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Johnson-Bennett Pam
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (30 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142004758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142004753
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Johnson-Bennett is the star of the TV series "Psycho Kitty" that begins airing in 2013 on Discovery UK channel and Nat Geo Wild Canada. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author of 8 books and countless articles. Pam is a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting, having begun her career 30 years ago.

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. She is the founder and former longtime chair of the cat division for the IAABC. Pam was a member of the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and is 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 was the behavior expert for Friskies and a member of the Friskies "Dream Team" along with the Today Show's Lou Manfredini and celebrity designer Frank Beilec. Together, they designed the Friskies Ultimate Cat Habitat that was was unveiled to national media. Pam, along with country superstar Leann Rimes, was also the spokesperson for the Friskies prototype cageless shelter that was created at Northshore Animal League in New York. The shelter was designed to encourage cats in the shelter environment to enjoy living in social groups to reduce stress and promote adoption. Pam served as the spokesperson and one of the judges for the Friskies shelter grant program that awarded grants to 10 in-need shelters around the country. Most recently, she was the spokesperson for the Friskies Playhouse. Some very fortunate shelter cats got to live in this ultimate playhouse for two weeks while waiting for their forever homes. The purpose of the Playhouse was to promote cat adoption.

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.

Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC, a private veterinarian-referred behavior service. Visit her website at

Product Description

In this companion to her successful introduction to cat behavior Think Like a Cat , Pam Johnson-Bennett, the award-winning author and feline behaviorist, shows how adding another cat to your home does not have to be the start of a kitty apocalypse. Although cats are often misunderstood as natural loners, Johnson-Bennett shows how to plan, set up, and maintain a home environment that will help multiple cats?and their owners?live in peace. Cat vs. Cat will helpreaders understand the importance of territory, the specialized communication cats use to establish relationships and hierarchies, and how to interpret the so-called "bad behavior" that leads so many owners to needless frustration. Offering a wealth of information on how to diffuse tension, prevent squabbles and ambushes, blend two families, or help the elder kitty in your family, Cat vs. Cat is a welcome resource for both seasoned and prospective guardians of cat families large and small.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi cat household 28 Oct 2009
I've lived in a multi-cat household for years now and although this book contains loads of tips you already know, have worked out or picked up along the way, it still has those extra bits you haven't come across.

Several tips are about things i get asked regularly from people who are introducing a new cat for the first time, usually after the newbie has been there a few weeks and the problems have started. It's a real must have guide for those who already have a multi-cat household or for those who may have in future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful book 2 Feb 2011
By blha
Very useful, book recommended for owners with two or more cats. Many useful tricks that I never saw anywhere else.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best before 17 Feb 2008
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I nearly put the book down when I read in the first few pages that 'first of all' all cats must be neutered. Good advice, but I have a breeding queen! I read on though and found the book full of good advice. The author explains how the various 'undesirable' behaviours are linked to perfectly sensible feline behaviour. Dog meets dog: sniff,wag tail,play... cat meets cat :sniff,hiss, spit, attack, one running off. Reading the book I realized how lucky I have been with previous feline additions to the household. The author goes thtough the different scenarios of 'stressed,unhappy' cat community and gives practical (though sometimes time consuming )advice on how to overcome it. The very best advice is surely to read this book BEFORE your new cute feline heart throb enters the house.
My unneutered female may well have been 'hormonal' and that's why she went on the war path.Nevertheless, I tried some of suggestions and got feliway ... stroked one, then the other... distracting her when she was battle ready... and..and...Peace? - don't know, lets call it guarded co-existence. Nuru (the victim) is very grateful.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book! 19 April 2006
This is an excellente book about cat's adaptation to new environment, regarding new cats, other animals including humans and even new spaces! I've learned a LOT from it and I'm definitely going to recommend it to other cat lovers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 Jun 2011
By C. Wood
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Great book. Some of the suggestions in the book direct you to american websites which some don't deliver to the UK and you cant always find an alternative here. Being the owner of a cat that gets stressed and nervous easily it is nice to read options for helping them in stressful situations (moving house/trips to the vets). Another good read are the books by Vicky Hall - Cat Detective or Cat Confidential.... for the British perspective
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin 12 Jan 2010
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Picked this up as a present for experienced cat owners who were getting a new kitten to join their existing cat household. They were delighted with it and said they picked up a lot of useful information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Read 12 Aug 2013
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I've got a new kitten who is winding up my 2 adult cats to the point of stress. I have been unable to find some specific reading around this surprisingly, so was pleased to see this book recommended on a website.

I bought this as a second hand copy. It is by an American author and the cat keeping ethos is different - i.e. she actually recommends that you keep cats indoors 100% of the time, whereas the majority of British cat owners - like me, let theirs outdoors.

There is also an assumption that if you are bringing a new cat into your home it is a nervous adult - I have a wildly over confident kitten though, so very little of her advise hits the mark. However, there is still some useful tidbits and I always like to expand my cat lore!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading the book 4 Dec 2011
I bought this book after my new kitten arrived and the problems had already started.

By the end of the first chapter i realised i'd done the introduction of the new kitten to our resident cat completely wrong. Unfortunately our resident cat was extremely upset by the new addition. She is very sensitive and sweet natured and the new kitten was totally crazy and a bit of a bully!
The resident cat even stopped eating and we had to take her to the Vet who diagnosed a virus which was brought on by stress! 5 months down the line and my two kitties are living peacefully together, i don't think they will ever be friends but they tolerate each other very well now, which is a great relief.

The book was very helpful in addressing some of the problems which had arisen. It was also very easy to understand and well laid out. However i think it would of been much better if i'd had the sense to get it before the new arrival, and i could of saved myself and the resident cat a lot of stress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely worth while
A book for all cat owners, I am sure u will learn something.... great for integrating a new cat to the fold! Enjoy !
Published 2 days ago by ston73
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A must read for every multi cat owner. It's clear that Pam understands cats perfectly and everything she describes makes sense. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but nothing especially groundbreaking
I like the way Pam explains up front, that cats in a multi-cat household should be spayed or neutered, and that she uses references from her own feline household to illustrate... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Looklively
5.0 out of 5 stars The second book I've bought from this author
Having read "Think like a cat" when we were having problems with our new kitten, I decided to buy this as having solved our problems we would like to have another puss too. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karen Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Already rated
I'm sure I have already rated this, but it wouldn't be the first time Amazon have lost my reviews. The book is excellent and provides lots of useful insights into feline behaviour.
Published 12 months ago by D. Ambler
5.0 out of 5 stars From a cat's perspective
If you're into behavioural studies of animals and trying to understand them then this is for you. It's a practical look at feline behaviour of a multi-cat home. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
A very informative, well written book that has been a great help to me in my cat behaviour course. I receaved this book quickly and in good condition. It was reasonably priced.
Published 17 months ago by Carly
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing cats together
My husband has recently lost his Mum and we have inhereted her most prized possession. 'Mr Merlin' her 10 year old cat. whom she adored. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs M.E.Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive view on dealing with a multicat household that was...
Having cats that were not related and with strong personalities it has helped reduce stress. One being an elderly cat after my uncle had died
Published 19 months ago by Gillian Edwards
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