Cat Chat Show (cat chat)

A weekly, hour long show chatting about cats; from tabbies to tigers.

The Podcasts

Cat Chat Show 70

Meet long time volunteers, Matt and Jen Ruszczyk, in the 70th episode of The Cat Chat Show with Carole Baskin, at Big Cat Rescue.

Direct download: Cat-Chat-Show-70-small.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Cat Chat Show 69

Olga Bellon gets a crash course in big cat care at Big Cat Rescue to implement in the new big cat facility being built in Spain as part of AAP.

Direct download: CatChat69.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Cat Chat Show 68

Carole Baskin interviews David Enden and Kyle Taitt about how today’s generation can make a positive impact for wild animals before it is too late.

Links from the show:

Generation Awakening

The Big Cat Protection and Public Safety Act

Direct download: CatChatShow68.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

Cat Cat Show 66

Meet T.O. Lawrence, the new media producer at Big Cat Rescue and get a sneak peek into some of the great new concepts he has in store for you.

Check out more of T.O.'s work here:

Find and Friend T.O. on Facebook:

Direct download: CatChatShow66.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Cat Chat Show 65

A day in the life of Gale Ingham, the Operations Manager at Big Cat Rescue.

Direct download: CatChat65-Gale.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 8:09pm EST

Cat Chat Show 64

D.W. Raleigh author of Shiloh’s True Nature published by Hobbes End Publishing.

Doug is a former banker, former racetrack teller and who went back for his Bachelor’s degree and majored in History and Philosophy, before turning his hand to writing.  D.W. currently lives in Bear, DE with his longtime love, Judy, and their two cats, Lovie and Cheepie.

This new book is available through the publisher’s website and at 

When 12 year-old farm boy Shiloh Williams is sent to stay with his estranged grandfather, he discovers a mysterious new world inhabited by ‘Movers’. The Movers live in symbiotic harmony with one another, except one extremely powerful Mover who has stolen the town’s most precious artifact, the Eternal Flame. Shiloh investigates his supernatural surroundings, makes new friends, and begins to think of the town as home. However, just as soon as he starts to fit in, he realizes his newfound happiness is about to come to an abrupt end. One decision and one extreme consequence are all that remain.

Direct download: CatChat64-DW-Raleigh.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:47pm EST

Cat Chat Show 63

Meet Joshua Decker from Local Directive.  Carole met the owner of Local Directive, Lisa Meier, at a Florida Lobby Day in 2009 and Lisa offered to take over the management of Big Cat Rescue’s Google AdWords grant.  As a non profit, Big Cat Rescue had been given a grant of $40,000 a month in advertising and Carole had been managing it, but it is a lot of work to do it right and Lisa and her team were looking for a way to help an animal charity, so they took the reigns in April of 2009 and have done a fantastic job.  More here:

Direct download: CatChat63.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Cat Chat Show 62

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup recently produced Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat a book (published by Nat Geo Books). They have been using the book as a platform to speak up for tigers because few people know that just 3,000 remain in the wild, nor are they aware of the threats that are pushing them ever-closer to the precipice.

Direct download: CatChat62-SharonGuynupSteveWinter.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:12am EST

Cat Chat 61

Meet Carol Childs, founder of the National Humane Society and the Florida Humane Society.  See about 50 cats and kittens who are being spayed and neutered today and are ready for your loving arms.  Carol states in her interview that probably no one at the Florida Humane Society in Deerfield Beach would even know who she is, but a quick Internet search shows her involvement in this thriving, no kill shelter.  She would like to pass on her Tampa based National Humane Society to someone who is ready to take it to the next level and create a lasting legacy.

Direct download: CatChat61.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Cat Chat 60

Margaret Gates, Founder of the Feline Nutrition site says it should be a raw meat diet, like nature intended. 

Join us for this hour long discussion about how a raw meat diet can help your cat live a longer, healthier life!

Direct download: CatChat60-MargaretGates.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Cat Chat 59

Madi Hawkins, the Director of the Habersham County Animal Care & Control in Georgia, talks about how TNR is saving thousands of cats from being killed in her shelter.

Direct download: Cat_Chat_59_Madi_Hawkins.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

Cat Chat 58

Meet Jenny Schlueter, Development Director & Feral Friends TNR Program Manager for the Tree House Humane Society.

Direct download: Treehouse1.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

Cat Chat 57

Want to be a pet detective, or need one to find your lost pet, check out Kat Albrecht’s interview about her work with Missing Pet Partnership and get involved.


Buy Dog Detectives and train your dog to find lost pets.

Big Cat Rescue wants to bring Kat to the sanctuary for an all day workshop.  Would you be interested in coming?  What day works best for you?  Let us know in the comments.  We are thinking to charge about $29.00 per person to cover lunch and as a fundraiser to enable Kat Albrect to reach more people with her important training.

Let us know here:

Direct download: KatAlbrecht.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

Cat Chat 56

Cat Chat 56 Merritt Clifton of Animals 24 - 7.  Get the show notes and links at

Direct download: CatChat56-MerrittClifton.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Cat Chat 55

Clara Lee Arnold, from Hopkins Belize Humane Society talks about her tenure in a U.S. based Humane Society, that led to her involvement in saving domestic cats, and jaguars and ocelots in Belize.  Stay till the end to meet a lucky jaguar who was saved from certain death and is the picture of health and contentment today.

Show notes at:

Direct download: CatChat55-ClaraLeeArnold.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Cat Chat 54


Shelly Thayer, Executive Director of the Cat Depot is Carole Baskin’s guest on episode 54 of the Cat Chat Show.

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Direct download: CatChat54-CatDepot.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 8:39am EST

Cat Chat 52

Lori Gagen is the Executive Director at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and joins Carole Baskin for Cat Chat 52.

Direct download: CatChat52.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

Cat Chat 51

Gary Kaskel, author of the new book, Monsters and Miracles – Henry Bergh’s America, is our guest on Cat Chat 51 with Carole Baskin.  Find out more about Gary at his website:

Henry Bergh (August 29, 1813 – March 12, 1888) founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in April, 1866, three days after the first effective legislation against animal cruelty in the United States was passed into law by the New York State Legislature. Bergh also prompted the formation, in 1874, of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).  Find out more at:

Direct download: CatChat51.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Cat Chat 50

Stanley F. Bronstein is an Attorney, CPA, Author & Certified Laws of Positioning® Coach. He interviewed Carole Baskin for a segment that he calls Interviews That Will Change Your Life.


Direct download: CatChat50CaroleBaskin.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:37pm EST

Cat Chat 49

Chris Poole, the Media Producer for Big Cat Rescue talks about how he came to work at Big Cat Rescue, how he taught himself the trade and shares some of his insights into producing captivating video.

Direct download: CatChat49.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

Cat Chat 48

Judy McGee co-founder of National Tiger Sanctuary talks with Carole Baskin on Cat Chat 48.

Direct download: CatChat48.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

Cat Chat 47

Intern Karma Hurworth joins Carole Baskin on this episode of Cat Chat to talk about what inspired a 52 year old woman to give up everything, drive from Oregon to Florida, and commit to the grueling schedule of being an intern at the sanctuary.

Direct download: CatChat47-L.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

Cat Chat 46

Karen Lynch, author of the spy thriller, Game of Lies and many children’s stories and books joins Carole Baskin on Cat Chat.  You will be inspired by this cat loving woman who shares Finn McCool’s message that good things happen to those who do good.  Show notes here:

Direct download: CatChat46.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

Cat Chat 45

Today the guests on Cat Chat 45 are all cats and volunteers.  Come along with Carole Baskin using Google Glass while catching a bobcat, caring for an elderly tiger, shaving a bobcat, watching staff building the “Bobcat Tower of Terror,” talking with Simba Leopard on vacation, catching and sending Sabre Leopard out on his first vacation, checking in on the feisty little Cypress bobcat, a sneak peek at Genie the sandcat, Joseph lion taking a long, cool drink and more.

Direct download: CatChat45.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 10:51am EST

Cat Chat 44

Tammy Thies, the Founder and Executive Director of the Wildcat Sanctuary is our guest and is interviewed by Volunteer, Kathryn Quaas, due to poor Internet connectivity in Sandstone, MN.

Direct download: CatChat44.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Lisa Horsborough shares her experience from volunteering at a facility in South Africa that claimed to be raising white lions and golden lion cubs for release into Kruger National Park.  See the links and show notes at

Direct download: CatChat43.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

In episode 30 of Cat Chat Howard Baskin, the CFO of Big Cat Rescue presents to The Body Shop, the Bratskier Group and editors and journalists from 7 major health, beauty and fitness magazines.  See the video and get the show notes here:

Direct download: CatChat30.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Cat Chat 42

Barbara Frank, a 10 year veteran, and Master Keeper at Big Cat Rescue is Carole Baskin’s guest on this Cat Chat Show.

Direct download: CatChat42.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Cat Chat 41

Kate MacFall, the FL state director for HSUS and Carey Theil, Executive Director of GREY2K USA Worldwide presented at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Sybelle Foxcroft, Founder and Director of Cee4Life,  joins Carole Baskin today from Melbourne Australia to talk about her work saving tigers.

Direct download: CatChat40.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

Diane Gustafson will be our guest on the next Cat Chat to talk about how one person can make a big difference.

As in most cases, it takes USDA many years to act on complaints filed by the public, but after 5 years of battling for better treatment of the great cats, this facility was finally shut down…but was that the end of the abuse?  Find out more on this Cat Chat Show

Direct download: CatChat39.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

Carole Baskin talks about the Big Cat Coalition.  More about the Big Cat Coalition here: 

Direct download: CatChat38.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Julie Bindas author of Thy Kingdom Come talks with Carole Baskin about herbal remedies, shamanism and the differences in captive and wild cats.  Like me, Julie’s mind is usually far ahead of her lips, so you may notice some words missing from sentences, or malapropisms, so it is clear that she just can’t say the words as fast as they come to her.

Show notes and links at

Note:  Carole Baskin and Big Cat Rescue DO NOT recommend that human / wild animal connections be made via touch.  We believe that the ability to converse with wild animals without touch is the safest and most respectful manner of communication. 

Direct download: CatChat37-JulieBindasThyKingdomCome.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

Professor Jennifer Dietz, Esq. talks with Carole Baskin about animal law.  Jennifer Dietz is currently an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law, and continues to serve the Animal Law community as a speaker, consultant, and professor.  Find out more at

Direct download: CatChat36.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

Cindy Wines, of Earth and Animal Wellness joins Carole Baskin today for Cat Chat 35 airing Christmas Day 2013.  See more at:

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:49am EST

Robin Greenwood, President of Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary joins Carole Baskin on Cat Chat 34 today.  Robin is both the Founder of the sanctuary and the President and talks with us today about how Elmira’s was started, their evolution and their future plans.  See more at

Direct download: CatChat34.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Shayla Scott is our guest today on Cat Chat.  Shayla works at Chimps Inc., and will be talking with us about the lynx who live there.  See more at

Direct download: CatChat33Libsyn.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:43am EST

Noelle Almrud the Director of Animal Care at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is our guest today with host, Carole Baskin, on Cat Chat.

Direct download: CatChat32.mp4
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Justine Mikolaitis talks with Carole Baskin about about what “Animal Law” means to her.  We will discuss the very first case that she filed, currently pending in Miami-Dade Circuit Court which is a “gross negligence” case, seeking non-economic damages as a result of the loss of a companion canine (i.e., dog).

We will discuss “why “gross negligence,” as opposed to “veterinary negligence”, what non economic damages are and the topic of property law and dogs.  

We will also touch on “service animals” and “emotional support animals” and the difference between a “service animal” and “emotional support animal” and how they are treated under the law.

There is a lot to cover, but we also hope to discuss “pet trusts” so this is an episode of Cat Chat that you won't want to miss.

See the video version here:

Direct download: CatChat31.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

Today Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, interviews several of the interns at Big Cat Rescue, gives you a sneak peek at what we are doing for Giving Tuesday, talks with Vernon Stairs about keeping our equipment running and catches up with Jamie Veronica after she spent the morning at the vet's office with Cybil the Serval.  Also a book review on The Cougar by Paula Wild.

Direct download: CatChat29.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

On the 28th Cat Chat Show, Carole Baskin, the Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue interviews Patty Finch, the Executive Director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) as they discuss Patty's love of birds and the benefits of being accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.  More at

Video here:

Show Notes here:

Direct download: CatChat28.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

Meet Scott Giacoppo from the Washington Humane Society in D.C. and find out what this life long cat advocate as seen in the way of changes for cats in shelters, adoption programs, community cat programs, feral cat, trap, neuter, vaccinate, return programs, fostering cats and kittens, and even the challenges involved in mountain lion sightings around our nation's capitol.

Direct download: CatChat27.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

In Cat Chat 26 Carole Baskin talks with Rebecca, Maria, Monica, Cecelia and tried to include Luanne and Rich, but did not manage the technical issues to get them on the show.  Monica talked about the history of how the Skip A Holics got their name and others chatted about how becoming part of the Big Cat Rescue family changed their lives for the better.  It is an hour long show where you can get to know a few of the people, behind the scenes, who volunteer for Big Cat Rescue from their homes.  These are amazing people who have saved exotic cat lives right from their computers.

Direct download: CatCat26.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:06pm EST

Today’s Cat Chat guest is Mitchel Kalmanson of the Lester Kalmanson Agency, Inc.  Lester Kalmanson Agency Inc. specializes in insuring rare and unusual risks.

Lester Kalmanson Agency Inc. specializes in insuring rare and unusual risks, especially when it comes to risks associated with animals. Simply put, they cover the Wild, the Weird, and the Wacky.

They provide liability and mortality insurance for all animals, from Alligators to Zebras — from pets to circus performers.

Lester Kalmanson Agency Inc. is a Licensed Independent Retail Insurance Agency with over 40 years of experience. Although they offer a wide range of general insurance options, they’ve made their mark by providing insurance for the Wild, Weird, and Wacky.

More specifically, they offer tailored insurance policies to customers who would have a hard time getting coverage from anywhere else.

More show notes and the video version of this Cat Chat episode are at

Direct download: CatChat25.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

Dr Danya Linehan, DVM talks about litter box issues.  Why cats pee outside the box, what you can do to help change that behavior and signs to look for if your cat is urinating outside the litterbox that may indicate stress or illness. The video, photos and links from the show are at

Direct download: cat_chat_24.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

Lynda Sugasa of Safe Haven Rescue Zoo

was our guest on this episode of Cat Chat Oct 2, 2013.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of  Safe Haven Rescue Zoo.  Listen to past episodes of Cat Chat with Carole Baskin here.  See the video of this Cat Chat interview here:

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

On Cat Chat 22 Carole Baskin, the Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue shares the stories of the rescue of Reise the cougar and how Big Cat Rescuers saved a wild bobcat who was hanging from one toe in a fence.

Direct download: cat_chat_22.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Chelsea Feeny the Programs Manager at Big Cat Rescue is interviewed by Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue for episode 21 of Cat Chat.

Direct download: CatChat21.m4a
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 9:18am EST

On Cat Chat 15 David Lee Stanton interviews Bobbi Brink, founder of Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, Ca.

Direct download: CatChat15.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Cat Chat 14 with David Lee Stanton and Carole Baskin.

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 9:28am EST

On Cat Chat 17 Carole Baskin interviews Gale Ingham, Operations Manager at Big Cat Rescue.

Direct download: CatChat17.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

Cat Chat 20 Carole Baskin interviews Dr. Danya Linehan, DVM.

Direct download: CatChat20.mp3
Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

Cat Chat 16 with Carole Baskin.

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

Cat Chat 13 with David Lee Stanton and Carole Baskin

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

Cat Chat 12 with David Lee Stanton and Carole Baskin.

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 5:03pm EST

Cat Chat 11

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Cat Chat 10

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 11:01am EST

Cat Chat 9

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 9:01am EST

Cat Chat 8

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 9:36am EST

Cat Chat 6

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 8:42am EST

Cat Chat 4

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

Cat Chat 2

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Category:Cat Chat -- posted at: 10:12pm EST