If you're a cat lover, chances are you've wondered more than once how to you keep your cat happy. The sheer preponderance of cat memes here on the interwebs makes it clear that we humans have no clue what's going on behind our furry friends' inscrutable little faces. Sure, when Fluffy's purring, it's easy to tell that she's in a good mood — right? — but as for the rest of the time, the existential question about the level of satisfaction our fur children have with their lives looms in the heart of any pet parent. Okay, I know it does in mine, anyway.
Imagine my delight when I had the opportunity to talk with Jackson Galaxy, the premiere cat behaviorist and solution-wielding guru behind Animal Planet's hit My Cat from Hell. If you've never seen the show, wait until you finish reading this article, then go straight to your DVR, because Jackson (otherwise known as The Cat Daddy) walks fearlessly into feline danger zones where the fur, spit, and claws are flying and the cats' humans are frequently are on the edge of madness over their VERY ANGRY FUR CHILDREN. Mere weeks later, with some hard work on the part of the cat guardians, peace has been restored. If anyone knows what makes cats happy, it's Jackson, and he took time out from preparing for his upcoming Cat Camp, slated for June 1-2 at New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion, to break it down for us.