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Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About… (2012)

by Jackson Galaxy

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Good story. Didn't know the show existed, and always good to read about someone who follows their passion and succeeds. ( )
  jrsearcher | Feb 12, 2015 |
I LOVE Jackson Galaxy!

Seriously though, I am an avid fan of his show 'My Cat From Hell' and I fancy the man to death. Needless to say I was excited to read his book.

Far from being a book solely looking at cat behaviour it is a memoir of Jackson's early career working in an animal shelter and chronicals his life also as a struggling musician and a drug addict.

On the downside, the book mainly focuses on Jackson and there was precious little details on his beloved cats. The reader is introduced to Benny, a cat dumped at the shelter that Jackson subsequently takes home. I desperately wanted to know more about Benny but as other reviewers have commented Benny seemed more of a side show to the story of Jackson.

Don't get me wrong I loved reading about Jackson I just wanted more cat stuff. I wanted more information on Velouria, Benny, and all the other cats Jackson briefly mentions. The book could have been double the length to accommodate this and I would have devoured every page. The helpful hints about cat behaviour were sparse but interesting.

I just wanted Jackson's passion for his cats to come through in the description of Benny and Velouria, all their little quirks, habits - in what way exactly they saved Jackson and ultimately added to his life. I'm sure there was a lot of detail inbetween all the life events in Jackson's life about his cats but I didnt really get to read about that and that was kind of disappointing as I expected this book to be more cat focused.

All in all love the man and it was an enjoyable read! ( )
  KittyBimble | Feb 12, 2015 |
interesting story of how he got involved in work as a cat behaviorist, but not much info on solving problems with cats; more of an autobiography. ( )
  cindyb29 | Jan 11, 2015 |
Jackson Galaxy has an amazing affinity for and connection with cats, a great deal of which he learned from his well-loved, incorrigible Benny, a broken-down throwaway discarded unceremoniously at the Boulder shelter where Galaxy was working. Turns out the human in this story was as broken as the cat, he just hadn’t bottomed out quite yet. That would come, and Benny would be there …

Thoroughly enjoyed Galaxy’s valuable insights into cat behaviour. I enjoyed the descent into drug addicted hell much less, but to be fair, I was reading for information on cats, not addiction/recovery.

“If you want to love them, learn to love like they do – firmly in the now.” ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Sep 28, 2014 |
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 |
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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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