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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895949091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895949097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Johnson-Bennett is the star of the TV series "Psycho Kitty" airing in the UK on Animal Planet and in Canada on Nat Geo Wild. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author of 8 books and countless articles. With a career that began in 1982, Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of house call cat behavior consulting.

Pam speaks on behavior at veterinary conferences and animal welfare organizations around the country. She is also a frequent guest on national TV and radio, including Fox News Network and CNN. Previously, she was the behavior expert at Yahoo, ivillage, Shine, and the Cat Channel. She was the VP of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the founder and former longtime chair of the IAABC Cat Division for. Pam was a member of the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and is currently a member of the American Humane Association Cat Health and Welfare Forum. She is also on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society. She was the behavior columnist for Cats magazine, Catster and the Daily Cat. She has been profiled in countless publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, Prevention, Real Simple, Family Circle, Woman's World, Enquirer, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, Parade, Complete Woman, The Tennessean, Daily News Journal and more.

Pam is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Winn Feline Foundation Media 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 later in 2014.

Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC, a private veterinarian-referred behavior practice. Website http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com

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The book is easy to read and understand.
J. J. Carew
The author of this book really understands cats and provides good, practical solutions to the problems that cat owners have.
P. Milligan
Pam Johnson-Bennett does know about cats behavior!!
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Cas VINE VOICE on March 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Details a number of case studies from the files of a professional cat behaviorist. If you ever wondered what it'd be like to counsel cats and their owners, here you are.
I didn't get the impression that the book was trying to be a serious treatise on cat-box behavior or spraying or whatever, though each vignette includes treatment plans and information about what was going on in that case. For in-depth treatment of issues like cat-box behavior and spraying, I'd recommend one of the author's other books, "Think Like a Cat". The treatment plans here are interesting to read, giving much insight on how one goes about changing an animal's behavior. And what cat owner doesn't love reading about odd cats? We got lots of them here, and sometimes the owners are just as odd. Honestly, I love reading these frequently amusing, sometimes very touching stories.
"Psycho Kitty" contains vignettes of what a day of a cat-behaviorist's life is like. I found the book absolutely fascinating, sometimes humorous, sometimes very touching.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Carew on August 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just got my first pet, a kitten, two months ago. Before I got her I read tons of books on cats and what to do or not to do. But many of the books were very dry and did not address behavior problems. Then a friend showed me Psycho Kitty and I read it in one afternoon. The book is easy to read and understand. And while the stories Johnson-Bennett tells are anecdotal, they do point out things we stupid humans do TO and FOR cats. I found out that some of the things I was doing were ENCOURAGING psycho kitty behavior.
The author does not talk down to the pet owner and provides practical advice. By writing this book, she is also telling us that we are not alone with our cat's weird and fascinating behaviors.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Goldman on December 21, 2001
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After physical and mental trauma from the most recent flood, moving, rebuilding, moving again, one of our indoor cats just wasn't the same. My vet surprisingly couldn't give me any info on behavior problems and what he did offer, I now know, was actually wrong information. He recommended we drive 90 minutes (one way) to TX A&M with my traumatized cat/s to see their behavior "experts". What an experience that would have been - like addding fuel to the fire. Found this book here on Amazon and it really saved us. It gave thorough information in story-style that explained more about cats, their views, their behavior - where, why, etc. - than the other books I purchased written by different authors. Read an interesting, funny or touching story, learn from their experiences and be entertained all at once! I'm looking forward to reading her other books. I couldn't be more grateful and I'm sure my cats would thank her too if they could!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sherie on June 21, 2002
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I was so glad I read this book. I had a cat that I brought home from the Humane Society. Ater he passed away I waited 5 years and decided I wanted a Kitty. I immediately feel in love with Allie and while shopping one day I spotted Psyco Kitty at the store. I bought it, and I am so glad I did. I found I couldn't put the book down. It was full of wonderful stories, but more important than that I actually learned so much that I never knew about cats. I learned so much about how my cat thinks,what they like, and don't like, and why. I highly Pam Johnson-Bennet's books!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2000
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I found myself laughing and crying as I read the stories. This book provided sound behavior information in the most amusing way. Johnson-Bennett approaches each subject with warmth and humor. She really understands how cats think. If there's a cat lover in your life you should buy this book. This is the most refreshing cat book I've read.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. Milligan on May 13, 2005
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I have kept cats all my life and had become resigned to the strange or destructive behaviors that they sometimes display. I thought there was nothing I could do to change them, so I just accepted the bad with the good. The author of this book really understands cats and provides good, practical solutions to the problems that cat owners have. If you are about to give away or euthanize your cat because of a behavior problem, please give this book a try first.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
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If you like James Herriot, you'll love this book. Pam Johnson-Bennett writes with such compassion. Her training tips are great and very unique. The other cat books I've read have been boring. Pam teaches you how to have a great relationship with your cat in a light and funny way. You must read this book!!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
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I spent years trying to train my cat and never understood why he behaved so badly. This book was an answer to my prayers. For the first time, my cat and I are getting along beautifully. I now understand what he was trying to tell me. Pam Johnson-Bennett's stories are wonderful to read and she always offers insightful solutions. This book literally saved my cat's life because I was about to give up hope. No matter what problem you're having with your cat you'll find the answer in this book.
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