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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Your Cat Got the Zoooomies?

November 28, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (11-30-2022) #0120: Dr. Mikel describes what zoomies are: sudden bursts of energy that can include running laps around the house, zipping out from under tables, going up and down the stairs, or running on and off your lap while meowing loudly. And then — as quickly […]

Dr. Elsey, Pioneer for Cats and Cancer Philanthropist

November 21, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (11-23-2022) #0119: Dr. Elsey’s private company was founded on his innovative engineering to create different kinds of litters to help prevent and solve litter box issues. He talks with Tracie about how once a year he becomes a philanthropist by offering a $3 off coupon to […]

Connecting With Enchanting Cats

November 14, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (11-16-2022) #0118: Terry Masear (“Connecting With Enchanting Cats”) is a hummingbird rehabilitator half the year in Los Angeles. The other half of the year she spends with her beloved and demanding Abyssinians and the many other kittens she adopts, who roam through her house and heart […]

Do You Have to Train A Kitten to Use the Litterbox?

November 7, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (11-09-2022) #0117: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado of FelineMinds Cat Behavior Consulting talks about how it’s instinctive for a cat to bury their waste in a sandy substrate. Therefore, there’s very little you need to do to get a kitten off the right foot to use the […]

Does Your Cat Even Like You?

October 31, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (11-02-2022) #0116: Does your cat love you? Or even like you?! Zazie Todd, author of “PURR: the Science of Making Your Cat Happy,” talks about what attachment means to a cat. People can misinterpret a cat’s feelings towards them because they project human emotions onto the […]

Crate Training a Cat? Good Grief, NO!

October 25, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (10-26-2022) #0115: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie were both dismayed by a listener who wrote in describing the use of a crate to deal with a cat with out-of-litter-box issues — and not understanding why it didn’t work! The whole concept of crate training is […]

“Cats of Malta” Premieres at the NY Cat Film Festival Oct 23rd!

October 17, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (10-19-2022) #0114: Director Sarah Jayne Portelli and her co-creator Ivan Malekin speak from Zagreb, Croatia — where they moved from Malta, having originally been Australians. In Malta they were inspired to make their documentary “Cats of Malta” — an island with 100,000 cats and 450,00 people […]

Asian Cats—What Makes Them Special and Different?

October 10, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (10-12-2022) #0113: Mikel and Tracie discuss the types of cats known as Asians — Orientals, Siamese, Tonkinese, Turkish angora, Bengal, Egyptian Mau, Japanese Bobtail, Persians, and Burmese. The Siamese is among the foundation stock of several other breeds developed by crossbreeding with other cats; the long-haired […]

Cat Cavorting — Community Cats in Phoenix

October 3, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (10-05-2022) #0112: Sami Carroccio, the Founder and Director of the non-profit rescue group Cat Cavorting, discusses their work with TNR in Phoenix and how she volunteered at a shelter, then served on the boards of a couple of animal welfare non-profits before starting her own. Cat […]

Cats Go Nutty for Bugs

September 26, 2022

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (09-28-2022) #0111: Dr. Mikel Delgado and Tracie talk about the many ways insect proteins are finding their way into foods for cats, including Nuna treats and Love Bug from the UK. Tracie discusses how insects are a natural component of a free-ranging cat’s diet and therefore […]