Jackson Galaxy looks more like a biker than a cat behaviorist; but in ‘Cat Daddy’, the tough- looking but sensitive tattooed star of Animal Planet’s ‘My Cat from Hell’ writes about how he found his bliss.
Galaxy was flying by the seat of his pants just prior to meeting Benny, the cat that would change his life forever. He was a musician and songwriter living in a warehouse with no running water, who spent his days looking for the next high. On what was pretty much a whim, Galaxy applied for a job at a local animal shelter. Using the philosophy “Fake it til you make it,” he cavalierly convinced the director that he was exactly who they needed.
What he found out, though, was that the shelter was exactly what he needed. When an injured cat was owner-surrendered one day as being “un-bondable”, it was the beginning of his thirteen-year-long relationship with Benny, and the day a window opened that brought Galaxy an uncanny understanding of feline behavior. His ability to bridge even the most frustrating human/feline chasms borders on true interspecies communication.
Finding his bliss also helped him find his way back from the abyss of drug and alcohol dependence.
The book is an intimate look at Jackson and his journey told in easy conversational prose. Gives some great hints about invoking some cat mojo of your own.
Jackson Galaxy is a cat behavior consultant in Los Angeles. He is the star of the show ‘My Cat from Hell’ which airs on Animal Planet. He is also the president & owner of Spirit Essences, holisitic remedies for animals. You can find out more about Jackson and cat behavior on his website, http://jacksongalaxy.com/.
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