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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss [Paperback]

Pam Johnson-Bennett
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Feb. 3 2000
Think it's impossible to train a cat? Think again! Yes, you can learn to understand your cat. No, cats are not always aloof. No, they don't ruin furniture out of spite. Most often feline "misbehavior" is the result of owners not understanding their cat's needs. In this comprehensive book that takes readers through every step of cat ownership, Pam Johnson-Bennett helps you understand the instincts that determine feline behavior, positive and negative. An authoritative resource for cat owners of all stripes, Think Like a Cat covers everything from where to get a kitten to choosing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious medical problems; from selecting an irresistible scratching post to avoiding litter box problems. A seasoned therapist and former veterinary technician, Johnson-Bennett offers welcome advice in a straightforward manner that will help cats--and their owners--share a happy, healthy life together.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for every cat owner! July 4 2004
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My cat and I love this book! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars My cat is a much happier cat... Dec 31 2002
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource! March 13 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Covers it all April 11 2002
By Cikk
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for cat owners. March 28 2002
By Cas
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Cat Owners July 31 2001
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I'm in the process of adopting a new kitten and i wanted to make sure i knew SOMEthing before we got him. Read more
Published on May 2 2011 by Mgardin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insights into feline behavior.
Written in an entertaining and straightforward manner, this book is an excellent guide for perplexed humans who wish to better understand and appreciate their treasured feline... Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Now I'm Using the Litter Box!!!
This hyphenated author's book on how to think like a cat is, I suspect, of some value. I purchased it in order to "know my enemy" as they say. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Hoppy Doppelrocket
5.0 out of 5 stars Think like a cat review
This book is very good! Pam told me things that were both interesting and necessary for a cat owner. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This author must have been a cat in a past life!
The author's insight into cat behavior is almost supernatural. After fostering over 100 cats through rescue groups, I recognize that this book is "right-on" with its... Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by Hairballs.com Cat Art
4.0 out of 5 stars A good cat book
This book is very helpful, especially for new owners like myself. It covers most of the issues that cat owners will encounter. Read more
Published on May 13 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I thought this book would help me translate the different sounds my cats make. I thought it would deal more with things like what different tail movements mean. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2001
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