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Amy Shojai, CABC

Amy Shojai, CABC

Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and a nationally recognized pet care expert. She’s an award-winning pet journalist and author of 30 best-selling pet care books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity.

Amy published thousands of columns and articles spanning the past two decades—in dog year’s she should be dead! She created puppies.About.com, wrote behavior content for cats.About.com, and writes a weekly PETiQuette newspaper column as well as her own Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog. She also writes pet-centric suspense novels featuring a dog viewpoint character.

As a pet industry spokesperson, Amy works with Perfect Litter and the PetHealthyStore.com and has written for CatChow.com, HomeAgain.com, PawNation.com, Woman’s World and many others. She has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle, as well as hundreds of radio and television appearances including the Today Show, CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. 

She hosts Pet Peeves radio, a Pet Talk CBS TV segment, and brings her pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances including presentations at writing and pet care events. Sometimes she actually finds time to sleep.

Amy lives somewhere in North Texas surrounded by 500 weed-challenged rose bushes, a smart aleck German Shepherd named Magic, a 17-year-old Siamese wannabe named Seren, and a delinquent silver-shaded tabby cat called Karma—all provide furry and prickly inspiration.

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Articles by This Author

cat spraying
Why Cats Spray and How to Stem the Flow

Have a cat who sprays your carpet, furniture, our walls? Cats spraying is a natural behavior that drives pet parents crazy. Understanding why cats spray is the first step to solving the problem. 

why cats stop using litterbox
9 Reasons Your Cat Isn’t Using the Litter Box

Missing the litter box is the top complaint of cat owners. A sudden loss of litter box allegiance means either the litter box is unacceptable, the cat feels bad, or the other cats make her avoid the bathroom. Here's why your cat's not using the litter box anymore and how to stop litter accidents.

cat behavior
Meeting Your Cat’s Behavioral Needs

People who love cats understand that felines are emotional beings. Nearly anything can put Kitty's tail in a twist, and a stressed out upset cat becomes more prone to physical health issues as well as behavioral acting out. We want to meet our cat's behavior needs in order to keep pet purrs rumbling. The first step to improve kitty quality of life is to understand just what cats need. Here's what you need to understand in order to keep your cat in a happy emotional place.

fun pet appreciation ideas
5 Ways to Show Your Dog or Cat You Care

Our dogs and cats give us unconditional love, and never care that we have a bad hair day, forget to change our socks, or don't brush our teeth. Actually, they might like that! That's one of the many reasons pet lovers consider them part of the family. It's only natural for us to return the affection during pet appreciation week.

Prevent Dog Attacks
How to Protect Yourself & Prevent Dog Attacks

All dogs bite. In fact, canine jaws can easily tear flesh and break bones. Don't be fooled by size, either. They may be tiny, but even Chihuahua-size pooches expertly use their choppers. And when they're big dogs, the damage can be severe. Learn these tips to prevent dog attacks and bites. That protects both your human family members, and the dog--because the pet that bites usually loses his home and his life.

Spring cleaning with pets
Spring Cleaning Safety Hazards for Pets

Indoor and outdoor spring cleaning may pose potential pet risks both indoor and out. Beware these 5 spring cleaning danger zones to keep your dogs and cats safe during spring cleaning.

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How to Make National Pet Day Special for Your Pets

April 11th is National Pet Day, but at my house, it's "pet day" all the time. Here are my top 5 ways to celebrate your cats and dogs on National Pet Day or any day.

cat toys
Find the Right Toy to Entertain Playful Cats

It's great fun to watch cats play, but when kitten play goes overboard, what's a caring pet parent to do? Just as bored dogs target inappropriate items, a playful cat or kitten left alone can turn your house upside down.

How to Keep Dogs & Cats Away From Each Other’s Food

When dogs and cats live together, they often snack from each other's food bowls. A taste now and then probably won't upset your pets' nutrition, but it can hiss off the cat or put the dog's tail in a twist. While we love them both, their nutritional needs are not the same, and eating each other's food can make them sick or worse.

7 Winter Weather Pet Care Tips

As I write this, snow flurries dance outside my office window, while my 20-year-old cat, Seren, curls up on a blanket on the desk under the lamp's warm glow. Magical-Dawg adores playing outside in cold weather, but could easily overdo if I didn't limit outdoor excursions. It's not just about the cold and potential for frostbite or hypothermia. Winter also means indoor furnaces that dry skin, burn risks from fireplace use, and toxic antifreeze under vehicles. So how do you keep your special pets safe from winter's danger?

6 Ways to Slim a Cat

The New Year is a time of beginnings for both people and their pets. For cat lovers, keeping cats slim is a priority that has many health benefits, and healthy food, healthy eating habits, and (yes!) healthy treats are ideal. For cats that have packed on the pudge, now's the time to put resolutions in place to help slim your cat.

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8 Resolutions to Slim Your Pudgy Pooch

Happy New Year! The entire month of January is an opportunity for putting resolutions and goals in place, but of course you can do this at any time. Eating right and getting healthy tops the resolution list for people, so why not extend that to your dog, especially if your chubby dog needs to slim down and lose weight?

8 Things to Ask to Find the Best Pet Sitter

Are pet sitters right for your fur kids? Each year as the holidays approach, pet parents consider their options about vacation plans. While time off from work and routine offers people some stress release and fun times, our pets don't always feel the same way. And if our dogs and cats aren't happy, we can't relax and enjoy our vacation, either. Preparing for your pets' comfort during your vacations gives you peace of mind so you can enjoy your time free from worries. After all the joy they bring you throughout the year, don't your cats and dogs deserve happy howl-adays, too?

Help Your Pets Have a Safer Holiday

Holidays should be a joyful time for your entire family, including the cats and dogs. Put yourself in your pets' "paws" when you decorate to help keep them happy and safe. When holiday decorations come out, the risk of dog and cat injury goes up. Pets explore their world by tasting, sniffing, chewing, climbing and pawing objects. They can turn your celebration decor into toys or treats that hurt them or even damage your home. Learn how to keep your two-legged and four-legged family members safe during the holidays.

Why Cats Potty on Beds

Cats are natural born clean freaks, with kittens using the litter box by the age of 3 weeks. Hit or miss bathroom behavior, though, is a wake-up call that something has gone wrong. It's bad enough when she leaves nasty "gifts" under the piano bench, but truly disgusting if she targets your bed. Peeing or pooping on your bed has very specific triggers. While every cat is different and combinations of reasons may be involved, here are the top reasons why cats turn beds into a litter box.

Cost Comparison of Litter & Litterboxes

Missing the litter box is the top complaint of cat owners, but offering cats the right equipment to "hit the spot" goes a long way to preventing mistakes. You'll need one or more litter pans, and an appropriate cat box filler. But how much can you expect to pay for different kinds of litters or fillers and litter boxes?

How to Train Your Cat to Use an Automatic Litter Box

An automatic litter box offers many benefits to you, as well as your cat, including convenience and an always clean potty. It may take some time to convince your cat to try out the new facility.

How an Automatic Litter Box Can Stop House Soiling

A normal adult cat on average visits the litter box to make a deposit about 5 times a day. The amount of waste multiplies and makes cleaning a greater chore when you have more than one cat. Some years ago when I traveled a great deal for work, I became a fan of automatic litter boxes in part because my husband wasn't always as faithful at scooping.

Dealing with Door-Dashing Cats

Providing a dog door works great to offer your canine companion access to his outdoor toilet when you can't let him out. But how do keep the cat from using the same door?

5 Steps to Litter Box Train Cats

New pet parents sometimes assume cats know how to use the litter box. But not all felines understand potty rules. Allowing a cat to make a mess isn't fair to her, or to the carpet! It can...

Can Cats Use Dog Doors?

While dog doors typically give access to the back yard, there are multiple ways a pet door benefits Kitty. Think outside the cat box and use a pet door to manage your multi-pet household and potential behavior issues.

Litter Boxes in Multi-Cat Homes

As a certified animal behavior consultant, the #1 complaint I get from cat owners involves litter box woes. We expect our cats to come programmed to use their feline potty at the right time and the right place, but a cat's idea about the perfect litter box may not agree with the human's. Refer to these basic litter-ary FAQs to create and maintain litter box allegiance, whether you have one cat or a kitty clowder along with dogs.

Pet Disaster Prep: 9 Ways to Prepare for Disaster

What would you do if you awoke in the middle of the night to a flash flood or a tornado? What's your emergency plan to get you and your pets to safety?

Why Your Cat Meows Too Much

Do you have a very vocal feline who wants to chat at 3 am? Why does she meow so much and how can you stop excessive meowing?

Stop Your Dog’s Snacking from the Litter Box

Is your dog into "recycling" your cat's poop? Stop the litter box grazing with these 11 simple steps.

6 Litter Box Problems and How to Fix Them

Once you know why Kitty snubs the box, use these tips to return him to litter box allegiance.

Rough Play between Dogs

Create your own doggie playtime rules and learn when to break it up to keep your dogs safe.

Play between Dogs and Cats: Keeping Them Safe

Many of us are equal opportunity pet lovers and share homes with both cats and dogs. Care must be taken, though, to keep both pets safe around each other, especially during play.

Holiday Pet Proofing Tips

When holiday decorations come out, the risk of dog and cat injury goes up. Follow these holiday pet proofing safety tips to prevent accidents or injury and have a safe holiday.