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Jackson Galaxy on the Best Way to Introduce a Cat to a New Home, His 'Cat Mojo' Tour, and More

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Jackson Galaxy has some advice for pet owners.

Jackson Galaxy is taking his show on the road.

The star of Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell and Cat vs. Dog kicks off his Total Cat Mojo Live tour on November 4 in Los Angeles and will travel to 16 additional cities through November and December. (Check to see if he's coming to a town near you by visiting

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"The cool part about it is it's not me standing up there doing a TED Talk on cats, it's entertainment," says Galaxy. "There's going to be everything from animation to music to give and take with the audience."

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Tell us a little about the tour.

It's called Total Cat Mojo Live, and it's kind of an extension of my book, Total Cat Mojo. My hope is that I'm going to not just teach you about cats but pull you into their world a little bit so you can empathize with them a little bit more. It's going to be a stage show. That's what, I think, makes it hyper-exciting for me because I finally get to pull together everything that I've done over my life, which, if you boil it down, is as a performer and a cat guy. It all comes together, finally.

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How is the live show going to be different from your television show?

Well, first of all, there's a live audience, and I'm so used to working in front of a camera, which is a real, different, intimate vibe—it's just me and the family and the cat and the camera. This is a big house full of people, and it's a cat party. It's much more of a communal experience, which is what theater is, it's a communal experience. It's energy bouncing from audience to stage to audience. It's an experience, and that really is by and large what makes a difference. And hopefully, you come away with the same sort of knowledge base of cats that you come away with from My Cat From Hell, but you also come away knowing that we have an experience together.

What is Cat Mojo?

Whether you're a cat or a human, mojo means confidence, internal confidence. It's not something that you have to put on like clothes or a pose or something like that. It's something that emanates from your bones. Whether it's a cat or a human, that's something that comes from knowing that you own this moment in this place in time. That this is what you're meant to do with your life. And for cats, that all comes from the same place. That's what I'm hoping to hook you guys into. What is that place, how every cat can be a master of their domain.

How can people better understand what their cats are trying to tell them?

The first thing to realize is that their experience on this planet is nothing like any other animal. We suffer from what I call "looking at cats through dog-colored glasses," and we judge them based on their failure to be dogs and to act like a dog and to treat us the way dogs treat us and to respond to us the way dogs respond to us. That's just not who they are. So if you want to have a better relationship with your cat, learn cat. Do them a favor and learn about what makes them tick. And again, that's what I'm here for. I'm here to be your tour guide through that world. That's the No. 1 thing. From there, it's remembering that it's a relationship with an animal. It's not a case of ownership, it's a relationship, and that means give and take, it means compromise, and it means allowing yourself to have feelings that make you vulnerable. I really don't see it as being different from relationships with humans except for the fact that they can't, through language, tell you what they want—but you should still be listening.

What is the most common problem you see when introducing a cat to a new home?

The one thing we need to remember is cats define themselves by territory. They're beyond territorial. Part of what gives a cat mojo is feeling confident ownership of that territory. The best thing to do is to start slow. Give them what I call their base camp. Give them a room that's theirs that they get to claim, they get to learn the smell of the house from inside that room because they can smell from inside that room, to give them property from within that room that's theirs. Plus, it smells like you a little bit. Then slowly expand out as they tell you they're comfortable with, which they will, instead of just plopping them in the middle of the house and saying OK you guys just work it out. That's not going to happen. In my experience, asking cats to work it out with other cats or dogs or kids or adults, it's never going to work.

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