“I’m not going to commute, and I don’t want to get on the interstate,” she remembers saying.
For the past 19 years, Welden has grown close relationships with her patients. She’s able to empathize with pet owners because she’s been a “cat mom” her entire life.
“I joke that I think I’ve had a cat with every medical condition out there, but it’s true,” she says. “They give me a lot of personal experience.”
Welden doesn’t know how many cats she’s adopted in her lifetime, but she’s owned up to six at one time. Her cats’ illnesses have ranged from kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma and asthma.
“I understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the table.”