Several years ago, long before he became the star of My Cat From Hell, my human met and had lunch with Jackson Galaxy, and she immediately thought he was a great person. Not just because he loved cats, but also because he reminded her of so many of her friends. She knows a lot of musicians and creative humans and many of them, like Jackson, had demons they had to battle. So she was thrilled when he was able to take his already successful cat behaviorist practice to a whole new level with his TV show. Of course she couldn’t wait to read his book because she wanted to find out more about the (sometimes too) sensitive and caring man behind the cats and learn how he wound up helping them as his profession
Me? I mostly wanted to read about Benny, the troubled feline soul that taught Jackson so much about us kitties (and often frustrated him along the way). Of course, I like Jackson too, since he fights the good fight for us cats and speaks about us to humans in a language they can understand. I think he resonates so well with cats and humans alike because of his honesty and openness. He tells truths in this book that would be hard for any human to face. But to really know us cats, I think a human has to know himself, and Jackson was willing to come to grips with his addictions and what they were doing to his life, his relationships and especially himself. And winding through his personal journey were cats, the same way we wind around your legs at mealtime.
Sprinkled throughout this often dark, always fascinating, but ultimately uplifting memoir are lots of great tips about having happy, healthy cats. They are short, to the point, and real world solutions to problems you may have with your cat (like litter box issues or overstimulation), or questions you may have (like why declawing is a terrible thing to do to a kitty).
I don’t think it was any accident that Benny and Jackson came together. They both had big issues to overcome — these two broken beings understood each other on a deeper level than most human-feline relationships. But even then, I think there were parts of Benny that remained a bit mysterious to Jackson… which we cats believe is how it should be.
Note: Buy this book before its May 10 release date and Jackson’s publisher, Tarcher/ Penguin, will donate $1.00 towards saving shelter cats. The groups benefitting include Best Friends Animal Society, Stray Cat Alliance and Neighborhood Cats.
A copy of this book was comped for review. Links to Amazon are Associate links — hey, a kitty’s gotta eat!