Cat Chat®
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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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How to Hack Your Old Cat Tree

#196: Mikel Maria Delgado talks about the importance of vertical space and how a cat tree is central to a cat’s need to feel safe – but just like in real estate remember what matters: location, location, location.

Your Cat is NOT Being a Jerk!

#195: Luke Hollenbeck, a certified behaviorist with the Animal Behavior Wellness Center in Washington D.C., wants to help people find connection with their cats and the problem with negative vocabulary being thrown around about cats — which was evident in the Washington Post headline story “Your Cat Isn’t Being a Jerk,” for which he was interviewed.

Walk It Back — Reintroducing Cats for a Happy Outcome

#194: Rachel Geller’s free non-profit cat behavior consultancy All Cats, All the Time helps with issues like reintroducing kitties who got off on the wrong foot — walk it back to the beginning, starting with putting the newcomer in “the sanctuary room.”

Mr. Jones Has Cancer But Sally Can Handle It

#193: Sally Williams started the Brodie Fund to help pay for pets’ cancer treatments, then she created Mission Meow. When her own kitty Mr. Jones was diagnosed with cancer, rather than despair she decided to view treatment as “the gift of time.”

A Diabetes Drug That Should Come with a Warning

#192: Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins talks about a new drug that has just come out for cats with diabetes. It concerns her for many reasons: it is only partially effective, it has side effects serious enough to warrant an FDA “black box warning” (like those cigarette packs), plus it is very expensive. She and Tracie urge everyone to avoid creating diabetes in their cats by avoiding “kitty crack” — any dry food — and to feed their obligate carnivore only wet food.

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.