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ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household [Kindle Edition]

Amy Shojai
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Whether you share your home with a single cat or multiple felines, this new guide by a seasoned cat behaviorist and cat trainer teaches you about cats aggression, cat clawing, litter box problems and more. You’ll find detailed prescriptive how-to advice focused in the most common cat behavior problems found in the multi-cat household from fearful felines and bully cats, to cat food challenges, loud mouth meowing and counter top cruising, and how to introduce cats to other pets and kids. This book addresses every cat behavior question you have.

CAT WRITERS ASSOCIATION MUSE MEDALLION AWARD: 2013 BEST CAT BEHAVIOR BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Cat behavior puzzles the most savvy cat lovers, and cat behavior problems lose cats their homes. Cat behavioral problems arise out of owners not understanding cat language and normal animal behavior. Training a cat helps stop cat biting, for instance, and this book explains the behavior of cats whether you have a single feline or multiple cats.

The United States is home to 86.4 million owned cats, and 52 percent of owners own more than one cat. That means more furry love for owners, but also can put your cats’ tails in a twist over that (HISSS!) new feline friend. From conflicts over favorite sleep spots to sharing potty facilities, adding new pets rubs fur the wrong way and creates hairy situations for everyone—including you.

Use these fun techniques to calm fears, explain cat body language, and strengthen the bond you share with your cats. Step by step tips from this award-winning author and certified animal behavior consultant explain how to:

• Recognize and diffuse cat aggression
• Stop cat bites
• Settle disputes cat territory squabbles
• Solve hit and miss litter box problems
• Cure cat scratching with scratching post training
• Manage cat nutrition and meals
• Soothe cat stress and cat fear
• Reduce bullying behavior
• How to choose pet friends to reduce cat fights
• Learn proper cat introduction techniques
• Introduce cats and a new baby or kids
• Solve common pet peeves: meowing, cat clawing, kitty countertop cruising, feline door dashing and more!
• Understand weird cat behaviors and cat facts: feline phone attraction, kitty mirror fear, “elevator butt” and cat toilet pests

Fun, practical, and eminently informative, ComPETability helps owners devise strategies to prevent, reduce or eliminate cat behavior problems. This also enables multiple cats to live in harmony within the same household. Written by one of America's premier pet experts, the book explains everything the loving cat owner needs to know. Most important, ComPETability provides crucial tips on how to evaluate and match your pets' personalities, improve their relationships, and make your home a sanctuary for cat fun and peace.

For more pet behavior advice refer to:
ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your CAT/DOG Household
ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-DOG Household

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She’s a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of two-dozen best selling pet books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She is the Puppies Guide at puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, and hosts a weekly half hour CAT CHAT radio show. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances, nonfiction books and THRILLERS WITH BITE!


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About the Author

Amy Shojai, CABC has been reinventing herself for years. She's a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of two-dozen bestselling pet books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She is the Puppies Guide at puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, and hosts a weekly half hour Internet Pet Peeves radio show. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet's DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Amy brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances, nonfiction books and THRILLERS WITH BITE!

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Multi-cat households post a host of challenges and introducing a new kitty to the brood may not be as smooth as you'd hoped. In ComPETability, Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household, Amy Shojai does a fantastic job explaining the whys, wherefores and potential solutions to make the kitties at least be amicable towards one another.

In this book, she covers everything from moving to a new home, introducing a new boyfriends or baby, to bringing in a new kitten.

She breaks the book into three parts:

*Part One, "Understanding ComPETability outlines the joys of a multiple cat home along with cat-specific details, including how they learn, socialize and communicate, as well as background on behavior modification and training techniques.

*Part Two, "Common Problems and Practical Solutions" addresses the specifics of aggression, bathroom challenges, emotional issues, feeding concerns, and introductions in multi-cat households.

*Part Three, "Common Multipet Frustrations," explains some cat idiosyncrasies that we all wonder about like why cats follow humans to the toilet. It also talks about the top behavior complaints of pet owners, many which could be solved with a little training. Many cats end up relinquished to animal shelters because of these behavioral problems, especially litter box issues.

The amount of information in this book is unbelievable, even for someone who knows a tad or two about felines. She goes into group behavior, feral cat clowder society, aggression, creating a time-out for the bad kitty, having safe rooms for more timid kitties or new ones to retreat to, and much much more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competently written and informative May 16, 2013
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I like the way the material is presented and the sympathetic but not overly sentimental way it is written. I had not encountered before this exact slant on the subject of pets so I found some information which was entirely new to me, although I have read a number of books on cats and many of them are repetitious. An interesting book which I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Feline Resource! May 13, 2013
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"ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household", by Amy Shojai

"ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household", by Amy Shojai, is part of a series to help those who have multi-pet households. It was published by FurryMuse Publications in 2012. As the title suggests, this book is a resource for those who have more than one cat. As Ms. Shojai is a pet behaviorist, she is more than qualified in this area. Years ago she began her crusade for animals by becoming a veterinary technician. Almost naturally, she became a pet writer. She has won more than two dozen awards for her writing.

ComPETability for multi-cat homes is a great resource book for new cat owners, as well as those who have had cats all their lives. It is a book that can be read from cover to cover, or just by topic. The cover is very appropriate as it has two cats that look to be fighting over who is the dominant one. Amy goes into this problem extensively. The obvious play on words in the title shows Ms. Shojai's delightful sense of humor. She uses her wit throughout the book to keep the reader enthralled. The book is in four parts. The first part is an overview of the book, cat specific details, and behavior and training. Part Two covers problems and solutions. Amy uses the P. E. T. Test to find out why cats are having behavior problems. "The acronym stands for Physical Health, Emotional Well - Being, and Traits of Instinct. Only by knowing what triggers a `bad' behavior can you devise a plan to address the situation." Part Three is my favorite part, "Common Multipet Frustrations". This part covers the reasons why cats do the things they do. The last parts of this book are the Appendixes.

We all know how mysterious cats can be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book! April 23, 2012
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If you're lucky enough to share your life with a cat - or multiple cats - this terrific title needs to be on your bookshelf. "ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your MultiCAT Household" covers a wide range of topics including feeding challenges, litterbox issues, hairball horrors and introducing a new cat to your existing feline and/or canine family.

It's easy to tell how much the author loves cats. She takes the time to help you understand exactly how cats think, a critical component to a happy and healthy human/feline relationship. Sprinkled throughout the book are lots of fun and interesting facts. For example, I had no idea that the color of a cat's coat could impact their behavior. It turns out black cats may adjust more easily to living with a group of felines - which explains a lot about the black kitties who shared my life!

Amy speaks with a voice that is easy and engaging. You feel like you're sitting out on the deck, listening to a good friend talk about the fabulous felines who share our lives.

I highly recommend this great book. You...and your cats...will be glad you bought it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource February 26, 2014
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We have a multi-pet household, including both dogs and cats. I've watchedf or years some of the interactions between the pets, without understanding them. Amy's book gives you the information you need to understand why cats and dogs act like they do, and to be able to introduce a new fur-friend into the house with the least disruption.
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More About the Author

Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 26 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK.

Amy empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating "medicalese" into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, "the bond" and cutting-edge medical topics. Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the "Friskies Writer of the Year" award. Her work appears in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on puppies.About.com and cats.About.com and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, and hosts the weekly "Pet Peeves" at PetLifeRadio.com and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago "Pet Central" and "Animal Planet Radio" and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers' Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Seren-Kitty the Siamese wannabe, Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, and other assorted critters at Rosemont, their thirteen-acre "spread" in north Texas. Find more information about her work at www.shojai.com and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at http://amyshojai.com

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