Cat Daddy saves Kauai kittens

POIPU — Jackson Galaxy is already working his kitty mojo magic on Kauai and his talk on understanding feline frame of mind isn’t scheduled until tonight.

“He’s already advising people he meets and is having an impact,” said Scott Pisani, executive director of Kauai Humane Society. “He’s really interested to see the dynamics of our community, too.”

During a weekend dinner at The Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa with a few members of KHS, Galaxy and his wife Minoo Rahbar saw three kittens stranded on some rocks in one of the ponds.

“This one particular kitten, she was mewing and jumping out into the water, swimming around, and getting back on the rock,” Pisani said. “We tried to coax the kittens out, but they weren’t going anywhere with all the diners there.”

So, the Hyatt worked with KHS to set traps and two of the kittens were caught.

“Jackson’s wife couldn’t sleep, so she went out there later and caught it, she called us the next morning,” said Elizabeth Freitas, who is on the KHS board of directors.

The three kittens are in foster care and will be at KHS for adoption in about four weeks.

Discovering kittens at The Hyatt isn’t common, said Diann Hartman, resort spokeswoman But, when it happens, staff members generally circulate photos of the animals amongst themselves and the kittens have the chance to be adopted before going to KHS.

Galaxy, the host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, is on island for a talk tonight at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall at 5:30 p.m.

He’ll be teaching on how to understand and coexist with cats.

Tickets are available at kauaihumane.org/events/Jackson-Galaxy.

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