About Amy Shojai

Amy Shojai (www.SHOJAI.com) is an IAABC-certified behavior consultant (cats/dogs), and Fear Free certified pet care expert. She's the award-winning author of more than 30 pet care titles including MY CAT HATES MY VET and MY DOG HATES MY VET: Foiling Fear Before, During & After Vet Visits.

Puppy Proofing Reduces Stress For Pets, People

Puppy Proofing Reduces Stress For Pets, People

Kittens & Puppies, Training

Last fall, my husband and I lost our 11-year-old German Shepherd Magical-Dawg in September, and Seren-Kitty in December just shy of her 22nd birthday. The sadness ambushed our emotions for weeks and months. It also haunted Karma-Kat, and he slept with Magic’s collar for a week between bouts of crying, increased clawing, and other attention-seeking […]

Be Kind to Animals Week: 5 Ways to Be Kind to Dogs

Be Kind to Animals Week: 5 Ways to Be Kind to Dogs

Training

Be Kind to Animals Week is a wonderful time to figuratively walk a mile in your dog’s paws. While it’s a given that dog lovers treat canine companions with compassion every day of the year, during this special celebration, taking stock of what your dog wants out of life can offer insight to keep his […]

Be Kind to Animals Week: 5 Ways to Be Kind to Cats

Be Kind to Animals Week: 5 Ways to Be Kind to Cats

Training

Whether you share your pillow with a kitty or care for feral, stray, or community cats, Be Kind to Animals Week is a great time to consider what that means for cats. We love our cats all year long, but sometimes we lose sight of what cats actually want out of life. Channel your “inner […]

How To Head Off Your Dog’s Hat Hate

How To Head Off Your Dog’s Hat Hate

Training

You’ve noticed your dog hates hats. As in people wearing them. What’s going on? Has he become a fashion critic? We take for granted our dogs’ incredibly acute senses of smell and hearing. But dogs also rely on vision to navigate their world. Depending on their breed, age, and the circumstances around the headgear, dogs […]

Kitty Vacation Angst?

Kitty Vacation Angst?

Training

You’ve had the most wonderful vacation ever, and you can’t wait to get home to the fur kids. But your cat’s vacation angst makes her want nothing to do with you. She even *gasp* pees and poops outside the box to get back at you. It’s obvious Kitty is mad because you abandoned her. Or […]

Cat Fight! Why Cat Friends Fuss After Vet Visits

Cat Fight! Why Cat Friends Fuss After Vet Visits

Training

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off, and Kitty no longer fears the carrier and handles the car ride with almost no signs of fear, anxiety or stress. Kitty purrs and cheek-bonks the veterinary technicians and barely notices the doctor’s exam through all the petting and tasty treats. But as soon as you get home, […]

Phone Fanatics: Why Does My Cat Pester Me On The Phone?

Phone Fanatics: Why Does My Cat Pester Me On The Phone?

Training

When the phone rings, does your cat come running? At our house, we still have a land line with a long cord, in addition to our cell phones. My Karma-Kat tries to bite through the phone cord whenever I’m in a conversation. Some cat lovers report that their kitties become aggressive around the telephone. Thankfully, most […]

Got A Pop-Up Pooch?

Got A Pop-Up Pooch?

Training

For dogs, jumping up is a normal behavior. They often licks other’s faces in greeting. Since most dogs can’t easily reach us, they leap to offer their version of a polite canine “howdy” and solicit attention. Many folks think jumping up is cute, at least when the pet is a pup. That attraction wanes when […]

Cat Critter Gifts

Cat Critter Gifts

Training

Here in Texas, the warm weather continues to bring big-bug migrations from outside to the living room. The cats are thrilled with cricket carcasses and the occasional disoriented field mouse that takes a deadly detour. Thank goodness, both Karma-Kat and Seren-Kitty haven’t presented me with anything beyond a cricket drumstick. But it’s not unusual for […]