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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1 edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399166017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399166013
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"If you have cats, you need this book. Galaxy, star of the television series My Cat from Hell and author of Cat Daddy, along with Benjamin, founder of the cat design website ­hauspanther.com, show in over 400 color photographs myriad ways to make your home cat-friendly without looking like a crazy cat person. Best Interior Design Book of 2014."
—Library Journal

"Catification is user friendly, includes photos and diagrams and some truly inspirational ideas. Whether you share your home with one cat or ten, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and you!), is a must have. There are design ideas for every budget and every skill level. FIVE STARS (out of five)."
—Examiner.com

“Jackson Galaxy  and Kate Benjamin know just how to transform your pad into a kitty-friendly paradise without wrecking a room’s aesthetic.”
—New York Daily News
 
“Even if you are DIY challenged and on very tight budget, there’s such a range of ideas for all types of people, cats, and homes.”
—Adopt a Pet.com
 
“Full of DIY tutorials, tips for understanding your cat's specific needs, plenty of examples to draw inspiration from, and other essential ingredients you'll need to create a home that is suited for both your feline companion (or companions) and your sense of design. Due to its focus on filling the pages with large, high quality photos and easy-to-follow, illustrated DIY tutorials (drawn by local graphic designer Catherine Madrid), Catification is like no other book on the market.”
—Phoenix New Times
 
“One of my favorite things about Catification is that is encourages pet parents and cat lovers to look through the eyes of a cat. It is a funny and informative book with lots of tips that will get you excited about how you can make your cat even happier about being in your forever home! Even if your cat seems pleased with their environment, I recommend taking a look at this book.”
—Purrfect Cat Names


Praise for Cat Daddy:

"A joy. . . . Sometimes the biggest stories are actually the smallest ones—one man, one cat, and a quiet love that was large enough to save them both."
—Gwen Cooper, author of the New York Times bestseller Homer's Odyssey and Love Saves the Day

"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 of Jackson, the man, and Jackson, the Cat Daddy."
—Ingrid King, publisher and founder, The Conscious Cat, and award-winning author of Buckley's Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher

"Mr. Galaxy—shaved head, arms full of tattoos—seems physically at odds with his gentle voice and gentle approach to animals. . . . But though he may be dealing with humans who have been terrorized and even bloodied by their out-of-control pets, he's a model of consistency. The cats, not the people, are his No. 1 priority."
The New York Times
 

About the Author

Jackson Galaxy is a cat behaviorist and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell. He is also the author of Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean.

Kate Benjamin launched her Moderncat blog in 2007, and her latest venture is the popular cat design website Hauspanther.com.

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Customer Reviews

Very good book for inspiration.
Anne K.
It can also really get your own imagination going as you draw up your own ideas and use those found in this book.
JP in AZ
For all cat families I would highly recommend this book!
Lisa G.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Katniss, Cat Reporter on October 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
REVIEW FROM A CAT

This book makes me believe in reincarnation. Because I think Jackson Galaxy must’ve been a cat in another life.

How else can you explain the way he totally taps into the needs and desires of cats to leap, jump, scratch and climb? As I pawed through CATIFICATION, this feline reporter was impressed with how Galaxy and designer Kate Benjamin “catified” people’s homes with climbing shelves, outdoor “catios” (patios with us in mind), climby structures and places to curl up, groom and sleep. They designed habitats for humans and felines to co-exist peacefully together.

Why jump on a range hood and get swatted, when there are mod and stylish ramps and shelves that are far more inviting? Why scratch one’s nails on the couch to the refrain of “Bad kitty!” when there’s an amazing tree-like structure just waiting to be clawed and climbed? Pawsome doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I give CATIFICATION and its authors five head-bonks and a big scratchy tongue-kiss. And now I’m going to curl up and sleep.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Bass on October 26, 2014
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Jackson and Kate have given us a beautiful book full of thoughtful tips for making our cats' lives happier, and our homes happier for them. There's a "system" -- based on cat behavior in general, and specific likes and dislikes of individual cats; for example, some cats like to climb (build shelves up high) and some cats like to be down low (place cocoons on the floor). It includes clear illustrations of traffic flow to avoid conflict among cats, and plenty of inspirational photos. The book includes lots of DIY tips which are pretty detailed, although in some cases not quite detailed enough.

All in all a big step forward for cats, whose needs have been rather neglected compared to our canine friends. BUT . . . there's a glaring omission -- where are the cat litter boxes? If the idea is to make the home a haven for indoor cats, so they're not exposed to the dangers of the outdoors, then necessarily there must be cat boxes, and there's nary a mention. Jackson highlights the "catification" he did in his former tiny apartment with 3 cats, but if he follows his stated recommendation of 1 box per cat plus 1 -- it's left me wondering, does he really have 4 litter boxes in that 500 sf space? Where? What about the people with 11 cats that have built elaborate climbing shelves all over the house -- do they have wall to wall litter boxes in a spare bedroom or what? We need creative solutions for this part too, please.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lottie P. on October 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
I ordered this hoping I would find some good ideas for my home...
I have to say I was not truly satisfied. Although the book is enjoyable and features some pretty pictures, the ideas are pretty generic and not as creative as I hoped they would be, as well as complicated, not exactly DIY.
A lot of the explaining is very generic and is common sense.
I would say it's a good book for first time cat owners and people unfamiliar with cats, but if you've had a cat for a while you probably won't learn much from this book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid King on October 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jackson Galaxy coined the term “catification” on his hit TV show “My Cat From Hell.” The concept is based on the fact that at their core, even our domesticated cats are still wild animals, and while we’ve invited them into our homes to share our lives, we can’t expect them to completely give up all their instincts. We have to look at our living space from the cat’s point of view and provide an environment that keeps them stimulated.

Cat style expert Kate Benjamin, the founder and publisher of Hauspanther, believes that good design can enhance the way we live with cats and improve our lives and the lives of our beloved feline companions. Kate combined her love of cats with her passion for interior design, architecture, product design, graphic design, art, and fashion, and for the last seven years, she has been showcasing her catification solutions on Hauspanther. Kate has assisted Jackson Galaxy on several episodes of “My Cat From Hell” in creating stylish, cat-friendly environments.

This book is the result of the collaboration between these two champions of cats. Galaxy and Benjamin offer the definitive guide to creating a cat-friendly home environment by sharing design tips and DIY projects that can be accomplished by even those who may be afraid of using a hammer and nails. Projects range from simple wall shelves and kitty hammocks to elaborate cat trees and “catios” (outdoor enclosures.)

The first part of the book explains why catification is crucial for happier cats, happier humans, and a deeper bond between the two species. Many behavior problems can be prevented or eliminated by providing an enriched environment. Catification is essential for single cat as well as multi-cat households.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TJ Holmes on October 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My home is already reasonably well "catified," but I still loved this book. It not only gave me new ideas for my two rescue cats, but it's fun to see how the author's cat-mind works. He really lets you see the world from the eyes of these intelligent, fascinating creatures.
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