Jackson Galaxy is best known as the Host & Executive Director of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, and has over two decades of experience in the cat behavior world. The Cat Daddy is also a New York Times best-selling author, founder of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, and in his longest role, the President of Spirit Essences, the first and only line of holistic remedies for animals formulated by a holistic veterinarian and animal behaviorist.
Jackson first began his career in the trenches of an animal shelter, where he spent 9 years on staff at Boulder Valley Humane Society. During this time, he met Dr. Jean Hofve, a respected holistic veterinarian, and together they refined her line of holistic remedies for animals. Spirit Essences was begun in 1995 and used as part of a holistic approach to health & behavior in the shelter as well as in Jackson’s private cat consultation business. Sixteen years later, after Jackson had moved to Los Angeles to continue running both businesses, longtime customers and clients watched as the company’s co-founder — who bottled remedies, answered phones and packed their orders — became an internationally known T.V. host and star.
Animal Planet premiered My Cat From Hell in 2011. An immediate hit, it has followed The Cat Daddy for six top rated seasons as he has made house calls to pet guardians and their cats. Jackson’s presence offers clients a deeper understanding of why cats act out, with insights and exercises from his unique “Cat Mojo” philosophy.
Jackson’s first book, Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean was a memoir published in 2012. His second book, co-authored with cat style expert Kate Benjamin, was Catification: Designing a Happy & Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!). Upon its release in 2014, it reached #1 on the New York Times Animal Bestseller list. Jackson and Kate struck Bestseller gold again with Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home, published in Fall 2015, inspiring and teaching cat guardians how to beautify their homes and address common cat behavior problems at the same time.
In the pet products world, a line of innovative cat items, from toys to carriers — co-designed by Jackson — is available through Petmate Pet Products. Called the Jackson Galaxy Collection, the line has received the Industry Recognition Award from Pet Business Magazine and the Editor’s Choice Award from Cat Fancy, honors that ranked it among 2014’s best products for cats.
Jackson serves on the Board of Directors for FixNation, and sits on the Board of Advisors for Neighborhood Cats, Treehouse Humane, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Today, Jackson is intensifying his work for animals through the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, whose mission is to better the lives of at-risk animals by transforming the places they live and helping the people who care for them. Featured on 20/20, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, EXTRA, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and more, Galaxy’s ability to connect with even the most troubled felines — not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake — is awe-inspiring.