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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Unsung Heroes Caring for Stray Community Cats

May 29, 2017

Cat Chat (05-29-2017) #1068: Documentary filmmaker Tina Traster is a socially-conscious, award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker whose film in development, “Catnip Nation,” explores TNR, public ignorance of feral cat colonies, and the challenges facing the unsung and unseen heroes caring for these stray community cats. The film exemplifies everything the new NY Cat Film Festival […]

The World of Feral Cats

May 1, 2017

Cat Chat (05-01-2017) #1069: Dr. Anne Beall discusses how to manage feral cat colonies in her book Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

Why Every Pet Owner Needs Pet Insurance

April 17, 2017

Cat Chat (04-17-2017) #1065: All about pet insurance — Tracie fills in the what/why/how of why every pet owner really needs insurance coverage in a conversation with Ann from Natick, Massachusetts, who used to listen to CAT CHAT on Sirius/XM and remembers Tracie often giving this advice. MP3 Audio [16 MB]DownloadShow URL

Dr. Elsey’s Healthy Dry Food For Cats

February 27, 2017

Cat Chat (02-27-2017) #1063: Dr. Elsey, the innovative owner of Precious Cat litter and a feline-only veterinarian, decided he had to create a proper dry food for cats to go along with his (and Tracie’s!) philosophy to “Feed food to cats that’s like their natural diet: a bird or a mouse!” Dr. Elsey worries that […]

Serious Health Risk from Cat Scratch Disease

January 16, 2017

Cat Chat (01-16-2017) #1064: Cat Scratch Disease can put you in the hospital! Bruce Kornreich, DVM, is an associate director at the Cornell Feline Health Center, which conducts and sponsors research aimed at preventing and treating diseases in cats. He talks about precautions you need to take if your kitten or cat scratches you, even in play. Read my blog about here:

How To Train Your Cat

November 21, 2016

Cat Chat (11-21-2016) #1061: Your cat wants to learn from you! You can teach your cat to sit, stay and “chill out.” Sarah Ellis speaks from her home in England, where she co-wrote THE TRAINABLE CAT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MAKING LIFE HAPPIER FOR YOU AND YOUR CAT with John Bradshaw. She explains some of the […]

Author: How To Speak Cat

November 7, 2016

Cat Chat (11-07-2016) #1060: Gary Weitzman, CEO of San Diego Humane Society, talks about how he researched his book HOW TO SPEAK CAT: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language. MP3 Audio [10 MB]DownloadShow URL

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