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Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me about Life, Love, and Coming Clean

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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 Hell's 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 ...
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Overview

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 Hell's 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 Whisperer" advice for understanding what cats need most from us in order to live happier, healthier lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The famed “Cat Daddy” from Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell, with coauthor Derfner, has written an unconventional memoir documenting his path to sobriety and unexpected career as a cat behaviorist, with instructions and tricks for training and disciplining cats sprinkled throughout. Inspired by his years fostering, training, and eventually adopting an emotionally and physically broken cat named Benny, Galaxy vows to write a book “about how we cohealed, how we refused to let each other live broken ever after.” While Galaxy doesn’t deny his addictions to alcohol, drugs, and food, the gritty struggles of addiction are often glossed over. Instead, Galaxy focuses on the story of his career, which includes developing a consulting business called Little Big Cat, which helps cat owners manage problematic pets instead of dumping them at shelters, and thus reducing the number of cats euthanized because of space. Through his work, he finds his purpose as a “cat whisperer.” Galaxy’s candor earns the reader’s trust, without being hackneyed; he seamlessly weaves his relationship with Benny into the larger story of his life and recovery, which will appeal to a readership beyond cat lovers. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary Agency. (May)
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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452637617
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackson Galaxy

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.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    I enjoyed the book very much. However, I had a lot of difficulty

    I enjoyed the book very much. However, I had a lot of difficulty when putting it on iTunes, that's the reason for the 4 star rather than 5 star rating. I'm a fan of Mr. Galaxy, enjoy his television show & actually just ordered one of his company's floral remedies for my cat that eats fabric. I will do what it takes to make him stop since it is a dangerous habit, I don't intend to try a couple of things & give up. When I adopt, it is for life. I found the book very relatable for a number of reasons in my experiences. I admire his devotion to the feline species, am very happy to support his efforts.

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