Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Cl ean
Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
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Cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet's hit television show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a. "Cat Daddy," isn't what you might expect for a cat expert (as The New York Times noted, with his goatee and tattoos, he "looks like a Hells Angel"). 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. In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his thirteen-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired 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 not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up. Benny had seen better days --- his pelvis had just been shattered by the wheels of a car -- and his owner insisted he'd been "unbondable" from day one. Nothing could have been further from the truth. An inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other, Cat Daddy is laced throughout with Galaxy's amazing "Cat Mojo" advice for understanding what cats need most from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives.
was underage and I was some kind of driven songwriting savant, continued through years of struggle and ridiculous gigs in the middle of Colorado winter, wrecking our van on a freeway and still making it for the set, sharing proper beds (she was such a hardcore lesbian even I didn’t try to seduce her), backseats of cars, running out of gas in the middle of the desert and laughing about it—our relationship had come to this. Lying ridiculously half alive in the kitchen and her leaving me there. This
rockets’-red-glare moment when the bloody Band-Aid that slipped off my finger reemerged in a patron’s mouth, I decided I was done with serving people. When I saw in the paper the next week that the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) was looking for an Animal Welfare Associate, I took it as a sign; I would serve animals instead. My relationships from that point forward would be as pure as I could possibly make them. I was, after all, in search of simplicity. Write my songs, be with my band,
Bronco. “He’s just become so aggressive,” she said, her voice thick with frustration. “He didn’t use to be like this. He just attacks people completely at random now. And he’s so big it gets really frightening.” “How big is big?” “Eighteen pounds.” Of course, I thought. You couldn’t throw me a cat who was peeing on something. Today of all days. Really? This is going to hurt. I just know it. At least I’m dressed for a fight. Smoky was apparently, to hear Donna tell the story, very much like
to square one and reintroduce the cats as if they had never met. One of the initial keys is site swapping. The cats should never be allowed direct eye contact in the beginning; instead, they get equal access to the territory, but during different times. One gets free reign, one gets the “base camp” (most often the master bedroom). This way, they can each own everything, increasing confidence, and begin to be reintroduced gently, through shared scent, but not tussle over who owns what. It
walked away from her $75,000-a-year practice. And a few days after that, literally as I walked in the door of a monthly networking potluck for animal professionals in the area, the hostess of the party, our mutual friend and animal communicator Kate Solisti, said, “Oh, finally—Jackson, this is Jean, Jean, this is Jackson.” The Importance of Intent Cats are SO energetically sensitive. A pinnacle manifestation of vibrational energy between beings is touch. Why be careless with your power? Every