Pam Johnson-Bennett, CCBC, is the star of Discovery Channel UK’s new television series, Psycho Kitty. The cameras follow Pam as she goes from house call to house call.
Pam is the best-selling author of 8 books and one of the most popular and sought-after cat behavior experts in the world. She is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting and has influenced many practicing in the field today. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and former VP of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She founded the IAABC Cat Division and served as its longtime chair for 8 years. She serves on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society and has also worked with the Winn Feline Foundation. Pam was also on the American Humane Association’s Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training.
Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Approach
Pam’s ground-breaking Think Like a Cat approach to cat behavior has been featured and profiled in numerous magazines and television shows. To the cat behavior professionals in the field today, Pam Johnson-Bennett has been a mentor and leader since she first paved the way in the early 1980s. Although she doesn’t like being referred to as the cat whisperer, many have tried to copy her techniques. Her books are considered the “cat bibles” when it comes to understanding felines and what makes them tick. She is the top selling cat book author in the world. Much of the information you read on the websites of shelters, animal welfare organizations and behavior consultants came from Pam’s books and her years of dedicated work. You can easily see her influence in the current books on cat behavior that are in the market today.
In the Media
In addition to work on the television series Psycho Kitty, Pam travels extensively to lecture on cat behavior at veterinary and animal welfare conferences around the country. She also makes numerous appearances on national television and radio. Pam has been featured on CNN, Fox News Channel, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox & Friends, National Geographic, AM Canada, Animal Planet Radio, and many more shows. She has been featured in print publications such as: Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s World, Newsweek, Prevention, USA Today, Family Circle, Complete Woman, Seattle Times, Newsday, The Tennessean, Chicago Tribune, National Enquirer, USA Weekend, Washington Post, PetLife, Cat Fancy, Cats Magazine, Parade, as well as countless others.
Pam was a member of 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. The Habitat was created to showcase a cat’s need for environmental enrichment and stimulation. 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 Playhouse was equipped with live camera feeds where Facebook users could tune in and watch the action as well as control camera angles and toy movements. The purpose of the Playhouse was to promote cat adoption.
Previously, Pam was the behavior columnist for ivillage, Yahoo, Cat Fancy’s Cat Channel, Kittens USA, the Daily Cat, Catster, and Cats Magazine.
Pam is the recipient of numerous awards including the Winn Feline Foundation Award, multiple Cat Writers’ Association awards and IAABC Cat Division Award.
Cat Behavior Associates
Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC, a private veterinarian-referred behavior company in Nashville, TN. A limited number of telephone and in-home consultations are available by appointment. Her office deals with all types of cat behavior and training issues from litter box problems, intercat aggression, compulsive behaviors, furniture scratching, human-directed aggression, depression, fear-based behaviors, new cat introductions and much more.
On the Personal Side
Pam lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, a rescued Bengal cat, a rescued Sheltie and three well-trained goldfish. Recently, Pam ventured out of the world of cat behavior and co-authored the popular book on the roller coaster world of motherhood, Cookies for Dinner (White River Press). The book is available through online retailers and in bookstores everywhere. Pam and her Cookies for Dinner co-author, Kae Allen, are currently working on the sequel which will be released in late 2013 or early 2014.