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Overall, I think this book is a amazing introduction to learning about cats' social behavior. It gave me a lot of info to work with to hopefully create my 2 cats' environment much more peaceful and much less stressful (though I certainly want I had read this BEFORE adding a second kitty, but that's not the author's fault). The reason I am not giving this 5 stars is simply because it was published in 2004. Though much of the info makes sense and I don't think is necessarily outdated, I can't be sure because the book is 13 years old. A lot can change in that amount of time. I'd like to see an updated ver of this book that mentions VCRs less and more modern resources more.I'd like to note that I've seen some reviews from people who were concerned about the amount of broadcasting of Feliway. I don't know if the author was compensated for advertising it, but I do know that around the time the book would have been written, synthetic pheromones were not a wide market. I'd be willing to bet Feliway was the only one of his kind in the early 2000s which is why it would be mentioned so much. Today, synthetic pheromones are in a lot of various products from a lot of various brands. Though, coming from someone working in the veterinary field, I would recommend sticking with the original Feliway brand. It's not a miracle worker, but you'd be surprised at what subtle things it can do for your cats' behavior.
If you have questions about how to obtain the felines in your life to obtain along, to live in peace (relatively speaking, of course), to understand what they are doing and why, you need your own copy of this necessary book. I think I know most of the info that Feline Behaviorist, Pam Johnson-Bennett covers in Cat vs. Cat. Then another cat or two falls into my life, or the life of friends, and I realize maybe a small refresher course might help. Fresh circumstances, fresh experiences, lead to a fresh plan. Just like people, our animals have personalities and their own method of getting things done or getting through trying situations. I ended up with a nearly blind, sweet but extremely skittish, abandoned, rescued kitty who had been continually beat up by all the other cats in the foster home. She spent most of her time hiding, terrified of most everything and everybody. Enter. Cat Two..Male, 10 years old, still a tad feral in behavior. He had never been with another cat or kitten, so his socialization was very limited. And all of a sudden they were together in my household as co-inhabitors. So what could I do..?I bought another copy of Cat vs. Cat. I have gone through a lot of copies over the years. I have passed this book on to a lot of a foster cat adopter who required answers to questions and frustrations regarding their fresh charge (s). This book is not new, but it has a wealth of info and resources to create sense of the cat behaviors that may be making life difficult for you and your cats. Johnson-Bennett spells out in detail what to do and how to do it, and best of all why it is happening. If you are looking for a amazing productive read regarding your felines, do consider this one. You will learn a amazing deal, and then you may pass your copy on to another friend, just like I did.
This book provides some very interesting and accurate insights into cat behavior and psychology, and it will support a lot of people owned by cats understand these infinitely fascinating animals much ever, the reason I bought the book was in seeking a cure for "redirected/misdirected aggression". Mine was a situation where my huge neutered male cat blindly attacked his adoptive "mommy cat" - a small, gentle female - because he couldn't obtain to the feral cat outside our yard that was marking his fence. But his blind, misdirected attack damage her physically ($200 vet bill) and psychologically (breaking her trust...and apparently her heart), making her fearful of any kind of approach he created thereafter, which very unfortunately he then found entertaining, often resulting in more horrible spite the title, *Cat vs. Cat*, the book totally failed me here. I have found that a lot of cat owners have suffered the same crisis without solution. In the two years since the one disastrous misdirected attack, I have found that undermining the male's dominance and arrogance by throwing him outside by the scruff of his neck (re-kittenizing him), squirting him with a squirt gun (at any suspicious move toward the female), and keeping them separated in the house when I'm not there to hold watch (especially at night), has decreased his aggressiveness and raised my female's confidence and feeling of safety. She seems to be surprised and quite gratified that her hissing and growling seem to be responsible for his sudden flight when my shots from the squirt gun hit him.We're still making progress, and after two years, they can actually be in the same room with me without incident. The male acquiesces to my calling his name immediately and stops moving. No, they're not as easily trainable as a dog, but they ARE trainable. He is not "broken in spirit" by any means. He still yowls and prods me for food, demands to be allow outside, and purring into my lap, obstructs my work at the computer. But he KNOWS what he is NOT to do - move toward my female, stare at her, or create any sort of aggressive gesture (buy yourself a package of cheap squirt guns!). I still have hopes that one day, she will choose to move toward him, and perhaps we will be a satisfied family W, I dumped the expensive chemical and aroma therapy approaches. They were of no support at all.
I am currently trying to unwind some aggressive behavior among 2 resident cats, 2 fresh kittens, and the early introduction of a puppy. This book has provided more ACTIONABLE guidance than other books on this topic. I never knew about feline hierarchy in a cat tree or how a cat perceives his/her surroundings. Thinking like a cat has been very helpful. Distracting cats with play in the middle of an aggressive exchange and giving treats in a group is helping. I also took a hard look at some of the things I did wrong about their introduction (I place the kittens in my bedroom when I should have set them up in the neutral guest room). I swear my oldest cat’s source of aggression stems from that mistake. I could go on and on about this book. Amazing resource. If you buy one book on the subject of integrating cats with babies and dogs, this is it.
I have had a 16 year old single cat (and a dog) for 10 years and before I took her in she lived outdoors 24/7 and defended her location tooth and nail. This book really helped me a lot when I decided to bring another year old stray into the household. Probably not the best idea for the older cat who was very defensive and afraid but the younger one was not going to create it for long on the outside. They may never sleep together or bathe each other but with the support of this book I have been able to support my older cat learn to tolerate the younger one so that they can at least live peacefully in the same house together. I didn't do everything the book said to, and it was a much bigger adjustment for both of them than I ever imagined, but I did a lot of it and the longer time goes on the better it gets for each of them.
I consider myself beautiful knowledgeable about our feline mates because I have place a amazing amount of time in studying their behavior and studying ABOUT them. With that in mind, I was anxious to read "Cat Vs. Cat" and learn more about cat sociology and how they interact with each other.We are a five cat household. All five are rescues and two are feral brother and sister cats. We have managed to socialize all of them into one colony where they obtain along and respect the Queen (although she is not the highest in the pecking order). The book explains in amazing detail how necessary the feline hierarchy is and how this hierarchy is often expressed in vertical space. I had personally studied about this aspect and have seen it in my own cats but was delighted to read a amazing explanation about is is a unbelievable book for those in multiple cat households who may or may not be encountering tension between cats. The book explains areas and hierarchies very well. Understanding the importance of these two aspects in a feline's life will support everything else come together and create sense.I recommend the book as a amazing resource for all of those who have multiple feline households or are contemplating bringing another feline into the fold. Think about it and read about it -- you will be satisfied you did.UPDATE June 24, 2010: Another stray whose been in the wild for a while (but is definitely a domestic cat) has chosen us as his fresh family. I grabbed this book off my shelf as a refresher and it's as relevant as ever. Taking the fresh introduction nice and slow with our other 5 cats (two ferals) and things are going well. Working through some expected marking behaviors but am confident we can obtain our small "Tuxedo Joe" on track as he becomes more comfortable. A book like this is a MUST for multiple cat households or anyone that just wants to understand cat behavior well. Amazing book ... still :)UPDATE June 15 2010: The newest stray is integrated with the other 5 and unbelievably all using one litter box. I don't recommend this but they decided this is they method they wish to do things. I use Pine litter such as Feline Pine for anyone who is curious. I also used Feliway spray and different enzyme cleaners. Smells are gone and cats are satisfied and still doing some location adjusting (to be expected). Very nice integration. This book is extremely helpful!5 stars!
I can't say enough positive things about this and all other Pam Johnson-Bennett cat books. As a fresh cat person, I was making lots of mistakes. After implementing only a few of the suggestions in this book, my cats' behaviors ( and mine) started improving. Ideas like "cats are not little dogs" and "you can't punish a cat" changed my perspective. As a effect of reading this book, we are now able to hold both cats and have peace in our home. I want I could thank her.
My two tabbies, biological sisters, suddenly began exhibiting aggressive behavior toward each other after years of peaceful coexistence. While the book does not support us understand what started the problem, it includes info that helps us recognize when one of these seemingly random happenings is about to occur and makes recommendations on how to defuse the situation and improve their behavior. Not a miracle cure, this way takes work, persistence and consistency, but we are increasingly hopeful that they will not have to be separated permanently. This book is presented in very accessible language and should be helpful to those who want to better understand what's going on in their cat's mysterious minds!
This is a amazing book for all those living in a multicat home. Written by a cat behaviorist, it has lots of amazing tip on how to hold peace in your home when you have a huge cat family like I do. And since it's the first time I have more than 2 cats (7 total) it has been a amazing help. It covers a lot of topics in amazing detail like feeding, entertaining, litterbox issues, illness, aggressiveness, etc. And with every explanation she gives you pointers as what might be event with the cats in order to behave in such and such way, and she also gives you treatment plans for ong other things she tells you step by step how to introduce fresh members, how to correct behavior problems, she explains cats hierarchy within your home and how this order can be upset. I actually solved a huge problem here at home, with one on my male adult cats who kept spraying on the wall behind de litterbox. The books points you the method to become sort of a detective and figure things out to hold everyone satisfied and sane. I'm looking forward to trying a lot of other tips here at home and improve my cats' lives. And I'm sure I'll read her other books sometime in the near future. At the end of the book there are a lot of www services listed that can support you with a lot of problems (toys, cat trees, food, health, etc).
Lifesaver. Perfect instructions and suggestions. I bought several recommended products mentioned by author and all turned out to be welcomed by my two cats. I'm impressed by author's awesome understanding of the process of cat introductions. I followed her process and it worked, more or less, as she described. Of course, her most valuable suggestions were for the humans to chill out and for the cats to work things out for themselves once they actually met face to face. Enjoyable reading, too.
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