Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

How to build a feline fort

Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Yes, you can give your cat fresh air, sunshine, and a taste of the great outdoors safely. Here’s how. Q: I want to build a safe outdoor area for my cat. What features should it have? A: A “catio” is a great way to give cats some outdoor time and space so that they can […]

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What you may not know about socializing kittens

Wednesday, Feb 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Traditionally people have seen cats as “plug and play” pets who don’t need the same socialization, training, enrichment, and exercise as dogs. That’s not true, and the need to get them used to being part of a human family begins in kittenhood. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: Do kittens have the […]

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Free Webinar: Q & A with Dr. Marty Becker

Thursday, Feb 13th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ever wonder about your dog’s mental health? Feeding the mind is just as important as feeding the body. Join me for a Q&A webinar presented by the wonderful senior dog champions at The Grey Muzzle Organization, on whose advisory board I am proud to serve. You’ll learn about in-home enrichment and how to make trips […]

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What to do if your cat is chewing up your houseplants

Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Seeing your houseplants destroyed over and over is stressful, but there’s a bigger concern: Houseplants can make chewing cats very sick. Here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking for tips to solve this problem. Q: I’m tired of shredded houseplants! Can you suggest plants that our two cats won’t chew on? A: We’d […]

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The Dog Who Lived: Another chapter in his story

Thursday, Feb 6th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

From lying on the brink of death from starvation, covered in flies and weighing only 19 pounds, to where he is today, Lazaruff is a dog who has lived quite a life. You probably already know his story — if not, it’s here — and that Teresa and I helped save him and brought him […]

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