Don’t Throw Out the Cat with the Baby’s Bath Water!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (01-18-2023) #0127: Cat behavior expert Dr. Mikel (FelineMinds.com) talks with Tracie about planning ahead when you are expecting so you can take time to prepare a cat for the eventual arrival of the new baby. Tracie laments situations where people abandon their cats with misguided notions […]

What’s a Cat’s Thermo-Neutral Zone?

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (01-04-2023) #0125: Cats crave warmth — which everybody knows who has seen cats curl up to fireplaces and radiators. The reason is because their bodies do not regulate their core temperatures as well as ours do. The solution: heated cat beds! Your cats can be as […]

Cats Are Not “Communicating” by Stepping on Plastic Buttons!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (12-28-2022) #0124: Anybody who understands and respects cats will have the same reaction as Dr Mikel and Tracie — who bemoan the madness of trying to take canine “talking buttons” and apply them to cats — of all things! Tracie already thinks it is a twisted […]

No Belly Rubs!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (12-14-2022) #0122: Pet me where?! — a cat would say, if only people would listen (and notice signs of discomfort before the cat resorts to biting or scratching). Dr. Mikel explains that most people don\’t realize there are ways to pet a cat (briefly, and when \”asked\”) and places not to touch them (belly or hind end) that would enhance their relationship with their cat if they understood human-feline differences in what is pleasurable in physical touch.

Your Cat Got the Zoooomies?

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 […]

“Talking Buttons” and Cats — Has the Craze Gone Too Far?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-29-2022) #794A: Feline behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado of FelineMinds (Tracie’s co-host on Cat Chat) shares Tracie’s consternation that the craze for teaching dogs to step on “buttons” has now extended to trying to convince consumers to spend money buying buttons for their cats to theoretically express themselves. All based […]

Is Your Cat a Superstitious Meower?

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (08-24-2022) #0106: If you cat meows when hungry and you feed her, Dr. Mikel explains how you are encouraging kitty vocalization. She also explains how you may be creating what she calls “a superstitious meower” — a cat who comes to believe that it is her […]

Does Your Cat Hate Her Litter Box? She’s Not Alone!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (08-17-2022) #0105: Dr. Mikel Delgado and Tracie discuss why automatic litter boxes can cause problems for cats, even as people think it is solving a problem for them. They explain why covered boxes are another cat-unfriendly tool when seen from the feline perspective — and how […]

Cats Are Not Goldfish! Don’t Leave Your Kitty Home Alone for Days!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (08-10-2022) #0104: Dr. Mikel Delgado and Tracie urge people not to think of cats as “low maintenance” pets like goldfish. Do NOT Leave Your Cats for more than 24 hours! They list all the physical and mental health reasons that cats need interaction with their humans […]

Pet Tech—or Pet Neglect?

Cat-Chat-08-03-2022-E0103: Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (08-03-2022) #0103: Dr. Mikel Delgado applauds many items of technology designed to improve life with a cat, but also cautions to not allow products and technology to replace paying personal attention to your kitty. Mikel and Tracie compare notes on cool new technology-driven products for […]