- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Later Printing edition (July 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142004758
- ISBN-13: 978-0142004753
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 349 customer reviews
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Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat Paperback – July 6, 2004
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"A comprehensive guide in clear, friendly prose." -- Dr. Marty Becker, Good Morning America contributor and coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
"Gives you the tools you need to have more than one cat and peace as well."
--Janice Willard, DVM, MS, columnist for Knight Ridder Tribune
"A must read for anyone who is contemplating adding 'just one more cat' to their household."
--Darlene Arden, author of The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care of Dogs
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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I'd like to note that I've seen some reviews from people who were concerned about the amount of broadcasting of Feliway. I don't know if the author was compensated for advertising it, but I do know that around the time the book would have been written, synthetic pheromones were not a wide market. I'd be willing to bet Feliway was the only one of his kind in the early 2000s which is why it would be mentioned so much. Today, synthetic pheromones are in many different products from many different brands. Though, coming from someone working in the veterinary field, I would recommend sticking with the original Feliway brand. It's not a miracle worker, but you'd be surprised at what subtle things it can do for your cats' behavior.
However, the reason I bought the book was in seeking a cure for "redirected/misdirected aggression". Mine was a situation where my big neutered male cat blindly attacked his adoptive "mommy cat" - a small, gentle female - because he couldn't get to the feral cat outside our yard that was marking his fence. But his blind, misdirected attack hurt her physically ($200 vet bill) and psychologically (breaking her trust...and apparently her heart), making her fearful of any kind of approach he made thereafter, which very unfortunately he then found entertaining, often resulting in more horrible fights.
Despite the title, *Cat vs. Cat*, the book totally failed me here. I have found that many cat owners have suffered the same crisis without solution. In the two years since the one disastrous misdirected attack, I have found that undermining the male's dominance and arrogance by throwing him outside by the scruff of his neck (re-kittenizing him), squirting him with a squirt gun (at any suspicious move toward the female), and keeping them separated in the house when I'm not there to keep watch (especially at night), has decreased his aggressiveness and raised my female's confidence and feeling of safety. She seems to be surprised and quite gratified that her hissing and growling seem to be responsible for his sudden flight when my shots from the squirt gun hit him.
We're still making progress, and after two years, they can actually be in the same room with me without incident. The male acquiesces to my calling his name immediately and stops moving. No, they're not as easily trainable as a dog, but they ARE trainable. He is not "broken in spirit" by any means. He still yowls and prods me for food, demands to be let outside, and purring into my lap, obstructs my work at the computer. But he KNOWS what he is NOT to do - move toward my female, stare at her, or make any sort of aggressive gesture (buy yourself a pack of cheap squirt guns!). I still have hopes that one day, she will choose to move toward him, and perhaps we will be a happy family again.
BTW, I dumped the expensive chemical and aroma therapy approaches. They were of no help at all.