My name is Sophie Huxley and I am a Small Animal Veterinarian located in the beautiful city of Darwin, Northern Territory.
I graduated from Murdoch University in Perth at the end of 2018, and moved straight to the Northern Territory. I love Darwin’s beautiful warm winters (also known as the dry season) but I am equally as obsessed with the humid Darwin summer and its spectacular tropical storms during the wet season!
Whilst I treat all small animals (dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.) I have always had a special spot in my heart for our feline friends.
At university I was president of the ‘Feline Interest Group’ and did many hours of work experience at feline-focused veterinary hospitals throughout university.
Once I moved to Darwin, I met a fellow cat-obsessed friend and colleague named Kelly, and together we formed Darwin’s only feline rescue in June 2019 and named it A Safe Place for Meow.
Although I have only been a Veterinarian since 2018, I have been working in the veterinary industry for over 10 years and have gained a vast amount of experience from other feline-focused colleagues. In addition to this, when I am not busy with the feline rescue, I am always working hard to expand my knowledge on feline behavior and medicine.
I am very passionate and fascinated by feline behavior and fear free handling at the veterinary clinic. Many people avoid taking their cat to the vet due to the fear of how their cats may react at the clinic! This can lead to serious health issues going undetected and untreated.
I also strive to educate owners about how they can reduce their cats stress levels at home, particularly for those with multiple cats within a household and for cats that have been diagnosed with stress cystitis (also know as idiopathic cystitis).
So, that is why I created this blog! For all the cat owners, soon-to-be cat owners, or maybe also those who don’t have a cat but are just as fascinated by them as I am! I’m here to help you decode cats, by providing articles about all things feline such as behavior, environmental enrichment and common feline diseases and illnesses. I am also planning on sharing some interesting and heartwarming cases and stories with you all about cats/kittens that we have in our feline rescue. Enjoy!