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6 best podcasts for cat lovers

Have you ever wondered why your cat does that crazy behavior? Or maybe you’d like to learn about some rare cat breeds or find information about how to better communicate with your cat. No matter what type of feline-related information you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it in a podcast. Cat podcasts are entertaining, informative, and plenty of fun to listen to, and with so many available, you could listen to podcasts for hours on end. To help narrow down your choices, we’ve found the top six, so you can start listening right away to the best-quality content available. So, go ahead, pop in your earbuds, kick back on the couch with your cat, and check out these best podcasts for cat lovers.

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The Purrcast

The Purrcast podcast features people talking about cats. You’ll hear all sorts of fun stories about the guests’ cats, and you’ll hear cat health and advice tidbits, too. The guests come from all walks of life, and some are even celebrities, but they all have one thing in common: They love cats. This podcast has run since 2015, and you can catch a new episode every week.

Nine Lives with Dr. Kat

Have you ever wished you knew more about cat health, or have you wondered why your cat does that quirky thing he does? The Nine Lives with Dr. Kat podcast works to answer all your most pressing cat-related questions. Hosted by Dr. Kathryn Primm, this podcast explores everything cat-related, including the best ways to keep your cat healthy, what you need to know about parasites, the secrets your cat wants you to know, and even the newest dating app just for cat lovers.

Cattitude

Thought you knew all there was to know about your favorite cat breed? Think again! The Cattitude podcast highlights different breeds of cats, and you’ll also pick up all sorts of cat health advice. The podcast also reveals new cat products. With new episodes delivered weekly, recent topics have included taking your cat to the vet during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing and treating pain in cats, and the true cost of owning a cat.

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In a Purrfect World

If you want to create a perfect world for your cat, the In a Purrfect World podcast is the place to start. Author and blogger Pamela Merritt guides you to better understand your cat’s nature for improved affection and training. Every podcast episode focuses on a different cat challenge and helps you communicate with your cat for a stronger relationship. Past topics include the many uses of toys, how to manage your cat’s stress, and how to pick the right kitten.

The Cat Explorer

Calling all adventure cats! The Cat Explorer podcast is designed for cat owners who take their brave felines out to see the world on a leash while backpacking, bike riding, kayaking, and more. Podcast topics include everything you need to safely enjoy the world with your cat, such as tips on helping your cat react better to strangers, recover from scary experiences, and more. The podcast covers plenty of fun topics, too, like how to take great videos of your cat and how to build your adventure cat’s social media following.

The Cat Cafe

Learn all about cat health and how to better care for your cat with The Cat Cafe podcast. It’s hosted by cat veterinarian Dr. Susan Little and cat surgeon Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn. The topics covered are those any cat owner should know about, including the risks of the Easter lily, what to do with an orphaned kitten, and what type of nutrition is good for your cat. Don’t have long to sit around? That’s no problem — most episodes are just 20 minutes.

Whether you’re looking for entertainment, to learn about your cat’s health, or to come up with some ideas on how you can make your cat’s life better, these podcasts about cats are a great place to start. Not only will you have access to plenty of new information, but you also can take these podcasts anywhere with you. No matter if you’re spending some quiet time on the couch with your cat or multitasking as you clean the house or work in the garden, give these programs a listen, and you’re sure to become a more knowledgeable cat owner in no time.

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