How to Get Your Cat Off “Kitty Crack” and Slim Down

How To Get Your Cat Off “Kitty Crack” And Slim Down For all of the 7 ½ years I had my own show on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius satellite radio, I focused on feline health, especially as it related to nutrition.  From my years of research for writing The Cat Bible: Everything Your […]

Myth #2 Fat Cats are Happy Cats

Myth #2 Fat Cats are Happy Cats When you hear the words “fat cat” you smile, right? You think fat cats look happy or funny — you see social media pictures of enormous cats and get a kick out of it. You hear the saying about a person that “he’s a fat cat,” as though […]

Sammie Gets Breakfast (Finally!)

Sammie Gets Breakfast (Finally!) My friends Marianne and Julien are the sweetest, kindest people you’d ever like to know — and they are devoted to their darling rescued mutt, Sammie. They are both brilliant retired college professors, so I was astonished to discover that their ideas about canine nutrition and wellness were stuck in the […]

Does Your Dog Need a Gluten-Free Diet? (Do You?)

Does Your Dog Need a Gluten-Free Diet? (Do You?) Issues with human nutrition and digestion are not parallel to the dog’s digestive system or immune system, yet people seem to want to apply beliefs or facts about human diet trends (which are often fads!) to their pets. For example, the current attention being given to […]

Mix It Up: Canned and Dry Cat Food Together

Mix It Up: Canned and Dry Cat Food Together I received an email from Susan, a listener to my radio show CAT CHAT® who asked the following question: I’ve read over and over (and I see on your site you feel the same) that wet food is far superior to dry food and that dry […]

Open Farm Pet Awarded Certified Humane Seal

Humane Talk (04-11-2016) #8055: Jacqueline Prehogan from Open Farm Pet in Canada discusses how it was possible to make a dry dog food sourcing from farmers who pledge to ethically raise the animals for the meat that goes into the dog food, creating a “virtuous circle” in the economy. Open Farm Pet was recently the […]

Avoid “Kidney Diet” Recommendation

CAT CHAT (12-21-2015) #1047: Does your kitty have kidney issues and your vet recommends a prescription “kidney diet?” Dr. Elizabeth is firmly opposed to such a high carb dry diet for any cat, and especially not for one with kidney challenges. Cats are misdiagnosed as having kidney “failure” when all they need is a canned […]

Your Cat is Likely Overweight

The Expert Vet (10-12-2015) #5044: Is your cat fat? Very likely! Dr. Donna says that 88% of owners of overweight cats do not think their fat cats are fat! 8 to 10 lbs. is the ideal weight for a cat — which describes so few cats and improper feeding is the cause! Cats are obligate […]

Biggie’s Struggle to Lose Weight

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 […]

Emma’s Passion Project: Cat Behavior

I got this charming email recently: My name is Emma and I am in 6th grade. I am doing a Passion Project, and cats are my passion. I need to ask an expert some questions on cat behavior. I hope you have time to answer my questions. My cat is Angel and she is 17! […]