Sandy is a leading pet lifestyle expert and winner of the Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contribution to the Pet Industry Award. Her work has been featured by Today.com, MSNBC.com, as well as countless other outlets. Her books include Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat, For the Love of Cats, and The Original Cat Bible. Sandy is an avid campaigner for animal shelters and laws that protect animals everywhere. She loves to spoil her two adorable “fur kids,” Ziggy and Fudge.
Daniel "DQ" Quagliozzi
When cat guardians in the San Francisco Bay Area are in peril, they look to the behavior consultant that breaks the mold. They seek the Man with the Action Plan! Breaking all the typical “cat guy” stereotypes, Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi is the Behavior Consultant behind Go, Cat, Go – San Francisco’s leading in-home resource for cat behavior advice. With over a decade of experience working in animal sheltering as a specialist in cat behavior, intake, and adoption, DQ brings a breadth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to his clients. Originally from New Jersey, DQ resides in San Francisco, where he has been living the “California Dream”, doing what he loves by his own rules. He shares his private time with his mischievous stubby-legged Siamese cat, Cubby.
Layla Morgan Wilde
Layla is passionate about transforming the lives of cats and those who love them, one purr at time. She is a holistic cat behaviorist, celebrity cat and brand consultant, and an award-winning photographer/writer/blogger/speaker. Layla founded the non-profit Annex Cat Rescue in 1997 and Cat Wisdom 101, in 2011. She contributes to PetFinder, Catster, and Cat Channel among others and is about to launch a new pet-centric start-up. Layla is a devoted cat mom to four special-needs cats.
Robin is the writer behind prominent cat lifestyle blog PlayfulKitty.net. Her work focuses on cat health and behavior, the cultural significance of cats in history, and helpful product reviews. She has been featured on Catster.com, CatBreedsWithPictures.com, and ProfessionalGal.com. Robin is the proud kitty-mommy of Cinco and Manna, who were the inspiration for her blog.
Jobi is an animal portrait artist who provides advice to cat lovers through her blog Ask-Fisher.com. In her portraits, she works to capture the essence of each individual pet through detailed and evocative watercolors. Jobi also operates TampaBayPetsOnline.com, a directory for pet-centric events and services. Her insanely cute kitty, Scooter, enjoys cuddling with (and shedding on) her human mom, while equally adorable Alice and Russell love going out on the town in their special cat carriage.
As a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant and award-winning author, Darlene lectures widely on wellness for pets. She is also an experienced television producer/host, and a lively guest expert on various radio and television programs. Her numerous awards include the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/American Humane Education Society’s Media Award for veterinary writing and animal welfare. Find her podcast, The Petxpert, on YouTube (coming soon to ROKU).
A Georgia native, Emily is "Mom" to five cats – Delilah, Sampson, Sophie, Sassy, and Caster. When she's not blogging about life with her crazy cat gang, she is running a music business alongside her husband. Emily also enjoys crocheting in any spare time she may have. If you'd like to follow Emily and her cats, you can find them at:
Karen Harrison spent over 30 years in corporate America before leaving to start her pet care business, Joy of Living, in 2008. An ardent lover of both cats and dogs, Karen devotes her time to educating pet owners to enrich the human-pet bond, volunteering at local animal shelters and fundraising to help homeless pets. She currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her cat Marty and dog Jessie.
Dr. Wayne Hunthausen
Dr. Hunthausen is the director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area. He has served as president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and on the editorial board of several veterinary journals. He is a cofounder of the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior. Dr. Hunthausen lectures worldwide on the topic of pet behavior and is the co-author/editor of over 50 books. He is the 2002 recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association's PetCare behavior award.
Melissa is inspired by her two passions in life, cats and books. As she says, "Books feed my mind. Cats feed my soul." Her blog Mochas, Mysteries and Meows is for everyone who embraces a cozy, cat-centric lifestyle: curling up on the couch with a warm beverage, a great book, and a cat... or 3! She is also a regular contributor of book reviews for the Cat Writers Association, of which she is a member. Her life is devoted to the happiness and well-being of her beautiful tortoiseshell cat, Mudpie.
Susan C. Willett
Susan is the creative force behind the website Life with Dogs and Cats, where she posts award-winning stories, photography, and humor. She shares her home with cats Dawn, Athena, Calvin, and Elsa Clair – plus foster kitty Echo – and shelter dogs Lilah, Jasper, and Tucker. A professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association, Susan writes for Catster.com (and Dogster.com), specializing in pet technology, lifestyle and the amusing adventures that accompany life with 3 dogs, 5 cats and 2 humans — like reality TV, only furrier.
Meet Rita Reimers, Cat Behaviorist Extraordinaire. Rita possesses a unique ability to communicate with and understand the tender nature of cats. She has been a cat behaviorist and communicator since she was a child and now shares her home with cats of all ages and temperaments. Rita is author of a column called “A New Catittude,” which will be featured beginning with the May/June issue of Cat Fancy, now known as Catster. In addition, Rita is a contributing behaviorist for petcha.com/ – appearing in their cat behavior videos – and is Owner and CEO of Just For Cats Pet Sitting, with locations in Beverly Hills, CA and Charlotte, NC.
Luciane is the creator, writer and editor of MustLoveCats.net and MustLoveCats.info which is filled with information about cats for cat lovers. Her love for her two cats, Pita and Tiger, inspired her to create a cat lovers community, where people can learn about cats and share their stories, videos, and poems about cats and kittens. She has the biggest heart and loves all animals. In addition to reaching out to her local community to help cats, she also helps communities and individuals around the globe to promote animal rescue and TNR awareness. Luci, which is what Pita & Tiger call her, also reviews cat books and products and shares inspirational cat stories. She has been featured on TheHill.com and Woman's World Magazine.
Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Under the supervision of her rescue and foster cats, Bernadette E. Kazmarski is author of the award-winning daily blog The Creative Cat, featuring stories on feline and pet health, welfare, adoption and rescue, plus humor, photography and fine art. She works at home as a self-employed commercial artist and writer, graphic designer and illustrator, and is also a fine artist creating over 100 commissioned portraits of pets and their people as well as landscape and wildlife artwork. Bernadette has been rescuing and fostering cats for 30 years and works with her local TNR organization to trap and transport and also to volunteer at high-volume spay-neuter clinics. Her current “permanent collection” of cats includes five incredible house panthers and her feline family always includes several feral kittens and often a senior or geriatric rescue from TNR and rescue efforts.”
Aimee Gertsch has been writing about pets and animal rescue since 2007. She was inspired to start her site in order to help homeless pets find homes through giving animal rescue groups more exposure on the internet. The site has since become a go to place for pet lovers around the world to find tips, reviews, and fun giveaways.
Roby Sweet is a writer and editor who lives and works in Maryland with the help of two cats and a dog (though not all at the same time). She blogs about cats in history, mystery, and culture on The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles and also writes the Miss Cuddlywumps Investigates series of cozy mysteries. When not working, Roby tries to convince her two senior cats that it would be fun to play with her. They prefer to sleep on her lap.
Marjorie Dawson channels the thoughts and activities of the cats in residence at DashKitten.com. Their aim is to try to make technology accessible to ordinary cat lovers and make cat stuff easier to understand. Dash Kitten’s blog has a strong helping and rescue focus, and loves to tell adventure stories. The blog was a joint winner of the Blog Paws Collaborative Blogging Certificate for 2015.
Sandpiper Cat Blog was started to chronicle the fostering of Sandpiper as she was pregnant with kittens. She ultimately miscarried the kittens but Rachel nursed her back to health, growing very attached, and adopting her. As a result, the blog was born. Rachel is a senior communication major with a concentration in journalism at George Mason University