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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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Clean Your Cat’s Mouth!

#191: Emily Stein developed TEEF to help clean cats’ mouths — which are teeming with “bad bacteria” that she refers to as “the Fungus Among Us,” especially for flat faced cats like Persians. She invented TEEF to “bring good bacteria to the party in a cat’s mouth.”

“How to Train Your Human”

#190: “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR HUMAN: A Cat’s Guide” by Babas a clever guide from the perspective of a fairly snarky Italian cat about the strangeness of human behavior, featuring drawings by a famous fashion illustrator.

Cats Tell Their Own Stories

#189: Lisa Erickson’s charming book “No Ordinary Cats” about the cats who have shared her life is told from their perspective in their “voices.”

“Play With Your Cat” Chapter Two

#188: Mikel Maria Delgado discusses Chapter Two of her new book “Play With Your Cat!” which explains how a cat is hard-wired to hunt and how play fulfills this fundamental need. For a cat, Play = joy.

A Community Cat Clinic in Georgia

#189: Rick Du Charme talks about the cat clinic in Georgia that he opened to offer more affordable care, which he hopes to replicate in other towns for expanded accessibility.

Play With Your Cat! [She’ll Love You For It!]

#186: Mikel Maria Delgado talks about her new book “Play With Your Cat! The Essential Guide to Interactive Play for a Happier, Healthier Feline.” She explains why embracing and understanding the need for play in a cat’s life can be a game changer for them — and their people.

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.