Although I’ve worked with thousands of dogs, I’ve worked with many more cats. Most cats who came into the shelter were not cared for on the same level as our dogs. When I started managing the shelter, only 6% of cats who came in as strays were claimed by their owners. We increased this number over the years, but most people don’t see their cats as they do dogs. I’m hoping this podcast will nudge cat welfare in our homes closer to the goalpost!
Even in caring homes, cats often take a backseat. We miss many of their stress and health issues, and their very nature makes it hard to spot in our felines.
Zazie is a thoughtful, caring, and brilliant cat advocate. Her book Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy made me jump for joy, and I highly recommend it and Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy.
You can take advantage of Zazie’s amazing work and her blog on her website, Companion Animal Psychology. https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/. You can also check out her podcast, The Pawsitive Post in Conversation, which she cohosts with Kritsi Benson.