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About the Author

Pam Johnson-Bennett hosted the Animal Planet UK series "Psycho Kitty." She is best-selling author of 7 books on cat behavior. With a career that began in 1982, Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting. 

Pam was vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the founder and longtime chair of the IAABC cat division. She served on the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and the American Humane Association Cat Health and Welfare Forum. She is also on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society. She lectures worldwide at veterinary conferences and animal welfare organizations.

Pam is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Winn Feline Foundation Media Award and the IAABC cat division award.

In addition to her work with cats, Pam is the co-author of Cookies for Dinner. This book chronicles the funny and often embarrassing side of motherhood. The sequel to Cookies for Dinner is set for release in late 2015/early2016. 

Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC. Website catbehaviorassociates.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140298533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140298536
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Johnson-Bennett hosted the Animal Planet UK series "Psycho Kitty." She is best-selling author of 7 books on cat behavior. With a career that began in 1982, Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting.

Pam was vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the founder and longtime chair of the IAABC cat division. She served on the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and the American Humane Association Cat Health and Welfare Forum. She is also on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society. She lectures worldwide at veterinary conferences and animal welfare organizations.

Pam is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Winn Feline Foundation Media Award and the IAABC cat division award.

In addition to her work with cats, Pam is the co-author of Cookies for Dinner. This book chronicles the funny and often embarrassing side of motherhood. The sequel to Cookies for Dinner is set for release in late 2015/early2016.

Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC. Website http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By 1smileycat VINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
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Hiss and Tell is a VERY entertaining book with 16 short stories about 16 different cats and their unusual troubles. Each story is approximately 5-10 pages long and draws you in quickly. I laughed, I cried, I loved this book from the moment I started it!!

There is Freddie, who helps his owner learn his wife is cheating on him. Cassie, who's story tore my heart out. Penelope, the paper shredder. Mambo King, who hates Sundays. Ralphie, who runs head-on into walls. And many more cats that will make you smile as you learn their unique story.

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a feline behaviorist who gets her referrals from veterinarians and makes house calls to her 'patients.' Considered one of the USA's experts on feline behavior, Pam operates her counseling practice in Tennessee. Her job consists of visiting the home, determining the cause of the problem, and setting up a behavior-modification plan for the family. She is the cat expert at ivillage.com and writes a monthly behavior column for Cats magazine. Pam is also the author of Think Like a Cat, Psycho Kitty, and Twisted Whiskers.

Within this book Pam states, "I love what I do for a living and wouldn't trade it for anything. (...) Every time a cat and his owner reach an understanding, it's worth everything to me." This shows you the love that went into the writing of this book and the touch of humor as well.

I highly recommend this book to all cat lovers! (Those who are not cat lovers would enjoy it too!) Ever cat lover's shelf should hold this book!

1smileycat :-)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on February 25, 2003
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Pam Johnson-Bennett is an expert on cat behavior and gives great advice on raising healthy, happy cats. But in this book, she relates sixteen cases of bizarre behavior by cats. We have a cat attacking its owner only on Sunday, or a cat carefully biting an owner's boyfriend in an embarrassing place, or a cat launching itself headfirst against a wall, or - well, you get the idea. Are these cats mentally unbalanced? No! Pam, the Sherlock Holmes of the cat world, uncovers the basis for each cat's strange behavior in sixteen entertaining mysteries. We cat owners know that cats actually behave in an amazingly logical fashion. It's cat owners that are mixed up, until our calculating cats train us to their satisfaction. This wonderfully-entertaining book illustrates these characteristics. Some of the stories are hilarious. One may bring tears to your eyes, but all of them will entertain you and are well worth reading.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Karen R. on July 11, 2005
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I had the best experience while reading this book - a purring cat curled up in my lap. I laughed at some of these stories, cried at others (especially the one about Angel). The book also reinforced for me how important it is to have interactive play sessions with your cat each day.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Purrrfectcat on January 24, 2004
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Pam Johnson, self-taught cat psychologist, relates 13 true cases she has had to deal with oddly behaving cats (or their odd owners). She writes that it's usual for her to be entering the owner's window now rather than going through the front door. After you read through the cases, you'll understand why. A gentle giant cat usually extroverted happy cat suddenly hiding in corners, a cat that shreds printing paper, a cat that runs itself into the wall, the cat who gets violent on Sundays, a cat that overgrooms itself so much that it gets bald, a cat that hates one of its owners when she comes home after work, 3 heartwarming stories involving owners with their cats, etc. They're so funny, so entertaining, and makes you understand that we as humans are so ignorant as what it's like to be a cat and live in a cat's world. It would DEFINITELY be great as gifts to other cat loving friends even if you buy them used/out of print. I'll definitely be keeping it on my bookshelf with my other cat books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janice Fitzpatrick on March 21, 2001
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Pam Johnson-Bennett is a self-taught "cat shrink" who has much experience ( and I mean EXPERIENCES) with a collection of crazy and not-so-crazy felines. Pam gets calls at all hours from frantic and frustrated cat owners. Their wide variety of problems make for a truly funny book. Animal and mystery lovers alike will enjoy the format of Hiss and Tell. Each chapter is a self-contained cat mystery that answers a question. Why does this house smell like a dead body? Why does a normally loving cat attack its owner its owner only on Sundays? How did a female cat get pregnant when she never went outside? I enjoyed each and every cat and owner and think you will too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Ricketts on September 15, 2003
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Pam being a cat "shrink" - she has shared here a wonderful collection of stories from her adventures of helping owners understand their wonderful whiskered friends. I originally bought this book as a gift for my mother-in-law, but I fell in love with it and bought another for myself. Be prepared to laugh and yet - there is one story that you had better have a tissue box handy. Pam writes in a way you feel as though you've tagged right along with her and you can feel those kitty cats just wrap themselves around your heart. A must read for every cat lover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2001
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Being an avid cat-lover myself (I am "owned" by 3 cats), I'm sure I'm biased. But this book was was only entertaining, but touching as well. Pam's love for, and dedication to, felines is quite obvious, in that she travels many miles in order to go to the homes of her furry patients. She is an excellent story-teller, and her book gave me insight into why my own cats behave the way they do. I hope to see another book like this one from Ms. Bennett very soon.
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