Lisa A. Pierson, DVM

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Cat Info
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Lomita, CA 90717 (United States) View map
I am often asked what led to the creation of catinfo.org and what fuels my passion for doing as much as I can to help cats from all over the world live long and healthy lives.
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The second part of the question is easy to answer: I really love cats. The first part of the question takes a bit more explaining. I never imagined that I would become such an outspoken veterinarian regarding matters of optimal feline nutrition and care given that my primary focus straight out of veterinary school was equine medicine. I never dreamed that I would end up writing pages and pages detailing how to make a healthy diet for cats, or passionately discussing the prevention and management of feline diabetes and urinary tract diseases, or writing about the dangers of ‘dry pilling’ cats, or putting a litter box-cleaning video on the internet especially considering the fact that the World Wide Web was years away from even existing when I graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984! So how did I become so deeply passionate about cat nutrition, general care, and the various medical conditions that affect the cats that we share our lives with? Austin, Robbie, and Anne Jablonski. Let’s start with Austin who I am pretty sure was a long lost love from a former life. I adopted Austin from a shelter when he was 4 years old. His time was running out and I am a sucker for the adults that nobody wants. Plus, brown tabbies really do something for me. Our hearts were instantly connected and when I had to say goodbye to him in 1998, I was devastated. I still cry over him. After losing Austin, I wanted to do something to honor him so I started volunteering with a local cat rescue organization, TLC Adoptions, to pay tribute to my very sweet boy. Over the next 13 years, I rescued and placed approximately 550 cats and kittens in homes. Unfortunately, I saw very quickly that we could never adopt our way out of the overpopulation crisis since the math just does not add up. There are FAR more kittens being born each minute than there are available homes. The answer lies in getting humans to become more responsible about spaying and neutering. During my years of involvement in the rescue world, I spent many long hours doing TNR work (Trap/Neuter/Return) of feral (wild/unowned) cats in order to prevent the suffering endured by homeless cats and kittens living in a concrete jungle and to try to make a dent in the large number of unwanted kitties that lose their lives in shelters every day. I would often go on periodic 3-4 day-long trapping marathons to stabilize large feral colonies using traps that I designed and built for increased efficiency. This would entail starting to trap at around 7 or 8 PM, staying out until 4 or 5 AM, then performing surgery until all of the cats were spayed or neutered. After a few hours of sleep, I would get up and start all over again. I wish that I could say that rescue work is all about warm and fuzzy feelings - and no sadness - but that could not be further from the reality of the situation. After spending 13 years heavily involved in rescue work - and having it exact a tremendous toll on my heart - I am now taking a bit of a break and concentrating more on helping cats live better lives all around the world through my website. So how does my precious Robbie fit into this picture? Robbie is the cute brown tabby that adorns the top of all catinfo.org webpages and who, if given the chance, would spend his life wrapped around my neck. If not for Robbie this website would probably not exist and I might still be feeding my cats a very unhealthy diet of dry food. I call Robbie the “best ‘mistake’ of my life.” I have had many animals grace my life but my bond with Robbie is one of the deepest I have ever had the privilege to experience. He truly is my furry little soul mate.

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    1. Rob Neal
      May 19, 2015 @ 12:32 PM Living in the desert reminds you about how much fluid our bodies actually have...I often feel like dunking my head the way your little kitty is here. Such a cute image! But, it's true, that water is the source of all good things and, interestingly, did you know that hunger is often confused with thirst? When I'm hungry I drink a big glass of water first to see if I'm confusing hunger with dehydration!
    1. Rob Neal
      May 19, 2015 @ 12:30 PM Excellent article Lisa...you entered so many amazing and helpful items. Thanks a million. I know this is going to really help folks.
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