Monday, August 5, 2013

My Cat From Hell

I don't watch much TV. So little, in fact, that I tell people I flat out don't watch any television because it's easier. I occasionally watch movies but the only TV show I watch is The Big Bang Theory. And that half hour of TV a week is plenty for me ;)

But when my dad called me about a cat show he watched that starred a cat who looked like Dottie . . I had to watch!

It's called My Cat From Hell, and that's the host, Jackson Galaxy. It's fabulous. Jackson is a cat behaviorist (which I didn't even know existed). People submit tapes of their cat's bad behavior to try to get help for their cat, but often the cat's problems also bleed into the owner's personal life as well. Then Jackson visits their home, interviews the owners, meets the cat, and tries to change the behavior into something more positive. And these "bad" behaviors are pretty extreme (as can be expected since it's a reality show). Cats that attack their owners, cats that pee everywhere, cats that meow incessantly, cats that beat up the other animals in the house . . 

Jackson's cat philosophy meshes with mine really well (and that's probably a big part of why I enjoy the show so much). He tries to understand why the cat is acting the way it is in order to solve the problem. Sounds like common sense, right? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Like cats peeing outside the litter box - sometimes it's as simple as the owners need to clean the box out more often or change to a different type of litter, but other times it's something more complicated like the cats down the street are peeing outside the living room window and making the cat feel threatened. Jackson's attitude makes the show. You can tell how much he cares about cats in every episode that I've seen.

And my cats get on my nerves every once in a while, but this show really reels it in for me. Sure, I might get a paw in my face by 6:30 every morning and a furry guest who opens the shower door on me even when it's freezing . . but really, in the grand scheme of things, I have wonderful kitties. They're too cute to stay mad anyway! ;)
And unfortunately, I'm telling you guys about this a little too late since the season just ended, but there are a few full length episodes and plenty of clips on the Animal Planet website.

Do you watch much TV? Do you think I'm crazy for not watching much TV? ;)


  1. I watch virtually no TV as well, but I would love to see this! A few years ago I even watched some episodes of "At the End of My Leash" because I liked the way the guy figured out the dogs' behaviour (I don't have a dog). I've just gone over to watch some clips on Animal Planet!

  2. I watch way too much television, but sadly I justify it as it's really the only time hubby and I are in the same room. We don't have a tremendous amount of common hobbies. I caught a bit of this one once, might tune in next season.

    1. That's too bad about the hobbies . . I hope you can at least find shows you agree on :)

  3. We don't watch a lot of tv, but it is a fine thing when Wayne comes home all toasty from work and we have coffee and watch an episode of something! We have digital rabbit ears and Netflix instant streaming, and that's plenty, though this cat show does sound enjoyable! Your kitties are very cute.

    1. I agree, it is nice to sit back and be entertained. :) I've never heard of digital rabbit ears . . I'll have to check that out.


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