Your cat loves a clean toilet -- don't we all? Catster's singing Cat Lady, Sarah Donner, explains why.3
I am a professional traveler who spends his spare time working as a full-time veterinarian; contributing to Dogster and Catster; walking, cooking, camping, and exploring the outdoors; skiing (when conditions permit); and reading Booker-shortlisted novels. In between trips I live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area with my fiancée, Denise, and my canine pal Buster. My main veterinary interests are emergency and critical care, wellness, pain management, and promotion of the human-animal bond. I have contributed to and been the resident vet at Dogster and Catster since May 2005.
Full Name (Including Embarrassing Second Names): Eric Barchas
Age: Too old, but it beats the alternative
Location: San Francisco
What I Do for a Living: Veterinarian
What I Do for Fun: Travel, camping, hiking, cooking, reading
The Furry Members of My Household Are: My pal Buster, a 7-year-old Lab mix
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Animal welfare matters
My Pet Peeve Is: People who don't pick up their dog's feces
My Guilty Pleasures Are: Beer, except I don't feel guilty.
How I Deal with Dog/Cat Hair: I just purchased 12 vacuum bags.
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: A firefighter. Just kidding. A veterinarian.
May 14, 2013 — I work the emergency shift and am often asked what it's like. The short answer: It's not for everyone.
May 7, 2013 — I believe "devil clients" -- like my favorites, the "angel clients" -- are born, not made.
Apr 30, 2013 — I won't put a cat down if it's only as a convenience to the owner, but there's often no other choice.
Apr 23, 2013 — It's Hairball Week on Catster. Which makes it the perfect time to debunk the many misconceptions that surround this gross issue.
Apr 16, 2013 — It's foolish to believe that all feral cats can be killed off. Regardless, I'm strongly against trying.
Apr 9, 2013 — This procedure is an article of faith for most cat people, but among vets? Not so much.
Mar 6, 2013 — Even though spaying is common, it's major surgery. It doesn't always go as planned.
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