Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me by Jackson Galaxy

By Jackson Galaxy

“Mr. Galaxy—shaved head, fingers packed with tattoos—seems bodily at odds along with his light voice and delicate method of animals. . . . yet notwithstanding he can be facing people who've been terrorized or even bloodied by means of their out-of-control pets, he’s a version of consistency. The cats, no longer the folks, are his No. 1 priority.”—The long island Times

 

“Galaxy isn't your usual animal behaviorist. He speaks Cat. And cats pay attention. He works miracles in saving death-row cats in shelters via aiding them recover from their fears and raise their vainness, and training them to ‘work it’ with capability adopters.”—mousebreath.com

 

“He’s the type of magic guy who can lull a shelter’s roomful of ferocious tom cats to sleep.”—Yahoo!

 

“Each people sheds mild on our topic from our personal specific standpoint. thankfully for us all Jackson Galaxy’s gentle is particularly vivid. His good fortune at resolving behavioral problems in cats stems from his skill to slip his brain into the cat’s standpoint and continue from there. His insights into either human and cat habit are correct on.”—Anitra Frazier, writer of The common Cat

 

 

Cat behaviorist and superstar of Animal Planet’s hit tv exhibit My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a. “Cat Daddy,” isn’t what chances are you'll count on for a cat specialist (as The New York Times famous, together with his goatee and tattoos he “looks like a Hells Angel”). but Galaxy’s skill to connect to even the main stricken felines—not to say the stressed-out people dwelling of their wake—is awe-inspiring. during this publication, Galaxy tells the poignant tale of his thirteen-year courting with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and offers singular recommendation for dwelling with, taking good care of, and loving the pussycat on your home.

When Benny arrived in his lifestyles, Galaxy was once a down-and-out rock musician with no longer an excessive amount of extra happening than a part-time activity at an animal defend and a drug challenge. Benny’s prior proprietor introduced the cat to the protect in a cardboard field to offer him up. Benny had visible greater days—his pelvis had simply been shattered through the wheels of a car—and his proprietor insisted he’d been “unbondable” from day one. not anything might have been farther from the truth.

An inspiring account of 2 damaged beings who fastened one another, Cat Daddy is laced all through with Galaxy’s notable “Cat Mojo” suggestion for realizing what cats want such a lot from us people on the way to stay happier, more healthy lives. 

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I feel him sigh and leave. Put him gently on the towel that’s already below him. Spend a minute or so in silence, a habit I fell into from that moment on. Not really mourning for me, more like respect, giving him the time to settle into his new reality. It helped and helps me to see this life and death as transitional. I’ve felt the energy of this life leave so many times now that I really can’t count. I’ve never once, though, taken it for granted, with my animals or the animals of others. That being said, I’m no monk; death sucks.

I had no problem with the idea of presenting my little companion in that light. I’m sure he did. But then again, he had a problem with just about everything. At the same time, Benny was witness to and participant in the most chaotic period of my life. I thought it important to talk about things that, quite honestly, I’ve kept exceedingly close to the vest. The thing is, I treasure beyond words the relationships I formed with animals in the past seventeen years. I find no drama in saying that without them, I would have long ago passed from this world.

Every day of my time with him I was either throwing up my hands, asking him for assistance, bouncing ideas off of other humans and other cats, just to get answers to bring back to him. He was aggressive to humans, felines, canines. He would decide to abandon litter box etiquette, seemingly on a whim. He would go on hunger strike. His body language and feline communicative skills were absolutely inscrutable. His shattered pelvis compromised him; his asthma was at times crippling; the still-mysterious ailments that took him finally brought me to my knees.

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