Cats are from Mars?
TV star and kitty sage helps the planets align for peaceful feline-human relations
Feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy didn’t set out to become the patron saint of conflicted cats. "I never wanted to do anything besides be a singer-songwriter," says the tattooed, goateed, pierced guitar player. But one night, while working as an animal caretaker at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado, Galaxy single-handedly soothed dozens of screaming, anxious cats and realized that his life was meant to go in a different direction.
Today, his guitar case holds cat toys rather than a musical instrument. While continuing to consult with shelters, the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell calls on desperate owners in the Los Angeles area whose badly behaved pets are ruining their houses and relationships. Galaxy puts the misunderstood cats on the couch along with their owners, turning around seemingly hopeless situations and keeping families together. He details his personal history with one particular cat in his book, Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean.
In this edited interview with The HSUS’s Arna Cohen, Galaxy talks about what makes him tick.