Louis J. Camuti

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Louis J. Camuti (August 30, 1893 – February 24, 1981) was a New York City cat veterinarian who made housecalls on cats and their people for over sixty years. He was the first veterinarian in the United States to devote his entire practice to cats.

Camuti and Lloyd Alexander were the authors of Park Avenue Vet (Deutsch, 1962).[1] He was the author of All My Patients Are Under The Bed: Memoirs of a Cat Doctor (Simon & Schuster, 1980), with Marilyn and Haskel Frankel.[2]


When Camuti was about 11 years old, he had typhoid fever, and while sick in bed, his mother left the house with food cooking on the stove. when the pot boiled over, gas began to fill the home. Their cat jumped onto his chest and weaved her head back and forth. He was too weak to get out of bed, and felt the cats efforts may have saved his life. Camuti began specializing in cats around 1932-33. At the time, veterinarians did not spend much time providing services to cats.[3]

Memorial fund[edit]

Former patients and friends honor his pioneering commitment to the health of cats through the Dr. Louis J. Camuti Memorial Fund at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Feline Health Center, which continues his life’s work.


  1. ^ Park Avenue Vet. Retailer presentation with front cover image. Amazon.com. ASIN B0000CLL93. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  2. ^ All My Patients are Under the Bed. Retailer presentation with front cover image. Amazon.com. ISBN 0-671-55450-6. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  3. ^ Cat People, Bill Hayward, introduction by Rogers E. M. Whitaker. New York: Dolphin/Doubleday, 1978 (p. 114)

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