Jack­son Galaxy

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - TIF­FANY DUNK NA­TIONAL TV EDI­TOR

He’s been dubbed “The Cat Daddy” and as we ar­rive to chat with Jack­son Galaxy it’s un­sur­pris­ing to see a stream of fe­lines in his wake.

Ad­mit­tedly, we were in a cat cafe at the time, but the ef­fect the My Cat From Hell star has on cats far and wide has seen him launch his own cat toy range as well as author three books.

As his show — in which he helps cat guardians re­solve con­flicts be­tween them­selves and their cats — re­turns for a sev­enth sea­son, Galaxy re­veals why he’s in such huge de­mand.

What’s with all the cats com­ing up to say hello? I don’t know whether I’m grav­i­tat­ing to­wards them or they grav­i­tate to­wards me but we tend to end up in the same or­bit. That’s how my whole job started.

How so? I was work­ing in a shel­ter and it would be a con­stant thing. (Peo­ple) would make fun of me, they’d call me cat boy be­cause this would hap­pen. It’s one of those things where we just get each other.

What are the most com­mon prob­lems you help to fix? Lit­ter­box prob­lems will al­ways be num­ber one. Ag­gres­sion to­ward peo­ple or other an­i­mals, and cats not get­ting along where there is con­stant fight­ing in the house.

One of your clients was the in­fa­mous Lux, whose own­ers called 911 af­ter lock­ing them­selves in a room to get away from him ... I’m still in close con­tact with Lux. I de­cided that the best spot for Lux was at a sanc­tu­ary. He’s still not sta­ble enough to be with a fam­ily — un­for­tu­nately with his chem­i­cal is­sues we’ve never re­ally got­ten a han­dle on. But he’s got a good life now, he’s a happy guy.

Have you ever met a cat you’ve not been able to help? He was about as close as you can get. But that said, he’s a hap­pier cat than when I met him and that’s for damn sure. He’s a per­fect ex­am­ple where the prob­lem may not re­solve it­self to the sat­is­fac­tion of a hu­man, but I’ve never left a cat as un­happy as they were when I met them.

Why is be­ing anti-social a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion about cats? That’s ab­surd. You look at cats in the wild and they live in colonies, they choose to. I know so many peo­ple who say, ‘I’ll go away for three days or so. I’ll leave a bowl of wa­ter and an au­to­matic feeder — the cat is fine.’ Your cat gets lonely and gets sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety.

What are the ad­van­tages of own­ing a cat? I can’t think of one dis­ad­van­tage. They give you a level of un­con­di­tional love that can’t be matched.

MY CAT FROM HELL, AN­I­MAL PLANET, SATUR­DAY, 6.30PM

Jack­son Galaxy and cats un­der­stand each other.

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