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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. 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 thirtee
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Tarcher (first published May 1st 2012)
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Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not done yet, but I wanted to comment on some reviews I've read...I'm not understanding how people are giving this book lower stars or a less than glowing review because they expected it to be a cat behavior book.

It's subtitled: "What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean."

Not: "How I Taught the World's Most Incorrigible Cat to Live, Love, and Be Clean."

Rate a book on it's content and it's writing. Not your expectations.
Cheryl Anne Gardner
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me just preface this review by saying that I'm a twenty year ferret caretaker. I never had cats until I recently adopted a feral from my yard last August who we had been working with and caring for for six years. He eventually wanted to come in, so we let him. Cat guardianship is all new to me, but animal guardianship, in general, is not. I've been a lifelong animal lover and caretaker, so I devoured this book in a weekend. Galaxy is a kindred spirit, and I could not put this book down from ...more
Jay Greenwood
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, cat lover or cat hater.
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
Amazing, Cat Daddy is simply amazing. A surprise, a pleasure, and for me, a brutally honest view of the modern human experience. Once I picked it up, it didn't leave my fingers until every page was turned.

Let me start by being honest myself. When I first saw "My Cat from Hell", I thought that Jackson Galaxy was a tool. I mean, come on, who is named Jackson Galaxy? Who shaves their beard halfway and wears neon pink vests? What can a guy who has giant dangling piercings, a bald head, and a body fu
I picked this up off of a library display of cat and dog books. I’d heard of Mr. Galaxy’s show but never seen it because I don’t have cable. Anyway, this isn’t exactly a cat book; it’s a memoir about a guy who discovered he had a Gift for understanding cats.

Mr. Galaxy’s early life was as a rock musician, where he became addicted to everything: alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs, food. He eventually B.S.’d his way into a job at an animal shelter, which was brutal at times. While he connect
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir, cats
I wanted to love this book; I really did. I am a fan of Jackson Galaxy's Animal Planet show, and I really appreciate him and his mission to help cats and other pets find forever homes and stay in homes once they are placed. However, this book was not my favorite.

I did understand going in that this was a memoir about how Jackson's relationship with his cat Benny helped him through a very difficult time in his life and helped him kick his addictions. At least, that's what I thought it was about.
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Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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I chose to list to the audio version of this book, narrated by Jackson Galaxy. Really, there is nothing more poignant, emotional, and compelling than a book with this much pathos actually narrated by the author himself. It allows Galaxy to punctuate and accurately show the triumphs and failures - in his own unique voice.

As the title suggests, this is about the 'cat daddy' as he was nicknamed. But it is also about his
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is what you would get if you met a drunk Jackson Galaxy on holiday who decided to share the story of his life with you over the course of an entire night.

What you get is: brutal honesty, well-meaning but vague lessons about acceptance, struggle and addiction, a bittersweet calm joy for his achievements. Cats are sprinkled in the mix, not that generously, but only because you know this guy is bound to mention cats quite often. You like this guy, his monologue is interesting.

At the same time
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

The book focuses on who this guy is??? I mean how does a guy who looks like Jackson become and advocate for cats?I am totally with him too when it comes to spaying and neutering your pets. There are millions and millions of pets. Do we really need anymore? Do people really need to make that $1000 off another litter of animals. So sad. Please Please read this book if you are thinking about getting a pet ESPECIALLY a cat. I just dished out almost $1500 on my
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't really know why I picked up this book, 'cept I have psycho cats ( seriously psycho)
and was hoping to find out why they fight at 3:00AM EVERY morning, well, almost every morning.
Jackson Galaxy is the host of the TV show " My Cat From Hell". This is how he got there.
However, it is also a peek inside the way animals communicate with us,
emulate us, and ultimately change us, or try to, with some great tips sprinkled in on how to
observe your own pets and see what's really going on.
I have t
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those books that the book description is so off from what the book is truly about that I would have to ask the pe
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies-etc
Frankly, I'm amazed that Mr. Galaxy lived long enough to write this book. To me, that is part of the problem of this book, as it spent quite a lot of time chronicling the author's struggle with drugs, alcohol and food. Benny, meant to be the inspiration for writing this book, seemed to be more of a side character and, while I got an essence of what made him so special, I wanted to spend more time with him and less time in AA. There were also some turns of phrase that were too clever for their ow ...more
Rebecca Huston
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat Lovers
A very interesting, non-fluffy book about cats, and living with them. Jackson Galaxy is outspoken, honest and compassionate, and I can happily recommend this one. Two serious notes here -- he's very honest about overcoming alcohol and drug addiction and that won't sit well with some readers, and also about spaying and neutering your pets. Four stars overall.

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Take the love you feel for one and love all. The process is terrifying. Loving the world is not like the trust fall exercise you did in EST, summer camp, or your last corporate retreat; loving the world is far bigger than that and far more impossible.

I'll say this much: you won't read the book if you don't love animals, but if you love animals, whether or not you know who this guy is, this is one to read. Not because it's brilliant but because sometimes you like hearing how much other people l
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A critic has said that one important measure of a superior work of literature is its ability to produce in the reader a healthy confusion of pleasure and disquietude. Select a literary work that produces this “healthy confusion.” ~1985 A P English test prompt

Jackson Galaxy's journey from a drinking and drugging failed rock star to sober famous cat behaviorist and star of the Animal Planet show "My Cat from Hell" meets the test of a good book as by the "healthy confusion" standard. It is the tale
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
An easy book to read in a sitting or two.

I desperately wanted to like this book because I like Galaxy's program on Animal Planet, and because he has devoted so much time and effort in helping people to live with cats. (I was permitted no pets as a child, but cats entered my life forty years ago and are now fully there. So I am an unabashed cat person.)

The ghost-writing is breezy, even flip. But I learned as a child that people who resort to "curse words" show they have a limited vocabulary and p
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yeah, I cried at the end. Who wouldn’t?
Sue Jaffarian
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting look into the life of Jackson Galaxy. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Deborah Barnes
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, this is definitely not your conventional cat book. This is not a story of a cute and fluffy kitten that is abandoned and finds a new home in a library to inspire the whole town. Nor is it a happy go lucky adventure of a man and his cat who entertain us with humorous antidotes. The language in this book is graphic and unapologetic, the imagery that is described as a result of situations that stem from serious drug and alcohol addictions can be unsettling, and, because the auth ...more
Stacey B.
MY THOUGHTS: I thought this would be a good book, but I had no idea how good of a book it would actually be. I am a huge fan of the show My Cat From Hell, so when I was at the library and I saw that this was a book, I knew I had to get it. Soon after, audible had a deal on this book, and I scooped it up. I love when writers narrate their own books because they can put emphasis on certain words or phrases that they want to stand out. Jackson does a great job with that in his book. I can hear in h ...more
Tchula Ripton
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I love Jackson Galaxy's show, My Cat From Hell, so I thought I'd check out his book. Unfortunately, it reads less like a book than a private journal, with numerous stream-of-consciousness passages--mostly having to do with Mr. Galaxy's past drug and alcohol addictions. Some judicious editing could have made this a much better book, with more emphasis given to stories about various cats, and much less given to random rants.

A note for parents: there are numerous swear words peppered throughout the
H. P. Reed
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like this man. I like what he does with cats, I like his quirkiness and unashamed emotional response to humans and animals alike. So I thought that I would like his book. But no. I couldn't finish the book. There was just too much exposed mental and emotional flesh. I wanted to shake him and yell, "TMI, Jackson, TMI!" His scenes with catdom were what has made his followers love him but the drug and alcohol confessions consumed too much of the book. I still like this wonderful human who so kind ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Too much metaphorical mumbo-jumbo about his various drug, alcohol and food addictions, and not enough about his cat Benny.

Not what I was expecting (or hoping for) when I picked up this book at the library after an extremely long wait list.

Still love his show and his insights on cats, though.

Jo * Smut-Dickted *
What a remarkable book. I'm a Jackson Galaxy fan - having enjoyed his shows and his depth. He has taught me a ton so to see how he evolved and how things worked (and didn't!) for him was a looking glass in opportunity. This book was particularly emotional for me - but really rewarding. Highly recommended! ...more
I really enjoyed hearing about how Jackson became the person that he is. Yeah, it's not a lot about how to diagnose cats and what may be bothering them or affecting their behavior, but was able to take away from it a great deal of information and tips on how to understand my feline companions. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of Jackson Galaxy for a while now, since I saw the premier episode of "My Cat m Hell" I respect his knowledge and insight into cats, and his patience in dealing with guardians, more than I can say. However, after reading this book, I have gained an enormous amount of respect for him as a human being. Written with brutal honesty and utter vulnerability, this story of two broken beings' journey towards wholeness reaffirmed my belief that we are capable of far, far more than we ...more
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
::grabs you by your lapels::


Do you know what it is to be in a professional work setting bawling your eyes out silently while still working? Thank the cods I sit at the front where people's view of me is limited. Bah.

I'd never heard of My Cat From Hell until I was at my mother's house one night and it was on. She had attempted to tell me some of what she'd learned from watching it, such as tree
Miss Kitty
I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would and wound up speed-reading to the end. It's a parallel story of cat bromance and sobriety that's laced with plenty of profanity so that you don't think you're reading a Lifetime movie script. Or at least the profanity help me from thinking that. I feel like the last two books I've read - Pema Chodron's The Wisdom of No Escape and now Cat Daddy - unexpectedly wound up being about the same things: dealing with your emotions (even the icky ones) and be ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I really mean it when I say I couldn't put this book down - I read it in one sitting, cover to cover. I'll preface this by saying that I was already a Jackson Galaxy fan beforehand, so I am probably a bit biased.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. Was it going to mostly about cat behaviorist tricks, or would it concentrate on Jackson's past? In my opinion, this book struck a really great balance between detailing Jackson's addiction problems, the life of Benny (his former
I really enjoyed this book. The audio version was great, and I loved Jackson Galaxy as the narrator. He was just as good when he was talking in a soothing voice to cats as he was cursing at life in general! I generally am not a fan of author narrated books, but this was the exception. The story was also really good; I had not seen his television show before, but I was immediately hooked by the story line of the author overcoming his several addictions and his work with the cats. There are some g ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jackson's book is very refreshing and honest. It was really hard to put down and at times very hard to keep reading. As his working in a shelter really opened my eyes and was very emotional to take in. I really felt Jackon put his heart and soul into this book and opened up for all the see both the good and the bad. I know I for one am glad he shared his life and Benny's with us. Cat daddy he is and will always be. ...more
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Jackson Galaxy (born c. 1966 as Richard Kirschner) is a cat behaviorist and host of the television show My Cat from Hell.

Born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, he legally changed his name when he was in his twenties. He has a Master of Fine Arts in acting. Galaxy learned cat behavior through his work with rescue cats, originally with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Colorado.

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