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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"Think like a cat--it's a tall order but sound advice in a fun book full of expertise and compassion, wisdom, and promise of great cat-filled years to come."
--Roger A. Caras
"An insightful and easy-to-follow tour of the land and language of felines. Even experienced owners will benefit from this book. She's the queen of cat behavior!"
--Steve Dale, author of My Pet World
"If you have a cat, buy ths book. If you know someone who shares their home with a cat, buy it for them!"
--Mark Waldrop, DVM, Nashville Cat Clinic
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 decided to get this book because my 14 year old cat passed away suddenly. I got her as a kitten in 6th grade, and she was awesome, but I couldn't remember most details of raising a kitten and also wanted to see advice on behavior modification. This book covers everything. I really liked the section about playtime because it honestly did make me "Think like a Cat" in terms of what playtime means for theme and how to make it meaningful for them.
After reading this book I feel much more prepared for my two kittens I will be getting in a month and a half. It helped me make a list of products I need to buy for them (toys, grooming supplies, medicine), and there really is a chapter for any issue you need help with or may face in the future.
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 !
My husband and I recently lost our beloved cat Isis, after 19 years together. The loss was all but devastating to us. We have a second cat, an elderly male who is now 13-years old, and was also grieving the loss. After a couple of weeks of the three of us wallowing in pain, we decided to adopt a rescue animal-companion. We left ourselves open to adopting as many as three. It would give us a total of four cats which we felt we could manage financially, but more importantly we would be able to meet the time and attention needs of a maximum of four.
Within a matter of 21 days we all but fell into three separate adoptions. The newbies range in age from about 5 months to just now 5 weeks. They had a range of issues from two of them being underweight, one being found off of the side of an expressway and the youngest that was weeks too young to be away from her mother or at the very, very least her other litter mates. Adding to our challenges has been misrepresented ages and that we brought them into the house in stages, but still rather fast.
The oldest of the new adoptees, a male that was stated to be 13-weeks, (turned out to be closer to 18 weeks) came home to us on April 14th. The next a female stated to be 13-weeks, (turned out to be closer to 7 weeks) came home on April 30th. The assumption had been that the two "13-week old kittens" would be able to play and keep one another company. In actuality after two weeks of solid meals and a safe environment, the male blossomed adding nearly three pounds in the 24 DAYS we've had him. He is no longer the scrawny, feeble-looking, nearly feral kitten that he appeared to be. He's healthy and inquisitive and wonderful!
BUT, now there is a clear 4-pound difference between these two kittens. Play must be monitored as he learns his strength and she learns her limits. Adding to that, we have a ONE-POUND kitten that came home with us on May 4th. They had represented her to be nearly 8 weeks, as it turns out she was much closer to 4. She was supposedly weaned, but "torn" is a better description. She wants to play with the others but it is even more important that limits be set for her. Adding into this collage of personalities and specific needs, we have our elderly cat. He is doing better every day but this has been no easy transition for him. So how does all of this relate to this book?
The information has been incredibly helpful! Instead of attempting to force our version of integration on each of these incredible life forms, we are seeing life from their perspectives. It changes EVERYTHING! There are so many things that never even would have crossed our minds. I'm making "puzzle feeders" for our 5-month old to help him with some of his innate need to "figure things out". He also requires a GREAT deal more release for his excess energy, where the two girls need a great deal more rest. Separate spaces, safe hiding places, access to "escape routes" from one another, all of these things are different when looked at from the floor of our house UP, rather than looking around or DOWN on what is available to them. I have rambled on way too long, but I will say that I HIGHLY recommend this book!
One quick note regarding the one-star reviews stating that this was either not informative enough or that they disagree with keeping cats inside the home, I just could not disagree more.
I had no idea of the blood types of cats, had never heard of a puzzle feeder and never considered whether or not I could have a real impact on the emotional wellness of each of these tossed-together lives on anything like the level that we have. We are doing many things now intentionally rather than accidentally bumping into ideas that may have been helpful. It feels fantastic to offer such a stable environment to them all.
When it come to the idea of keeping cats confined, I think this probably depends. If one has many acres of safe spaces for a cat then sure, in and out is probably fine. In either a suburban or urban setting this is just not the case. If one simply looks around at their neighborhood and notices the lack of weeds in the lawns due to routine weed-killing regimes, watches strays without adequate immunization, observes the number of cars in their area including distracted drivers, and considers the very real possibility of someone's intentional malice towards their cat, it changes the concept of "keeping them prisoner". Also, if one feels their home to be a prison, the cats are probably not the biggest issue they may have. Home should never feel this way to either us or our animal companions. I agreed with the author. We may debate whether or not to spay, neuter and/or declaw. We can debate whether or not they should be allowed to roam the neighborhoods or remain within the home. What we should not debate, should be able to in fact agree on, is that each of these decisions will impact the entire life cycle of another living being. They are completely dependent on us to make these decisions based not on our opinions, but rather what is in the best interest of the animals, based solely on facts. This book offers factual statements of what is in the best interest of our cats. This is a well researched book that offers those of us sharing our lives with cats, insights that we simply might not have considered or been offered in any other way.
Great book that I have already planned to also purchase in paperback for quick reference.
My reaction to that feeling of insufficient knowledge has been to devour a number of books about cats. of the various books that I have read on cats, this one was the one I enjoyed the most. It has a lot of information without being dry or overly dense and technical, making it ideal for most cat owners. (incidentally, If you do want an excellent and very academic book on feline behavior, I highly recommend The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour, which is a superb book as well (just be aware that it is highly technical and academic, and definitely not light reading).
All told, if you are getting a new cat, want to update your general cat ownership knowledge (I found the cat toys section especially helpful, due to my long catless period, for example) including suggestions or just want to be a better owner to your existing cat, you'll probably find a lot to like in this book.
-lots of good information
-The author's writing style is very pleasant and conversational.
-While it reads easily enough, it's also not a "for dummies" book, so it may be a bit more involved than you may want if you aren't much of a reader, or are giving it to a loved one in hopes that they'll learn how to better interact with your cat or cats.
-The author *really* pushes clumping clay litter in her liter section. There are some good reasons to consider other litter options ( pine pellets, the Purina Tidy Cats Breeze Litter System Cat Litter - 1 Kit, the CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box, etc), especially if a household member has breathing problems (My housemate has asthma, so the dust from clumping litter would be a real issue for her, for example).