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

Amy Shojai
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Cat behavior and behavior of dogs puzzles the most savvy pet owners, and pet behavior problems lose dogs and cats their homes. Animal behavioral problems arise out of owners not understanding dog language or cat language, and misunderstanding normal animal behavior. Training a dog helps stop dog barking, for instance, while behavior modification redirects cat clawing but this book explains why dogs bark and the reason cats scratching behavior is normal. You’ll learn how to understand and manage the behavior of dogs and kitty behavior whether you have a single pet, a clowder of cats or canine pack, or one or more of both cats and dogs.

More than 30 million U.S. households double their pleasure by welcoming both cats and dogs into their homes. Yet mixing the two can mean trouble in paradise, especially if you treat your cat like your dog, or vice versa. Cats and dogs are two very different animals with distinctive animal behavioral needs and they cannot—and must not—be treated in the same way.

From conflicts over favorite sleep spots, sharing potty facilities, resource guarding toys or jealous pets when sharing your attention, adding new pets rubs fur the wrong way and creates hairy situations for everyone—including you.

This 3rd edition guide gives owners the ability to understand dog behavior as well as prescriptive how-to advice on the most common cat behavioral problems when cats and dogs live together. The book includes information about aggressive dog behavior, dog language, positive dog obedience training techniques, how to stop dog biting and prevent dog behavioral problems, understanding feline body language and cat hisses, dealing with cat litter box problems, cat nutrition and feeding challenges around dogs, and more.

Use these animal behaviorists fun techniques to learn about normal canine behavior, cat behavior modification techniques, and expert dog trainer tips to solve common dog problems and strengthen the human animal bond you share with your pets. Step by step cat and dog tips from this award-winning author and certified animal behavior consultant uses pet psychology to address:

• Recognize and diffuse cat aggression and aggressive dog behavior
• Stop cat bites and dog bites
• Settle disputes over territory
• Soothe cat stress and feline fear
• Address scared dogs and noise phobias to fireworks fears and thunderstorm phobias
• Stop bully behavior
• Solve hit and miss litter box problems
• Manage pet nutrition and meals
• Choose pet friends to reduce cat fights and dog fights
• Pet introduction and techniques
• Introduce cats or dogs to a new baby or kids
• Solving common pet peeves: eating poop, cat clawing, dog barking, meowing, destructive chewing, jumping up, countertop cruising, digging and more!
• Canine separation anxiety, dog separation behaviors, and dog destructive behaviors
• Dog resource guarding of toys, food and owners
• Puppy house training and dog marking behaviors
• Positive pet training tips including crate training, cat leash training, clicker training, lure training, and obedience training
• Solve common pet peeves: barking, puppy chewing, dog digging, puppies eating poop, dogs rolling in poop, dogs jumping up, and more!

Fun, practical, and eminently informative, ComPETability briefly looks at the biological, evolutionary, and behavioral differences between cats and dogs to devise strategies for owners that enable the two species to live in harmony within the same household. Written by one of America's premier pet experts, the book explains everything an owner of a cat and dog should 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 pet fun and peace.

For more pet behavior advice refer to:

ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-CAT Household
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About the Author

Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She’s a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of 26 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, the cat behavior expert at, 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. She’s been a consultant to the pet products industry and a host/program consultant for select “furry” TV projects. Amy is also a musician, actor and playwright, and brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances and performances, audio books (her own and others), writer webinars, conference keynotes/seminars and THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: FurryMuse Publications; 3 edition (April 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00472O7DI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book September 13, 2012
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition
Great solutions to problems associated with having multiple pets. While we all wish our pets could get along the truth is there are often problems. Reading this book to identify potential problems before they erupt is priceless. And knowing that others have problems is helpful, you don't feel quite so alone with the problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breezy December 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This lady can write - a pet book that reads like a detective story. If you have a cat or a dog then this simply has to be on your ipad, kindle or bookshelf.
Probably still needs a last edit before the next edition - the odd error pops up here and there. Such as "By the time of the Greeks, a variety of sent hounds were being developed." Under DOGGED EXAMPLES - I'm sure she meant SCENT not SENT. But hey, the context makes it clear what she means.
Next to breezy, well written and reads like a detective novel, I would add a word I hardly ever use unless the situation demands it - 'fascinating'. In that light I think the title should have been UNDERSTANDING rather than SOLVING Behavior Problems in your Cat-Dog Household.
Easily gets its five stars from me. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! April 16, 2012
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Amy Shojai has done it again! Competability is a concise yet thorough treatment of cat and dog behavior as they living in the same environment. This book addresses the complicated relationshop between these two animals as they share the same space with humans and each other. In addition to explaining some of the behaviors seen between cats and dogs, Ms. Shojai addresses diverse topics with charm and humor. She tackles "Pet Senses" and how they affect behavior, "Moping Dogs" and "Hiding Cats", and a subject near and dear to all of us, "Potty Concerns". This book contains insight into a multitude of behavioral issues with practical solutions and tips to make cohabitation palatable for all those involved. As always, I look forward for more of Ms. Shojai's books, essential additions to anyone's pet care library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on Reading the Minds of Your Pets... January 17, 2014
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I don’t like cats. Well, actually I’m allergic to them, so I don’t like being AROUND cats. And prior to this book, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (CABC, if you’re in the know), but hey, it takes all stripes, spots, and shades. So, with that as a backdrop, I went into this book with a healthy (relative term) skepticism about pet psychiatry and what not.

Be that as it may, I found this book to be extremely thorough and well researched and, hey, you can’t help but believe what she says about the inner workings of cats and dogs because she writes with a definite sense of authority. This book covers just about everything you could imagine about pet dynamics and, despite its focus on dog and cat interactions, is helpful for people like me, who would never dream of getting a cat, but often wonders what on earth is going on in my dog’s head. Very interesting read - even for the skeptic in you.

By the way, I received a complimentary digital edition of this book from Story Cartel because I promised to write an honest review. Honestly, I wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise, but I’m glad I did. (If you think I’m being kind for the wrong reasons, you should see what I wrote about those other books... )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solving Pet Problems and Behavior January 10, 2014
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This is very well written book,and very helpful with Man's best friend be it Dog or Cat. I found it well written ,and it sure helped me with my Cat.He has a very detinctive whine,and has been very needy.It has surely impacted me and our household with our cat and understanding our neighbors dog.This is a very good informational book especially when you are not the only one to have behavioral problems with your pet,who is like your family to you. You will really get a lot out of this book,like i did
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Interesting January 7, 2014
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This book addresses all the complexities of multiple pet households while also educating the reader with the history of cats and dogs and how they came into our lives as pets. It helps enormously to understand the differences and similarities of these animals if they are going to be members of the family.
I appreciate that the author has addressed the responsibility of pet owners as well as the basics of family adjustments. Cats and dogs can enrich a family in ways impossible to describe-one must experience the joy and love of pets to understand. This book is a terrific tool for anyone who wishes to truly experience that joy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book January 5, 2014
This was a good book. Having 15 cats and 3 dogs can cause problems sometimes! I hope to use these techniques to help solve the problems I face constantly!! I'm glad I found this book! I got a free copy on story cartel!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars competability December 21, 2010
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This book, like all of Amy's books, hits the mark exactly! The dog/cat relationship and background information on each is astounding. I'm constantly amazed at what a great researcher she is. What an asset to the animal world this writer is.

Humphrey Fish
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected by still has value
First, I was offered a free copy of the E-book in exchange for my review. I vacillate between 3 & 4 stars. We have a now 1 yr. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Devil in a Blue Dress
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive cat and dog behavioural issues book
This book covers just about every single aspect of cat and dog care issues I've encountered in 40 years of dealing with my fur babies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Malmsio
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Very good book, while not answering what I was looking for it was well written and entertaining. Recommend to anyone wanting to know about their pets behavior
Published 3 months ago by Debbie Bontrager
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I haven't read the whole book yet, I skimmed through to find the main topic I was interested n; and unfortunately it really didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JustMe
4.0 out of 5 stars So glad I read this book
This book is written to help pet owners understand their pets. There were quite a few things that I didn't know about cats. I have raised dogs and cats for over forty years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cathy Thelen
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read but not for training
This was an entertaining read with plenty of points made about the history of cats and dogs in the lives of humans. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive
Well written, well researched. I'm a long-time dog and cat foster parent and this book brings up points I hadn't considered. Very enlightening. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kathi A
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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 and 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 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 and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at


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