How long have you worked at the Chicago Cat Clinic/What made you want to work with Cats?
I joined the Chicago Cat Clinic in May of 2017. I had a cat when I was a very small child but it wasn’t until I lived with my roommate’s cat in veterinary school that I fell in love with cats. My roommate’s cat had a very distinct personality, was very intelligent (he learn now to do tricks for food just like dogs and learned the commands of when he can and cannot enter my room!), proud, sure of himself, and presented his love in a very distinct manner. He was never a big cuddler and didn’t want to make it obvious that he loved his humans. But you could tell from his subtle actions and looks that he truly does.
What do you love most about working at a Cat Only clinic?
I wasn’t specifically planning on specializing in cats when I joined the Chicago Cat Clinic but I’ve come to love the atmosphere, the quietness, and the variety of kitty personalities I get to meet.
What is the one thing you have learned about Cats that surprises you?
I feel like there are many surprising things I’ve learned since working with cats — ie. the number of patients with dental disease, how often they get pancreatitis, etc… but the most surprising thing is how cats will literally starve themselves to being sick if they don’t like what is fed to them.
Do you have pets at home?
I do not have any pets at home. I am gone most of the day and it feels too sad and lonely to leave them by themselves 12 hours at a time.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to draw, paint, sew, and occasionally relax in front of the TV with a nice cup of tea.