By now, we can pretty much agree that American media will make a show out of anything if it believes there is an audience for it and if you take two of America’s favorite things like television and cats, you are bound to find an audience for a show like My Cat From Hell which stars Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist.
Jackson Galaxy has been hosting the show since May 2011 and has been the author of several books about the subject of cats. We can tell you are intrigued already, so without further ado, here is everything you need to know about Jackson Galaxy, the cat whisperer.
Jackson Galaxy – Biography
To cat lovers and watchers of his show, he is known as Jackson Galaxy; but for the first two decades of his life, he went by his birth name – Richard Kirshner. He was born on the 28th of April, 1966 in New York City.
Details about his early life are unknown with the only information being that he changed his name to Jackson Galaxy in his twenties. Information about his parents or siblings is unknown, including his education, with the only known fact being that he has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting.
It is fair to suggest that Jackson Galaxy did not set out to become a host of a Cat program on television, having started out as a rock musician following a move to Boulder, Colorado in 1992. At Colorado, his love for animals drove him to work in animal shelters, dedicating himself to their selfless care until 2002 when he decided to establish his own cat consultancy shop, Little Big Cat Inc., in collaboration with a Dr. Jean Hofve, who is a veterinarian.
The consultancy company would turn out to be the beginning of a journey that has led him to television, hitting a significant milestone in 2007 when he relocated to Los Angeles and continued his private practice as a cat consultant. His work across home care and cat training drew the attention of a number of influential personalities in Hollywood and he appeared in his first TV show, Think Like a Cat on the Game Show Network, with appearances on Animal Planet’s Cats 101 coming after.
Since his exposure to the media, he has been featured in a number of publications, including major ones like The New York Times, New York Post, USA Today and a couple more.
When 2011 rolled around, Jackson Galaxy had secured his position as a leading cat expert in Los Angeles when he began to star in a reality TV show for Animal Planet titled My Cat From Hell. He has been remained a host for the show ever since and has also published a number of books, including titles like Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) and Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home.
Before he became known as a cat behaviorist and developed a show around his knowledge of the animals, he was a rock musician. While it is a profitable field, it wasn’t for Jackson Galaxy, and until he began to host the show, My Cat from Hell, he did not earn a significant income.
Today, Jackson Galaxy is worth an estimated $1 million earned from his work on the show and sales from his several published books.
Is Jackson Galaxy Gay?
In a world driven by stereotypes, it is not surprising that there are rumors of Jackson Galaxy being gay. After all, he is a cat lover and cats are usually considered feminine pets and it is assumed only gay men have an affinity for traditionally female interests, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. As he describes himself, he is ‘bi-pet-sual’ and has a love for both dogs and cats, with the latter being the pet that has brought him success.
Is He Married? Who Is His Wife?
So, if Jackson Galaxy is not gay, what then is his relationship status? Well, having established that he is a heterosexual man, he has been in a marriage with Minoo Rabar since 2014.
If it seems as if everything about Jackson Galaxy revolves around pets, it does not end with his marital journey. He met his wife at a fundraising event for a cat rescue which was organized by his now wife. Their relationship and love for animals began a relationship that eventually led to a wedding on the 29th of June, 2014.
Their wedding was held at Kanab, Utah in a no-kill pet sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Society. So far, the two do not have any children but they do have a dog, Mooshka, who has been in the family before they got married.