Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, where her research explores the behavior of cats in multicat households and the health and development of orphaned neonatal kittens. She received her Ph.D in psychology, with an emphasis on animal behavior and cognition, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.
She is a certified applied animal behaviorist (CAAB/Animal Behavior Society) and a certified cat behavior consultant (CCBC/IAABC) and has worked professionally with cats for almost 20 years. She got her start in the Cat Behavior Program of the San Francisco SPCA, and co-founded her cat behavior consulting partnership, Feline Minds, in 2008. She offers consultations for cat guardians and rescue organizations to prevent and solve behavior problems, and regularly works with pet-related corporations to increase understanding of cat behavior.
She is co-author (with Jackson Galaxy) of the 2017 book Total Cat Mojo and has had her research published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Comparative Psychology, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and Applied Animal Behavior Science. Mikel is currently based in Sacramento, California.