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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m having a behavior problem with my cat. Can I email Pam for an answer?

Unfortunately, Pam is unable to answer individual emails about cat behavior problems without a consultation. To accurately and effectively help clients, Pam needs an in-depth behavior history. She also receives many emails each day so you can imagine how impossible it would be to answer every question that is sent to us. If you don’t feel you need a behavior consultation you can find lots of information in the articles section of our website. You can also find Pam’s step-by-step behavior techniques in her books. Please do not email our office for free behavior advice.

Does Pam do consultations in my area?

Pam no longer does in-home consultations. All consultations are done through Skype and are available worldwide.

 

How much does a consultation cost?

You can find information on our fees for Skype appointments on the consultation section of our website.

 

How do I find qualified help for my cat?

It’s very important to seek help from a qualified professional in the field. Start by having your cat examined by the veterinarian. After potential underlying medical concerns have been ruled out, your veterinarian can provide a referral to a qualified behavior professional.

Where can I buy Pam’s books?

Pam’s books are available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as in book stores everywhere. Our website has a direct link to Amazon for your convenience.

 

How do I know which book I need?

All of Pam’s books cover cat behavior and training. Here is more specific information about some of her books:

 

Think like a Cat (Penguin Books) Referred to by veterinarians, behavior professionals and the general public as the “cat bible,” this book is a comprehensive cat behavior and training manual that covers all aspects of cat care from kittenhood to geriatrics. You can find in-depth chapters on everything from getting your house ready for a cat to dealing with the end of your cat’s life. There is also information on nutrition, medical issues and Pam’s Think Like a Cat approach to solving big and small behavior problems.  A great book for novice or seasoned cat parents.

Cat vs. Cat (Penguin Books) The ground-breaking book that covers the unique challenges of living with more than one cat. Chapters include litter box issues, scratching, mealtime problems, intercat aggression, how to introduce a new cat and how to do a reintroduction with longtime cat companions who don’t get along.

 

Starting from Scratch (Penguin Books) Pam’s effective techniques for solving adult cat behavior problems. No matter how long you’ve lived with a cat behavior problem, Pam gives you the tools to correct the issue. Chapters cover everything from the pesky little problems to the major behavior challenges.

 

Psycho Kittty (Ten Speed Press) The inspiration behind the upcoming Discovery UK Channel’s new series about Pam. Follow her on some of her house call consultations and see if you can figure out the problem. It’s a true pet detective book that contains lots of valuable behavior tips and information. At the end of each story you’ll find Pam’s assessment of the case as well as her recommendations. You’ll laugh and cry as you get to know Pam’s clients and their very confused cats.

 

Hiss and Tell (Penguin Books) These true stories of some of Pam’s wildest house calls will take you on quite a ride as you meet some clueless humans and very frustrated felines.

 

Cookies for Dinner (White River Press) Pam’s debut non-cat book, co-authored with Kae Allen, is the antidote to all the parenting manuals that tell you what you’re doing wrong. Pam and Kae share their hilarious tales from the motherhood trenches.

 

Can I contact Pam about speaking at our shelter event?

All media inquiries should be directed to info@catbehaviorassociates.com.

 

May I reprint one of your articles on my website?

Articles may not be reprinted on other websites but we always appreciate links to our website if there is an article you’d like to point to on your own site.

How do I become a cat behavior expert?

There are several routes to take if you wish to pursue a professional career in animal behavior. If you wish to become a veterinary behaviorist, you must earn your veterinary degree and then go on to study animal behavior and meet the requirements set forth by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. If you wish to become a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist you must meet the requirements set forth by the Animal Behavior Society.

There are also other professional organizations that have certification programs, such as the IAABC.

To help you gain more hands-on experience and further your education here are initial steps to take:

 

  • Log in as many shelter hours as possible, particularly doing behavior work or becoming a part of the behavior team at a shelter. Hands-on experience is crucial
  • Become a veterinary technician to establish a good veterinary medicine background. There is also an organization of vet techs who specialize in behavior
  • Attend veterinary conferences that have good behavior tracks
  • Attend seminars given by qualified experts in the field
  • Attend webinars given by qualified experts in the field. There are several online courses and webinars on the internet now. Just make sure you choose ones given by experts with a proven track record
  • Read books written for the general public that are written by qualified behavior experts
  • Read scientific books written for the professionals in the field
  • Subscribe to online and hardcopy scientific publications
  • Find a professional who would be willing to mentor you
  • If you do not pursue a veterinary degree or vet tech license you must get educated about medical issues because it’s important to know how medical conditions affect behavior. Even though you must never attempt to offer a medical diagnosis, it’s important to know warning signs

 

 

How did Pam get started?

Here’s a link to Pam’s story.

 

Who do I contact about advertising on your website?

For information regarding advertising contact Don Wright at don@donwrightdesigns.com

 

 

2 comments

  1. We have an outdoor. How he’ll react when we move to another house? We don’t want to take him in because of the risk of furniture destruction. But, what will happen if we keep him outside in the new environment.

  2. my friend has an older cat that she’s had for years and she has started urinating anywhere and everywhere. There are 3 other cats in the house but they have all been together for years. She has had her checked out by a vet and there is no infection of any kind. The vet believes it is a behavoural problem, but nother has changed in the home. I would like to add tho that when one of her cats is naughty, scratching or spraying or urinating she rubs the cat in the mess and she also hits them repeatedly. If she can’t figure out whats going on she is going to have the cat put down.

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