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Jackson Galaxy, Cat Behaviorist, Talks Tiger with Gracey

My mom and I had the privilege of talking tiger with Jackson Galaxy, the Cat Behaviorist and the Host of the Animal Planet series, My Cat From Hell. Jackson’s love for cats goes back to his childhood days when he was enamored of the big cats. Who doesn’t admire the strength and stealth of the tiger as well as the independence yet

Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy

connection to the pride of the lion?  His love for the feline family stayed with him into adulthood and we agreed, that in our opinions, the wildness inside each and every cat is the reason for the fascination, admiration and attraction by humans towards the domestic felines that share their lives.

Those that have feline family members sharing their home know that the feline-human bond is quite similar to the human-human bond, because the relationship is a connectedness that is based on love, respect, and compromise.  Cats are intelligent and willful beings that refuse to be ruled. To successfully change what one thinks is a cat’s undesirable behavior, the human must first understand that a cat is just doing what a cat does, and that the compromise will need to come from the human.

Jackson has learned from his 16 years in the cat psychology realm that in order to succeed in mending the relationships between cat parents and what is deemed a problem cat might be simple changes that cater to the cat’s need to be “wild”.  The very thing that attracts humans to the cat, their wildness, is often what is also  interpreted as a problem. Cats are hard-wired to hunt. They can’t control this instinct.  Playful pouncing and stalking as a kitten is the preparation for survival as an adult. Cats that are  part of a human family don’t need to hunt for food, but they still need to release energy and express themselves by activities that mimic the hunt.

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My Dad is a Healthy Snackasaurus

Upon our return from the Global Pet Expo,  my mom came down with a cold and we are not sure but maybe a touch of the flu.  So she and I have been huddled together reading about Korean Pine Forests and the Amur Tiger. This is super interesting stuff, so we sometimes read for a few hours at a time and then we might even take a nap to think about what we have just learned.

Today my dad said that he would go out hunting for a few groceries so that my mom could stay home resting and reading with me.  He asked  her if she wanted anything special and she said maybe some oranges and he said he was going to get my grandma a dozen eggs and maybe some sort of “healthy” snack for himself.

Gracey stalking her dad's snacks

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