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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.

Your Cat’s Litter Box: 8 Mistakes to Avoid

8 mistakes to avoid

The cat’s relationship with the litter box is more complex than many cat parents realize. We typically assume the litter box to be a place where a cat simply eliminates. It’s the place we want kitty’s pee and poo to be exclusively deposited and as long as kitty follows the plan, everyone is happy. For the cat though, the relationship to the litter box is more complicated than just an elimination spot. It’s important to look at your cat’s litter box set-up from his perspective to make sure it meets his needs and not just our convenience. The needs of a young kitten may be different from the needs of an adult. The needs of an overweight or senior cat ...

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Are My Cats Playing or Fighting?

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Playtime is an important part of cat life. It’s something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. The way a cat plays as she ages may change but the desire to play should hopefully remain throughout a cat’s life.   If you live with more than one cat, hopefully, they have a good relationship and spend time playing together. If your cats are kittens, that playtime is also used as a tool for them to learn how gently to bite in order to keep in playtime mode. Kittens also use playtime to learn about their developing skills and practice stalking, chasing and pouncing. During playtime with their littermates, they also learn important ...

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Why Some Cats Look as if They Have a Flabby Belly

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As your cat walks by, you can’t help but notice what looks like a flabby belly that seems to sway with every step he takes. Does all that loose skin mean he’s fat or out of shape? Has your mighty feline hunter gone soft? Not at all. That loose flap of skin and fat on his belly is called the primordial pouch and it actually serves important functions. Protection During Cat Fights The abdomen is a very vulnerable area because injury can cause severe damage to the delicate organs located there. Having that loose skin provides extra protection during a fight in case the opponent engages in bunny kicking by raking his hind claws down the other cat’s stomach. Primordial ...

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20 Things Your New Kitten Wants You to Know

20 things your new kitten wants you to know

If there’s a new kitten in your life, it may seem overwhelming at first as you figure out what supplies you need, how to get to know the furry new family member and how to keep him healthy, safe and happy. If your new cat could talk, there’s a good chance these are the kind of tips he’d try to give you about his needs: 1. Don’t declaw me. My claws are a vital part of my physical and emotional health. To remove my claws is the equivalent of amputation of the first joint of your own fingers. I should matter more than your furniture. Very often, the reason I end up scratching the sofa is because I don’t have a good ...

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Pick Toys That Match Your Cat’s Play Style Preference

pick toys that match your cat's play style preference

In last week’s article I covered tips on choosing the right toy for your cat. Several factors go into making that decision such as your cat’s general personality, mobility, texture preferences, size, shape and sound preferences. That article can be accessed by clicking the following link: Choosing the Right Toys for Your Cat This week, let’s talk more in-depth about play techniques and how a cat’s hunting preference (even if the cat doesn’t go out to actually hunt) can influence the success or failure of a particular toy. Get to Know Your Cat’s Preferred Prey Many cats will go after anything and everything that moves as long as it’s not so large that it would be viewed as an opponent instead of prey. ...

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for June 13

Pam's Think Like a Cat tip for June 13

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

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8 Tips for Easing Tension Between Cats

8 tips for easing tension

Living in a multicat household has many advantages. Cats learn from each other, play together, form bonds that can become incredibly close and they fill our hearts with so much love and joy. Living in a multicat household is not without challenges though.  Introducing a new cat requires patience and lots of finesse. Some cats take a long time to accept each other and some cats never seem to be able to create peaceful co-existence. There are things you can do to help your cats work out their differences or even prevent squabbles from occurring in the first place. Note: behavior changes in a cat such as aggression, hiding, change in appetite, etc., can have an underlying medical cause so ...

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for June 6

Pam's Think Like a Cat Tip

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 30

Pam's Think Like a Cat tip for May 30

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 23

Pam's Think Like a Cat tip for May 23

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

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