Friday, December 19, 2014

Think Like a Cat: Book Review

Winter's the perfect time to snuggle up under a fleece blanket with a book and your favorite hot beverage.  Why not read something that will help you understand your feline companion better?

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat - Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett will help you understand why your cat does what she does as well as give you proven behavior modification techniques to change unwanted behaviors.  Whether you're having trouble getting your cat to use the litter box, need advice on what to feed your kitty, or want to learn how to make traveling with your cat easier, you can find helpful suggestions in this book.

I love that each chapter of this book attacks a different subject or behavioral challenge.  Cat anatomy, choosing the right kitten (or cat) for you, how to conduct proper play sessions and how they can be used for behavior modification, litter box issues, scratching posts, traveling with your cat, addressing relationship issues between your cat and other cats, dogs, and humans in the household, and handling cat emergencies and first aid are covered in this comprehensive book.  Johnson-Bennett highlights important information throughout the book with charts and Cat Wise Clues.  I also like that Think Like a Cat includes a medical appendix in the back of the book.

Whether you're a brand new cat owner or a seasoned one, I believe everyone will learn something from this book.  It is an excellent reference for every human owned by a kitty.  I highly recommend this book to every cat owner.

About the Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author of seven books.  She also stars in the International series, Psycho Kitty, which airs on Animal Planet in the UK and on Nat Geo Wild in Canada.  She began making house calls to work with clients with cat behavior issues in 1982, and her first book hit the shelves in 1990.

Pam Johnson-Bennett served as VP of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).  She also founded the IAABC's Cat Division and served as its chair for eight years.  Additionally, she has worked with the Winn Feline Foundation and served on American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training.

Currently, she works with the American Humane Association as a member of the Cat Health and Welfare Forum.  She also participates on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society.

You can learn about Pam Johnson-Bennett on her website, and you can follow her via Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat - Not a Sour Puss free of charge to review.  This did not change my opinions in any way.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.


  1. We have another book by Pam Johnson-Bennett and it is very good. This one needs to be added to our cat book library. :)

  2. I need to get that book, I have lots of behavior issues with 15 cats.

  3. My human read this book many, many years ago and considers it her kitty bible!

  4. We will have to check into that one for the peeps!

  5. This book sounds wonderful! Definitely adding it to our wish list :) Great review!

  6. We have another book of Pam Johnson-Bennett, and it's one of our "must-read" ! We need to check this one ! Purrs

  7. I never realized that there was so much to know about cats and their litter boxes until I read that book. I actually enjoyed learning about it from her, though putting it to use is sometimes a pain in tail. Next, their fickle feeding habits.

  8. Sounds like a book I should get for my Mom and her cats!

  9. We need a cat psychologist for Bert, not just a book. He is out of control with eating everything, but no one knows why. this would be a good book for new cat owners I bet.

  10. If I was going to get a cat, I'd be sure and get this book too!

  11. Sounds like a great book. I wish Psycho Cat aired in the U.S. as well, I think I'd really like a show called Psycho Cat!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe

  12. Great book for all cat lovers - thanks for the review.

  13. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review.

    I recently reviewed "Decoding Your Dog" on my site and I had a few readers asking about an equivalent book for cats. This sounds like it might be a good book for me to recommend to people!

  14. That sounds like a wonderful book!!!

  15. Sounds like a great book! I will be sure to put it on my must reads!

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