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Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean [Kindle Edition]

Jackson Galaxy
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (535 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"This is an inspiring story, filled with all the title claims, useful information for the cat owner, and ardent and passionate pleas for spaying and neutering education and animal adoption. Galaxy gives a high-energy narration that fits the mad-cap world of an addict turned cat whisperer." ---SoundCommentary Starred Review

About the Author

Joel Derfner is a composer and writer living in New York City. He is the author of Gay Haiku and Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead.

Jackson Galaxy has been called everything from a cat trainer to a cat shrink. He is the host of Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell, and he maintains a private consulting practice in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (May 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072O0124
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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336 of 344 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary and inspirational memoir May 10, 2012
This book is no ordinary cat memoir, nor is it an ordinary cat advice book. It is an inspirational tour de force that offers an intimate glimpse at Jackson, the man, and Jackson, the Cat Daddy. This is one of the most unconventional memoirs I've ever read, but then, I didn't expect anything less from Jackson Galaxy.

Jackson Galaxy defies convention. Bald, bearded and tattooed, he's anything but what you would imagine a cat behaviorist to look like, let alone one who has an almost uncanny ability to connect with cats in ways that few others can. Rock musician? Maybe. Biker dude? Possibly. But cat guy? No way.

Cat Daddy chronicles Jackson's journey from down-and-out drug-addicted musician to cat behaviorist of last resort to countless cats, from his early work with cats at an animal shelter in Boulder to his partnership with Jean Hofve, DVM and their joint ventures, Little Big Cat and Spirit Essences, which Jackson eventually bought from Hofve, to his own successful behavior consulting practice.

But the real star of this book is Benny, a small grey and white cat who was brought to the shelter where Jackson had begun to build a reputation as a "cat whisperer." Benny had been hit by a car and had a broken pelvis, his owner couldn't afford the vet bills, and she also "just didn't like him." Benny was only supposed to be a foster cat, but as Jackson watched Benny's remarkable recovery from his physical injuries, something shifted for Jackson. He began to feel a kinship with this broken cat, and realized that "Benny wasn't my foster cat anymore. He was my family." That moment may have saved not only Benny's life, but Jackson's as well. And this was only the first of many lessons Benny would teach Jackson about not being in control of the universe.
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152 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd Give it 10 Stars if I Could... May 11, 2012
Not everybody is fortunate enough to experience the extraordinary, life-changing bond that can develop between two different species, but those of us who are know what a miraculous thing it is. To see it in our own lives is a gift. To become intimately acquainted with somebody else's experience, however, is a rare privilege indeed.

This is one of many things that make reading "Cat Daddy" such a joy. By the time you finish this remarkable book, you'll have lived somebody else's love of a cat in ways that make you love and appreciate your own just a bit more. And, because this is Jackson Galaxy, you'll understand the felines in your life a bit more, too. Watching Galaxy on his show "My Cat From Hell" can feel a bit like watching a magician--how does he do it? How does he consistently reach even the most troubled feline souls with so much compassion and to such amazing effect? Galaxy, among other things in this book, takes us inside that process in a way that on the one hand makes it seem completely common-sense, yet on the other hand makes you realize what a unique gift he has.

But this book is so much more than that. I hesitate to call it an amazing "animal story" because it's just an amazing story, period. It must have been painful at times for Galaxy to reveal so much of what was "broken" in his own life when he and Benny first began to form the bond that would redeem them. He does what the best writers do: He bleeds on these pages, but this is blood straight from his heart. In the end, this is one of the most uplifting tales I've ever encountered, and the "Cat Mojo" tips sprinkled throughout--which are admittedly what I expected to enjoy the most--become the cherry on the sundae rather than the sundae itself.

If you love cats, you will love this book.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to Jackson Galaxy May 14, 2012
If fans of Jackson Galaxy, the punk-abilly "Cat Daddy," who stars in Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell," weren't already swooning over his "catuitive" techniques; Galaxy's first book, Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean would push them into catastic bliss.

His story, which runs a breezy-to-read 300 or so pages, is not your typical tale of how a cat changed a human's life. It's a tag team relationship that spans thirteen years--many of which, for Jackson, are overshadowed by his intake of a dizzying array and quantity of illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription medications which, at times, instead of numbing his pain, take him to the brink of overdosing.

The cure for what ails Galaxy walks on four, albeit one gimpy, legs. An owner-surrendered white and gray shorthaired cat named Benny who is physically and emotionally broken. Benny gets under Jackson's skin and metaphorically (and literally) rips him to shreds until he learns how to feel again. Galaxy finds in Benny the key to unlocking both their inner demons though the transformation doesn't happen overnight. His endless dedication to solving the mystery that is Benny, supercedes any need for a drink, a smoke, a snort.

Through Galaxy's brilliant observations, now all cats have a chance at being understood, for maybe the first time in their lives. This is a story I wanted to read, then read again.

Galaxy's words are unvarnished, sharp-witted and equally sharp-tongued-- especially when he talks about being chided for euthanizing animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by sweetpea123
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped Me To Understand Cats Better, He Really is the Cat Daddy
I really liked learning about Jackson Galaxy's life before he became "Cat Daddy" and how as he was learning how to help cats, he also had to help himself with his own... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Shelley Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for cat readers that think they under why their cats do...
Jackson's book gives a great insight to a person who was barely existing and how he overcame his situation to be where he is today. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Monica L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story about learning and starting again. Jackson is amazing .
Published 29 days ago by QueenKitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting book
Published 1 month ago by MYDAROOL
5.0 out of 5 stars sharing this with friends - very well written. honest ...
sharing this with friends - very well written. honest, human, uplifting - and I applaud Mr. Galaxy for sharing himself and his ideas so fearlessly. Watch his show too.
Published 1 month ago by Leonora A. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars touching, enlightening
Lovely book. Had no idea that Mr. Galaxy could write and write well. Entertaining and terribly sad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm a fan, even more so after readying Jackson's story. Very touching.
Published 1 month ago by trowbar70
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A bit difficult to read at times due to the emotional content but a well written story of transition and hope. Just remember to keep the tissues handy.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon O. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 1 month ago by MAMABEAR
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