About Me – Mikel Maria Delgado

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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, working with Dr. Lucia Jacobs. My research interests include decision-making in the scatter-hoarding fox squirrel and the relationship between people and their companion animals. I'm deeply interested in how pets and urban wildlife can promote public interest in science.

 

I am a co-owner of the cat behavior consulting business, Feline Minds. I also co-run two websites: one on enrichment for cats using foraging puzzles, called Food Puzzles For Cats, and a website for punks in academia called PhdPunx.

In my free time, I DJ at Berkeley's radio station KALX and obsess over: my cats, reading dystopian novels, baseball, vegetarian food and my bicycle.

 

8 thoughts on “About Me – Mikel Maria Delgado

  1. Roberta Delgado

    Your wealth of knowledge astounds me. You answer so many questions that people have thought about yet have never searched on their own for the info. Keep up the great work and research. Love your blog.

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  2. Hi Mikel,

    Hope you are doing well!

    We read your fascinating article on Cat Cafes (www.thedodo.com/cat-cafes-should-be-a-force-fo-499716333.html) and the potential benefits they could offer, and thought we should definitely get in touch.

    We are Great Kitten, currently crowdfunding for the World's 1st Cat Cinema - we're combining 3 of Britain's most loved: Cats, Cinema and a cup of tea to create a unique experience for feline lovers, film goers and coffee drinkers alike.

    More importantly, and very much in line with your article, we will be doing a lot of good for our local community.

    We feel that some existing cat cafes are very commercially-driven and don't give enough back. So we promise to actively assist the cat shelter we work with in advertising their rescue cats in-house and through social media. As well as this we will work to promote cat adoption and welfare around London and the UK through workshops and seminars at our venue and at schools in the area.

    Additionally, and something that really sets us apart, we will also give free 'Cat Therapy' to children and adults with mental health issues, physical and learning disabilities/difficulties (autism, ADHD, down's syndrome) and life threatening illnesses. Each of these groups has been proven to benefit from cat interaction.

    As a supporter of the Cat Cafe cause, we thought it would be good for you to know about our project. We will also be looking for assistance in our enrichment program in the near future so it would be good to keep in touch on that front too!

    Best Regards,

    Will and Paula

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  3. Hi Mikel,
    My name is David Feldman, I host a radio show for Pacifica on KPFK 90.7 in Los Angeles. My program is also a very popular podcast. I enjoyed reading about you today in the Washington Post and was hoping you could find time to do a phoner this weekend for my show. We would work around your schedule.
    You can check us out at http://www.davidfeldmanshow.com.
    I promise to respect your time.
    By the way, my daughter used to host a radio show at KALX under the name Mama Burgundy. She graduated in 2012.
    Best,
    David Feldman

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  4. Regina Burdett

    Was wondering if you ever give advice in reply to an emailed question or if that would be handled solely through your consulting business. It's regarding an outdoor stray that doesn't appear to know what a litter box is for. As a result, I've not yet allowed her indoors. It's taken me many, many weeks to gain her trust and I'd really like to give her a home. I feed and water her, play a bit, give her TLC and she feels safe on my Florida lanai but will panic when a door is shut and she has no escape route.

    I sincerely hope you, Mikel, or anyone who happens to read this comment, can suggest what to do. Thank you so much.

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    1. Mikel Delgado

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      Hi Regina,
      I typically can only give advice via a consultation - even from your post I would have several questions I would need answers to to give helpful advice. Do you know where the kitty already likes to eliminate? Finding that preferred substrate might give you a clue as to what she might use in a litter box. I appreciate your love and care for this kitty - thanks for working so hard to gain her trust.
      Best,
      Mikel

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