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Pam Johnson-Bennett is the best-selling author of 8 books on cat behavior and a certified cat behavior consultant, She starred in the Animal Planet UK series Psycho Kitty, and is 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. Pam began making house calls to work with clients on cat behavior problems in 1982 and her first book came out in 1990.

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She was vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and founded the IAABC Cat Division where she served as its longtime chair for 8 years. Pam served on the American Humane Association’s Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and was also a member of the American Humane Association’s Cat health and Welfare Forum. She has also worked with the Winn Feline Foundation.  animalplanetfb

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Approach

Pam’s ground-breaking Think Like a Cat approach to cat behavior has been featured and profiled worldwide through the years. 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. Her books are considered the “cat bibles” when it comes to understanding felines and what makes them tick. Much of the information you read on the websites of shelters, animal welfare organizations and behavior experts 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 on the market today. Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” method has improved the lives of thousands of cats through her work with clients, shelters, her books, worldwide lectures and television series.

 

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In the Media

In addition to work on the television series, Pam travels extensively to lecture on cat behavior at veterinary and animal welfare conferences internationally. 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, along with the Today Show’s Lou Manfredini and celebrity designer Frank Beilec, 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 prototype cageless shelter that was created at Northshore Animal League in New York. The cageless environment was designed to encourage cats in the shelter environment to enjoy living in social groups to reduce stress and promote adoption. The project was sponsored by Friskies.

Pam served as the spokesperson  for the Friskies shelter grant program that awarded grants to 10 in-need shelters around the country.

Previously, Pam was the award-winning behavior columnist for Cats Magazine as well as ivillage, Yahoo, Cat Fancy’s Cat Channel, Kittens USA, the Daily Cat and Catster.

 

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Pam is the recipient of numerous awards including the Winn Feline Foundation Award, multiple Cat Writers’ Association awards and the IAABC Cat Division Award.

Cat Behavior Associates

Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC, a private veterinarian-referred behavior practice in Nashville, TN. A limited number of Skype 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.

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On the Personal Side

Pam lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, a rescued Bengal cat, a rescued Sheltie, one well-trained goldfish.

Pam has also 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)  Her co-author is Kae Allen. The book received such acclaim that fans requested a sequel. The new book, Panic Early-Panic Often (White River Press) will be released May 8, 2016. Both books are available through online retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble and in bookstores everywhere.

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17 comments

  1. I recently picked up a copy of think like a cat. A wonderful book for sure. I do have a question, my cat and little buddy Jack ( a handsome tuxedo) poofs up his tail when he is being lovey. I have had kitties all my life and he is the only one that has done this. Is this unusual behavior? Just curious

    Thanks,
    Mark

    • Bridget M Spielman

      i have a 2 year old cat and when we walk by here at times she will stand on her back paws and then put her tail behind her legs and try to attack us do you know what she is trying to tell us we keep the litter boz clean and she always has fresh water and food plz contact me at 7178694387

  2. Hi:

    I have a cat with hyperthyroid (controlled with medication) who is anxious and fearful. The situation is complex and for the most part I am able to handle his personality. He has a fight response and will even confront me when he is feeling out of control. He seems territorial as well.

    He is 8 years old, diagnosed with hyperthyroid at 6 years old and around the time of the diagnosis he started attacking me when I cleaned his litterbox. i have 2 cats and 3 litter boxes (in the same room but spaced apart from each other). There is a Feliway diffuser plugged in the room. He is still extremely territorial over the room with all litter boxes. I have been locking him up to clean the box, but it’s so frustrating. Especially since he was fine with me cleaning it for 6 years. Wonder if there is a way to counter condition this behaviour.

    Nalini
    Toronto, On

  3. Hi: My cat Scooter has begun to pee on two different carpets and have bowl movements one carpet in my home. She is 8 years old and has never done this before. But it is becoming a regular habit. There are two other cats in the home and they are behaving normally. Please help. Any suggestions.

    Thanks Debby

    • Our kitten Beckham, aged 3 months, has been peeing and pooping on a bed. I cannot separate him from this room right now and I am frustrated. He does it right in front of us, loud and proud! Lovable kitten, nasty predicament. He has no mental issues or stresses I am aware of. He is part of a litter we rescued with their momma cat who had no home. None of the other kittens do this.

    • Carol, My 4 year old male cat IS has stopped using the litter boxes. I have 2 cats. The other older cat has no problem. He is spraying the walls & carpet. Soiling also. I clean the litter boxes daily. What can I do to stop this behaviour?

  4. Does your book “Think Like a Cat” discuss the cat that dislikes the sweetie cat and how I find out which one is spraying. I was told by the vet 5 years ago that the female (older cat) simply does not like the younger (male) cat, my sweetheart.

    I just don’t know what to do Mitzy (female) is so mean to Snickers (my sweetie) it is breaking my heart. Plus I am having all this spraying going on. I am almost ready to put my female down, I do think she is the one doing it!
    Anyway does your book go into detail how to curve this awful behavior and how to get these cats to get along?

  5. I have a question about my 3 yr. old female cat, Fluffy. She urinates in her litter box, but always poops on the floor somewhere in the vicinity of her box. She started out doing this occasionally, but now it is every time. (My Vet says she is just being a brat☺). Her health is fine. We also have her Mama that we took in as a stray when she was pregnant with Fluffy. I have tried having two boxes and have tried different types of litter but none of these things have helped. Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Ann

  6. Hi Pam I just have quick question for I have a nine month old cat named Lilly and she is amazing but when sometimes I come out from my downstairs basement bathroom she swats at my leg is there any way I can stop her from doing that

  7. What does it mean when your cat hisses when you approach them but in a calm fashion. My cat means the world to me and she is up my butt 24 seven and after a week or two of not like playing with her. She is just like not herself. Before i was her bff she hated everyone eles but now its like she doesnt know me. Every time i pick her up or pet her she hisses and bites me and she is not playing. Please respond she means the world to me!

  8. My cat is 3 years old. She loves me to death I’m sure. My wife was with me when he picked her out. She hates my wife. We moved to our new apartment and she decided to stop using her litter box. We bought her a new one and put it in the dining room. She uses it now. She rubs all over me when i get off work. But the second I try to pick her up she hisses and groans. If my wife tries to even pet her she hisses and groans as well. She usually holds back the claws and swats. I’m at my wits end and don’t want to lose her. But my wife is scared of her and I don’t know why she hisses at me when I take her to our bedroom. Any suggestions?

  9. Hi Pam, my 2 year old Himalayan is usually very loving and sweet but in the night when I’m sleeping she attacks my arms and rips them apart. I have terrible scars now. I play with her and have two different tree houses for her but she is just so vicious. Thoughts? I don’t want to declaw her but am getting desperate.

  10. I have a ferrel kitty named Lou Lou. My boyfriends step dad found her in the gutter last winter. We took her in and she is my first fur baby. I’ve noticed a lot of behaviors from her. My main concern is her trusting me. She is very independent, she likes to keep to herself. She absolutely HATES being picked up or put in a kennel for short periods of time. Also she doesn’t really relax when she comes to you to pet her. She is very tense. I don’t know how to gain her trust and I love this kitty very much. She also likes to go outside, but I don’t want her to be too used to being outdoors. Is that wrong of me? Please if you can share some advice any advice is appreciated. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  11. I have a cat who I’d suddenly avoiding the litter box.I just had a sick cat die of a chronic condition
    I.have 3 cats left they are sister’s one no problem but suddenly the white sister is just peeing every where she has had no such problem and she is two year’s old i.have not changed litter use the same litter and I have two boxes and she is suddenly peeing all over the house also pooping everywhere????

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  13. Any idea what i could do if a 23 year old cat is stressed by the dead of his sister?

  14. How do I become a certified cat behavior consultant? Thank you.

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