When I heard the show name, “My Cat from Hell,” it sounded at first like the kind of “anti-cat” propaganda I get upset about.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
At its core, My Cat from Hell is about solving the very cat behavior issues that send thousands of cats back to shelters to likely be euthanized every year.
An adult cat with behavior problems is not a likely pick at the shelter.
I had the great joy of interviewing Animal Planet’s cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, yesterday (full interview post coming soon!) and I can assure you that Jackson is a man on a mission.
He believes in the possibility of a day when all cats will have homes, and shelter euthanizations will be extinct.
On My Cat from Hell, you get to see Jackson walk into a dramatic situation (flying fur and tears) and quickly read what’s going on with the cat, what’s going on with each human, and what can be done to fix it.
It’s so satisfying to see him bring harmony back to a seemingly impossible situation.
And I appreciate that the show doesn’t take the easy way out.
They could have just had Jackson blow through a bunch of messed up cat households, yowling advice at them. Drama, shame, drama – without resolution.
Instead, they take the time to film Jackson visiting the home weeks later to see exactly how things have changed (or not). If a lot more troubleshooting is needed, we get to see what happens there too.
His solutions are inventive and his patience seems to approach infinite.
He did mention to me that he meditates. This may have something to do with it.
One of the best things about the show is that even long-time cat lovers like you and I learn new, useful information from it.
Cats are one of life’s great mysteries, and Jackson’s understanding of them goes deep.
Watch it with someone you love:
- If you’re in the U.S. check your Animal Planet schedule for airing of the show on Saturday evening, starting January 7th, 2012, 8pm ET/PT.
- If you aren’t in the US, but do have Animal Planet, sit tight: Jackson’s show is coming to your part of the world too.
- You can also catch all of last season on iTunes here.
Check out the new season’s preview here. In the new season, he deals with some problems that are new even to him.
Did I mention I am also so excited to post my interview with Jackson?!
We talked about:
- Jackson’s soul cat, Benny
- why men are becoming cat converts
- his views on psychiatric medications for cats
- how to bond with a cat
- the connection between creative people and cats
- how many cats should be allowed per square foot
- and more
Some of his answers surprised me!
I hope you’ll keep an eye out for it.