My Cat from Hell

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My Cat from Hell
GenreReality
StarringJackson Galaxy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Melinda Toporoff
  • Pat Dempsey
  • JD Roth
  • Todd A. Nelson
  • Adam Kaloustian
  • Chandrea Miller
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Eyeworks USA
Broadcast
Original channelAnimal Planet
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runMay 7, 2011 (2011-05-07) – present
External links
Website
 
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My Cat from Hell
GenreReality
StarringJackson Galaxy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Melinda Toporoff
  • Pat Dempsey
  • JD Roth
  • Todd A. Nelson
  • Adam Kaloustian
  • Chandrea Miller
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Eyeworks USA
Broadcast
Original channelAnimal Planet
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runMay 7, 2011 (2011-05-07) – present
External links
Website

My Cat from Hell is an American reality television series that airs on the Animal Planet and premiered in May 2011. It stars Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist by morning — and a musician by night — who visits the homes of cat owners in order to resolve conflicts or behavior issues between the owners and their cats or between pets.

The series will return for a 16-episode fifth season in early 2014.[1]

Philosophy[edit]

Jackson Galaxy believes that he can help any "problem cat"—provided that its human guardians follow the advice he provides—and that most behavioral problems result either from triggers in the cat's environment or from mishandling of the cat by humans.

Jackson teaches that cats are territorial, needing spaces within homes to call their own, and that they send signals when they no longer desire petting, a condition he refers to as "overstimulation". Cats do not like being cornered, and lash out when overstimulated. Certain cats (whom he calls "tree-dwelling cats") behave better when they have access to above-ground perches, and he often instructs owners of such cats to install an above-the-floor walkway with no dead ends, in order to provide these cats with the psychological comfort of escape routes.

Jackson does not believe in cats being surgically de-clawed, believing that the animals suffer for it.[2] On episode 5 of season 2, "Cat Fight!", he said that cats become hyper aware of the weapons they have left, going straight for back claws (if these have not been removed) and teeth, because that's what they have to fight with. Later on in life, they suffer a lot more arthritis. Instead of de-clawing, he encourages owners to use soft claws or vinyl claws which cover the claws rather than having the claws removed.[3]

He teaches that there are correct and incorrect ways to pick up a cat, and that when cats are picked up incorrectly, they will often injure humans in an attempt to escape. Some cats need exercise to release excess energy in a positive way; toys and play with owners are outlets Jackson encourages. When this is not done, such cats find ways to release energy on their own, which are often undesirable to their owners and/or destructive to the home.

In multi-animal situations, Jackson creates barriers in homes to divide the space into areas which the animals can claim as places of their own. He slowly introduces the cat to the other animals in positive situations (such as a feeding). Occasionally, Jackson suspects that certain behavioral problems which defy conventional explanation are due to an underlying health problem (such as arthritis), in which case he instructs the owners to take their cat to a veterinarian before continuing efforts at modifying the behavior.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

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TitleOriginal air date
11"He Hates My Boyfriend"May 7, 2011 (2011-05-07)
An aggressive and unpredictable cat aptly named Bear takes his toll on owner Hannah's love life. Recently engaged Matt loves fiancee Amanda, but hates her cats and has reached his breaking point. 
22"Fifi's Ruining My Love Life"May 14, 2011 (2011-05-14)
Sean cozies up to pet scorpions, snakes, tarantulas and fiance Lindsey at home but can't deal with Avery, the rambunctious sphynx cat. From the moment Leslie moved into her boyfriend David's home, Fifi the cat has made it clear she's not welcome. 
33"Wildcat!"May 21, 2011 (2011-05-21)
Minibar is a feral cat rescued by Carre and Brian. In addition they already have two cats, Bonsai and Foobar. Duff is an unpredictable cat owned by Garret & Jenny. 

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

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TitleOriginal air date
41"Terrorizing My Clients"January 7, 2012 (2012-01-07)
A female cat named Larry with disturbing bouts of aggression threatens to keep Josh and Tara from getting married. Heather and Alan's cat Ruby ruins their in-home Pilates studio and threatens their livelihood with her sudden fits of aggression. 
52"Mad Max"January 14, 2012 (2012-01-14)
A Bengal cat named City with jungle energy is disrupting the peace between girlfriends Shanna and Lori. Ned and Kellee's cat, Mad Max, sneaks into their neighbor's apartment, and is too dangerous to be around their soon-to-be-born baby. 
63"On the War Path"January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21)
A vicious cat named Kleo attacks Tim's cats, keeping him from proposing to his girlfriend, Brooklyn. War veteran Bobby and his girlfriend In-Hae deal with Marco, a cat that reacts violently towards their tiny dog, Yuki. 
74"Pissed Off!"January 28, 2012 (2012-01-28)
A vicious cat named Stella prevents Rob and Stephanie from adding a baby to their family. Jessica's cat, Mr. Fluff, chases her and her boyfriend Cameron around the house, scratching up everything in sight. 
85"Cat Fight!"February 4, 2012 (2012-02-04)
A cat named Penny Lane hates her owner's roommate. Roxy and Max are two cats that begin to attack each other after they move into a new home. 
96"Spitting Mad"February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18)
Two warring Sphynxes, Mathilde and Black Rose are constantly keeping their owners, Steve and Dierdre up at night. Travis and Dorothy fear that their temperamental cat Polly may and could attack toddler son Rex. 

Season 3 (2012)[edit]

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TitleOriginal air date
101"Cat Fight!"June 30, 2012 (2012-06-30)
Jackson heads across the U.S. to help two NYC couples with their aggressive cats: Mufasa, a silver Bengal has been constantly jumping and attacking Susanne, while boyfriend Justin takes it lightly. This episode features Justin Brown, a comedian, known for his work with Barely Political, a comedic Youtube channel. A uber-cramped apartment for engaged couple Mike and Emilie have become wargrounds for Olive who constantly attacks Pepper daily, forcing the couple instead of enjoying what will be their life together, to sleep in separate rooms at any sign of a fight between the two cats. 
112"My Cat or My Family"July 7, 2012 (2012-07-07)
Xena has been on a tear with Jen's family and house for the last several months, going into random screaming and hissing fits which have also left Jen, dad Mike and five-year-old son Chris scratched up and the latter even scared to go in his room. Gigi has taken such an aversion to new kitten Suki so much that Brit journalists Julie and Nick fear that her aggression may lead to the latter getting killed. 
123"Kitty Dearest"July 14, 2012 (2012-07-14)
Best friends Travis and Diane are struggling to co-parent Oscar the Sphinx peacefully together, as he lashes out at Diane whenever she picks him up, urinates everywhere but his litter box and disturbs Travis in his at-home office by constantly yowling at night. Vet Tech Esther and musician hubby Vincent are at ends with rescue tabby Riley who repeatedly lashes out whenever hands are outstretched. 
134"Kitty Jail"July 21, 2012 (2012-07-21)
Finn's incessant crying often wakes his owners, Lara and David, up at 4am. The couple argues about locking him up in their guest bathroom also known as kitty jail. Nancy and Jim are at the end of their rope, as their cat, Molly chews on everything. 
145"Roscoe the Menace"July 28, 2012 (2012-07-28)
Terror cat, Mufasa, is threatening the planning of engaged couples', Rudy and Andrea's perfect wedding. Ruben and Danielle's cat Roscoe is a menace knocking things off shelves, destroying furniture and climbing window screens trying to escape. 
156"Cat Escape!"August 4, 2012 (2012-08-04)
Michael and Khrys have an escape artist in their home in unneutered Russian Blue Kitty, who also marks all over the house. Addie, a 8 year old Tabby, repeatedly swaps and scratches whoever comes near her, specifically in her cat tree, be it either owners Don and Joy or anyone else entering the house. Behavior, Joy drectly fingers blame on more canine-centric hubby Don,who roughhouses while playing with her, as like with a dog 
167"My Cat Eats Everything!"August 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)
Mark and Angela have to childproof their home because their cat, Gus eats everything. Stella just chased off Melissa's latest boyfriend with her brutal behavior, and shows no signs she willing to accept any more gentleman callers. 
178"My Cat Is a Bully"August 25, 2012 (2012-08-25)
Mother and daughter Melissa and Mariah are at odds with the latter's pet cat Miley who constantly attacks the prior's two chihuahuas, but the problem may not be so much in Miley but the humans themselves, specifically Melissa, who continues to use the cat's "aggression" as an excuse to treat the dogs as if they were human babies. Burmese Gracie had been adopted from and returned to the shelter twice before finally coming home with Kristen, but the welcoming has not been so sweet, as Kris' boyfriend Lei, his family, friends and guests and the legions of former cat-sitters who've quit over Gracie have been subject to her attacks. 
189"Big Boi Ruins Our Social Life"September 1, 2012 (2012-09-01)
Nicole owns Big Boi, Cutie, and Cutie's latest litter of kittens. Shoshana, Nicole's best friend, is also in the house, where Big Boi is a bully to his mother, and both girls. Pump is a 23 year old cat owned by Lucas & Candice. Pump came to Lucas through his ex-girlfriend. 
1910"Bitten"September 8, 2012 (2012-09-08)
Achilles is owned by Amy, but has become aggressive to both Amy and Mike, Amy's boyfriend. Mike is thinking of leaving over Achilles behavior. Kevin and Megan have one year old daughter, Quinn. Also in the house are cats Bitten and Chompy. Bitten stalks and attacks Chompy. Chompy came from an abused home, and has on his team Kevin. Megan has sided on team Bitten. 

Season 4 (2013)[edit]

No. in
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TitleOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
201"Deaf, Blind, and Biting"April 6, 2013 (2013-04-06)0.93[4]
212"Roommates From Hell"April 13, 2013 (2013-04-13)0.94[5]
223"Penny Hates Puck"April 20, 2013 (2013-04-20)1.21[6]
234"Feral Scottish Fold"April 27, 2013 (2013-04-27)0.99[7]
245"Macho Cat"May 4, 2013 (2013-05-04)0.94[8]
256"Graveyard of Peed on Things"May 11, 2013 (2013-05-11)0.85[9]
267"The White Tornado"May 18, 2013 (2013-05-18)0.81[10]
278"Chubs"June 1, 2013 (2013-06-01)0.78[11]
289"Bea Hates CeCe"June 8, 2013 (2013-06-08)0.85[12]
2910"Cat Horror Show"June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15)0.70[13]
3011"My Cat Ruined My Wedding"June 22, 2013 (2013-06-22)0.99[14]
3112"Max Hates My Family"June 29, 2013 (2013-06-29)0.95[15]
3213"Buddha Bullies Hector"July 6, 2013 (2013-07-06)0.76[16]
3314"Evil Kashmir"July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13)0.71[17]
3415"Devil Cat"July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13)0.82[17]
3516"Crazy Daisy"July 20, 2013 (2013-07-20)0.67[18]
3617"Where Are They Meow?"July 20, 2013 (2013-07-20)0.59[18]

Reception[edit]

Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Galaxy—yes, it feels ridiculous writing that—looks like a Hells Angel, but his love and respect for cats seems genuine, and his advice appears actually to help the clients, most of whom are couples whose crazed pets are affecting their relationships."[19] Brad Wete of Entertainment Weekly commented, "Galaxy offers useful tips, even if your animal’s not nuts."[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 5, 2013). "'My Cat from Hell' Renewed by Animal Planet for Season 5". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 
  2. ^ http://jacksongalaxy.com/2010/10/01/cats-and-claws-living-happily-ever-after/
  3. ^ http://bc.ctvnews.ca/declaw-dilemma-some-veterinarians-refusing-to-declaw-cats-1.1207643
  4. ^ Yanan, Travis (April 9, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: "Marvin Marvin," "Wendell & Vinnie" Top Viewers for Nickelodeon". The Futon Critic. 
  5. ^ Yanan, Travis (April 16, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: "Marvin Marvin" Leads Viewers, "Ultimate Fighter" Tops Demos". The Futon Critic. 
  6. ^ Yanan, Travis (April 23, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs Tripleheader Puts ESPN on Top". The Futon Critic. 
  7. ^ Yanan, Travis (April 30, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: NBA Playoffs, "Marvin Marvin" Top Charts". The Futon Critic. 
  8. ^ Yanan (May 7, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: TNT Tops Charts with Bulls/Nets Finale". The Futon Critic. 
  9. ^ Yanan, Travis (May 14, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: "Beverly Lewis' The Confession," "My Cat from Hell" Top Originals". The Futon Critic. 
  10. ^ Yanan, Travis (May 21, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: Game 6 of Knicks/Pacers Puts ESPN on Top". The Futon Critic. 
  11. ^ Yanan, Travis (June 4, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: TNT Tops Charts with Game 6 of Heat/Pacers". The Futon Critic. 
  12. ^ Yanan, Travis (June 11, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: "Sam & Cat" Opens on Top for Nickelodeon". The Futon Critic. 
  13. ^ Yanan, Travis (June 18, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: NBC Sports Network Tops Charts with Stanley Cup Finals". The Futon Critic. 
  14. ^ Yanan, Travis (June 25, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: "Sam & Cat" Tops Viewers, "Jodi Arias" Leads Demos". The Futon Critic. 
  15. ^ Yanan, Travis (July 2, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: "Anna Nicole," "Sam & Cat" Snag Top Spots". The Futon Critic. 
  16. ^ Yanan, Travis (July 10, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: TNT Races to the Front with NASCAR Coverage". The Futon Critic. 
  17. ^ a b Yanan, Travis (July 16, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: Nickelodeon Tops Charts with "Sam & Cat," "Haunted Hathaways"". The Futon Critic. 
  18. ^ a b Yanan, Travis (July 23, 2013). "Saturday's Cable Ratings: Nickelodeon Tops Viewers, Demos with "Sam & Cat"". The Futon Critic. 
  19. ^ Neil Genzlinger (May 6, 2011). "And You Used to Think Hairballs Were Bad". The New York Times. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ Brad Wete (May 8, 2011). "'My Cat From Hell' debuts on Animal Planet: Who knew cats were this bonkers?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 

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