Cat owners can learn a lot from this show

pettales@thetribunenews.comAugust 22, 2012 

One of my new favorite shows on TV is “My Cat From Hell” on Animal Planet. Similar to Cesar Millan’s “The Dog Whisperer,” “My Cat From Hell” follows host Jackson Galaxy as he helps repair relationships between troubled cats and their owners.

As someone who has always been interested in animal behavior, it’s been a treat to watch someone explain how cats think and behave. Galaxy, with his tattoo-sleeved arms and guitar case of cat toys, is fun and informative to watch as he gets to know the cats and their owners.

The strategies and “play therapy” he uses to help cats and their humans co-exist are informative for any feline owner to watch. If you’d like more information about the show, visit animal.discovery.com/tv/my-cat-from-hell.

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• Dogs and their owners are invited to the last ‘Yappy Hour’ event at Vineyard Dog Park. Dog park board members will be serving refreshments and light appetizers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Social dogs off leash are invited. Donations are appreciated. Vineyard Dog Park is at 1010 Semillion Lane in Templeton. For more information, visit www.parks4 pups.org or call 239-4437.

• The Feline Network holds cat and kitten adoptions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the Petco in the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo. Cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested and vaccinated. The adoption fee if $60 for one or $80 for two. A free vet exam is included. For information on adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter, help with feral cats or to volunteer or donate, call 549-9228 or visit www.felinenetwork.org. Free semi-tame mousers are also available.

• The “Behind Closed Gates” North County Barn Tour will feature tours of Vulcan Mesa Ranch, Templeton Farms, Windfall Farms and the Estrella Equine Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29. The tour starts at Vulcan Mesa Ranch, 4500 Rocky Canyon Road in Atascadero. Snacks, refreshment and coffee will be served and participants will also receive maps and directions to the other barns to continue the tour of the facilities. Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds benefit Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (HEET). For more information about the tour, call 234-6454 (North County), 423-7634 (Central Coast), or 929-6708 (South County). For more information about HEET, visit sloheet.org.

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