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Author Archives: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Pam Johnson-Bennett is a certified cat behavior consultant of best-selling author of 9 books, including Think Like a Cat: how to raise a well-adjusted cat – not a sour puss. She starred in the Animal Planet UK series "Psycho Kitty." For over 25 years, her books have been called cat bibles by veterinarians, behavior experts, shelters and cat parents worldwide. Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting. Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, a private veterinarian-referred behavior company in Nashville, TN.

Pictures from The CatWise Cat Cafe Tour

We completed the CatWise Cat Café Tour sponsored by Wellness Natural Pet Food and it was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to do a book tour at some of the most popular cat cafés around the country.  We went from coast to coast, where I signed copies of my latest book, CatWise, met many wonderful cat lovers and had the chance to cuddle with some precious cats at the cafés. We even made an extra stop at Cat Adoption Team in Portland so I could do a lecture ...

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How Often Should My Cat Poop?

how often should my cat poop?

It’s not a fun subject to talk about but just as a popular children’s book states, everyone poops. Since your cat can’t tell you whether she’s having trouble with elimination, it’s up to you to monitor the litter box, not only to keep it clean, but to notice the appearance, smell, and frequency of her waste. A cat’s bowel movement should be well-formed, relatively moist, dark brown in color and without traces of mucous or blood. Your cat’s poop will certainly have an odor but it shouldn’t be unbearable. When ...

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How to Pet a Cat

  I know this may seem very obvious and something you certainly wouldn’t need instructions for, but surprisingly, there are people who do it wrong. When it’s done incorrectly, kitty isn’t happy and people end up scratched or bitten. Cats are Social Cats are social creatures. They have often been mislabeled as solitary animals but they form social groups that revolve around the availability of resources. Cats can form close bonds with other cats, humans, dogs and even animals you wouldn’t suspect such as rabbits, birds and more. Most likely, ...

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The Proper Way to Pick up and Hold a Cat

the proper way to pick up and hold a cat

In general, if cats had their choice, many would probably prefer to never be picked up and held. For a cat, there’s tremendous security in having all paws on the ground and the ability to move at will. For many cats, being picked up and lifted off the ground creates stress. If the cat is fearful or not used to being picked up, it can potentially create a situation in which someone may get scratched or bitten. A cat struggling to scramble out of a person’s grasp can also cause ...

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Tips for Calming Your Cat During Fireworks

tips for calming your cat during fireworks

When you think of a pet being fearful of fireworks, the image of a trembling, whining or drooling dog may come to mind, but what about cats? Your cat may also be frightened by fireworks. It makes sense that July 5th is the busiest day at the shelters due to dogs and cats who have bolted out of their homes in fear or become disoriented and terrified from the sight, smell and sound of July 4th fireworks. A time that is festive, fun and exciting for most Americans is often ...

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How to Introduce Your Cat to Puzzle Feeders

how to introduce your cat to puzzle feeders

Why Use Puzzle Feeders? It’s certainly easier to just put food in a bowl but puzzle feeders can provide multiple benefits for your cat. Here are just some of the benefits: They help combat boredom or separation anxiety when your cat is alone Puzzle feeders encourage a cat to eat slowly Stress relief Puzzle feeders can assist in weight management Helpful in multicat households to distract cats from focusing too much on each other Constructive outlet for cats who engage in destructive behavior Puzzle feeders spark the cat’s instinct to ...

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Pam to Speak at Pet Connections Expo

Pet Connections Expo

Best-selling author and cat expert, Pam Johnson-Bennett, will be speaking at the Pet Connections Expo on October 4, 2017 to help retailers improve their knowledge base about cat behavior. Pet Connections Expo brings retailers and suppliers together for two days of buying, trend spotting, treasure hunting, and business building inspiration. Note: Pet Connections Expo is open to the trade only. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017​ 9:30 am – 10:00 am Knowledge, Compassion and Trust: The Three keys to Building Relationships with Cat Owning Customers Pam Johnson-Bennett, CCBC, Best Selling Author and host ...

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Pam to Speak at Animal Friends

Animal Friends University Lecture Series presents Pam Johnson-Bennett

Pam Johnson-Bennett, best-selling author and host of Animal Planet UK’s Psycho Kitty, will be returning to Animal Friends in Pittsburgh, PA, to lecture as part of the Animal Friends University Lecture Series, sponsored by White Wings Photography. Pam will discuss common behavior issues in cats, take questions from attendees and sign copies of her latest book, CatWise (Penguin Books). If you didn’t get a chance to see Pam during her CatWise Cat Cafe Tour, here’s a chance to get your cat behavior questions answered and purchase a personally autographed book. ...

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Why Does My Neutered Cat Try to Mount Other Cats?

why does my neutered cat try to mount other cats

If this behavior happens out in a free-range environment with intact cats, or if we see it on a nature program, it’s something we understand as normal animal behavior. However, when it’s a neutered male cat attempting to mount a female or even another male in the household, it causes concern for many cat parents. Even more upsetting for cat parents is when the family cat decides to start humping Aunt Ethel’s leg when she’s visiting for the holiday.   Some Reasons for Mounting Behavior in Neutered Cats For most ...

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Why Does My Cat Kick Litter out of the Box?

why does my cat kick litter out of the box

    You may live with a cat whose litter box habits are nothing short of spectacular, where not one particle of litter makes its way out of the box. Maybe you’re not so lucky though. Perhaps your cat sends mounds of litter out of the box and onto the floor where you manage to step on it every time you walk by. He may kick so enthusiastically that litter shoots halfway across the room. Why do some cats do that and is there anything you can do to discourage ...

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