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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143119796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143119791
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of 7 other books on cat behavior and training. She is the former vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is the founder/co-chair of the IAABC's cat division. She is a member of the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training. She is a Professional Member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance.

Pam is the behavior expert for Friskies where she writes a weekly blog on their website. You can also find articles and videos on her website, catbehaviorassociates.com

Previously, she was the behavior expert for Yahoo, iVillage and Cat Fancy's Cat Channel. She was also the behavior columnist for Cats Magazine and the Daily Cat.

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

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This book is a must for any cat owner.
M. Pierce
This book has been very useful for my tween and I. Easy to read, good informations and broken into sections so we're easily able to find the information we need.
Jennifer Andrews
Likely the problem is simply understanding why the cat is acting in such a way!
Anna

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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Steve Dale Szarvas on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is in response to "savvy cat owner," who is clearly not so savvy after all. I have been writing and broadcasting about pets for nearly 20 years, and am a certified cat behavior consultant. I am a founder of the CATalyst Council and serve on that Board; I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, Tree House Humane Society (in Chicago) and the American Humane Association. I'm a contributor to Dr. Susan Little's upcoming feline text book. I have never written a review on Amazon before or offered a comment - but the egregious not so savvy remarks are so incredibly wrong, I was moved to comment. Pam Johnson-Bennett is a pioneer in the world of cat consultation. She was among the first to go from building to building, back when she was in New York City, to help cat owners. So many of us, if not most of us, continue to learn from Ms.Johnson-Bennett. Suggesting her techniques are obsolete is like calling the i-pad obsolete. Ms.Johnson-Bennett is about as current as anyone I know, which is exactly why she felt an updated version of her original "Think Like a Cat" is necessary. The personal attack....really now? I have no idea what that's about, but to set the record straight Ms. Johnson-Bennett was not the founder of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a dog trainer and family counselor, Lynn Hoover was the founder. Johnson-Bennett was an early member and early on was Chair of the Cat Division. And she did not certify herself. As for recommending material to read by a veterinary behaviorist, YES! But, with the exception of veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kersti Seksel's book "Training Your Cat," and Dr. Nicholas Dodman's cat book from a few years back - all the others are veterinary books. Still, worthwhile for sure - and Ms.Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Zachariah Atteberry on February 26, 2012
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I own every cat behavior book you have written, including Twisted Whiskers, Hiss and Tell, Tales from a Cat Shrink, and my favorite which is Think Like a Cat. This new and updated book introduces many new methods on helping cats get along, education on nutrition and reading labels, litter box and litter selection - including the much dreaded litter box problems and improper defecation. I have many other behavior books from various authors but haven't learned as much as I have in this one book. I recommend buying this book. There is not a single cat behavior problem that can't be fixed - so what are you waiting for? Read this book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Brown on March 23, 2013
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I'm skimming through this - I got the first edition on Interlibrary Loan & liked it so much that I bought it. :-)

I consider myself a kitty whisperer, but I'm learning some fun new things in this book. The tips about how to play with your cat (and how often: 1-2x per day, for 10-15 minutes each) are useful. Finally learned what the whiskers on the forepaws are for: "to sense any movement of prey trapped under the cat's front paws."

The book gives good tips on how to desensitize cats to the scary experience of going to the vet. Most of these involve food. :-) While my kittehs aren't scared of the vet, reading this section made me appreciate my vet more, because they do some of the non-food tips to make my cats feel more comfortable while in the examining room.

The book is full of good information for new & old-timey cat owners!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By uglycouch on October 13, 2012
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Don't hesitate to buy this book if you have a cat (or multiple cats) or know someone who does. It would make a great holiday gift. I wish I had known the information in this book when I had my last cat. I recently adopted a new kitty and started watching "my cat from he||" on tv which somehow brought me to this book and author, though I can't recall exactly how. Here is the main point I'd like to make: By enabling accurate and real communication between yourself and your cat, you are opening a world of opportunities for bonding, fun and affection. I now firmly believe just about any cat can become a friendly, well-behaved pet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By devin farrelly on November 14, 2013
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I got positive results immediately and my three cats are happier. Using the principals in Think Like a Cat, I made a few changes that
got us from scratching, waking me up during the night or early morning for food, and getting on the counters incessantly, to sleeping through the night, using the great new scratching post, and staying off the counters, without yelling, squirting with water, or frustration. I didn't even realize what I had been putting up with. Now I enjoy them so much more, and with the positive changes, I have time to play with them more. My ten year old cat is actually making playful gestures ! They enjoy the new verticle spots I made. My husband wouldn't agree to a cat tree, and I didn't want one either, but I was able to see verticle places where I could make a comfy spot for them around the house, and they are enjoying their new perches. Thank-you !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Treehugger on September 13, 2013
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The book provides excellent advice and guidelines for cat owners. Behavioral information is clear, accessible, helpful, and I believe correct.

I have not yet learned to "think like a cat," nor would I anticipate most readers would. The best I can do is model and predict feline behavior from an observational / experiential perspective, as the author describes.

This is one of several cat books I would recommend, but I would not recommend it as a complete or single definitive source.
I suggest ailurophiles read widely, especially from an animal behavior (ethological) perspective, but spend much time respectfully watching the innately wild and efficient little predator-killers sharing our homes. Cats will never become satisfactory as sofa cushions or teddy bears, and, like the author, I would not attempt to remake them for this purpose.
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