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by Jackson Galaxy

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Jackson Galaxy revealed his true self in this book that is part autobiography and part cat phycology. From a man who was addicted to drugs, alcohol, and food to one of the best known cat advocates, Galaxy tells it all with no holds barred. Sprinkled throughout the book are Galaxy's suggestions on dealing with the cats with which we share our lives. I not only learned more about my feline roommates, I also learned something about myself. The lessons here are not only for dealing with cats but also dealing with ourselves. ( )
  wearylibrarian | May 3, 2014 |
One of those rare instances in which the TV show is better than the book...!

I'm being facetious, of course, because "My Cat From Hell" (the television program) isn't about Galaxy, it's about the animals he works with. However, in all seriousness, although it was cool learning more about cable television's cat behaviorist in this memoir, it's much more fun watching him work with felines face-to-face on "Animal Planet" than it is reading about his past Klonopin habit. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
I listened to this book on audio and ejoyed hearing Jackson Galaxy share his personal story. It was deeply honest and insightful. And to those who are judgmental about his colorful use of profanities,*#@% you! Why should he share his story with us in anything other than his own vernacular? He told it from his gut, and I found it inspirational to hear how he climbed out of the abyss of self=destructive behaviors to follow his calling and live a life of significance helping animals and their guardians to find peace and joy. ( )
  goode2shews | Aug 17, 2013 |
If you have seen Jackson Galaxy on Animal Planet you know how he talks and how he thinks, for the most part. Reading his book is more of the same. More or less. He has a way of wrapping words around a deeper meaning and in the end you more than know what he is talking about. You get it and hopefully, you get your cat, too. Because that's the whole point. But, watching "My Cat From Hell" is no substitute for reading Cat Daddy. Jackson bares his soul and lays his demons to rest as he recounts how a broken cat named Benny came into his deeply scarred life. Just as the title hints Jackson abused drugs and alcohol while struggling to find his way as a musician in Boulder, Colorado. Finding work in a shelter was the beginning to his saving grace. He found solace among the animals, more so than with his human counterparts. As Jackson learned to understand animals he began to sort out his own life. Identifying with addiction with the first step in recovery. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Aug 5, 2013 |
Jackson Galaxy doesn't look like your typical "cat person"... and he isn't! CAT DADDY chronicles his life from so-so musician to druggie (heroin, Rx pills, booze) to animal caretaker at a local shelter to present job as self-professed cat shrink or cat whisperer. The book also relates his relationship with equally bad-boy, Benny the Cat. Their friendship (and that is the word) rivals some of the most detailed in literature and is just as heart-breaking when Benny finally lives out his cat lifespan.

This book is weakest, to this reader at least, when it tries to be a primer on cat care....not sure of the medical efficacy of some of Galaxy's advice re: cat care (raw meat diet.. only? aromatherapy?) And some of Galaxy's troubles seem so cyclical and self-induced it was sometimes hard to feel a great deal of sympathy.

This memoir succeeds as a real life guide to overcoming addiction (Galaxy uses the 7 Step process) and as a story of a relationship between a man and his cat. Consider the cat care tidbits as a nice, if dubious, treat! ( )
  mjspear | Jul 24, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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