Cat Chat®

Welcome to the new CAT CHAT ® brought to you by Dr. Elsey’s, the private company owned by Dr. Elsey, who created the #1 litter in the country to keep cats in their loving homes (helping to avoid Out of Litter Box problems, the #1 reason people abandon their kitties).

Tracie wrote THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know and hosted Cat Chat ® as a live call-in show for nearly 8 years on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM. Her mission is to entertain, educate and inspire cat lovers so they can give their kitty cats the best possible life in nutrition, affection, and environmental enrichment.

Tracie’s co-host is Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado of Feline Minds Cat Behavior Consulting, who has a PhD in Psychology from UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships, followed by postdoctoral research at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She was co-author with Jackson Galaxy of the “Total Cat Mojo” and wrote the forthcoming book “Play with Your Cat!”

Tracie and Dr. Mikel discuss all manner of feline issues so you can better understand and appreciate your own feline family members. They welcome questions (at  Sit back and enjoy the conversations that we hope will deepen your knowledge and affection for all cats. Thanks for listening!

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She Listened to CAT CHAT on Sirius Before She had Cats!

June 5, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (06-07-2023) #0147: Jean from Cincinnati calls in to say she bought “The Cat Bible” when she got her newly adopted cats, Iris and Lily. She asks Tracie about feeding wet food only and takes the suggestion to feed Weruva or their more economical BFF (Best Feline […]

Chirping Isn’t Just for the Birds!

May 29, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (05-31-2023) #0146: Birds chirp and cats meow, right? Not exactly – cats do chirp too, but what is the origin of the sound and what purpose does it serve? Tracie talks with Annie Butler-Shirreffs, the Editor of “Catster.” MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL

Does Your Cat Want to Be Your Sous Chef in the Kitchen?

May 22, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (05-24-2023) #0145: Dr Mikel Maria Delgado says you need to figure out why your kitty walks all over your kitchen counter. Is it a food obsession? A desire to be up high? Or a desire for social interaction with you while you’re cooking? MP3 Audio [15 […]

Spray Bottles Are Only for Misting Your Plants

May 15, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (05-17-2023) #0144: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie say “Ditch the spray bottle” if you don’t want to ruin your relationship with your cat and have her mistrust and fear you. Toss the spray bottle and instead address the issues that you are trying to “spray” […]

8 Cat Tail Signs Decoded

May 8, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (05-10-2023) #0143: Annie Butler-Shirreffs, the Editor of Catster, talks about a cat’s tail being an amazing and beautiful thing. Not only is it an anatomical wonder, it’s an excellent tool for feline self-expression. The 8 different tail signals Catster identified are: “in the air,” “question mark,” […]

10 Things NOT to Do to Your Kitty

May 1, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (05-03-2023) #0142: Dr Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie agree there are a handful of things you should never do to your cat. Advice like don’t let young children pick up a cat…or don’t pick him up yourself unless you know he likes it… or don’t pull […]

What NOT to Do With Your Kitty

April 24, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (04-26-2023) #0141: Don’t hit, squirt or throw anything at him. Never pull a cat from safety. Don’t let kids pick up cats. Don’t lift a cat yourself who doesn’t like it. Don’t leave a cat for more than 24 hours. Don’t ignore a change in your […]

9 Cat Sounds & What They Mean

April 17, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (04-19-2023) #0140: Annie Butler Shirreffs, Executive editor of Catster, talks about their recent article describing the sounds cats make. The Clickety Chirp. The Friendly Trill. The Bark. The Bleat. The Mom. The Midnight Whine. The Demonic Growl. The Cartoon Scurry. The Sleep Siren. MP3 Audio [16 […]

Is that Roughhousing or a Cat Fight?

April 10, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (04-12-2023) #0139: Questions to ask to know if it is only play: Is it mutual? Are they taking turns chasing? Are they silent? Do they stop, reassess and then start again? Can you interrupt their play? MP3 Audio [15 MB]DownloadShow URL

Tracie Becomes a Mission Meow Partner!

April 3, 2023

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (04-05-2023) #0138: Mission Meow founder and director Sally Williams invites Tracie to become a partner. Mission Meow gathers donations from cat lovers so they can give larger grants to groups they identify as doing especially valuable work on behalf of cats in their area. Tracie was […]