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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One Woman’s Devotion to NYC Feral Cat Colony

September 28, 2016

Cat Chat (09-26-2016) #1059: Crazy cat lady or world class musician? Director Markie Hancock’s incredibly beautiful and moving documentary “Feral Love” chronicles the devotion of one lady to a colony of feral cats in NYC — a lady who also happens to be a violist with the New York Philharmonic. This film disrupts our ideas […]

Dealing with Furniture-Scratching Cat

August 29, 2016

Cat Chat (08-29-2016) #1058: A furniture scratching cat driving her owner crazy. After Kathay’s kitty ruined her couch, she bought a new one and the cat is already scratching it! Dr. Elizabeth and Tracie talk about all the cat-specific scratchers needed in every room — along with tips like trimming the tips of the cat’s […]

Diagnosing Hyperthyroidism in Old Cat

July 20, 2016

Cat Chat (07-18-2016) #1057: Why is her 17-year-old cat gobbling/vomiting/losing weight? Julie worries it’s the change of food but Dr Elizabeth can diagnose from miles away that it’s hyperthyroidism, which is super common in older cats. And curable with radioactive treatment. MP3 Audio [7 MB]DownloadShow URL

Alternative to Re-homing Their Cat

July 4, 2016

Cat Chat (07-04-2016) #1054: Dr. Elizabeth responds to a question about a nine-year-old cat Zowie, who has started to pee on the family dog’s bed — so they are considering “giving away” the cat. Dr. Elizabeth discusses what NOT to do — including not even considering re-homing the kitty cat! Instead, she gives some helpful […]

Okay to Be a Cat Lady

June 13, 2016

Cat Chat (06-13-2016) #1055: Author Allia Zobel Nolan explains why it’s really okay to come out of the closet and proclaim you are a cat lady, with her funny book WOMEN WHO STILL LOVE CATS TOO MUCH, full of colorful cartoons to illustrate that special relationship. MP3 Audio [8 MB]DownloadShow URL

Home Remedy for Ringworm

May 16, 2016

Cat Chat (05-16-2016) #1053: Dr Elizabeth Hodgkins and Tracie talk to Wendy from the NJ shore with questions about how to handle ringworm and Dr. Elizabeth gives her “home remedy”: get lime sulfur from the garden store and dilute it in a 20-1 ratio and rinse the cat with it to stop the cycle. Wendy […]

Man Behind Curved Wall Shelves for Cats

April 19, 2016

Cat Chat (04-18-2016) #1056: Josh Feinkind is the mastermind behind the Refined Feline, a private company that made a high design cat tree called the Lotus Tree — from which have now come the Lotus Leaf and Lotus Branch curved wall shelves for cats. Turn your otherwise boring walls into “living feline theater” where you […]

Tiny Hats On Cats

March 21, 2016

Cat Chat (03-21-2016) #1051: Adam Ellis talks about his quirky book TINY HATS ON CATS: BECAUSE EVERY CAT DESERVES TO FEEL FANCY, with photographic step-by-step instructions on making elaborate paper hats for your kitty —- “just because!” MP3 Audio [7 MB]DownloadShow URL

Feline Mystery: Kittens Can Kill

February 22, 2016

Cat Chat (02-22-2016) #1054: Author Clea Simon talks about the inspiration for her feline mystery in KITTENS CAN KILL. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Truth and Lies About Cats

January 25, 2016

Cat Chat (01-25-2016) #1052: From New Zealand, Max Cryer talks about his book THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG: TRUTH AND LIES ABOUT CATS — an eclectic collection of words, phrases, movies, literature and history about cats. MP3 Audio [8 MB]DownloadShow URL