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Psycho Kitty?

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Is your cat's behavior making you crazy? Feline behavior consultant Pam Johnson-Bennett believes that trying to understand how your cat thinks is a key to your cat's misbehavior. Johnson-Bennett shares real cases to illustrate various problems and explains how she arrives at an appropriate solution through behavior modification. Her method requires a positive approach to c ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Crossing Press
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Julie Suzanne
This book is perfect for neurotic cat lovers. I was the type of "mom" that took my feline goddess to "day care" so that she wouldn't be bored during the day. My cat was as important to me as any child is to any parent--I firmly believe that adopting a cat is a 25-year commitment (if you're lucky and take care of him well!) not to be taken lightly. I took my cat to holistic veterinarians that diagnosed her problems with a pendulum and eagle feather.
Anyway, I no longer have a feline companion and
Each time I read one of this author's books, I am reminded of the importance of interactive play time with my cats. So I'm beginning to do it again and hope to keep it up. I don't think that I learned anything especially new in reading this book, but it did reinforce and remind me of what I've read in the past. And I cried while reading the last two stories. I think I'm going to keep this book out and available so I can look at it and remind myself of making sure to play with my cats a little ea ...more
Rena Sherwood
“Psycho Kitty? Understanding Your Cat's Crazy Behavior” (Crossing Press,1998) is one of several books by noted (a-hem) cat behaviorist (a-hem), Pam Johnson-Bennet. "Psycho Kitty?" an apt title, because Johnson-Bennet writes in a schizophrenic style. She can't make up her mind whether she's James Herriot or a Cesar Milan for cat-owners.

Herein lays the book's major flaw: although touted as an "advice lady" book for helping to solve common cat behavior problems, it winds up reading like a 156 page
Fantastic book! I highly recommend this one! We've been trying to correct several behavior issues with our cat - inappropriate elimination, bullying our elderly cat, waking us up at 4:30 in the morning, etc.

We're already seeing improvements from implementing some of her behavior modification techniques. We switched cat litter last night and haven't heard him scratching outside the box. He actually dug around inside the litter last night to bury his present. Hurray!! That is a huge improvement.
A great primer on how not to be a stupid human when it comes to living with a cat!
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Psycho Kittty by Pam Johnson-Bennett

The author of this book is a certified Animal Behavior Consultant. I enjoyed her book Cat vs. Cat. In Psycho Kitty, problems covered involve litter box issues, aggression, "weird" cat behaviors and scratching the furniture. As the proud (?) owner of a cat on Prozac, I enjoy reading these cat behavior books to get any tips that I may not be using already with my zoo crew. This book was a very quick read. Issues are addressed in a helpful ma
This was the first book I read in our attempt to save our 4yo male cat. Although the attempt was ultimately unsuccessful, this book was a fantastic read, and made me wish that I'd had the author by my side months earlier, before it was too late.

Also, I loved the case studies.
I'm a cat lover. I've loaned this book to several cat loving friends. There are no crazy cats...only owners who do not understand the nature of the beast? My Brother-in-law needs to meet the author. His cat Lulu would be fodder for another book!
This is probably also a good guide, but I had my fill of Johnson-Bennett's other cat-raising guide. This book had more actual case studies. I will reference it in the future.
Never did find out what makes my kitty a "Psycho Kitty." Guess I will just continue to pick her poop off of the floor right outside the litter box.
This book gives some great insight into your cat's seemingly crazy behavior. I love the stories and the advice!
Brilliant. Very clear and sensible transmission of her understanding of cats.
Useful case studies for neurotic owners of neurotic cats.
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Pam Johnson-Bennett is the host of the TV series "Psycho Kitty" which airs on the Discovery UK channel. She is the best-selling author of 7 books on cats and is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting. Her ground-breaking book, Think Like a Cat, is considered the cat bible among owners, experts, and shelter personnel worldwide. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and a ...more
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