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Louis J. Camuti

Louis J. Camuti

American veterinarian and author
Louis J. Camuti
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Intro American veterinarian and author
Was Author Physician Veterinarian Writer
From United States of America
Type Healthcare Literature
Gender male
Birth 30 August 1893, Parma, Province of Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death 24 February 1981, Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York, USA (aged 87 years)
Star sign Virgo
New York University
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Louis J. Camuti (August 30, 1893 – February 24, 1981) was an American veterinarian. He was based in New York City and 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. He has also authored two books. 


Camuti was born in Parma, Italy, on August 30, 1893, and grew up in Manhattan, New York. 

He became a veterinarian specializing in cats after an event in which his life was saved by cats. When he was about 11 years old, he had typhoid fever. While he was 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 cat's efforts may have saved his life.

Camuti began specializing in cats around 1932–33. This was at the time when veterinarians in general did not spend much time catering to cats. Camuti appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1962.


Camuti died of a heart attack on February 24, 1981, while traveling to see a patient.


Camuti co-authored two books:

  • Park Avenue Vet with Lloyd Alexander (1962),
  • His autobiography, All My Patients Are Under The Bed: Memoirs of a Cat Doctor with Marilyn and Haskel Frankel (1980).

Memorial fund

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.

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Article Title: Louis J. Camuti: American veterinarian and author - Biography and Life
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Publish Date: 09 Nov 2016
Date Accessed: 26 Nov 2020
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