Animal Instinct



Do you love animals? Celia Kutcher does and she wants to spread that love around. Animal Instinct is all about animal welfare and education, brought to you in a fun and educational setting. Every Monday, Celia interviews a different animal expert from subjects ranging from cruelty-free fashion to helping endangered wildlife species. Her show covers it all. Animal Instinct is about helping animals through a better understanding of them and how they interact with us.


  • Episode 9: Matt Koss & Primal Pet Foods Inc

    03/03/2014 Duración: 32min

    Matthew Koss has been Founder and President of Primal Pet Foods Inc. since the inception of the company in October 2001. Primal Pet Foods Inc. is a San Francisco based manufacturer of 100% human grade raw foods for dogs and cats. Matthew has shared his life with dogs and cats for over 13 years and has become adept as to the well being of these beloved animals. He has extensive experience and knowledge in food product development, large scale food production and proper food safety. Matthew has studied extensively on the topic of animal nutrition and has researched and studied the methods of a select few homeopathic veterinarians that specialize in the feeding of raw foods to dogs and cats. This program has been sponsored by Of A Kind. Today’s music provided by Cookies. “It is amazing how many testimonials we have received…that the animal’s personality or psychology has changed dramatically merely from changing the food.” [8:30] Matt Koss on Animal Instinct

  • Episode 8: Animal Acupuncture with Timothy Mann

    24/02/2014 Duración: 31min

    This week on Animal Instinct, Celia interviews Dr. Timothy Mann, the Medical Director at Brooklyn Cares Vet. Dr. Mann tells us about using acupuncture to treat animals. This program has been sponsored by The International Culinary Center. Today’s music has been provided by Hardbodies. “On reptiles, acupressure is absolutely an option. Of course not going to put a needle through a turtle’s shell for a number of reasons.” [10:15] “The trick is I follow [the animals’] lead. I do a really good physical exam, I figure out where they’re most comfortable, and I work with them and we make it work.” [19:45] Timothy Mann on Animal Instinct

  • Episode 7: Animal Medical Massage with Erin Kalagassy

    17/02/2014 Duración: 32min

    Erin Kalagassy is a veterinary massage therapy practitioner from Brooklyn NY, living in Dublin, Ireland, studying for a degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She’s a graduate of Cornell University and the Swedish Institute, licensed as both a veterinary technician and as a massage therapist. She’s worked with with over 100 different species, including humans, in her own massage practice, during her 20 years in healthcare, through Cornell, the Brooklyn Zoo & ASPCA, and our favorite holistic Vet Hospital, Brooklyn Cares VC. She’s also published articles on animal behavior, nursing care, and veterinary technicians, and appeared on Animal Precinct and PBS’ Souls of NY. On this week’s edition of Animal Instinct, learn the difference between animal massage and petting, and learn what types of ailments animal massage can treat. How do animals become acclimated to massage? How do animal owners’ emotions effect the anxiety levels of pets during massage? Find out all of this and more on this week’s episode of

  • Episode 6: Bach Flower Remedies with Denise Eaton

    10/02/2014 Duración: 31min

    Denise Eaton is a registered practitioner through the Bach Foundation International Registry for human and animal. She has been employed with Nelson Bach USA, Ltd. for the past fifteen years holding the positions of Education and Regulatory Manager. Denise’s primary role with Nelsons is to develop course curriculum and manage programs that are conducted by trainers throughout USA and Canada. Her portfolio of speaking venues consists of New Hope Natural Expos, Natural Products Association Expo, National and Independent distributor shows, Whole Foods regional shows, Independent retailers, Local Community Colleges, and radio programs. Tune into this edition of Animal Instinct to hear Denise and Celia Kutcher talk about Bach Flower remedies, and treating emotional distress in animals with different healing modalities. Learn the history of Dr. Edward Bach, and how he was influenced by the natural world and homeopathy to delve into the world of holistic medicine. Learn how Bach Flower remedies work, and why these r

  • Episode 5: Reiki for Pets with Karen Krueger

    03/02/2014 Duración: 32min

    On this episode of Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher welcomes guest Karen Krueger to discuss the Japanese healing art of Reiki. Karen has been practicing Reiki for people and pets since 1997 when she was originally attuned to Reiki to help her horse. Since then, Karen has become certified in many types of healing modalities and is a certified Equine Body Worker through Equinology and the Upledger Institute. Karen is a practitioner in Quantum Touch, CranioSacral Therapy for people and pets, Chinese Energetic Medicine, TTouch for dogs and horses, and animal communication. Karen maintains two websites relating to Reiki for pets at ReikiGal and This program has been sponsored by Rolling Press. Music provided by PEELS. “Because it’s a universal energy, Reiki can be used for anything – imbalances in the body, mind, spirit.” [15:05] “It just goes where it needs to go, and it fixes what it needs to fix.” [20:10] — Karen Krueger on Animal Instinct

  • Episode 4: Reptiles with Robert Sousa

    27/01/2014 Duración: 31min

    Robert Sousa’s career all started at the age of 14 when he rescued a friend’s unwanted pet- a Corn snake. That’s when he began building his collection of exotics. At one time, he maintained and cared for a collection of more than 500 animals. That experience led to Robert serving as Vice President of the (now inactive) New York Herpetological Society. For just under a decade, Robert worked with them, breeding and selling his reptiles and working with the Center for Animal Care & Control Exotics Adoption Program in NYC. Throughout his career, Robert has also taught reptile awareness through seminars to NYC public school children, Boy Scouts, and other similar organizations.Currently, Robert’s focus is working with a network of people that are striving to maintain regional variants of snakes from around the country as habitats continue to be replaced by housing and strip malls. Tune in to hear how reptiles differ from domestic animals in terms of their relationships with their owners. Hear some of Robert’s

  • Episode 3: Lorelei Tibbetts Pt. 2: Rodents

    20/01/2014 Duración: 31min

    Lorelei Tibbetts returns to Celia Kutcher’s Animal Instinct to talk about pet rodents! Lorelei works in New York City where she currently is the manager of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine. She has worked exclusively with exotic pets since 2004, and is the chair of her veterinary technician specialty academy, The Academy for Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice, where she was a founding member of the Exotic Companion Animal specialty. Learn what rodents live well together in cages, and find out what bedding is best for rodent health. Where can you find a rodent rescue in New York City? Later, find out what rodents are nocturnal, and if it’s possible to change their sleep patterns. Learn about herbivorous rodents, and what kinds of greens truly aid their diet. Thanks to our sponsor, Tekserve. Music by Sleepies. “Mice can live well together in groups, but if you have a male and female together, you’re going to have a lot of baby mice! I would recommend you spay or neuter them, or keep the sexes

  • Episode 2: Birds with Lorelei Tibbetts

    13/01/2014 Duración: 30min

    This week on Animal Instinct, Celia Kutcher is talking with Lorelei Tibbetts about pet or companion birds! Lorelei works in New York City where she currently is the manager of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine. She has worked exclusively with exotic pets since 2004, and is the chair of her veterinary technician specialty academy, The Academy for Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice, where she was a founding member of the Exotic Companion Animal specialty. She is passionate about exotic pet education and enjoys lecturing at veterinary symposiums as well as teaching students at her practice. Find out what types of living environments are good for birds, and whether or not a bird is a good first pet. Learn about the life spans of various birds, and find out what outlets in New York City are best for finding a bird companion. How do birds connect with their owners? Find out how different varieties of perches can affect your bird’s foot health. What food should pet birds eat? Find out on this week’s

  • Episode 1: Dogs & Cats with Denise Herman

    08/01/2014 Duración: 30min

    Welcome to Animal Instinct, brought to you by Celia Kutcher, aka the Food Healer. You may remember Celia from her past interviews on the, but Celia is starting off the debut episode of Animal instinct by talking dog and cats with Denise Herman! Denise has been training dogs since before the turn-of-the-century.She graduated valedictorian from the SF Academy for Dog Trainers in 1999 and opened Empire of the Dog in Brooklyn, New York in the year 2000. Empire of the Dog specializes in family-friendly pet dog training and their motto is “World Domination through R+”. Denise has an iPhone and iPod app (via iTunes) called Positively Dog Training and has written 2 e-books, as well. At this time she enjoys training specialty classes like Frisbee Skateboarding and “Urban Agility.” What’s important to think about when adopting a dog or cat? How can you prepare your living space for a new pet? Will a puppy be a good addition to a family? Find out on the first installment of Animal Instinct! Than

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