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Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat Paperback – July 6, 2004
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About the Author
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
Top Customer Reviews
Author Pam Johnson-Bennett knows cats. She offers a complete dictionary of how cats communicate their mood, where problem behavior starts, and simple solutions to ease tension and modify behavior. She offers several strategic checklists for anticipated situations as well as existing problems. Don't be fooled by the title either; Pam offers excellent advice on cat-human interactions, too.
We made three little changes and enjoyed INSTANT success. The urinating stopped immediately. Within a week, the violence decreased to a minimum. A month later, the cat was taking treats from my boyfriend's hand and, two weeks after that, sleeping in his lap. It has been several months now without repeat of a major incident. There is no silver bullet, but with this book, you will be well-armed.
From reading this book, I added many new regimes to my treatment plan for remeding with cat-cat interaction - using catnip, increasing playtime, training methods, etc. Armed with the knowledge from this book, I went forth and began working to help my cat through her behavioral problems, and after only a few short weeks the issues were resolved! I completely credit this book with giving me the knowledge and understanding to better tackle this problem and create a peaceful environment for both my cats and my family.
The book is an easy read and chocked full of information for multi-cat households. I would recommend it to anyone struggling to find resolve to behavioral issues of their feline friends. If you're looking for books specific to single cat families, she has also written "Think like a cat: How to raise a well-adjusted cat, not a sour puss" which contains training information from kittenhood to senior life (also a great read).
We are a five cat household. All five are rescues and two are feral brother and sister cats. We have managed to socialize all of them into one colony where they get along and respect the Queen (although she is not the highest in the pecking order). The book explains in good detail how important the feline hierarchy is and how this hierarchy is often expressed in vertical space. I had personally studied about this aspect and have seen it in my own cats but was delighted to read a good explanation about it.
This is a fantastic book for those in multiple cat households who may or may not be encountering tension between cats. The book explains territories and hierarchies very well. Understanding the importance of these two aspects in a feline's life will help everything else come together and make sense.
I recommend the book as a great resource for all of those who have multiple feline households or are contemplating bringing another feline into the fold. Think about it and read about it -- you will be happy you did.
UPDATE June 24, 2010: Another stray whose been in the wild for a while (but is definitely a domestic cat) has chosen us as his new family. I grabbed this book off my shelf as a refresher and it's as relevant as ever. Taking the new introduction nice and slow with our other 5 cats (two ferals) and things are going well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really helped us with some cat problems we were having helps us to understand why cats do the the things they doPublished 7 days ago by craig cmiller
While this book didn't help me. I suppose if it's the first one you've read, it would be helpful. I am trying to make adjustments so that our new cat and existing cat get along. Read morePublished 27 days ago by volvomom
great product, good price, came on time and was packaged properly, I would definitely buy this againPublished 1 month ago by Capt Jim
This was very helpful when bring an older cat into my home where I had another older cat who was quite happy being an only pet. A fast read which I liked.Published 1 month ago by Dona
If you have questions about how to get the felines in your life to get along, to live in peace (relatively speaking, of course), to understand what they are doing and why, you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn Addison
This book was very informative and provided a lot of new information that we had never heard before, and provided us with a lot behavioral methods to implement to improve our cats... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew
My vet said this was the bible for any feline issues, after I had explained the issues with the latest cat being introduced to a peaceful two-cat household (I inherited this third... Read morePublished 2 months ago by chauvesouris