"For as long as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with animals. I was fortunate to grow up in a house full of animals often called "the zoo," which allowed me to learn about many species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. It wasn't until I found my first kitten, a gorgeous little Siamese guy, that I truly fell in love with cats. I took that love to college where I focused my studies on animal behavior, mainly of great apes and cats. I conducted studies in college on inter-cat relationships and cats' human preferences. After receiving my B.S. in Psychology and Evolutionary Biology, I planned on attending the University of Texas' Animal Personality program to create a cat personality profile and use that to complete research on a myriad of cat behavior issues. It was only after our family moved to Austin that we learned the program had lost funding and was closing. Since this discovery three years ago, I've been trying to find other ways to help cats. I've been on Austin Pets Alive!'s cat behavior team along with fostering neonatal kittens. I love both and am excited to start using my education and knowledge to help cat families around Austin!"