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

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Rated #1 in Cat Behavior Books


Pros: Excellent behavioral advice! Friendly and well-written.

Cons: Owners may wait too long to follow the advice offered.

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a true cat behaviorist!  She really tells you how to "think like a cat".  And her writing is casual and friendly, not bombastic or pedantic.  She's the type of person you'd love to have a chat with over the fence!  The only drawback to this book is that cat owners won't follow her advice until it's almost too late.  A terrific companion book is "Cat vs. Cat".  Although it's primarily focused on two-cat households, the advice can be useful for any multi-cat environment.


Pros: lots of good information;The author's writing style is very pleasant and conversational.

Cons: 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

I have loved cats since, at age three of four my mother humored me and took in a stray orange cat that I named Meow Meow. I had a recent catless period of several years that ended  recently, when I adopted a beautiful blue point traditional Siamese kitten. nonetheless, I hadn't had a cat for several years, and was feeling a bit out date on my knowledge.

My reaction to that feeling of insufficient knowledge has been to devour a number of books about cats. Ojkf 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.


My one gripe about the book is that litterbox section doesn't discuss some of the newer options like the litter breeze system, cat genie, etc.


Pros: Best book on cats

Think like a Cat by Pam  Johnson Bennett is the best cat book l have seen. I got a unsocilized kitten and she has come on so well mostly from the help and advice in this covers from birth to all the illnesses your cat may get.Getting a another cat for company. What you need for our cat. I don't think there is a  subject on cats missed. Even when your cat gets old and you lose him, what to do and help for you as well. The writer is so friendly and comes over like a good friend.

So if  some one you know is getting a cat   buy her this book and she will be your friend for ever.


Pros: Well-written and covers a lot of cat care related issues

Cons: Perfect for cat behavior, but health and nutrition probably should be covered by a separate book

Pam Johnson-Bennett offers what IMO is the best ever manual for cat behavior. She helps you get the cat's perspective on things, and works with that to create the best possible behavior-modification techniques. The book covers a lot of ground, including general cat care, feeding and health issues, but its strength is definitely in the field of cat behavior.

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

A popular cat expert and award-winning author of four books on feline behavior reveals the key to a satisfying and rewarding relationship with your cat. 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. Johnson-Bennett's first book, Cat Love, was chosen by Cat Fancy magazine as one of the best books ever published on cats.

Height0.99 inches
Length9.1 inches
Width7.59 inches
LabelPenguin (Non-Classics)
List Price$19.00
ManufacturerPenguin (Non-Classics)
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
PublisherPenguin (Non-Classics)
StudioPenguin (Non-Classics)
TitleThink Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss
Weight1.29 pounds
Number Of Items1
Release Date2000-01-31
AuthorPam Johnson-Bennett
Dewey Decimal Number636.80835
Number Of Pages432
Publication Date2000-01
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