Dogs to the Rescue at a Murder-Filled Wedding

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-17-2022) #788: Featuring Mikel Delgado, Paula Munier, and Melissa Shapiro. Paula Munier talks about her newest canine thriller “The Wedding Plot”; Tracie talks with Dr. Mikel Delgado, her feline behavior expert co-host on Cat Chat, about multiple cats and whether there is such a thing as having too many cats; […]

Kitty Constipation? Check Her On the Bristol Stool Chart!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (03-30-2022) #0085: Dr. Delgado wonders whether kitty Allie was pooping on the kitchen table because of constipation, which Tracie had not considered. She also learns about the Bristol Stool Chart as a way to gather valuable information. MP3 Audio [18 MB]DownloadShow URL

Not So Fast! How to Meet a New Cat Family Member

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (02-02-2022) #0077: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie agree that all new cat introductions should follow the “slow cat protocol” in which you take slow baby steps to acclimate the two cats to the smell and sight of each other before actually bringing them together. MP3 […]

Would You Call Your Kitty “Mean”?

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (01-26-2022) #0076: Tracie and Dr Delgado discuss the wrong-headedness of a British university research study that labeled natural, normal cat behavior using words like “psychopathy” that should only be applied to descriptions of deviant human psychological behavior. MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

Your Cat Does Not Want Another Cat!

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (01-05-2022) #0074: If cats grew up together — or are kittens now — then it can work for the cats to adopt them as a pair. But do not adopt for your cat. You won’t be doing her a favor! And think twice — or thrice […]

No, Your Cat Isn’t a Psychopath (Guest Blog)

Please read this very smart blog by my very smart co-host on CAT CHAT® , Dr. Mikel Delgado. You can see why I am proud and grateful to share a platform with her, on which we advocate for cat wellness and human empathy and understanding toward felines. Dr. Mikel (pronounced Michael) is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Cat […]

A University study of “Psychopathy” in Cats Raises Tracie’s Dander

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-26-2021) #759: Featuring Rebecca Evans, Mikel Delgado, and Kristin von Kreisler. Rebecca Evans, a PhD student at Liverpool John Moore’s University, was the head researcher on a study questioning whether cats have a “psychopathic” gene, and developed a scale on which to score cats, and defends the ideas behind the […]

Is your Cat a Mean or Happy Drunk on Catnip?

Cat Chat – Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (06-02-2021) #0043: Dr. Mikel Delgado explains the mysteries of catnip. A cat’s response to it is genetic and for about 60% it’s a wonderful exciting experience. What cats are responding to is still a mystery, and even kittens can enjoy it, despite earlier recommendations to wait […]

A Chihuahua-Terrier to Melt Your Heart

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-30-2021) #729: Featuring Jonathan Ames, Marc Bekoff, and Ralph Roland. Jonathan Ames reads from his L.A. noir thriller, A Man Named Doll, which features a deeply-loved Chihuahua as the protagonist’s sidekick; Dr. Mikel Delgado, a cat behavior consultant, discusses what ‘adventure cat’ means and which cats actually want to explore […]

Yes, Cats DO Like People!

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-18-2021) #723: Featuring Dr. Mikel Delgado, Paula Munier, and Toni Pimentel. Cat behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado discusses the New York Times article “Cats Like People (Some People Anyway)” and the study that shows what we all knew: despite their apparent aloofness, cats are social creatures capable of relationships with […]