Otto has been on a long journey, and he’s lost some baggage along the way. That’s not something most travelers would celebrate, but for Otto (short for Ottoman), it’s meant the difference between life as a furry footstool and life as a cat.
The white-and-black shorthair, now 11, tipped the scales at 34 pounds when his owner brought him to New Jersey’s Clementon Animal Hospital in January 2011. “We just stared at him,” says veterinarian Sachina Lyons-Brown. “… It was so weird to see a cat his size.”
Jackson Galaxy set out to be a musician, but wound up a cat behavior guru and the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. The patron saint of conflicted cats discusses his career and shares his insights into the workings of the feline mind.
When cat owners want to add a new furball to their home menagerie, who should they be searching for? How can they make introductions go smoothly? Experts offer advice for keeping the peace in a multi-cat household.