The final episode of "My Cat From Hell" aired this past Saturday night, and after all the hours I spent recapping "Must Love Cats" it seemed hardly fair that I still hadn't given the new Animal Planet hit its own virtual ink, especially since I loved it just as much as its "cuddlier" predecessor.
I know a few people expressed to me they weren't thrilled with the title of the show because of its negative connotations, but I really want to stress that cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy is AWESOME, and the show isn't as much about cats spawned by a dark feline overlord, as much as it is about wayward cat owners who just needed Galaxy's helping, (cat)tooed hand to guide them in the right direction.
The show is interesting on many levels, and although Charlie and Priscilla are far from hellish, I still picked up a lot of great tips on cat behavior, and how to better interact with them. For example, did you know a great non-verbal way to communicate with your cats is to soften your eyes and slowly blink at them? Also, cats can be "bush dwellers" or "tree dwellers," and if you have a kitty that's always in hiding, it may be time to help boost their confidence by providing daily playtime along with high up spaces where they can observe from above, instead of living their lives under the bed in fear.
The three, hour long episodes of the show featured seven problem cats belonging to six different couples.
Here's the breakdown:
Cats helped: 7 (Bear, Lulu, Sully, Avery, Fifi, Duff, and Minibar)
Relationships saved: 6
Girlfriends From Hell: 1
Boyfriends From Hell: 4
Number of couples saying, "He's not what I expected" after meeting Jackson: 6
Call me a little slow on the uptake, but it took me at least one commercial break into the first episode before it dawned on me what was going on with Jackson's guitar case. Was he going to play the cats into submission? Answer: No, it's where he ingeniously keeps all his cat supplies!
Most improved cat guardian: Matt from Episode 1
Matt, a bona fide cat hater, transforms into a cat enthusiast, who even takes one of the cats out for a walk on a pink leash. At the end of the episode, he also refers to his girlfriend Sarah's kitty as "my cat," and after realizing he's done so, points it out to Jackson while giving him a high five.
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Most improved cat: Formally feral tuxedo cat Minibar proved that there's hope even in the most seemingly hopeless situation.
If you missed any episodes of the show, you can download them now on iTunes and Amazon for $1.99 each.
Follow Jackson Galaxy on Facebook, and check out more clips and tips, like this one about how to properly play with your cat, here.
While Animal Planet recently confirmed another six-episode run of "Must Love Cats," it's still too early to say if "My Cat From Hell" will be returning, but my prediction is that we're in store for a whole lot more of Jackson Galaxy's patented brand of kitty rehab.
In the meantime, if you'd like to help speed along the decision process, click here to let Animal Planet know how you feel!
Tell me, are you a fan of the show?
July 2011 Update! The show has been renewed for another six episodes, and will return to Animal Planet in "early 2012."