If you are the proud parent of a characterful cat – or cats – you’ve likely done your research on everything from the best food and toys to the safest flea treatments and name tags. But have you heard of the Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy?
At face value, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a Cat Daddy, is a cat behaviourist. Dig a little deeper though, and you’ll find that he’s much more.
Manhattan-born and bred, Galaxy (nee Richard Kirshner) found himself in Colorado in his twenties, working at animal shelters and learning all about feline behaviour. A keen student, he eventually became a cat behaviourist, first in Colorado and later in California, where he continues to practice today.
In recent years, he has starred in his own show (My Cat From Hell) and appeared as the expert on several documentaries. He’s also penned numerous books and contributed to various articles about cat behaviour and his methods for resolving feline behavioural problems. He is also an advocate for animal welfare.
Some of his more challenging patients are cats who are semi-feral or have been rehomed and struggle to build relationships with their new humans, bond with other resident cats or suffer the side-effects of a less than satisfactory environment. The Cat Daddy works to build trust with the cats and gives their guardians homework to ensure they create a nurturing environment for their four-legger. These are all part of his method to bring about cat mojo, which is what Jackson ‘The Cat Daddy’ Galaxy is all about.
Jackson Galaxy is widely considered a walking encyclopedia; an authority on all things feline. What makes him truly special is how much he genuinely cares about the cats and the cat guardians he works with, and his passion for making all cats’ lives better.
He has spent years working on the front lines in shelters and homes, helping everyone from former-ferals to special needs cats and adoptees find their feet in new homes. His research is extensive, his knowledge impressive and his results are consistently outstanding.
So, if you want to be the best cat-parent you can be, you might want to read some of his work, check out his YouTube or catch his show, My Cat From Hell, on Animal Planet.
SO much. But the number one thing Galaxy will teach you is Cat Mojo 101; the confident who, the confident what, the confident where, and the confident how.
He focuses on the importance of the raw Cat – with a capital C – as this is the Cat that came before your fluffy little ball of domesticated house cat, and it’s what drives them still.
Galaxy’s method is one that empowers owners with knowledge and understanding of what drives their little lions, so they can better understand how best to meet their needs.
Often, cats are treated in the same way as dogs, but their domestication is still in its infancy. As such, they need to be approached differently. You need to satisfy the raw Cat so you can truly appreciate your house cat. Learn more about the Raw Cat and Cat Mojo here.
Now you know more about Jackson Galaxy, his motivation and his methods, here’s a taste of what it means to practice Cat Mojo 101.
#1 Begin With Basecamp:
Cats are all about territory. They need to feel like they belong, and like their living quarters belong to them. By designating a room or parts of many rooms to your cat – this could be with a cat tree, blankets, toys or even food, water and litter boxes – you create a basecamp that has your cat’s scent and is a safe, comfortable place for them to go. Ideally, you will extend basecamp by putting their favourite blanket at the foot of the bed or a scratch post or pad in every room. The more they sense their scent mixing with yours, the more at home they feel. A confident cat starts with basecamp.
#2 Catify To Satisfy:
You might be mistaken for thinking “catification” is just another buzzword but you’d be wrong. Catification is a key factor to your cat’s happiness. Making sure they have a feline-friendly set up indoors and outdoors means they can embrace all that makes them “Cat” and you can enjoy watching them at their best and brightest. The first step to catification is to create what Galaxy likes to call the cat superhighway – a fun route of shelves, furniture and cat furniture that allows your cat to move around your home without having to interact with other people or pets. Check out Jackson explaining how to catify your home here.
#3 Embrace The Raw Cat:
A happy cat is a raw Cat, and the raw Cat is all about embracing their natural instincts – the pattern that they are hardwired to follow, day in and day out, as their purpose in life. As a cat parent, this pattern should be your mantra and will offer you a unique opportunity to bond with your pet. The 6 steps to supercat are Hunt, Catch, Kill, Eat, Groom, Sleep.
Of course, there are lots of schools of thought out there, and Galaxy himself would encourage you to keep an open mind and do as much research as you possibly can. You should always make sure that you find the right methods and lifestyle practices for your cat – they deserve it!