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icon of cat image in the shape of heart with tail finishing the heart shape Tracie Hotchner the Radio Pet Lady

CAT CHAT ® was Tracie’s own weekly, live call-in show on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius-XM for 7 years – until the channel was canceled. Since 2015 it has been a weekly podcast carrying on her mission to educate and inspire cat lovers to optimize their relationship with their kitty cats by giving them the best possible nutrition and environmental enrichment.

Tracie’s frequent co-host is Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado of Feline Minds Cat Behavior Consulting and author of the new book Play With Your Cat! the Essential Guide to Interactive Play for a Happier, Healthier Feline.

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Dr. Elsey’s, who developed America’s #1 kitty litter and also created a healthy dry and canned food for kitties called cleanprotein™ inspired by a cat’s natural prey.


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Creating a Dream Catio for Your Cats

#185: Dr. Casey Locklear discusses the value of creating catios to give indoor cats a feel for the outdoors. Tracie suggests using the beautiful branches of expired coffee trees — often used for reptile and bird enclosures and safe for pets. NOTE: the discussion is about branches of coffee TREES no longer bearing fruit. This is totally different from the houseplant called a “coffee plant,” which is actually highly toxic to cats and should never be in your home!

Two Chicks Chatting About Kitty Cats

#184: Tracie invites listener Debra Blaine, a former human doctor and cat aficionado, to talk about how her SammyKat reluctantly accepted the introduction of Midnight, a kitty left behind to fend for herself in the winter by neighbors, who thought cats were “cold blooded” so they didn’t mind freezing weather… and only needed to be fed twice a week!?

Does Siamese Kitty Nina Really Need Prescription Kidney Food?

#183: Dr. Elizabeth joins Tracie to help a listener who has doubts about her veterinarian’s decision to give prescription food to her cat. Are they missing something?

A Baby Scale: the Secret to a Healthy Cat

#182: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado recommend getting a baby scale and weighing your cat regularly as a “health tracker” to note weight loss or gain, the impact of feeding changes, and even as an early warning of Hyper-T, a common treatable thyroid condition.

Meet the Cat Where He is At

#181: Cat Behavior & Retention Specialist Rachel Geller praises the patient efforts of the man who adopted a super shy cat, Puma and gave the cat the time and space she needed to come out of her shell at her own pace.

A Heated Outdoor Feral Cat House

#180: Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins felt so bad for her feral porch cats — Tux and Boris — in the minus 13 degree weather in Idaho that she ordered a heated outdoor cat house for them, not even knowing if they would dare to go in it. Tux the tuxedo cat immediately took up residence! {Maybe your feral kitties need one if your climate is really cold, too?]

How to Know When Your Cat Needs “Kitty Prozac”?

#179: Does you cat exhibit symptoms of stress and anxiety like over-grooming to the point of bald spots, or episodes of sudden intense aggression? Dr Mikel Maria Delgado discusses when to talk to your veterinarian about behavior medication [psychopharmaceuticals], after your vet has thoroughly checked your cat for any health issues which could be impacting behavior.

Protect Your Kitty From Bugs & Worms

#178: Dr. Casey Locklear discusses how Revolution Plus is a once-monthly topical you put on the back of your cat’s neck that is an all-around protectant to keep her safe from ticks, fleas, ear mites, hookworms, roundworms, and the untreatable heartworm — and has been doing so safely for over 20 years.

Put Your Cat in the Movies

#177: Dr. Jennifer Conrad tells about how people can make a donation to put their cat in the credits of the upcoming documentary film “American Cats: The Good, The Bad, and The Cuddly,” that supports The Paw Project to help end declawing.

Get Those Kitties Back Home!

#176: Corrine Bourgoin — the adoption supervisor and shelter operations manager at MSPCA Boston — talks about why she has achieved a “return-to-owner rate” that is 10 times higher than rest of U.S.