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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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 that dry food had caused the problem. He is now on a canned food only diet under a nutritionist’s guidance, who estimates it will take 67 weeks for him to lose the appropriate 1-2% of his body weight weekly and get down to a normal 10 lb weight. NOTE: Dr Nichole has sold her clinic since this was recorded and now has Arrow Cat & Dog Hospital which will also be a certified Cat Friendly Practice and has a separate side for cats with their own lobby, exam room and medical ward. They do not promote any dry food diets for cats.