Cat Chat ®

Tracie originally spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart channel of SiriusXM
satellite radio producing and hosting CAT CHAT® as a live, call-in show –
helping cat owners solve the mysteries and challenges of living with
felines, base don her encyclopedic book, THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat
Expects You to Know, which exposed myths and misconceptions, especially
about what to feed a cat (calling any dry food for the obligate carnivores
“kitty crack”). This show continues to offer advice, information and
support for cat lovers, with the on-air assistance of the Official Vet of
the show, Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM

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Challenges When Adding Another Cat

November 9, 2015

Cat Chat (11-09-2015) #1042: Dr. Elizabeth talks about the challenges of adding a new cat as a friend for your kitty and suggests using multi-cat Feliway diffusers throughout the house. She also recommends a young orange male as a companion, known to be the most laid back of all cats, which she knows having just […]

Detecting Kidney Disease Early

October 5, 2015

Cat Chat (10-05-2015) #1048: Does your cat have kidney disease? Don’t you wish there had been a way to find it earlier, before it permanently damaged your kitty’s kidneys? Now there’s a way! The Maine-based company IDEXX has created a new test to find early signs of kidney disease and Dr. Katie Pietsch talks about […]

Biggie’s Struggle to Lose Weight

September 21, 2015

Cat Chat (09-21-2015) #1043: Dr. Nichole Agarwal took in Biggie the cat, who at 37 lbs became a social media star with other cat owners struggling to take pounds off their own cats. Dr. Nichole and Tracie agree that “kitty crack” was to blame for Biggie’s horrible condition, although his prior owner did not know […]

Volunteers Needed: Cat Allergy Study

September 14, 2015

Cat Chat (09-14-2015) #1050: Are you allergic to cats? Are you miserable with itchy eyes and runny nose (or worse?!) when you’re around kitties? 60% of all people have an allergy to cats! Right now a new NIH-funded study, CATNIP, is looking for people who have had a cat allergy for at least two years. […]

CATNIP Cat Allergy Study

September 7, 2015

Cat Chat (09-07-2015) #1049: Dr. Jerry Nepom from the Immune Tolerance Network explains the CATNIP cat allergy study being conducted at major medical centers around the country. If you’re allergic to cats and wish you weren’t — if someone you love cannot be around the cats you love because of allergic reactions — go to […]

Dealing with Crystals in Cat Urine

August 10, 2015

Cat Chat (08-10-2015) #1041: Dr. Elizabeth answers questions about how to handle crystals in a cat’s urine, addresses Susan’s concern about the high cost of feeding canned food to three cats, and comments on Patricia, who doesn’t want her cat to wake her up in the middle of the night — but doesn’t realize she […]

Cat Health Monitor Litter

July 13, 2015

Cat Chat (07-13-2015) #1045: Dr Elsey talks about the new Precious Cat Health Monitor litter he created that helps you catch kidney disease, diabetes and hyperthyroidism before they can cause permanent damage and premature death; Clea Simon discusses her feline mystery Kittens Can Kill. MP3 Audio [20 MB]DownloadShow URL

Stray Cat Alliance

June 15, 2015

Cat Chat (06-15-2015) #1040: Christi Metropole, founder and Executive Director of Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles, California talks about buildings being demolished with stray kitties still in them and getting an injunction against builders trying to do this; Patricia Fry, the author of Celebrity Cat Caper: A Klepto Cat Mystery the sixth in her […]

How MeowSpace Was Created

May 11, 2015

Cat Chat (05-11-2015) #1044: Meet the cat-loving inventor, Casey Moffett-Chaney, who with her partner Berdell and son Corey created the MeowSpace, a brilliant solution to cat feeding and multi-cat-litter-box problems — as well as keeping kids and dogs from playing with the “gifts” the cats leave behind in the box. MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

Homing a Feral Cat

April 13, 2015

Cat Chat (04-13-2015) #1039: Ann Marie Kaier talks about her book Home with Henry, a memoir about patiently welcoming a feral cat into her home; Karn Myers explains that she and her husband Mark wanted to reduce the 1-3 million homeless cats in Los Angeles and founded FIXNation L.A. as a free spay/neuter clinic with […]