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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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.

Put Your Cat’s Nose to Work!

#175: Hanna Fushihara works with cats and their people online at, to create an olfactory treasure hunt for kitties. Be amazed at how enriching your cat’s life deepens your understanding and love of them.

You Can Wear Your Kitty’s Whiskers!

#174: Jen Glick makes jewelry from whiskers and fur, but not only from pets who have passed away. If you find a shed whisker from your kitty, the Whisker Lady can transform it into jewelry.

Cats Only Meow at People

#173: Sarah Brown’s book “The Hidden Language of Cats — How They Had Us at Meow” is filled with astonishing truths about kitties’ unique communication with us, not the least of which is that they don’t meow at each other!

Why a Declawed Cat Can Become a “Dead-Ender

#172: Dr. Ron Gaskin in Minnesota talks about the revolutionary surgical reversal he has pioneered to relieve the pain and disfigurement of the feet of declawed cats. He and Tracie talk about the cruelty and suffering being imposed on cats by veterinarians still mutilating cats’ feet with declawing [although they know better] — and owners who don’t discover the harm done until their cats wind up as “dead enders” in “no kill shelters” where they are unadoptable because their suffering has caused them to bite and stop using a litter box.

The Two “NOT So Crazy” Cat Ladies

#171: Jae and Adrienne, The Crazy Cat Ladies, developed a “Cat symptom checker” which is an informational chart based on thousands of questions they have gotten from cat lovers about holistic, naturopathic treatments for feline problems.

A Lifetime Seen Through Cats Who Shared it

#170: Katie Haegele’s richly illustrated book “Cats I have Known” will remind you to reflect on the diversity of cats who have left their mark on your heart throughout your own life.

Don’t Give up on Your “Problem Cat” Like Ringo!

#169: Cat behaviorist Dr. Rachel Geller responds to the complaints of the owner of Ringo, but she and Tracie are sad to learn the owner didn’t wait to hear solutions to the problems before giving up on her kitty. Please ask for help before you reach your own “last straw” moment.

“Kitty Language: How to Talk Cat”

#168: Lili Chin has taken the research about how cats communicate with us (or how they try to but we are not listening!) — and with charming drawings and simple explanations has made it easy for us to “speak cat.”

Over 500 Episodes of Community Cats Podcast

#167: Stacy LeBaron talks about starting a podcast about TNR and feral cats years ago, when people barely knew what a podcast was — and how her work has grown.