Pam Johnson-Bennett is the best-selling author of 10 books. 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 had her first book published in 1990. Since then, she has led the way as an inspiration and mentor to many in the cat behavior profession and her books have been used as texts for professional behavior courses.
Pam Johnson-Bennett 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 served on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society and has also worked with the Winn Feline Foundation.
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 as well as what you see on cat-related TV shows came from Pam’s books, articles and lectures. 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 media appearances. Her book, Think Like a Cat, consistently remains the #1 best-selling cat training book on Amazon.
Current Media News
With the launch of her latest book, CatWise, Pam recently returned from the CatWise Cat Cafe Tour presented by Wellness Pet Food. This unique national book tour took Pam to some of the most popular cat cafes in the United States to meet fans and sign copies of her book. The tour was designed to bring attention to the increasing popularity of cat cafes and how they help in promoting cat adoption. Pam was proud to team up with Wellness for this tour and was thrilled to announce that Wellness donated 1000 meals to each of the shelters associated with the cat cafes on every stop on the tour. Pam kicked off the tour with a a national press conference at the 2017 Global Pet Expo. Visit our New/Events page for a list of the cat cafes on the tour.
Pam also travels extensively as a featured speaker on cat behavior, training and shelter issues at veterinary and animal welfare conferences, pet expos, and book festivals internationally.
Pam makes numerous appearances on national television and radio. Pam has been featured on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, National Geographic, AM Canada, Animal Planet Radio, and many more shows. She has been featured in print and online publications such as: Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, 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, PetMD, WebVet, The Knot, as well as countless others.
Pam, along with the Today Show’s Lou Manfredini and celebrity designer Frank Beilec, designed the Ultimate Cat Habitat that was unveiled to national media. The Habitat was created to showcase a cat’s need for environmental enrichment and stimulation. She then went on a national tour to demonstrate how to create cat-friendly environments and provide enrichment for indoor cats. This tour educated cat parents about the environmental needs of cats long before creating cat-friendly decor was popular. 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.
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.
Pam is the recipient of numerous honors including the Winn Feline Foundation Award, multiple Cat Writers’ Association awards, the IAABC Cat Division Award and the Cat Fancy Magazine Hall of Fame.
Cat Behavior Associates
Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, LLC, a private veterinarian-referred behavior practice in Nashville, TN. Due to Pam’s lecture schedule, she is not taking any new clients at this time. For questions regarding booking Pam for a media appearance, book signing or lecture, visit our contact page.
Wife and Mother
Pam lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, a rescued Bengal cat and a rescued Sheltie.
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. Pam and Kae followed up with the latest book, Panic Early-Panic Often (White River Press). Both books are available through online retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble and in bookstores.
**Please note that Pam is unable to answer questions posted in the comment section. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian.**