Asian Cats—What Makes Them Special and Different?

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 […]

Cats Go Nutty for Bugs

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 […]

Are Cats Like Potato Chips? Or Are Multiple Cats a Problem?

Cat Chat — Brought to You by Dr. Elsey’s (08-31-2022) #0107: Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado and Tracie discuss the joys and challenges of having multiple cats in one household. But what happens when space and resources for each cat become insufficient? MP3 Audio [17 MB]DownloadShow URL

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 […]