Jackson Galaxy looks more “Sons of Anarchy” than Animal Planet, but he’s a charismatic and unapologetic cat lover who purrforms astonishing feats of cat wrangling on “My Cat from Hell.”
I had a chance to talk with him this week about the second season of My Cat from Hell which premieres tomorrow (Saturday 7 January at 8pm on Animal Planet — check your local listings), and it reminded me all the reasons I’m addicted to the show.
Most cat owners have had a cat from hell in their lifetimes. Mine was Perl, an anti-social and territorial tortie. When my husband first moved in with me, Perl proceeded to pee on every piece of his high-end furniture. Nothing would dissuade her. She frequently chased Rocky away from home. When visitors stayed the night, it was common for Perl to poop on the guest bed, right between the pillows.
All this and she wasn’t even a good pet. She wouldn’t cuddle, wouldn’t even sit on your lap — she was kind of autistic in that way. Her only endearing feature was that she responded to my verbal command to “roll over.” It was an amusing trick, but still…
Fortunately, Perl was successfully re-homed with my sister in a household in which she was an only cat. My sister adored Perl, and Perl lived out a long, happy life in her care.
Most of the crazy cat ladies I know have similar stories. Most do their best, but often resign themselves to accommodating the cat from hell’s behavior. They need a Jackson Galaxy in their lives to work his magic on recalcitrant felines.
Galaxy is not your average animal behaviorist. He speaks Cat. And cats listen. He works miracles in saving death row cats in shelters by helping them get over their fears, increase their self esteem, and coaching them to “work it,” with potential adoptors.
A musician by night, he’s a cat behaviorist and Animal Planet star by day. He wasn’t always a Cat Guy, but while he was volunteering at a local shelter he discovered that he had a gift with feline communication. Fifteen years later, he’s tackling seemingly impossible-to-resolve feline behavior problems, saving one cat at a time from a return visit to the shelter.
And, Jackson Galaxy is my 22-lb tabby, Tripper’s new best friend. You’ll find out why at the end of the interview.
(Turn up your speakers and please excuse the poor sound quality — our Mousebreath Video had a last-minute equipment failure.)
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Galaxy’s book, Cat Daddy: My Life with the Original Cat from Hell can be pre-ordered at a discount from Amazon right now.
And tune in this weekend to Animal Planet to watch My Cat from Hell — the new season premieres at 8pm tomorrow night (check local listings), and you’ll be able to play catch-up with last season with episodes that will be broadcast throughout the weekend.
Get more Jackson Galaxy and My Cat from Hell
Can’t wait till tomorrow? View excerpts from My Cat from Hell on the Animal Planet website.
Cat Ladies across the blogosphere are interviewing Jackson — here’s a list of the interviews.
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