Monday, January 2, 2012

Show your support! Watch 'My Cat From Hell' this Saturday!

sorry kids, I'm hijacking your blog today, hope you don't mind :-) It's for a good cause - trust me.

As a producer/director, I usually cringe when I see the list of reality TV titles gracing show schedules these days. Oh there are the ones with production values slightly less embarrassing than your average home video. But you will never convince me that "Teen Mom" is, by anyone's definition, Good TV. Sorry, just not going there.

However, there is always that rare exception to the rule and My Cat From Hell is most definitely one of them.

photo courtesy Valerie Allen PR
A show has to have entertainment value to make it on a channel's show schedule, and this one delivers. Its host Jackson Galaxy is colorful, articulate and fun to watch. But what really makes this show stand out is its content.

This show isn't just about entertainment; it slips in a hefty does of education as well. And it's an education that is desperately needed to help battle against the egregious numbers of cats euthanized each year in the United States.

According to the American Humane Association, more than 71 percent of cats entering shelters are euthanized - that's well over a million kitties each year.

Jackson's personal mission, in his own words, is "to keep cats from being euthanized -- out of shelters and off the streets for reasons that are entirely preventable." With more than 15 years' experience helping people manage feline behavioral issues - and over 1,000 one-on-one cases (both in-home and in rescue situations) under his belt, this man is uniquely equipped to do something about it.

In 2011, he launched My Cat From Hell in partnership with Animal Planet. Each episode of My Cat From Hell showcases a "hopeless" situation where a cat owner is at wits' end. These people are just a breath away from giving up on their feline companion. The behavior exhibited by these kitties would certainly make them less adoptable - and probably earn them a death sentence - in a shelter situation.

As a volunteer for cats at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, seeing the solutions to each new behavioral issue could conceivably help me be a better advocate for each cat that I help socialize. And that is reason enough to support My Cat From Hell by watching it each week.

Shows like this don't stay on the air if the viewership isn't there, so I urge you to grab your favorite beverage, prop your feet up and enjoy the season premiere of My Cat From Hell with me this Saturday, January 7 (8 PM, ET/PT). You won't just be supporting one of the few good shows on the air. If you're a cat lover, I guarantee you'll find it entertaining - and educational - as well.


  1. I for sure will catch it - will have to flip back and forth from the Rose Bowl game tho cuz WIS is playing. But I will catch "The Cat From Hell." We need more programs like that.

  2. We knows all about cat rehab at our house! Me was a horrible, rotten, no good very bad cat when me first came to my forever home! We watches this show sometimes and Mommy and Daddy say me was just like those cats!

  3. marking it on our Kitty Cat Calendar! Thanks or the CatNip Tip.

  4. Great post Lisa! We can't wait for this new season to begin and are so happy to see someone focusing on positive reinforcement to change negative habits in a cat rather than bringing them to a shelter, or worse...

  5. Great post! I'm a huge fan of Jackson's, and while I wish Animal Planet had picked a different title for this show, it is a must see for all cat owners.

  6. Thanks! I didn't know about this show, but will definitely check it out.

    Your pal, Pip

  7. We'll do it! Mommy says the kittehz that are hardest to luf are the ones that need it the most. (that applies to hoomans too)

  8. I am so excited about this show! I think most humans are dumb as dirt when it comes to dealing with us cats, but Jackson is practically one of us kitties! I hope his show goes on for a long time!


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