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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss Paperback – Feb 3 2000


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (Feb. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140288546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140288544
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feline behaviorist Johnson-Bennett (Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat's Behavioral Problems) suggests that if cat owners learn how to think like a cat, they can better understand their pets and build a more positive relationship. One way is to view the world not from the vantage point of a 5'7" human but from the cat's level, ten inches off the ground. If you needed to scratch your claws and saw only drapes and furniture and no scratching post, what would you use? The author gives helpful tips for stopping destructive chewing, aggression, furniture scratching, and litter-box difficulties. Her advice on grooming, pests, traveling, and first aid are clear and straightforward. She also recommends types and brands of toys, equipment, food, and other feline products. A similar guide is Brian Kilcommon's Good Owners, Great Cats (LJ 10/1/95), which has a more attractive layout and is easier to use. Still, this volume is more comprehensive than Johnson-Bennett's earlier works, with excellent insight into feline behavior, humor, and common sense. Recommended for most pet collections.
-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Pam Johnson-Bennett, author of five other award-winning books on cat behavior, is resident cat expert on iVillage.com and the behavior columnist for the Internet magazine The Daily Cat. She has written numerous articles for national magazines and frequently appears on national TV and radio, as well as veterinary and animal welfare conferences. She lives near Nashville, Tennessee.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Degtjarewsky on July 4 2004
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If you have cats this book is a must-read.
It covers every situation, teaches you to recognize the signals your cat is sending, shows you how to increase your cats well-being and gives you easy solutions to every behavior problem. The index makes it easy to look up specific topics and it covers things in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
If you read this book, I guarantee you will know your own cat 100% better and you will also be on your way to knowing much more about cats than the average pet parent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Sorens on April 11 2002
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I've got one angelic cat and one demonic cat. I purchased this book in an attempt to understand the "bad" cat. We are doing better now. She was beating up on the other cat, scaling the door and howling when not allowed out, attempting to scratch posters off the wall, ect, ect!!! Thanks to this book, my demon cat is a lot happier, and so am I! The angelic cat isn't walking on egg shells anymore either, waiting to fend off bullying. This book is a lifesaver!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Turner on Dec 31 2002
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I highly recommend this book to all cat owners! So many things made so much more sense after reading this book. I am much more adept at understanding my cat's body language, and I will be better able to recognize and address behavioral problems, should they occur. Learning how to play with my cat, groom her, and even talk to her has helped us to develop a wonderful relationship. My once timid kitty has become confident and affectionate!
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By Meg Brunner on March 13 2000
Format: Paperback
I just got my first cat (she's 6 months old) and have been searching around desperately ever since for a good, solid reference book full of everything I need to know to keep my cat healthy and happy. A kind of "Our Bodies, Our Selves" for my pet, you could say. But most of the books I found were all pictures, no substance.
I stumbled across this one when I found it on a sale table. I thought it was just going to be a handbook on cat psychology, but it turns out it's much, much more!
This book has information on just about everything you would ever need to know about taking care of your kitty. It's got a chapter on every subject I had a question about, plus informational lists (like, of which houseplants are poisonous), very detailed and easy-to-follow instructions (like, on how to do CPR on your cat), and extremely innovative ideas and solutions to common problems (like, how to keep your cat off your kitchen counters).
I heartily recommend this book to everybody who has a cat or is thinking about getting one. It's terrific!
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By Cikk on April 11 2002
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I ordered this book because my 10 year old cat was acting depressed - due to the addition of a new, playful cat. It is excellent. The book covers everything you need to know - from how to decide on what cat to get - age, breed, and so on - to the final goodbye - with grooming, first aid, and so on in between. A whole chapter is devoted to the all important litterbox problem, and another to behavioural fixes, plust the importance of play. Even includes a medical glossary at the end.
I have always had cats, and wouldn't have thought I needed a book like this - but I devoured it, and found out so many things I never knew - and how wrong some of my tactics were! This is a great source for cat lovers, and beats surfing the net and pumping your busy vet's brains.
She is obviously a totally genuine expert, cat lover, AND she has a cute writing style - pleasant, with just enough humour. Buy!!!
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It's fun to read such a no-nonsense manual for cat owners. Clear, concise, but gentle in tone, this book covers all aspects of pet ownership, from litter box issues to poisonous plants.
The book asserts that most problems cat owners face are a direct result of misunderstandings -- misunderstandings that arise because humans don't understand the cat's point of view. One must admit this theory is compelling. I've had this book a year, and consider it indispensable. It's resolved several problems I thought were impossible. And I must admit that my cats seem a lot happier now that I've been reading this lady's writing. I certainly don't have any behavioral problems with either of them anymore.
Push all the other how-to manuals off the shelf. This is the only one you need.
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Before this book, I was going nuts with my two kittens. I didn't understand why they would scratch my rugs, walk on table tops and eat my plants. After having read this fantastic book, I completely understand what's going on in their minds (well, almost) and our relationship has gotten so much better. Now, I cannot even live without them and my cats have brought me so much joy in my life. This book made a difference between night and day... Pam knows cats best.
The book is easy to read, funny and really in tune with the cat owner in mind. She provides plenty of resources and information. Even my vet has to consult her book for understanding cat behavior! This is a must buy and every cat owner should have one on their bedside!
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There is so much misinformation about cats that it's a welcome treat to have a book that gives us insight into things that are important to them. Cats love security. They love a familiar setting. They like a routine, but they can become bored if we don't play with them regularly. The author has fine suggestions on effective play. She also has excellent thoughts on how cats try to communicate with us. It took me a long time to figure out what my cat was trying to tell me, but you can get it nicely from this book. The volume has useful information on cat health, but its great value is in helping you think like a cat. Every cat owner would be wise to have a copy.
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