Meet Dr. Tony Buffington –
the Champion for Indoor Cats!
Dr. Tony Buffington
For more than four decades, Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, has served as one of world’s most dedicated champion of cats, especially those who spend their lives 24/7 indoors. Join us in this special episode as he explains the similarities between well-kept zoo animals and indoor cats, addresses the surprising “plight” of pampered cats and much more. He also shares specific ways to bolster your bond with your cat. Cats regard him as the purr-fect person to convey their thoughts, wants and wishes.
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Dr. Tony Buffington is an Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in nutrition and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis, and is board-certified in veterinary nutrition. His clinical interests include stress effects on disease, obesity, evidence-based medicine, and effective medical communications.
His research focuses on the roles of early life events and the environment on health and disease in cats and people. These interests developed from more than 20 years of NIH-funded research on interstitial cystitis in domestic cats, which serves as a naturally occurring model of this chronic pain syndrome in humans. His research has documented the role of environmental stress on the brain in the disease, and the ability of effective environmental enrichment in treating it.
Dr. Buffington has published more than 100 scientific papers, some 30 book chapters, 3 books, frequently provides continuing education to veterinarians nationally and internationally, and maintains The Indoor Pet Initiative website to offer resources to pet owners who want to help their pets thrive in their care. He is regularly interviewed by the media, and has been cited in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times. He is the recipient of national and international awards, most recently the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine