Liz Bales, VMD

Liz Bales, VMD

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Educations & Trainings

  • Middlebury College, BA 1995
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 2000

Activity & Honors

  • Alumni Commencement Speaker University Of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 2020
  • 19 Women to Watch Women & Wealth Magazine 2019

Advisory Boards

  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Cat Friendly Practice
  • Fear Free
  • Vet Candy
  • The Human Animal Bond Association
  • The Pet Professionals Guild

Inventor of international award winning The Hunting Feeder for cats. Dr. Bales launched The Hunting Feeder with a successful kickstarter campaign.

Inaugural member of Philadelphia 76ers Innovation Lab 

Professional Memberships

  • AVMA
  • PVMA
  • PPG
  • HABA

Dr. Elizabeth Bales

Dr. Liz Bales is a graduate of Middlebury College and The University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. She focuses on unique behavioral and wellness needs of cats. 

Dr. Bales is a writer, speaker and featured expert in all things cat around the globe, including multiple appearances on Fox and Friends, ABC News, Cheddar, QVC, Sirius xm, NPR’s How I Built This and more. In print, Dr. Bales is a regular contributor to PetMD,, Modern Cat Magazine, and Fear Free Happy Homes. Dr. Bales serves on the advisory boards at:

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 

  • Cat Friendly Practice,

  • Fear Free

  • Vet Candy 

  • The Human Animal Bond Association

  • The Pet Professionals Guild

She is the founder of Doc and Phoebe’s Cat Company, and the inventor of The Hunting Feeder for cats. Dr. Bales launched The Hunting Feeder with a successful kickstarter campaign, joined the Philadelphia 76ers Innovation Lab for two years and licensed the brand to global manufacturing and distribution company Ethical Products--where she is the spokesperson, product developer and marketing designer for the brand, landing her a spot on Women & Wealth Magazine features 19 women to watch.

She has just launched V2 of The Hunting Feeder and plans to launch 5 revolutionary new products in 2020. 

Recent Articles

Gastroenteritis in Dogs
What Is Gastroenteritis in Dogs?Gastroenteritis in dogs is defined as an inflammation of a dog’s stomach (gastro-) and small intestine (-enteritis). In simple terms, gastroenteritis is an upset stomach. Pet parents might use the term “dog stomach bug” to describe this kind of illness, but the possible causes go beyond a viral infection. If your dog has bloody diarrhea or vomit, go...
What Are the Best Cat Foods for Sensitive Stomachs?
Does your cat have a sensitive stomach? Do they consistently vomit or cough up hairballs? Believe it or not, hairballs aren’t normal for cats; their bodies are made to pass the hair that they ingest from grooming. So these could be signs that your cat is sensitive to something in their food. Gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances are commonly caused by poorly digestible foods, food allergies or...
What to Feed a Cat for Weight Gain
When veterinarians talk about a cat’s weight, it’s usually focused on feline obesity.  While obesity is a prominent health issue among cats, many cats are also struggling with being underweight. And similar to losing weight, gaining weight gain can also be a tricky issue for cats. It’s not just about changing food portions. First, you’ll need to find out why your cat is losing weight....
What’s the Average Healthy Cat Weight?
In 2018, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) classified obesity as a disease, with 59.5% of cats being clinically overweight or obese. Carrying excess weight makes your cat much more likely to develop diabetes, urinary disease, arthritis, and to have a decreased life expectancy. But many cat parents have a hard time evaluating their cat’s weight. One study showed that only 10% of...
How to Shop Smart for Healthy Cat Food
Reviewed and updated for accuracy on December 2, 2019, by Dr. Liz Bales,VMD Providing your cat with quality nutrition is one of the most important things you can do. But how do you make sure you are choosing the best and healthiest cat food? The cat food market is teeming with cans and bags of food that make all sorts of health claims—some are substantiated by scientific research, and some are...
Is Declawing Cats Illegal?
Declawing a cat used to be considered an effective way to deter destructive scratching in cats. However, times are changing, and a movement to ban the declawing of cats has emerged. This movement to make the practice of declawing cats illegal has grown in recent years, and the result has been an increase in anti-declawing legislation in many levels of government. Why Is There a Push to Make...