Welcome to my first blog post! I hope to write something here weekly, although it might be more or less often, depending on what other things are going on in my life. My goal is to write something that is interesting, informative, funny, or maybe just share what has happened to me that week. Whatever it is, it will always be about cats, or my life with cats.
To start, let me introduce myself. I am 40-something years old, and have been a veterinarian or worked for veterinarians for more than half of my life. My first memory of my life with animals was watching Snow White as a young child, and wanting the birds to land on my fingers and sing to me just like in the movie. I guess I always wanted to talk to the animals. Not having had many pets as a child, I really wasn’t aware of what a veterinarian was or did until I reached high school. I knew I really liked medicine and science, but I always thought I would be a people doctor. It wasn’t until I was looking after a sick horse one summer that I had the idea of being a vet. That idea grew, and, well, here I am, many years later owning my own cat hospital. I never thought it would be this way, but I’m really glad it is.
People ask me why I just do cats. I could get very sappy and emotional and try to explain why I love cats, but that would be a waste of time. People that love cats really don’t have to ask that question. People who don’t get cats don’t appreciate how amazing they are. From a totally professional standpoint, what I can say is that cats are very sensitive creatures, and tend to be less socialized outside of the home than dogs, simply by the fact that they don’t travel everywhere with their owners like dogs do. So when you have a cat that is not feeling well because it is sick or injured, and you take it outside of the home, and put it in a cage in a strange place with strange noises and smells, that cat is going to hide in its cage, and refuse to eat, and it just won’t help that cat get better. The more we can do to make their veterinary visit less frightening, the faster that cat will get better and go home. That’s how it started, 17 years ago this June, was with a desire to help cats get the veterinary care they need without making them miserable in the process.
It has come a long way since then, and I’ve learned a lot about cats along the way. I have met thousands of cats over my career, and I’ve been lucky to share my life with a few, too. I have learned something from every single cat I ever met. They are excellent teachers, although some are more patient than others. I have the scars to testify to that.
Over the next few blogs, I hope to introduce to you my clinic, my staff, and my profession. Please feel free to ask questions or suggest topics; however, understand that I can’t be very specific about cases or give medical advice. Of course, my advice will always be to ask your veterinarian!
Dr. Meow (^^)~
“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” – Hippolyte Taine