Mikel Maria Delgado is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis where her research explores the behavior of cats in multi-cat households, and the health and development of orphaned neonatal kittens. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and the human-animal relationship.
Mikel has worked professionally with cats for almost twenty years, starting in the Cat Behavior Program of the San Francisco SPCA, and more recently through her cat behavior consulting partnership, Feline Minds. Mikel is co-author with Jackson Galaxy of the 2017 book “Total Cat Mojo,” and has published her research in several academic journals, including the Journal of Comparative Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Royal Society Open Science, the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare, and Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
Mikel is recognized internationally as a cat expert, and she has been interviewed by the BBC, Washington Post, Quartz, Slate, National Geographic, the Atlantic, Newsweek, and Scientific American. In 2019, she was featured on the podcast Ologies, hosted by Emmy Award winner Alie Ward and gave a sold out talk, “The Science of a Happy Cat” at the San Diego Museum of Natural History.
Mikel is a co-owner of the cat behavior consulting business, Feline Minds and co-runs a website on enrichment for cats using foraging puzzles, called Food Puzzles For Cats. In her free time she obsesses over: cats, reading dystopian novels, baseball, punk music, vegetarian food, and her bicycle.
Mikel lives in Sacramento, California with her boyfriend and their rescue cat Clarabelle.