Tuesday 9 July 2013

Cat Daddy

Finished July 9
Cat Daddy: what the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean by Jackson Galaxy with Joel Derfner, read by the author

This memoir is by Jackson Galaxy, known for his show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet. I haven't watched the show, but I was attracted by the title and finding out he earns his living as a cat behaviorist. Galaxy talks about his special relationship with cats and the very special cat, Benny, that influenced his life in a big way. The two first met when Galaxy was working at an animal shelter, trying to make it as a rock musician and spending most of his earnings on drugs and alcohol. Benny showed up with a shattered pelvis from a bad encounter with a car, and Galaxy was pressed to foster him. But he ending up bonding with Benny and through his work with cats and love for Benny, he eventually came clean, getting the drugs and alcohol out of his life. He then developed a weight problem, eventually weighing over 400 pounds. But Benny helped him through that as well. There is a lot about his work with cats, but also a lot about his struggles with addiction, denial, and finding his calling. A very inspiring memoir.

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