Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy

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21 Critic Reviews

There’s an undeniable authenticity that comes through in Cat Daddy; its confessional nature and raw, often lyrical, prose are sure to resonate with a broad audience.
-Modern Cat

Synopsis


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.

 

About Jackson Galaxy

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JACKSON GALAXY, the star of Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell, has been called everything from a cat trainer to a cat shrink. Drawing on his years of experience working in cat shelters and helping cat owners, Galaxy and his self-proclaimed “off-the-wall” methods offer people a deeper understanding of why their cats act the way they do. Jackson teaches classes to help deepen the human-feline bond and maintains a private feline consulting practice in Los Angeles.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by TarcherPerigee. 301 pages
Genres: Other, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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All: 21 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 0

PBG Lifestyle Magazine

Excellent

He writes chillingly of work at an animal shelter and what the job entails, then he celebrates his stewardship of a change-hating, crotchety cat that never stopped teaching.

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SF Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Angela Lutz on May 23 2012

he slowly reveals himself to be genuine...I found myself empathizing with and rooting for Galaxy.

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About.com Cats

Excellent
Reviewed by Franny Syufy

It is one of the most valuable books in my library of cat behavior books, and I know I will be referring to it many times in the future

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Summer Reading Project

Good
Reviewed by Annie Smith on Sep 01 2012

I think he's really captured something of what it means to really bond with an animal. Making a connection with another species is an amazing thing. It's ineffable, but Galaxy has gotten very close to what this connection means.

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Anna's Book Blog

Good
Jun 13 2012

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.

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The Conscious Cat

Good
Reviewed by Ingrid on May 04 2012

Jackson’s writing style is emotionally raw, candid, and sometimes shocking in its honesty. The one constant throughout his story, even during his darkest days of battling his own personal demons, is his connection with cats

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I Have Cat

Good
Reviewed by Tamar on Oct 03 2012

I started reading, and was hooked after the first couple of pages...hooked by Jackson’s honesty, openness, and courage to tell the tale of his emotional and human growth, thanks to cats and his willingness to listen to them

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Catsparella

Good
May 15 2012

one part memoir and one part cat advice manual. Galaxy gets introspective in the bio, which offers a deeper look at the man behind the catnip

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Pet Side

Good
Reviewed by Jo Singer on May 10 2012

Cat Daddy is one of the most naked, open and honest, self-examinations, I have read.

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So Many Books So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by Ravenaier on Jul 28 2012

the story comes across with an honesty that is admirable. And yes, the end had me bawling like a baby.

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Cats & Co.

Good
Reviewed by Dianda on Jul 22 2012

It was breathtaking, emotional and sometimes even surprising. It made me laugh and cry. I especially like his honesty in his book, his humour and way of writing — I love his way of writing!

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Beth Wilson Artist And Crazy Cat Lady

Good
Reviewed by Beth on Jul 11 2012

if you want to read about how these tiny little animals can have such huge impacts on the lives of people then it’s a great read...cats enrich and improve our lives and this book shows how they really are little miracles.

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Witch Cats Blog

Good
Jun 28 2012

I found it extremely easy to put myself in Jackson's shoes as he tells his true and sometimes heart-breaking story.

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Baxter Boo

Good
Reviewed by Mary on May 18 2012

Poetry and verse wend their way through his observations as he struggles to find meaning in an often senseless world.

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The Happy Litter Box

Good
May 16 2012

Is this a cat book? Yes. But it’s so, so, so much more. This ain’t your mama’s cat book, that’s for sure.

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Covered In Cat Hair

Good
Reviewed by Robin Olson on May 14 2012

Galaxy’s words are unvarnished, sharp-witted and equally sharp-tongued

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Sebastian The Sensative Soul

Good
Reviewed by Sebastian on May 10 2012

His book, "Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean" is pawsome! It's like Mr. Galaxy actually speaks cat.

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A Tonk's Tail

Good
Reviewed by Rykers Boyz n Allie on May 10 2012

Cat Daddy is a book that's sometimes shocking in its emotional intensity, and unequivocally forthright. It's filled with a treasure trove of cat wisdom that makes this a must-read for any cat lover.

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We Have A Situation

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Shubin on May 09 2012

If you’re looking for the story of how cats can change people and shape our lives – then this book is for you.

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Modern Cat

Good
Reviewed by Peter Wolf on May 08 2012

There’s an undeniable authenticity that comes through in Cat Daddy; its confessional nature and raw, often lyrical, prose are sure to resonate with a broad audience.

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Zee And Zoey's Chronicle Connection

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Reviewed by Deb on May 07 2012

the story was so riveting and compelling. I wholeheartedly respect someone who has been to the deepest and darkest parts of Hell and can emerge victorious

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