This is me in 1976. I loved cats. I still do. I know you love your cats. A lot.
Yep, I am just going to admit it:
A few years later, and I am a cat-obsessed veterinarian. More specifically, I am a passionate, cat-obsessed veterinarian who wants to create a movement. The Catvocate Movement.
I want to share with you the best and latest information available from veterinarians, behaviorists, scientists and other cat lovers. Together, we will understand what cats need to be mentally and physically healthy. Together, we will raise the standard of care for our cats. We are advocates for cats—Catvocates.
You love your cats as if they were your children, but cats have very different needs than humans do. Cats certainly have very different needs than dogs do. (Yes, I just said dog doo.)
We know cats are not dogs and that they humor us—us pesky human servants—most of the time. But the cat-obsessed veterinarian community also knows something else: Cats are frequently frustrated by our inability to understand what they want.
When we understand what exactly what it is that cats need and why, we can understand their varied behaviors. For instance, knowing that cats are innate hunters who view our homes as their new hunting ground helps us provide opportunities for them to hunt in an indoor context. Improve their environments and you make your kitties both happier and healthier. It’s easier to do than you think. And, when we get it done, we can advocate for what cats need and want. We can become… Catvocates.
I am a proud Catvocate, and I want to connect with other Catvocates out there. In this blog, we will dive into the current scientific and veterinary research. We will explore where cats come from, how they exist in nature, and how they interact with each other, with us, and with the world around them. We will learn how to make them happy and contented.
I invite you to join me, offering observations and suggestions, sharing stories about your feline friends. Send me videos of your cats and links to your favorite cat videos.
Together, Catvocates, we will raise the standard of care for all cats and spread the word about how cats can be truly happy.