I am an unabashed fan of Jackson Galaxy, as I am certain most of you know. So when I was asked if I wanted to review his new book, Total Cat Mojo, I immediately said, “Yes, please.”n
If your cat had come with a instruction manual, this book would be it. As the book’s subtitle (The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat) suggests, Total Cat Mojo is a must read reference book for all cat guardians and anyone thinking of adopting for the first time.
Let’s start with defining Cat Mojo. According to Galaxy mojo is: “the confidence that cats exhibit when they are at ease in their environment an in touch with their natural instincts—to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep.”
Galaxy says in the book’s introduction, “My primary occupation through these years actually has not been about solving cat issues but about teaching you how to find, cultivate, and hold onto mojo.”
Galaxy’s packed everything he has learned since his first days working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (Colorado) in the early nineties to being the star of the Animal Planet television program, My Cat from Hell, into this 365-page book.
He starts by describing what he calls “The Raw Cat.” The Raw Cat is another cat (little changed from ancient times) living inside your cat. This “ancestral twin” of your cat “sends constant transmissions to your companion about the urgency of securing territory, hunting, killing, eating, and staying ever alert, because just as cats hunt, they are also being hunted.” It is in understanding your cat’s instinctual behaviors that you will be able to eliminate the actions that are keeping your cat from attaining total cat mojo.
Territorial issues, litter box problems, aggression, anxiety, new pet/family member introductions…absolutely any question you might have with regard to these and other issues, are addressed in Total Cat Mojo. If you need help with your cat, you cannot find a better authority than Jackson Galaxy. He gives you all the tools you’ll need to have a happy and confident cat…filled with mojo!
Both an extensive table of contents and index will let you easily find the issues with which you might need help. Regardless, I suggest you read the entire book before putting it on the shelf as your go-to cat reference handbook.
Total Cat Mojo was written with Mikel Delgado, co-owner of Feline Minds, a San Francisco Bay area based cat behavior consulting business. It also is sprinkled throughout with delightful illustrations by Bobby Rock.
In conjunction with tomorrow’s release of Total Cat Mojo, Galaxy will be visiting book stores across America from November 1 through 18. Here’s the schedule:
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – Nov. 1, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by Rainy Day Books at the Turner Hall Ballroom
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Nov. 2, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by Left Bank Books at The Ethical Society of St. Louis
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Nov. 3, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by Rainy Day Books at Unity Temple on The Plaza Sanctuary
TEMPE, ARIZONA – Nov. 5, 2017 • get tickets
• NEW TIME: 3:30pm
• NEW VENUE: Dobson High School auditorium, hosted by Changing Hands Bookstore
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Nov. 7, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by The Strand at The Strand (3rd floor)
HUNTINGTON (LONG ISLAND), NEW YORK – Nov. 8, 2017 • 7:00pm • more info
hosted by Book Revue
WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 10, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by Politics and Prose at the Wharf
MARIETTA, GEORGIA – Nov. 12, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by A Cappella Books of Atlanta at The Mansour Center
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Nov. 15, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by Book People
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Nov. 17, 2017 • 7:00pm • get tickets
hosted by University Bookstore at University Temple Methodist
BEAVERTON, OREGON – Nov. 18, 2017 • 2:00pm • more info at powells.com
hosted by Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing
Please Note: Some of these venues may
- require that you purchase a book from the venue to attend the event
- not allow previously purchased books, or books purchased elsewhere, at their event
- have limited capacity
- require tickets
- not allow cats or pets in the venue
I have one copy of Total Cat Mojo to give away to a reader. For the opportunity to win, leave a comment here prior to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 4. Random.org will be used to select the winner. We’ll announce the name of that person on next Sunday’s Selfie post. The giveaway is open to all readers worldwide.
Disclaimer: I received from Penguin Random House one uncorrected proof of Total Cat Mojo for the purpose of review and one copy of the published book to give away. This was in exchange for my fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation.