Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sarasota's Cat Depot Arranged a Purr-fect Event with "Cat Daddy" Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy Signs His "Cat Daddy" Books Following His Speaking
Engagement in Sarasota, Fla., Benefiting The Cat Depot, Sept. 14, 2013
Ever since I was a kid I knew I was an animal person and my world was crushed when my cousins told me a dog was man's best friend. I reasoned a cat must be a woman's best friend but they corrected me in saying, "No, a diamond is a woman's best friend."

Following His Talk Jackson Galaxy Signed Books at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
The Talk Benefited the Cat Depot. Sept. 14, 2013

Dogs, cats and briefly goats, fish, rabbits and a tropical bird, were part of my life growing up. Living in national parks I didn't have other pets until I met my now former, deceased husband who had one of the coolest dogs I've ever known. We later adopted a cat while living in Death Valley (and that's a story upon itself!) and when I moved to Sarasota in 2001, I was once again fur-child free. 

But alas, in 2008 I became a cat momma again and today I am happy to embrace being a cat person. According to Jackson Galaxy, who spoke to about 550 cat enthusiasts Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, I probably should have at least two or maybe three kitties sharing my home. 

What about having 12 cats? 
"Cat Daddy" Jackson Galaxy Marks 10th Anniversary of
Cat Depot, Sarasota, Fla., Sept. 14, 2013

"Call it a day," Galaxy, a cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell," said.

In case you're wondering, yes, there were people in the room who claimed to have more than 12 cats.

Galaxy was in town marking the 10th anniversary of Sarasota's Cat Depot by speaking and attending a fundraising dinner. He told the audience cats fall into three categories, the Mojito, Napoleon and Wallflower and the goal is for every cat to be the Mojito cat. That cat is the one greeting visitors at the door with a tray of mojitos, has confidence and is one happy feline. 


I have a long way to go with my Wallflower who is comfortable with me but hides under the bed or in the closet when most visitors come a knocking. Thankfully he's not a gruff Napoleon cat, one that's always on edge and ready to rumble. I still need to "catify" my home by creating places for him to climb.

Following the talk, Galaxy signed copies of his book, Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean.

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