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Meet Dr. Jennifer Creed of A Plus Petvet and Midwest Ragdolls in West suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jennifer Creed.

Dr. Creed, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved animals and wanted to care for them. My little brother had severe asthma when I was growing up so I could only have low allergen pets. I graduated from vet school in 1993 and started my own furry family of low allergen pets which including ragdolls and a poodle. As the years went by, my family evolved into 4 human kids and 5 ragdolls and I started my own veterinary hospital . I really enjoy taking care of babies of any kind so breeding and caring for the health of these unique cats was a natural progression for my life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a rocky road for sure! Cats have all the same issues other mammals do. It takes a while to perfect your line and lots of work to keep it healthy. I also try to offer lots of behavior advise now so owners know what to expect for their new pet. Cats are natural predators – they hunt, chase and catch. People need to give their kittens many outlets for their instinctual drives or the kittens get bored and act out. I always try to encourage good animal husbandry so everyone is happy.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As far as I know, I am the only veterinarian in Illinois who is a breeder. I only breed ragdoll cats . Every year, I give several lectures at cat shows on various topics and I have many breeders that I consult for. I also am very active with our local shelter and cat rescue groups. Animals in general are my life.

What were you like growing up?
Shy- still am.

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1 Comment

  1. Nancy

    July 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Picked up our baby girl today. We will call her Mocha. It was really great meeting you and your children. We will take very good care of our kiiten. Hopefully we will see you again to get Mocha a brother. Thanks so much. Nancy Basten

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