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.