Joy Merrifield

Joy is a freelance writer originally from rural Arkansas. She has worked in the style department of Real Simple, traveled the world on a shoestring budget, and co-written a book about the intersection of design and DJ culture. She is enthusiastic, if amateur, pescatarian cook, fosters kittens and guinea pigs, and has a passion for art, design, music, and technology, and the ways they overlap and inform each other.


  • Joy has been writing for The Spruce Pets since December 2018.
  • She has written for City Magazine, BUST, Overspray, and Planet Mag.
  • She has a B.A. in creative writing from Florida State University.


Joy has written for City Magazine, BUST, Overspray, and Planet Mag. As a novelty-seeker and lifelong learner, she continually finds herself in classes studying new subjects like statistics, sign language, chemistry, anatomy, labor support, and nutrition.

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Joy has her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and an Associate’s in Fashion Design from F.I.T

Expertise: Cats
Education: Florida State Univeristy

About The Spruce Pets

The Spruce Pets, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of pets website offering practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. The Spruce Pets reaches 10 million people each month. Learn more about us, our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy veterinarian advice.

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