We’re super excited to introduce a new regular feature on The Conscious Cat: Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado! We introduced you to Mikel last week. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studies animal behavior and human-pet relationships.
“I’ve been obsessed with cats for as long as I can remember,” Mikel told me. After she began volunteering at her local animal shelter (the San Francisco SPCA,) she was particularly attracted to working with shy cats and cats who were having difficulty coping with the stress of being in a shelter. After she had been volunteering for about a year, the SPCA had an opening for a Cat Behavior Specialist. “I’d been volunteering so many hours that they offered me the job,” says Mikel. She quit her other job (in Human Resources at a health food co-op) to follow her passion to work with cats. “I haven’t looked back since,” she says.
Leave your questions for Mikel in a comment
Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Mikel. She’ll answer as many of them as she can, and I’ll publish her answers in a subsequent post. We’re kicking this new feature off today – so go ahead and leave your questions!
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.