I have been an avowed cat lover since I was a child surrounded by an ever-changing variety of farm cats. When I attended graduate school, I acquired my first cat, a calico I named Athena, followed shortly by my tortoiseshell Calliope. Because Athena wanted my attention immediately after returning from the lab, Calliope was partially acquired to entertain Athena. Much of this “entertainment” consisted of Athena asserting her dominance over the interloper.
Based on conversations I had during graduate school, I learned that more of my fellow graduate students seemed to acquire cats than any other companion animal. Continue reading “Cats: Good for Your Health?”