Purring away

It is no secret I love cats. Too bad I am allergic and this was the main reason why I chose to be a surgeon (so I can be around my furry friends without sneezing). As a surgeon, you can always wear gloves and a mask when animals are around and not be seen as a crazy dude. Cats are awesome, they are solitary, give attention when they want and are amazing athletes, all traits I truly admire. I also have made my mind up, as soon as a true low-allergy cat is available, I am in! So, if you have suggestions, let me know!

By the way, I am also allergic to dogs, which makes my choice to be a veterinarian interesting, especially from an upper respiratory aspect. When asked (at a young age), why I wanted to be a companion animal vet, my answer was standard: the only thing that I am not allergic to is horses and rats and my allergist made it clear that that was an exposure issue and not a ‘you can do rats’ in the future opportunity.

Cats are truly amazing and sadly under-researched. The mantra a cat is not a little dog is pretty well accepted, but if that is the case, what should I do when there is so little literature available? This question I posed to Dr. Susan Little, famous catvet and author of multiple textbooks about cat medicine. We were in Brazil at the time and I was amazed at how many people were carrying the Dr. Susan cat bibles to have them signed. This is not an easy task, knowing how heavy those books are.

The light bulb went off when we received the same questions over and over during every seminar we gave. The question is irrelevant, but the answer was not that difficult. It was also about a topic that was widely talked about, and one that literature was available for. That puzzled us and we concluded that next to a limitation of information there was also a hurdle to absorb the right info.

So Dr. Susan and I decided to start a new venture (as we had not enough on our plates already) and started the purrpodcast, a podcast all about veterinary medicine of the feline species. we realized that most vets are too busy anyway to read. The last thing, I want to do when I come home is read another article. But what I do enjoy, is listening to podcasts in the car and although my commute is a 2 x 30 min, I still digest high quantities of podcast info.

So, now we are 9 episodes into our venture and 4500 downloads later. We both enjoy working together, picking out topics and interviewing awesome cat heroes. It was a match made in heaven. We discussed cat stones, invaginations, GDV, etc. and interviewed the awesome Dr. Sarah Boston and Dr. Sheilah Robertson and have some many topics to talk about. Yes, the quality of the recordings is not top notch (yet) due to our crazy schedules and skype lives, but the content is great and we get such awesome feedback! Thank you!

If you want to listen to the podcast, download it from any podcast platform (Apple, android, stitcher, i-heart radio, etc. or use this direct link: bit.ly/purrpodcast and join us on FB or IG!

So what is next? Dr. Susan and I are planning to do a Purrpodcast live at NYVET. We already tried one in Malaysia and the audience was awesome, the recording less so :-). Thus, NYVET it is gonna be! If you are there join us for this unique opportunity, can’t wait to see you there and in the meantime, keep on cutting!



Published by jollenl

Veterinary surgeon interested in cancer. Author, cat & dog lover with a focus on evidence-based medicine

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