I’m having a behavior problem with my cat. Can I email Pam for an answer?
Unfortunately, Pam is unable to answer individual emails about cat behavior problems. You can find lots of information in the articles section of our website. You can also find Pam’s step-by-step behavior techniques in her best-selling books. If your cat is displaying a change in behavior, please contact your veterinarian because there may be an underlying medical cause.
Can I set up an appointment with Pam for a consultation?
Pam does a very limited number of virtual behavior consultations. For more information, visit our consultation page. Please do not email our office for free behavior advice.
How do I find qualified help for my cat?
It’s very important to seek help from a qualified professional in the field. Start by having your cat examined by the veterinarian. After potential underlying medical concerns have been ruled out, your veterinarian can provide a referral to a qualified behavior professional such as a veterinary behaviorist, certified applied animal behaviorist or a certified cat behavior consultant.
Where can I buy Pam’s books?
Pam’s books are available through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as in book stores everywhere. Our website has a direct link to Amazon for your convenience.
How do I know which book I need?
All of Pam’s books cover cat behavior and training. Here is more specific information about some of her books:
CatWise (Penguin Books) Pam’s latest book contains her practical answers to 150 of questions most often asked by cat parents. The convenience of this new Q&A book makes it very easy for you to go to the specific answer you need or you can just enjoy reading each section to help you learn more about your cat.
Think like a Cat (Penguin Books) Referred to by veterinarians, behavior professionals and the general public as the “cat bible,” this book is a comprehensive cat behavior and training manual that covers all aspects of cat care from kittenhood to geriatrics. You can find in-depth chapters on everything from getting your house ready for a cat to dealing with the end of your cat’s life. There is also information on nutrition, medical issues and Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” approach to solving big and small behavior problems. A great book for novice or seasoned cat parents.
Cat vs. Cat (Penguin Books) The ground-breaking book that covers the unique challenges of living with more than one cat. Chapters include litter box issues, scratching, mealtime problems, intercat aggression, how to introduce a new cat and how to do a reintroduction with longtime cat companions who don’t get along.
Starting from Scratch (Penguin Books) Pam’s effective techniques for solving adult cat behavior problems. No matter how long you’ve lived with a cat behavior problem, Pam gives you the tools to correct the issue. Chapters cover everything from the pesky little problems to the major behavior challenges.
Can I contact Pam about speaking at our event?
Pam does a number of public speaking engagements. Visit our contact page to ask about fees and availability.
May I reprint one of your articles on my website?
Articles may not be reprinted on other websites but we always appreciate links to our website if there is an article you’d like to point to on your own site.
How do I become a cat behavior expert?
There are several routes to take if you wish to pursue a professional career in animal behavior. If you wish to become a veterinary behaviorist, you must earn your veterinary degree and then go on to study animal behavior and meet the requirements set forth by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. If you wish to become a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist you must meet the requirements set forth by the Animal Behavior Society.
There are also other professional organizations that have certification programs, such as the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
To help you gain more hands-on experience and further your education here are initial steps to take:
- Log in as many shelter hours as possible, particularly doing behavior work or becoming a part of the behavior team at a shelter. Hands-on experience is crucial
- Become a veterinary technician to establish a good veterinary medicine background. There is also an organization of vet techs who specialize in behavior
- Attend veterinary conferences that have good behavior tracks
- Attend seminars given by qualified experts in the field
- Attend webinars given by qualified experts in the field. There are several online courses and webinars on the internet now. Just make sure you choose ones given by experts with a proven track record
- Read books written for the general public that are written by qualified behavior experts
- Read scientific books written for the professionals in the field
- Subscribe to scientific publications
- Find a professional who would be willing to mentor you
- If you do not pursue a veterinary degree or vet tech license you must get educated about medical issues because it’s important to know how medical conditions affect behavior. Even though you must never offer a medical diagnosis, it’s important to know warning signs
How did Pam get started?
Here’s a link to Pam’s story.
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