked by the contents of the food into eating things they would not otherwise consume.  Also, pet food companies want to addict your pet to their foods so that, if you try to feed them something better, they won’t touch it.

A greener world to me means that animals are killed for consumption with kindness and love and appreciation and honor and gratitude, and their body parts are consumed the same way, and our family animals are feed the highest quality of diet so that they remain healthy.

Preventing Dental Problems Naturally

If your dog or cat has suffered from gum disease, heavy tartar, and has needed dental surgery, you know how expensive this is for your pocket.  But do you also know that using all those drugs – antibiotics, anesthesia, and other medications – and medical equipment causes pollution?  Are you aware that there is a big problem getting rid of medical waste?

Help your pets and the environment by using natural products that will keep their teeth and gums healthier.  I know of two such products that you can choose from, both available online.  Using either of this products on a regular basis makes a gigantic difference for your animal, for your pocket book, and for the planet.

The two products are PetzLife Oral Care (spray and cream) and Leba III (spray only).  Both are made from natural substances, not chemicals.  PetzLife has a much stronger flavor, but is less expensive than Leba III.   I’ve tried both of these with my cats, and they work equally well.  However, Violet (Siamese) much prefers the Leba III, and when using homeopathic remedies, I feel better using something with a milder taste so it won’t interfere with the homeopathic process.

Natural Cat Litters

Are you still using cat litters made from clay or from man-made substances?  I realize that keeping cats indoors has the challenge of maintaining a sanitary environment while allowing your felines to eliminate body waste in their preferred way.  I’ve actually heard that some cats can be trained to use the toilet seat, but frankly, for most of us, just making sure they are happy with their litter box is a big enough deal.

So how can you make things greener in the litter box department?

Self-cleaing litter boxes use electricity.  I don’t recommend them for that reason alone.  They also can injure cats if they start up while the cat is using the box.

The main thing is to find a cat litter that is made from a natural, renewable resource and that biodegrade easily.  I know of two that meet this requirement.  “Swheat Scoop” is made from wheat.  “World’s Best Cat Litter” is made from corn.  Both can be flushed into a city toilet because they will completely degrade.  Both clump quite nicely.  Both are pretty easily available where I live, but if you can’t find them, be sure to ask in stores where you shop to get those stores to start carrying them.

Toys Without Chemicals or Poisons or Cruelty to Other Animals

Most of the toys we buy for our animals do not come with labels saying what is in them, on them, or even what they are made from.  Isn’t it time you started asking the companies what they are using to create toys that your animals hold in their mouths and chew on?

For example, if a chew toy is made from plastic, what off-gassing is occurring from that plastic that your animal is breathing in as s/he hold it in her mouth?  If the toy is made from animal skin (otherwise known as leather), has it been processed with chemicals that might poison your animal – even long term, accumulating over a lifetime?  Some rawhide chew-toys contain chemical poisons that can make your dogs very sick. 

You will find many articles online about safe toys for your dog.  When you read them, also think about the environment.  If a toy is safe for your animal, is it also safe for the environment?   What is involved in the creation and production of this toy?

Household Cleaners and Your Animal Friends

There has been much written about how using environmentally safe cleaners in your home are helpful to the environment.  Please also consider that using they create a safer and healthier environment for you and your animal companions.

I only use non-scented laundry detergent and no fabric softeners.  I do this because I became allergic to the artificial scents and some of the other chemicals in these products.  But once I had removed them from my home, I began to realize that whenever I purchased new items made from cloth I was bringing more chemicals into my house.

All fabrics – whether in new clothing for people or pets, whether in draperies or furniture, whether in cat or dog beds, carpets, cat trees, and so on – all fabrics are full of formaldehyde to preserve them in the warehouses before we even get to see them in the stores.  In addition, to make fabrics non-flammable they are sprayed with neurotoxins.  Neurotoxins are chemicals that can destroy or badly damage the nervous system.

Please consider that those doggie and kitty noses are closer to the carpet, the bed, and the chair cushion than your nose is.  

I propose that you can reduce your carbon footprint by choosing natural products that are safer, healthier, and chemical free.  Don’t you owe it to your beloved animal friend and to yourself to do this?  Otherwise, these toxins can build up in the liver and contribute to ill health.

So start now creating a healthier, greener world right in your own home.  Vote with your wallet.  You and your animals will all benefit, and so will the Earth, our Mother.