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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

Tracie’s co-host is Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado of Feline Minds Cat Behavior Consulting, who has a PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships, followed by postdoctoral research at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She was co-author with Jackson Galaxy of the “Total Cat Mojo” and wrote the forthcoming book “Play with Your Cat!” Their mission is to educate and inspire cat lovers to give their kitty cats the best possible life in nutrition, affection, and environmental enrichment.

For 8 years, CAT CHAT ® was Tracie’s own weekly, live, call-in show on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius-XM – until the channel was canceled. Since 2015 has been a weekly podcast sponsored by 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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Tracie Hotchner
Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

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MissionMeow Grant Winner Full Circle MO

#0153: Christina Rutz runs Full Circle MO Feral in St Louis where they have just won a MissionMeow grant to help them continue supporting volunteer TNR trappers in their tireless efforts to reduce the population of community cats.

Who the Heck Invited This Foster Cat, Anyway?

#0152: Dr. Mikel talks about the challenges of bringing a foster cat into your home and the problems it can cause with resident cat(s). She suggests the simplest way to avoid unpleasant issues is if you have a separate space for the newcomer — who won’t be staying long anyway.

The Cat’s Meow

#0151: Jonathan Losos wrote “The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa” to address what he calls “the cat conundrum” of how most cats have changed little from the ancestral version, while a few have become radically different.

Do Cats Grieve?

#0150: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado talks about the various ways that cats can deal with the loss of a housemate, but don’t expect it to be like your own emotional reaction. Some kitties become despondent over a death, but don’t be surprised by a cat who exhibits no grief from the loss.

Take Your Cat Beyond the Great Indoors!

#0149: Emily created the company Travel Cat starting with innovative kitty backpacks, then designing cat safe harnesses and related travel items to make it fun and easy to take your cat with you anywhere.

Catsbury Park — MissionMeow Grant Winner

#0148: DJ Bornschein, Founder & President of Catsbury Park in New Jersey, talks about the grant they received from MissionMeow that has allowed them to have their own space to expand their TNR, the Catsbury Lounge and adoption.

She Listened to CAT CHAT on Sirius Before She had Cats!

#0147: Jean from Cincinnati calls in to say she bought “The Cat Bible” when she got her newly adopted cats, Iris and Lily. She asks Tracie about feeding wet food only and takes the suggestion to feed Weruva or their more economical BFF (Best Feline Friends) or Dr. Elsey’s CleanProtein food. Tracie was tickled to learn that Jean used to listen to Tracie for years, back when it was a weekly live call-in show on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius.

Chirping Isn’t Just for the Birds!

#0146: Birds chirp and cats meow, right? Not exactly – cats do chirp too, but what is the origin of the sound and what purpose does it serve? Tracie talks with Annie Butler-Shirreffs, the Editor of “Catster.”

Does Your Cat Want to Be Your Sous Chef in the Kitchen?

#0145: Dr Mikel Maria Delgado says you need to figure out why your kitty walks all over your kitchen counter. Is it a food obsession? A desire to be up high? Or a desire for social interaction with you while you’re cooking?

Spray Bottles Are Only for Misting Your Plants

#0144: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie say “Ditch the spray bottle” if you don’t want to ruin your relationship with your cat and have her mistrust and fear you. Toss the spray bottle and instead address the issues that you are trying to “spray” out of existence.