Feline Experts Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin Declare It Is Time To Catify!
You may pay the mortgage, but it is your cat who spends more time inside your home. And your feline friend needs and deserves accommodations that keep her from staging a hissy fit. Tune in this special episode of the Oh Behave Show hosted by Arden Moore and learn how to design a happy and stylish home for your cat -- and you. The advice comes from true cat champions: Jackson Galaxy (host of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell") and Cat Style Expert and Haus Panther Founder Kate Benjamin. This talented duo share tips that will end the hissing, bring on the purring and create harmony in your household with your feline friend. These tips come from their newest, must-get book called, Catify to Satisfy: Simple Design Solutions for Creating a Feline-Friendly Home.
A cat behaviorist with more than fifteen years of experience—and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat From Hell—Galaxy specializes in helping individuals whose “out of control” cats are turning their lives and homes upside down.
In Jackson’s memoir, Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love and Coming Clean (Tarcher/Penguin, May 2012), he tells the inspiring story of Benny, the cat who saved his life and set him on the path to becoming America’s Cat Daddy.
Along the way, he shares his mission—born from his many years working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley—to help save the 4 million dogs and cats who die in shelters each year. As Jackson says: “Working in an animal shelter grounded me in the current reality of animal overpopulation and convinced me simultaneously of the promise of a no-kill country. We can achieve, in my lifetime, a world where homeless animals do not have to die – needlessly.”
Prior to penning Cat Daddy, Jackson went into private practice in Boulder in 2002 co-founding Little Big Cat, Inc., with Dr. Jean Hofve, a respected holistic veterinarian. Together they gave mind-body consultations to cat guardians, focusing on the connection between physical and behavioral health. Jackson also joined Dr. Hofve in the popular Spirit Essences Flower Essence remedy line. Today he is the owner and president of Spirit Essences.
In 2007, Jackson moved to Los Angeles where he re-established, and continues to maintain, a private consulting practice. Working one-on-one with cats in their homes, utilizing his unique “Cat Mojo” approach to cat care, he offers his clients a deeper understanding of why their cats act out and the tools to resolve their cats’ behavioral issues.
True to his goal, Jackson also works closely with animal shelters and rescue organizations, teaching his Cat Mojo lecture series to volunteers, staff and adopters, and helping with both behavioral and environmental enrichment programs for their feline residents.
He currently sits on the board of directors for Stray Cat Alliance and Fix Nation in Los Angeles, as well as the Board of Advisors for Neighborhood Cats in his hometown of New York City.
Jackson has appeared as the Official Cat Behaviorist for Game Show Network’s Think Like a Cat and as the Cat Behavior Expert on Animal Planet’s Cats 101. He has also been featured by such media outlets as 20/20, EXTRA, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, the New York Post, and AOL.
Cat style expert Kate Benjamin is the go-to source for all things cat- and design-related. She is the founder and editor of Hauspanther.com, the premier online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate also designs and manufactures her own line of handmade cat products under the Hauspanther brand.
Kate uses her design expertise to help people live happily with cats. She introduces environmental enhancements and well-designed products that accommodate the cats’ needs, while also pleasing the cat guardians. Just because you have cats doesn't mean you have to give up your sense of style!
Kate has been featured in the media including CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Pet Elite and Animal Wise Radio as an expert on style and design trends for felines. She also makes guest appearances on Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy.