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Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Cl ean [Format Kindle]

Jackson Galaxy
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Cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet's hit television show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a. "Cat Daddy," isn't what you might expect for a cat expert (as The New York Times noted, with his goatee and tattoos, he "looks like a Hells Angel"). Yet Galaxy's ability to connect with even the most troubled felines -- not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake -- is awe-inspiring. In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his thirteen-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home.

When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up. Benny had seen better days --- his pelvis had just been shattered by the wheels of a car -- and his owner insisted he'd been "unbondable" from day one. Nothing could have been further from the truth. An inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other, Cat Daddy is laced throughout with Galaxy's amazing "Cat Mojo" advice for understanding what cats need most from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives.

Biographie de l'auteur

Jackson Galaxy has been called everything from a cat trainer to a cat shrink. Drawing on his years of experience in animal shelters and as a consultant working one-on-one with thousands of cats in their homes, his unique "Cat Mojo" approach offers people a deeper understanding of why their cats act out in the ways they do. Galaxy maintains a private consulting practice in Los Angeles.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 very interesting 4 août 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I found this book very interesting, as it explains a lot about cats, and their behavior. But I don't think that you should buy it if you're looking about a book that would enlighten you on cat's behavior. That is not the principal thing in this book. It is more about the journey of Jackson Galaxy and how he became as knowledgeable as he is on cat's behaviour. That sill is a very interesting reading and I'm looking forward more books of him.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interressing but not enough cat 25 mars 2014
Par Henry94
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The book is good, and it must have been hard to talk open hearthly like this, but I though it was a book about cat behaviors, not a biography.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An extraordinary and inspirational memoir 10 mai 2012
Par Ingrid King - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This book is no ordinary cat memoir, nor is it an ordinary cat advice book. It is an inspirational tour de force that offers an intimate glimpse at Jackson, the man, and Jackson, the Cat Daddy. This is one of the most unconventional memoirs I've ever read, but then, I didn't expect anything less from Jackson Galaxy.

Jackson Galaxy defies convention. Bald, bearded and tattooed, he's anything but what you would imagine a cat behaviorist to look like, let alone one who has an almost uncanny ability to connect with cats in ways that few others can. Rock musician? Maybe. Biker dude? Possibly. But cat guy? No way.

Cat Daddy chronicles Jackson's journey from down-and-out drug-addicted musician to cat behaviorist of last resort to countless cats, from his early work with cats at an animal shelter in Boulder to his partnership with Jean Hofve, DVM and their joint ventures, Little Big Cat and Spirit Essences, which Jackson eventually bought from Hofve, to his own successful behavior consulting practice.

But the real star of this book is Benny, a small grey and white cat who was brought to the shelter where Jackson had begun to build a reputation as a "cat whisperer." Benny had been hit by a car and had a broken pelvis, his owner couldn't afford the vet bills, and she also "just didn't like him." Benny was only supposed to be a foster cat, but as Jackson watched Benny's remarkable recovery from his physical injuries, something shifted for Jackson. He began to feel a kinship with this broken cat, and realized that "Benny wasn't my foster cat anymore. He was my family." That moment may have saved not only Benny's life, but Jackson's as well. And this was only the first of many lessons Benny would teach Jackson about not being in control of the universe. "The teacher arrived when the student was ready to learn."

In addition to his physical injuries, Benny had his share of emotional problems. It soon became obvious that Benny didn't just come into Jackson's life so Jackson could fix him; Jackson needed some serious fixing himself. By the time Benny arrived, Jackson's life was spiraling out of control at an alarming rate. As Jackson began to work with this emotionally damaged cat, Benny did what noone else in Jackson's life had been able to do: he forced Jackson to begin to peel away the layers of denial, and helped him discover his true physical, spiritual and emotional self beneath his multiple addictions.

There are many deeply moving moments in this book. For me, one of the most most touching passages was the moment Jackson surrenders control. His "hit the knees" moment was reinforced when he realized that "Benny is not just a cat who I take care of but a confused, frustrated being who is exactly the same as me." At that moment, Jackson not only found the process he's since used and still uses today with every cat he works with, he also learned he could be "present in the moment for an animal who needed me to be present in the moment." Being present and living life one moment at a time is one of the cornerstones of recovery. Benny had shown Jackson the way.

The book is interspersed with plenty of Jackson's Cat Mojo 101. He introduces his famous "Cat-I-Love-You" technique (also known as the "slow blink") with the remarkable story of the "forty-five cat kisses"at the Boulder shelter. His "Three-Step Handshake" was born when he first met Benny. In "Don't Be a Litter Box Baby," Jackson provides easy to implement steps to address litter box problems. As with so many of his techniques, Benny proved to be a hard core test case for this one as well.

All of Jackson's advice takes the cat's perspective into account, and comes from the premise that once you understand why something makes sense to a cat and respond from that same place, you will see changes in the cat's behavior. Jackson understands that cats are energetically sensitive, and he focuses as much on training the cat as he does on training the cat's human, always stressing the importance of the cat's guardian managing his own energy and emotions when around the cat.

Jackson's writing style is emotionally raw, candid, and sometimes shocking in its honesty. The one constant throughout his story, even during his darkest days of battling his own personal demons, is his connection with cats in general, and with Benny in particular.

In true cat like fashion, Benny taught Jackson about living in the moment, about surrendering control, and ultimately, about love. The cats of the world, and those of us who love them, owe a debt of gratitude to Benny for saving Jackson's life and for being his teacher - and to Jackson, for the courage to share his story with the world, and for honoring Benny's legacy each and every day through his work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'd Give it 10 Stars if I Could... 12 mai 2012
Par Gwen R. Cooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Not everybody is fortunate enough to experience the extraordinary, life-changing bond that can develop between two different species, but those of us who are know what a miraculous thing it is. To see it in our own lives is a gift. To become intimately acquainted with somebody else's experience, however, is a rare privilege indeed.

This is one of many things that make reading "Cat Daddy" such a joy. By the time you finish this remarkable book, you'll have lived somebody else's love of a cat in ways that make you love and appreciate your own just a bit more. And, because this is Jackson Galaxy, you'll understand the felines in your life a bit more, too. Watching Galaxy on his show "My Cat From Hell" can feel a bit like watching a magician--how does he do it? How does he consistently reach even the most troubled feline souls with so much compassion and to such amazing effect? Galaxy, among other things in this book, takes us inside that process in a way that on the one hand makes it seem completely common-sense, yet on the other hand makes you realize what a unique gift he has.

But this book is so much more than that. I hesitate to call it an amazing "animal story" because it's just an amazing story, period. It must have been painful at times for Galaxy to reveal so much of what was "broken" in his own life when he and Benny first began to form the bond that would redeem them. He does what the best writers do: He bleeds on these pages, but this is blood straight from his heart. In the end, this is one of the most uplifting tales I've ever encountered, and the "Cat Mojo" tips sprinkled throughout--which are admittedly what I expected to enjoy the most--become the cherry on the sundae rather than the sundae itself.

If you love cats, you will love this book. If you don't love cats, I think you'll still love this book. Sometimes it seems as though only epics and sagas that sprawl over many books receive much attention these days. So it comes as heartening revelation to remember that, occasionally, the biggest stories are actually the smallest ones--one man, one cat, and a quiet love that was large enough to save them both.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Addicted to Jackson Galaxy 15 mai 2012
Par Robin A. F. Olson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
If fans of Jackson Galaxy, the punk-abilly "Cat Daddy," who stars in Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell," weren't already swooning over his "catuitive" techniques; Galaxy's first book, Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean would push them into catastic bliss.

His story, which runs a breezy-to-read 300 or so pages, is not your typical tale of how a cat changed a human's life. It's a tag team relationship that spans thirteen years--many of which, for Jackson, are overshadowed by his intake of a dizzying array and quantity of illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription medications which, at times, instead of numbing his pain, take him to the brink of overdosing.

The cure for what ails Galaxy walks on four, albeit one gimpy, legs. An owner-surrendered white and gray shorthaired cat named Benny who is physically and emotionally broken. Benny gets under Jackson's skin and metaphorically (and literally) rips him to shreds until he learns how to feel again. Galaxy finds in Benny the key to unlocking both their inner demons though the transformation doesn't happen overnight. His endless dedication to solving the mystery that is Benny, supercedes any need for a drink, a smoke, a snort.

Through Galaxy's brilliant observations, now all cats have a chance at being understood, for maybe the first time in their lives. This is a story I wanted to read, then read again.

Galaxy's words are unvarnished, sharp-witted and equally sharp-tongued-- especially when he talks about being chided for euthanizing animals. After he explains why it's reprehensible to vilify someone for purposely ending the life of a shelter animal just to ease overcrowding he writes:

"The job had to get done, and I would do it, but I would do everything in my power to change the necessity at its source: I would commit to spreading a strong message about spaying and neutering..."

I found it ironic that Jackson wrote that his father, grandfather and brother were all salesmen, but he was not. I think Galaxy missed what seemed obvious to me after reading "Cat Daddy." That he's the best salesman in his entire family. He's sold millions of fans who watch his show or read his book on the idea that cats are NOT little people in cat suits, who think and act just like humans and should be treated accordingly.

If you share a passion for cats and are confused about how to co-exist appropriately with them, this book, though not specifically a cat behavior guide, lends a friendly hand. In a way it's like reading two books in one because you also get to hold tight as you bear witness to Mr. Jackson's Wild Ride.

Cat Daddy has a lot of heart and heartache. There were moments I sat crying, reluctant to read the next words, but knowing I must. When I turned to the last page I realized I wanted to know more. What happens next? I was addicted to Galaxy's story, of the life he shared with Benny, and maybe a little bit addicted to the man, himself.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 more than a memoir 10 mai 2012
Par a reader from Brooklyn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I tore through most of the book in one sitting last night. I stopped at the beginning of Benny's death because I want to give it its own time and space, but this is one fun book! Jackson is a real character, and I found myself looking at my cat through different eyes last night (I tried the "I" 'Love" "You" blink, but he just said, "I know that," so I'll have to try it on someone else's cat) and also feeling very lucky that my cats have all been so easy and tractable. If the next one isn't, at least now I will know what to do.

I think cat people will go wild for this. Actually, I think anyone with a heart will go wild for this.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Like reading a few different books at once, but I enjoyed all of them 19 mai 2012
Par Julia Cove - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
In his first book, Galaxy tries to tell several somewhat-but-not-entirely related stories all at once. He covers his work with cats at the animal shelter that lead to him becoming a cat behaviorist, the life and death of his cat Benny, and his epic battles with addiction to drugs, alcohol, and food. These stories are interwoven in a way that sometimes works, but sometimes feels like you're switching between completely different books. The book is also sprinkled with a few cat behavior tips -- imagine you're reading about a broken man overdosing on drugs and passing out on his floor, and then you turn the page and see a helpful tip about what to do if your cat won't use the litter box. That's sort of the feel of this book.

Galaxy doesn't spend enough time on cat behavior tips for this book to be considered a guide to cat behavior (although if he happens to address your specific problem in one of his stories or tips, the book might be useful) but I enjoyed reading about his time at the shelter, his early consults with cat owners, and his efforts to solve Benny's endless behavior and health issues. To me, this was the most interesting and original part of the book, and I wish the balance had been more in favor of these stories. I feel like I have read countless addiction / recovery narratives, while Galaxy's history and experience with cats is an original and fascinating story. Fans of "My Cat from Hell" who appreciate the unique voice and perspective that Galaxy brings to cat behavior will appreciate this part of the book.

The addiction / recovery part of the book might not be what MCFH fans were expecting to read, but I do have to say that it was extremely well-written, well-paced, and never boring. Galaxy is a natural writer who tells stories in blunt, vivid prose, with just the right amount of self-indulgence. His strong point of view -- consistent throughout -- ties together a book that could have been a disjointed mess considering how many different stories he is telling. This book is ultimately the story of Galaxy's adult life, his personal and professional struggles, and when I finished I felt like I had gotten to know and understand him -- and I didn't regret the time I had spent with the book.

The final chapter of the book deals with the death of Benny. I was sobbing the whole time. This is the strongest part of the book, and also the hardest to read if you love an animal. Galaxy's feelings for Benny, his obsessive efforts to save him, and his realization that it was time to let Benny go resonated with me more than any other narrative I've read on the subject. I hope I don't have to experience this with my cat for many, many years -- but I imagine that I will come back to this book when that horrible day comes.
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