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Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat—Not a Sour Puss

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Pam Johnson-Bennett, feline behaviorist, shows you that by "understanding your cat's motivations, needs and communication" you can modify and prevent behavior problems, avoid common mistakes made by both novice and experienced owners, and ultimately continue to enrich and enjoy a relationship "in which you are unconditionally loved, endlessly forgiven for your mistakes, ne ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published January 24th 2000 by Penguin Books
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a cat
Shelves: non-fiction
The following guest review is by Maslow. It is his opinion only and is not necessarily that of the regular reviewer.

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First of all, I am glad to see a human better themselves by thinking like a cat. If more people did this, you might stop stagnating and evolve into a higher life form.

Think Like a Cat should be essential reading for anyone chosen worthy of sharing living space with a feline. However, Ms, Johnson-Bennett makes a common error in thinking people are cat owners. No one owns a cat. It
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm skimming through this - I got the first edition on Interlibrary Loan & liked it so much that I bought it. :-)

I consider myself a kitty whisperer, but I'm learning some fun new things in this book. The tips about how to play with your cat (and how often: 1-2x per day, for 10-15 minutes each) are useful. Finally learned what the whiskers on the forepaws are for: "to sense any movement of prey trapped under the cat's front paws."

The book gives good tips on how to desensitize cats to the sca
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Not as crazy as the picture on the cover makes it look.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An almost overwhelming resource. I thought I knew cats pretty well, but this book showed me that I'm a terrible person who doesn't brush her cat's teeth and doesn't spend enough time engaging in interactive play. And the last 40 or so pages terrifyingly catalogues every disease that could possibly befall your cat.

That aside, "thinking like a cat" has actually helped me figure out why Taco does some of the weird/annoying things he does. The book also introduced me to the concept of clicker train
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was very informative and helpful, but at times I wondered if the author erred on the side of the over-cautious. She makes many good points, but even my vet is a little more laid back with her pet care policies. Still, this book answered a lot of questions for me.
Decent information, some of it very useful.

Some of it very obvious.

Much of it overcautious.

If I didn't already have a cat, this kind of book might put me off getting one - by making me believe it's extremely hard work to tend to its needs. Yes, it's important to let people know there is more to taking care of a cat than feeding and cleaning the litterbox. But it amuses me that a book on cats by a cat lover can make them seem less likeable than they are.

Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is useful even if you already know cats. The information on reading body language is very helpful. I've also started clicker training my cats and it's going pretty well.

However, I felt myself getting anxiety reading the early chapters about bringing home a kitten. If you did everything the author recommends, you'd be getting ready for months and never want to leave the house for fear of your kitten committing suicide.
Andrea Hill
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and incredible for any cat lover. Weither you owned cats, are thinking about entering into being enslaved by felines, it is a must read. Filled with important info on cats, you will also find general cat care, first aid and caring for the kitten or senior citizen. Easy to read, let your behavior questions be answerd.
An excellent resource and a damn good read. It makes me aware of just how lucky I was with my older cat and all the things I need to think aboutmfor my new kitten. You can find a lotmof this information on the Internet, but it won't be collected all together and presented in an easy to read style.
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pet-care
I think everyone who has a cat should read this! Lots of info; the behavioral chapters are particularly helpful.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great for learning the rationale behind some basic behaviors in my cat. I recommend it for anyone who wants to understand why their cat acts the way it does.
Nancy Meservier
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, nonfiction
Think like a cat is basically a master class in pet ownership. Covering everything from the best scratching post, to coping with the death of a cat, Think Like a Cat covers pretty much everything you need to know. This makes it a very comprehensive and useful resource (want to know what it means when your cat is swishing her tail a certain way? That's in here too!), but the phrase "your mileage may vary" certainly applies here. The idea of clicker training may seem like a little much, and the co ...more
Mar 22, 2008 rated it liked it
A really great guide to bringing your new cat home and living happily with it. Johnson-Bennett covers everything from getting down on your knees to see things from kitten height to encouraging daily play sessions to helping solve problems such as spraying and clawing furniture. I didn't make it through this whole guide before it had to go back, but will get it again when cat ownership is closer to my future.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be extremely helpful when I was grieving for my senior cat who passed away, and preparing to welcome new kittens into my life. Really great tips for setting up a home for little ones, and understanding how to manage a multi-cat household.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great resource for cat owners. This would be something I'd like to keep as a reference.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Useful info for taking care of my little fuzzy friends.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wished I could give a copy of this book to all the cat owners I know - until I reached the last chapter.

The book as a whole is fantastic and it's title doesn't do it justice. This book is about more than thinking like a cat. It walks you through your cats entire life from kittenhood to the day to loose your furry friend.

I have never seen such a comprehensive book that was also such an easy book to read. She covers EVERYTHING: choosing a cat, traveling with a cat, playing with your cat, training
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A really-VERY REALLY-thorough book about living with a cat. So thorough that it bordered on tedious. Regrettably, the tedium is necessary if a person wants to actually have a cat or cats and is sincere about the cats' quality of life. I had read this author's subsequent book dedicated to introducing new cats into a household and found it disappointing. Despite that, I took the chance on this book because it was available from my library just to see what it had to offer. And despite my less than ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Every cat owners must read!
I have been referring to this book a lot.
So many tips I wish I knew earlier.
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Well, if you're going to read a cat book, it may as well be this one.
William Forbes
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must have for cat owners
Jun 24, 2009 added it
Shelves: destroyed-by-cat
Really could have used a "how to keep the cat from barfing on books" chapter.
Jeffery Hogan
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't particularly enjoy my time with this volume. The book has some extraordinarily useful information, but the style reminds me very much of my cat; it's a bit scattered, repetitive, and with a touch of condescension. Perhaps this is an intentional reinforcement of the book's title theme, and therefore not a bad thing. It felt as though the target audience was comprised of a few million clones of my eight year old daughter (who is currently devouring all cat related media she can get her ha ...more
Marit Case
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This probably isn't a book you're going to read for enjoyment, but if you're reading it for informational purposes, it's great. There's a lot of great information and just enough humor and personal anecdotes to make it entertaining. If you're thinking of getting a cat, read this book. If you own a cat, read this book. If you have more than cat, read this book and then read her follow-up, Cat vs. Cat. I'm a personal life-long cat owner who works in a veterinary clinic and I learned a lot about ho ...more
I sure hope the updated and revised edition is much better than this one. There are a lot of outdated references here. However, the practical information about caring for a cat is still applicable. This is a thorough review of cat ownership, which would be especially helpful to a new cat owner or someone with special circumstances (such as introducing a cat to a new pet, place, or person). There are many helpful thoughts given regarding training and overcoming behavioral problems. I will check t ...more
Jer Clarke
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly useful book about cat behavior and psychology. Read it before getting my cats and regret nothing. Following the advice inside helped me avoid many problems and deal with the ones that came up.
Andi Juo
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very comprehensive info on experience and knowledge of raising cats, somewhat repetitive and most of the info available on internet
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely helpful and highly recommended for current or soon-to-be cat owners! Even though I had a cat for 21 years, this helped explain so many behavioral issues and prepared me to adopt my kitten.
Annie Wong
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very thorough book on pretty much everything you need to know about cats. I wish I had read this book even before buying my kitten!
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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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“Studies have shown that vibrations of 25 hertz applied to extremities promote wound healing, and increase bone density and muscle mass. They also help with pain relief. The cat’s purr is 25 hertz (25 cycles per second).” 1 likes
“Cats aren’t shirts that you buy at the store and then return if they don’t fit. Nor are they a pair of shoes you can give away or toss out when you’ve outgrown them. While these comparisons may seem ridiculously obvious to you, the sad fact is that too many cat owners actually do view their cats that way. As a result, countless cats end up relinquished to shelters or just abandoned because they didn’t meet their owners’ expectations of the perfect cat.” 0 likes
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