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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss Paperback – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140288546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965013017
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feline behaviorist Johnson-Bennett (Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat's Behavioral Problems) suggests that if cat owners learn how to think like a cat, they can better understand their pets and build a more positive relationship. One way is to view the world not from the vantage point of a 5'7" human but from the cat's level, ten inches off the ground. If you needed to scratch your claws and saw only drapes and furniture and no scratching post, what would you use? The author gives helpful tips for stopping destructive chewing, aggression, furniture scratching, and litter-box difficulties. Her advice on grooming, pests, traveling, and first aid are clear and straightforward. She also recommends types and brands of toys, equipment, food, and other feline products. A similar guide is Brian Kilcommon's Good Owners, Great Cats (LJ 10/1/95), which has a more attractive layout and is easier to use. Still, this volume is more comprehensive than Johnson-Bennett's earlier works, with excellent insight into feline behavior, humor, and common sense. Recommended for most pet collections.
-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Pam Johnson-Bennett, author of five other award-winning books on cat behavior, is resident cat expert on iVillage.com and the behavior columnist for the Internet magazine The Daily Cat. She has written numerous articles for national magazines and frequently appears on national TV and radio, as well as veterinary and animal welfare conferences. She lives near Nashville, Tennessee.

More About the Author

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

Customer Reviews

Very very useful book and easy to reference.
E. Wood
Don't think that this is a book for someone who JUST bought a cat!
Casey Greenfield
I highly recommend this book to all cat owners!
Lisa Turner

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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Meg Brunner on March 13, 2000
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I just got my first cat (she's 6 months old) and have been searching around desperately ever since for a good, solid reference book full of everything I need to know to keep my cat healthy and happy. A kind of "Our Bodies, Our Selves" for my pet, you could say. But most of the books I found were all pictures, no substance.
I stumbled across this one when I found it on a sale table. I thought it was just going to be a handbook on cat psychology, but it turns out it's much, much more!
This book has information on just about everything you would ever need to know about taking care of your kitty. It's got a chapter on every subject I had a question about, plus informational lists (like, of which houseplants are poisonous), very detailed and easy-to-follow instructions (like, on how to do CPR on your cat), and extremely innovative ideas and solutions to common problems (like, how to keep your cat off your kitchen counters).
I heartily recommend this book to everybody who has a cat or is thinking about getting one. It's terrific!
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on July 31, 2001
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There is so much misinformation about cats that it's a welcome treat to have a book that gives us insight into things that are important to them. Cats love security. They love a familiar setting. They like a routine, but they can become bored if we don't play with them regularly. The author has fine suggestions on effective play. She also has excellent thoughts on how cats try to communicate with us. It took me a long time to figure out what my cat was trying to tell me, but you can get it nicely from this book. The volume has useful information on cat health, but its great value is in helping you think like a cat. Every cat owner would be wise to have a copy.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Casey Greenfield on May 13, 2000
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I checked out this book at the library, and I am now buying it. Don't think that this is a book for someone who JUST bought a cat! I have owned a cat for 5 years and I still found all the information in this book helpful. Pam explains everything in clear, concise words, so you don't get caught of in the middle of the book thinking "What the heck is a cytoplamatic inherited gene?" I strongly urge you to buy this book whether you are about to buy your first kitten or if you have been a cat owner for 20 years.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paula J. Collins on December 4, 2005
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I have owned cats for over 30 years, and I have bought many books on feline behavior, but this is by far the best resource I have ever found on the subject. I thought I knew everything about cats, but Pam taught me many things I did not know before. This book has become my "Cat Encyclopedia", if not my "Kitty Bible," with valuable information on everything from how to introduce a new cat into my household, to helping to save one of cats from death by curing her horrible problem of inappropriately urinating on my dining room carpet. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a first-time cat owner, to anyone considering getting a cat, and even to veteran cat Moms like me.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By steve on February 8, 2000
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You could call this book a behavioral first-aid kit. "Think Like A Cat" will save my cat's life. I was contemplating putting her to sleep. When I called my vet, he was the one who suggested this book. After reading it, I realized the things I'd been doing wrong. My cat is much happier now and so am I. There's so much valuable information in this book about every behavioral problem in cats.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Giorgia Villa on March 15, 2006
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This is a very useful book, especially if like me, you end up adopting two adult cats from a shelter, both traumatized and unsocialised (and one of them a Maine Coon !).

This book has provided me with a lot of insight in their behaviour, tips on how to ease their fears, socialise them and make them, less than two months later, the two happy, sure. sleek cats that are purring now on my coach, near my dog, that, thanks to another helpful section of the book, survived quite unscathed this process. This book made me also avoid costly mistakes with litters, foods etc. (while I disagree with the author on the enclosed litter trays, as my cats like them and they do limit sand spills) and how to make my existing furniture cat frendly, with some unexpensive and easy additions and modifications.

So, really well worth reading, well written and quite pleasing to read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle on February 21, 2000
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I was amazed at how insightful this book was. I discovered so many things that I'd been doing wrong. Since applying Pam's methods, my cats have become better behaved and appear much happier. The book is written with humor and sensitivity yet packs a gutsy punch with respect to the dos and don'ts of training cats.
Now whenever I look into the eyes of my four cats, I feel as if I know what they're thinking. I plan on giving this book to all the cat owners I know.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on April 11, 2000
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I am a new cat owner and needed a good book on cat care and training. This book is the best I have read so far. It is very comprehensive and is very easy to understand. Everything is spelled out in clear and concise terms for us new cat owners. Even people who have had cats for years will benefit from the material in this book. I would recommend this book for anyone with a cat or contemplating getting one.
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