Cat daddy What the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean

Jackson Galaxy

Book - 2012

Cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet's hit show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy isn't what you might expect for a cat expert. Yet Galaxy's ability to connect with even the most troubled felines--not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake--is awe-inspiring. Here, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his thirteen-year relationship with a petite cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny ...arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter, insisting he was "unbondable." This inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other is laced throughout with Galaxy's "Cat Mojo" advice for understanding what cats need from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives.--From publisher description.

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New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin c2012.
Physical Description
xiv, 285 p. ; 22 cm
Main Author
Jackson Galaxy (-)
Other Authors
Joel Derfner (-)
Review by Booklist Review

The cat equivalent of Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer, Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell, decides to spill his life story into 300-something pages. His book reads like an unedited version of James Frey's A Million Little Pieces (2003) yet has more authenticity because of its saving centerpiece: his work with troubled, misbehaving felines. The narrative meanders; it's hard to trace when, exactly, this former musician and animal-shelter worker and Benny (the petite gray-and-white incorrigible of the subtitle) met and bonded; how, exactly, he and his business partner, Jill, determined to make a go of it; and the accumulation of his learnings about cat behavior. The sidebars are useful, since they address many common issues: cat trainability (yes, they are trainable); psychology (three items to remember: the need to hunt, the need to own territory, and their ability to see every room in 3-D); management of new cat arrivals; and stroking versus holding maneuvers.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The famed "Cat Daddy" from Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell, with coauthor Derfner, has written an unconventional memoir documenting his path to sobriety and unexpected career as a cat behaviorist, with instructions and tricks for training and disciplining cats sprinkled throughout. Inspired by his years fostering, training, and eventually adopting an emotionally and physically broken cat named Benny, Galaxy vows to write a book "about how we cohealed, how we refused to let each other live broken ever after." While Galaxy doesn't deny his addictions to alcohol, drugs, and food, the gritty struggles of addiction are often glossed over. Instead, Galaxy focuses on the story of his career, which includes developing a consulting business called Little Big Cat, which helps cat owners manage problematic pets instead of dumping them at shelters, and thus reducing the number of cats euthanized because of space. Through his work, he finds his purpose as a "cat whisperer." Galaxy's candor earns the reader's trust, without being hackneyed; he seamlessly weaves his relationship with Benny into the larger story of his life and recovery, which will appeal to a readership beyond cat lovers. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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