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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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 food diet. Dr. Elizabeth also discusses a caller’s male Bengal cat who is intimidating a rescued young female kitty — and how the best housemates are actually same sex cats of the same size who will naturally get along better.