Adam Bennon

How long have you worked at the Chicago Cat Clinic?

1 ½ years

What made you want to work with Cats?

I’ve had pets in the family every since I was a child. I grew up with 3 dogs and 3 cats over the years. When I started looking for work, I knew I wanted it to be related to animals. After some searching, I applied with a cat-only cageless shelter. The first time I stepped into a room that had 30 cats all freely roaming around, I was awed. I knew that I made the right choice going into animal rescue, shortly followed by working in feline medicine.

What do you love most about working at a Cat Only clinic?

I love how well you get to know the psychology of cats when you work with them exclusively. My ability to read a cat’s body language has definitely improved since I started working here. I also love seeing all the different breeds of cats that you normally don’t see in a shelter environment.

What is the one thing you have learned about Cats that surprises you?

I was very surprised to find out how biologically similar cats are to humans. They can get asthma, develop diabetes, suffer from anxiety, etc… I thought such things were limited to the human experience. All together we’re not very different at all.

Do you have pets at home?

I currently have 3 cats. Taxi – a 17 year old rescue we found wandering in the middle of the road. Pekara – a 4 year old adopted as a youngin from the shelter I used to work with. Isis (originally named for Isis & Osiris, Egyptian gods) – a 6 year old tabby who is undisputed queen of the house.

What do you like to do for fun?

Once I get off work I like to go for a long jog back home, making a pitstop at the gym when my motivation pulls through. At home I like to play computer games with my friends and browse the corners of the internet. I try to stay politically active and occasionally volunteer for a good cause. Oh, and of course I spoil my cats as much as my budget allows.