My Cat from Hell

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic but fun kitty-rehab stories.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for your pets.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Host Jackson Galaxy is kind to animals as well as their owners.

Violence & Scariness

Nothing really graphic is shown, but the aggression shown by some of the cats toward their humans may spook younger viewers -- especially kids who already are wary of cats.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Cat from Hell is a show about quirky real-life animal behaviorist Jackson Galaxy as he travels the country solving cat-related problems in a variety of households. It often features cats who are feral or suspected to be feral, who act out with frequent hissing, scratching, and biting. Cat owners sometimes argue with Galaxy or with their spouses, but the conflicts generally end happily, with a happy cat as well. Note that caution should be exercised around aggressive animals and that the actions undertaken on the show shouldn't be attempted by the untrained viewers at home.

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Kid, 8 years old June 28, 2015

Very violent, disturbing is great, but very sad.

This show is about a guy who goes to people's houses to get there cats to be nice. This show is disturbing they show babies getting clawed by cats, cats be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymarry.j.matters May 9, 2015

Mild entertainment

This show is fun to watch at first but after a couple episodes it gets boring. Jackson Galaxy looks as though he is tough, but don't let the tattoos deceiv... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cat rehabilitation expert Jackson Galaxy -- whose rock-'n'-roll look and goofy moniker bring to mind "alternative magician" rather than "animal behaviorist" -- visits with cat-owning families who are at their wit's end dealing with a variety of problems, from food stealing, biting, litter box troubles, and more. Galaxy interviews family members, meets and assesses the problem cat(s), and then gives each family homework to complete before his next visit. He checks in on the families throughout the rehabilitation process to he can see how his advice is being implemented and to offer further tips and tricks to help turn these bratty cats into model citizens. 

Is it any good?

As with most animal rehabilitation-themed reality shows, there aren't a lot of surprises afoot here. Most problems folks have with their pets seem to stem from a lack of knowledge regarding how to treat and train their animals, not an inherent flaw in the pet's personality. There always seems to be one stubborn family member who thinks Galaxy's suggestions are "crazy," and the faux-dramatic reality-show editing sets things up to make it seem as though the family won't follow through with the trainer's advice, but lo and behold things always seem to wrap up neatly in the end. The issues explored can get a bit monotonous, as there are only so many ways for them to explain that an unfixed cat is going to want to wander outside and/or pee all over the house. That said, it's still a genuine pleasure seeing these grumpy felines adapt to a cuddlier and happier way of life with their human companions. It's also interesting hearing Galaxy interpret and explain the different ways cats express themselves so that humans can better understand their signals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What kind of responsibility does a family owe a pet once they've adopted it? 

  • Why is it so important to spay or neuter cats?

  • When an animal grows up on the streets without human contact, how might their behavior be affected? Do animals like this make good pets? Can these kinds of animals be rehabilitated? 

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