the fix, Sun. July 29, 2012

Great article on Jackson from the fix: addiction and recovery, straight up.

Straight talk from The Cat Daddy about how it took sobriety to help him deal with people, and answers to questions like….

  • Do you think addicts are more drawn to pets than non-addicts?
  • What would you say is your greatest challenge?
  1. downfromtheledge   August 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm  

    This was such an honest and piercing interview Jackson. What a line: “But to feel love unconditionally—to come home and know there’s something there—is important when you hate yourself.” I’m not sure I wouldn’t have killed myself if not for my kitty. Just knowing that she depended on me, and was there no matter what…sounds stupid to some, but for many of us there are no *people* around when the going gets tough.

    1. Lisa   March 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm  

      Not just in dealing with addiction, the love of pets while processing grief and feel totally alone is also important. My current boyfriend would not have survived the loss of his wife of 24 years due to cancer if he did not have a small menagerie of kitties who totally depended on him.

      His wife’s illness also left him without a job as well, as he was not promoted in the Navy because they really couldn’t transfer him while he was ill. He was retired honorably after 24 years while his wife was still alive but terminal and rather stuck in Hawaii with an upside down mortgage and no transition plan into civilian life. He doesn’t have a lot of family and what he does have is 3K miles away and the few friends he did have here were all re-stationed. No kids either.

      If it weren’t for his furry kids, he would not have survived because they gave him the purpose to get out of bed every day and try to move on.

  2. Nadine Anglesey   May 7, 2014 at 11:50 am  

    My cat has cataracts she was born with them. My question to you is what can I do regarding her issue’s!!! My daughter and grandson have moved in with me and they are terrified of being around her. I LOVE her so Much! She and I have suffered the loss of my husband 5 years ago. She doesn’t’ like loud noises or sudden moves around her. She dwells in My bedroom which I have created for her comfort. My daughter is a real cat lover and my Cat is slowly coming around her. I can’t afford any surgery to correct her condition. Any suggestions???
    I really m desperate!!!
    Anything I would love to hear from you thank you SO much
    Nadine Anglesey

  3. Holiday Tasch   October 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm  

    Jackson, I just want to express my condolences after watching you on Animal Planet, all day long, but when you mentioned your dog, Rudy, and that he was getting up there, at the end of the episode, you dedicated the episode to Rudy, who had indeed passed on in 2013. I couldn’t believe it, esp. since you had just done the Houston episode where Mom signed the contract NOT to get rid of her daughter’s kitty while she was away at college. Hit me like a ton of bricks, knowing that these are all pre recorded, it still stung me, as before you left their house, you had tears in your eyes, when you mentioned your own dog Rudy and that he may be soon gone. You are correct, you never get over a pets passing. i just wanted to express my feeling of loss for you, as you did dedicate that episode to your rudy passing…in 2013! I am so sorry for you, and I know rudy will live on with you in your heart. I adopt dogs (one at a time, I know my limits) usually Dobies, but now I have a Min pin, just my size, cause I cannot lift an ailing dobie any more. but I am a faithful watcher of your show and sometimes I just don’t know how you do it, but you truly know your cats! again, my condolences, and thank you for helping so many of them and their families.~ Holiday T., FtLaud., FL.

  4. judy schwartz   June 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm  

    Dear Jackson. I have two small dogs and one older cat; our other cat died about a year ago . We adopted a kitten who was very sick and nursed her back to health. She is now about 13 mos. old. We’ve had no problem with her for the first 8-9 mos but in the last two months she has started pooping on top of my bed and in the doggie beds. I don’t have the heart to surrender her to a no kill shelter but she is upsetting my household terribly not to mention the messes I have to keep cleaning up. I am now locking my bedroom door all day and turning the dog beds upside down at night and putting them away. My house is in confusion and the pets are upset by her behavior and these new locked doors, etc. I’ve tried adding a different liter to the liter even though she never had a problem before the past two mos. CAN YOU HELP ME AND GIVE ME SOME INSIGHT AS TO WHAT I MAY DO. SURRENDERING HER IS MY VERY LAST OPTION. THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM FOR US. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU CAN OFFER ME AS I AM DESPERATE AND A MAJOR ANIMAL LOVER AND VOLUNTEER. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS – judy schwartz

  5. Pat Scott   August 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm  

    I have a beautiful white with grey spots cat that I adopted from a shelter. She is a little skittish but very loving. One problem has surfaced that I don’t know what to do to correct. She will not use the litter box to poop and sometimes to urinate. She uses my bed and I am about to the end of my patience. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. If I cannot correct this problem soon I may be forced to give her back to the shelter. If anyone has any suggestions on how to solve this problem please email me.

  6. Gina Burns   January 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm  

    I live in N. California and we have a 20+ lb. Mane Coon-ish kitty, Boo, who is 6. He was an indoor kitty the first 3 years we had him, but as he got bigger and demanded to go outside, we relented and now he comes and goes as he pleases and we are now at his beck and call to open the door for him. One of our neighbors was evicted and had 2 dogs, 3 cats (1 she was “fostering” but never got fixed or took care of him so now he’s mainly feral) and a couple of rabbits…not to mention the 2 year old child she had. When she left, she left all of the cats. Last year at this time, we tried to take in one of them (she was on my front doorstep, soaking wet and when I picked her up she tried to get in my sweater with me). Belle, is super cute and sweet with slightly crossed blue eyes (she looks like Barbra Streisand, spot on). She thrived inside and loved nothing more than to snuggle on the bed. The problem is my cat…he’s not having it with her in the house and has decided to start spraying, which is no bueno. So sweet Belle is now back outside and is so unhappy (while Boo is happier than ever). I go outside and hold her (and of course feed her and made her a shelter that is covered, etc.) and cry when I come inside. I don’t want to give her to a no kill shelter (and the Humane Society doesn’t take abandoned kitties…whatever) and the thought of her being in a cage makes me so sad. But her not having ANYWHERE to go (other than my front porch) is killing me. It’s Boo house first, I get it. But if anyone has any suggestions of what to do here, I’d be eternally grateful! My email is Thank you!! Gina Burns


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book Cat Daddy and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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