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The Author

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 Johnson-Bennett star of Psycho Kitty on Animal Planet

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.


With the launch of her latest book, CatWise, Pam hit the road for the CatWise Cat Cafe Tour presented by Wellness Pet Food. This was a first-of-its-kind national book tour that took Pam to some of the first 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. Wellness donated 1000 meals to each of the shelters associated with the cat cafes on every stop on the tour.

CatWise Cat Cafe Tour with Pam Johnson-Bennett
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, Animal Planet, AM Canada, Animal Planet Radio, and many more shows. She has been featured in print and online publications as well.

Other Media

Pam headlined the national Friskies Ultimate Cat Habitat Tour in 2002, and introduced the nation to environmental enrichment and how to easily transform ordinary rooms into cat-friendly ones. The idea of environmental enrichment is tremendously popular now, but back then, not many were focusing on creating more stimulation for indoor cats.

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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.


Pam was the first author to address the unique needs of multicat households.

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.

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**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.**


  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


  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.

    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

  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. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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

  16. 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

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

  18. Hi there .
    Please give me advice .I am going on honeymoon for 7 days and I have a rescue cat that I’ve had for 2 years . I don’t work so every moment we spend together . He is very scared of people except my fiance and I . He runs as soon as he sees other people due to his upbringing before we got him . He was thrown in tar and left for dead .
    We have a cat door that he comes in and out of . So he is an inside / outside cat so he comes and goes as he pleases . But always comes back to snuggle with me and eat .
    If we put him in a kennel that would stress him out . I want to leave him in his own environment . But we can’t have someone staying in our home as I know he won’t come inside to eat . If I get someone to feed him at his meal times will he be okay ?

  19. We have 2 sister cats that we adopted. They have been very close for 7 years. We decided to get the long haired cat, Reyni shaved in a tiger cut, mainly to get knots out. She won’t let me cut them out. They are both sweethearts and love to love on us and each other, that is until we got Reyni shaved. Once Reyni came back into our home her sister started hissing and lunging at her. Now it has changed slightly. Reyni, (the cat that was shaved) has started growling and hissing everytime she sees her sister. Please tell us how to get things back to normal with our little girls.

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