Back to reality! Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Peggy Tanous revisits her reality TV roots on Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell. The Califonia mom recruited the help of cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy on the April 18 episode of the Animal Planet staple, hiring the feline expert to tame the wild ways of Shadow.
The family of four, which includes RHOC season 6 vet Tanous, her husband, Micah, and daughters London and Capri, has one perfect cat, Sophie, and one aggressive one, Shadow. After rescuing Shadow a few years ago, the black cat developed the habit of attacking — and the Tanous family hoped Galaxy's expertise would help tame her behavior.
"When I saw Peggy and Micah’s daughter, Capri, handle the cats I know we had a problem," Galaxy told Us Weekly about the Tanous' appearance on his Animal Planet show. "As a 5-year-old, she doesn’t have the cognitive tools to know how much is too much. Peggy and Micah did have those tools, though; they needed to step in, set rules and if those expectations were not met, really consider rehoming the cats."
The main step was to teach Capri how to respect her pets. "As part of the training, I specifically told Capri not to touch Shadow. I know it’s hard for kids of that age to control themselves," Galaxy revealed. "Not only did she do it, Peggy and Micah filmed her doing it."
Luckily, the story has a happy ending. "My next step was to teach very basic compassion — that Shadow and Sophie had feelings just like she did, that they felt scared just like she could," Galaxy said. "Fortunately that approach resonated just enough to allow me to do my job and for Peggy and Micah, as her parents, to do theirs."
Watch Tanous, who left the Housewives franchise after just one season in 2011, and her family's plea for help above, and tune in to My Cat From Hell on Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET on Animal Planet.