Jackson Galaxy: Litter Box Wizard

January 6, 2012

Jackson Galaxy, My Cat From Hell

Courtesy: Jackson Galaxy

A couple of months ago, I posted about cat behaviorists and the wonders they can do with cats who experience litter box problems. For the post, I interviewed a handful of behaviorists to learn more about the profession. One of those experts was Jackson Galaxy, the star of the new Animal Planet hit show, “My Cat From Hell.”

I’m super excited to share that Jackson has agreed to be one of The Happy Litter Box “Litter Box Wizards” and answer reader questions every Friday, right here.

You’ll love hearing from Jackson. He’s thoughtful and intuitive and truly gets to the root of the issue.  You will see this right away if you tune into the premiere of the second season of “My Cat From Hell,” which kicks off tomorrow – Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. EST on Animal Planet. You  don’t want to miss it. Stay home with a bottle of wine and your cats or DVR it if you must, but don’t miss it because you’ll definitely learn something.

On each show, Jackson helps humans get to the bottom of their cat’s behavior issue; be it a litter box problem (!!!!), aggression, hiding, fighting or other things. Through his thoughtful “investigations” into the cat’s world and perspective, Jackson ultimately pinpoints the issue and helps the family – and the cat – work together towards a solution. I love it.

I especially love that Jackson’s goal is aligned with ours here at the Happy Litter Box: to help prevent more cats from being euthanized by keeping them out of shelters to begin with. Behavior issues are among the biggest reasons cats are relinquished or abandoned.

When I asked Jackson about the most surprising thing that he got out of the season he answered honestly that, even though they had crews and cameras invading each cat’s space, they were still successful. “We taught the entire crew to approach cats and be around cats. They learned to be aware of how they walked across the room, not to stare, to take their shoes off and how to come down to the cat’s level.”

I envision a whole crew (sometimes up to 12 people at a time) “pussyfooting” around each home, while Jackson worked his magic. It makes me smile.

So, stop back here each Friday and see what nuggets of insight Jackson has to share. If you have a question you’d like answered, please email me at caroline (at) highpaw.com and we’ll do our best to get it answered for you.

And, watch tomorrow night’s show and come back here and tell me what you think! I am confident you’ll love it just like I do.