Of all the cat events I’ve attended over the years, last year’s inaugural Cat Camp NYC was one of my favorites. A weekend packed with educational lectures, roundtable discussions, lots of vendors offering fantastic cat-themed products and best of all, thousands of cat lovers who care about making all cats’ lives better – it doesn’t get any better than that!
And this year’s Cat Camp promises to be even bigger and better. Returning as Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp. the event will take place on May 5 and 6, 2018 at Penn Plaza Pavilion, located at 401 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001.Continue Reading
Earlier this week, Jackson Galaxy had to say goodbye to his beloved Velouria. Velouria was a part of Jackson’s life for 25 years. She was there when Jackson first started working with cats, and she was a part of Jackson’s cat journey for all those years.
“For almost half my life, we have been a team,” wrote Jackson on his Facebook page. “She has been with me literally from the beginning of my cat journey; it can even be said that she was the beginning.”
In a 2012 interview with Jackson, he told me about how this beautiful tabby girl came into his life. Jackson had just started working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. He had recently lost his beloved boy Grolsch, who was rescued from a barn in Iowa in the middle of a blizzard, to FIP. One day, someone left a box with two kittens outside the shelter’s door. One of the kittens looked just like Grolsch.
“No way,” Jackson told me during that interview. “I didn’t want to adopt a kitten. That’s just not a cool thing to do when you work at a shelter, and there are all these older cats looking for homes.” But Velouria reminded him so much of Grolsch that he realized that resistance was futile. When he adopted her, he thought she was a kitten, but she was actually somewhere between one and three years old. She was a tiny cat all her life, weighing in at barely six pounds.
“The first time I touched this cat, the softness of her coat had me singing her name, Velouria, from one of my favorite bands, The Pixies,” wrote Jackson on his tribute to Velouria on Facebook.
During that same 2012 interview, I asked Jackson to tell me one favorite thing about each of his fur kids. This is what he said about Velouria: “Her resilience. She’s shown me how to teach others that a cat can change and go from victim to being an amazing, confident cat.”
Velouria will live on in Jackson’s work, and, in light of the above quote, it seems more fitting than ever that she was chosen to be on the cover of Jackson’s newest book, Total Cat Mojo.
My heart goes out to Jackson. It’s always hard to lose a cat, but losing a “soul cat” like Velouria is devastating. When a cat shared your life for as long as Velouria was a part of Jackson’s, it takes time to find one’s bearings again. And while 25 years may seem like a long life for a cat, we all know that no amount of time is ever long enough for that kind of love.
Whether you’re a regular user of the Jackson Galaxy Solutions (formerly Spirit Essences,) or whether you’re looking for some gifts for your feline family members, now is the time to join the new Team Cat Mojo Rewards Program!
Becoming a member is super easy and it’s free – all you need to provide is your name, email and mobile number. There are several benefits to becoming a Team Cat Mojo Rewards member:Continue Reading
From the time that he worked in a shelter in Boulder in the 1990’s to starring in Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell for the last six years, Jackson Galaxy has dedicated his life to the well being of cats and their humans. In Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life With Your Cat, he offers the collective wisdom of everything he has ever said, filmed, recorded and written about cats in one place. With the help of his co-author, Mikel Delgado, who is also our resident cat behaviorist here on The Conscious Cat, Jackson offers one of the most comprehensive guides I’ve ever seen to helping cats and their humans live a truly happy life.Continue Reading
With the help of his co-author, Mikel Delgado, who is our resident cat behaviorist here on The Conscious Cat, Jackson offers the most comprehensive guide I’ve ever seen to helping cats and their humans live a truly happy life together.Continue Reading
With the help of his co-author, Mikel Delgado, who is our resident cat behaviorist here on The Conscious Cat, Jackson offers the most comprehensive guide I’ve ever seen to helping cats and their humans live a truly happy life together. Continue Reading
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I first saw the Jackson Galaxy Space Station from Petmate at Global Pet Expo, and I loved everything about it. This cleverly designed toy is really three toys in one and allows cats to stalk, pounce and play. The Space Station features:Continue Reading
Jackson Galaxy has been on a mission to improve cats’ lives for most of his life. Thanks to his show My Cat From Hell, cat guardians around the world are learning from the challenging cases he deals with on the show. But Jackson doesn’t just want to change house cats’ lives, he wants to make life better for all cats, which is why he formed the Jackson Galaxy Foundation in 2014. The foundation is the realization of Jackson’s long-standing dream of bettering the lives of animals at risk and helping the people who care for them.Continue Reading
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How many times have you gotten a cat bed for your cats, only to have them use it maybe once or twice and then abandon it? This has not been the case for us with the Comfy Clamshell from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate. Ever since we received one of these convertible beds from our friends at Spirit Essences in July of this year, Ruby has been using it every single day.Continue Reading
When I visited the offices of Spirit Essences while I was out in Southern California for CatConLA, the wonderful staff presented me with a number of awesome gifts, inlcuding the Comfy Clamshell from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate.Continue Reading
On June 27, Jackson Galaxy and his wife Minoo embarked on a 1,000 mile journey from Los Angeles to Boulder, CO to save the lives of 43 kittens through a new program by the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, Homeward Bound. I had a chance to speak with Jackson about the successful rescue mission.
Jackson and Minoo were alarmed when they heard about the dozens of kittens in overcrowded shelters in their community. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley had previously told Jackson that “if you’ve got kittens, let us know, because we need kittens!” What could be simpler than taking the kittens from a place where they’re going to die to a place where they could find homes? Continue Reading