If you click on the link above and if the subject interests you at all, you might like to read my brief reasons why cat behaviorists should be scientifically qualified.
Cat behaviorists are cat experts but a definition of “cat expert” would be much wider. Cat experts can come from all walks of life. They can be totally unqualified provided they are thinkers and provided they are empathetic towards the cat.
A keen empathy leads to a deep understanding over time and cat lovers look after cats over decades allowing them to observe cat behavior empathetically.
The open-minded, caring cat guardian can provide top class advice about the domestic cat. For me they are preferable to so called professional (meaning earning a living out of it) cat experts.
Many visitors to PoC who write comments are experts such as Dee. She is a thinker and she knows cats intimately. She has a wide knowledge of “cats” and this includes non-domestic cats. Her comments are always accurate and cannot be questioned. There are many others equally well qualified such as Michele S. and Ruth (aka). There are many others, too many to list here.