Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
By Jackson Galaxy
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 Jacksonâ€™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!
Sherry Kelly says
I love Jackson’s show and very much enjoyed reading CAT DADDY. (I did cross out all the bad words as I read along:) My cat, Zooby, is smart like you Sparkle and seems to understand everything we say; therefore, I do not allow her in the room while I am watching “My Cat from Hell” because I’m afraid she might get some new ideas. Zooby is now 14 years old and has lead a very interesting life which includes being seriously injured in a garage door accident. Of course, she doesn’t consider herself to be anyone’s pet, but rather believes that our whole purpose is to serve her needs and take care of HER house. You can read all about her in the book titled A Cat Named Zooby! (You won’t need to cross out any words:)
Cat Water Fountain Guy says
I love the show my cat’s from hell, though I wish it were just called “The cat whisperer” because he is so good with cats. We have learned a lot from watching the show and have added more “flow” around our rooms at elevation for the cats to feel more secure when company comes over. Thanks for the great review!
sue brandes says
Great review. Just finished it. Was very refreshing and honest.
This is a great review Sparkle! We haven’t seen his TV show (yeah, we’re the only ones) but this book sounds like a very good read too! We’re going to check it out!
Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie says
Well written! We think he’s pretty pawesome too! Mommy just finished writing her review and we hope she gets her act together to post it this week. *hint*hint*
Kozmo at the Cat From Hell says
It is marvelous that so many cat peoples is weird and wonderful!
Oui Oui says
We love Jackson and his show! Sometimes it scares us a little when a kitty hisses or growls, our ears go down and our eyes get wide until we remember its a TV kitty.
Sherry Kelly says
I have had the book preordered ever since I heard about it. Can’t wait to get it! (Author of A Cat Named Zooby)
We are looking forward to reading this book!
Lilly lu says
Oh is it out we been waiting for the audio book I think Maxie needs to be on that show he attacked me at 1:30 am this morning and his tail is on my bed and body in his bed
Glogirly & Katie says
Sparkle, this is one of the BEST reviews of Jackson’s new book that we’ve read. We love your line about “winding through his personal journey… the same way we wind around your legs at mealtime.”
xo Katie & Glogirly
We love Jackson Galaxy! Thanks for the great review, Sparkle. We’ve pre-ordered the book, and submitted our receipt! 🙂
Ingrid King says
Little One says
I never heard of Jackson before his show either. I enjoy his shows and learn a lot.
Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101.com) says
Great review and will share on FB. We have a sneak peek today at Cat Wisdom101 about the book and how to win an autographed copy.
I heard the book is very interesting and your words for him make me want to know him more!
Cat's Cats says
Looks like a great book!!!
We can’t wait for the book to come out! I am so excited!!!!
Texas, a cat in New York says
His book looks like a great read for my human and me! Thanks, Sparkle.
Gonna tell my human to order it!
We all love that cool dude!
Great review of the book. It sounds like such a good book. We will have to save up our green papers. Hope all of you have a great week end.
Random Felines says
we stealed mom’s plastic card and ordered our copy today (and emailed the receipt so the kitties get credit too)
Caren Gittleman says
super nice testimonial/review of Jackson.
Eric and Flynn says
We had never heard of Jackson Galaxy before reading about him on the blogs. He sounds very interesting.
Hannah and Lucy says
We must admit we have never heard of Jackson Galaxy.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
The Island Cats says
We gotta get our mom going and order this book. We had heard of Jackson Galaxy before he had his TV show, and we are happy that he has been able to share his knowledge and passion for helping cats with so many others.