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.

Can inflammation harm your cat’s mind, body, and emotions?

Thursday, Jul 15th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A study by Carlo Siracusa, associate professor of clinical behavior medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, will look at how chronic inflammation affects cognition, behavior and overall health of senior cats. The study, awarded the Mark L. Morris Jr. Investigator Award by the Morris Animal Foundation, will look at 100 pet […]

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When should kittens by spayed or neutered?

Friday, Jul 9th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What’s the right age to spay or neuter a kitten? Here’s how I answered a reader with that question. Q: How old should kittens be when they are spayed or neutered? A: According to a task force whose members represent the American Veterinary Medical Association, the America Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal […]

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Can adult cats eat kitten food?

Thursday, Jul 1st, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

We all know cats can’t eat dog food (it’s nutritionally deficient for them), but how about adult cats eating kitten food? That was a reader’s question. Here’s my response. Q: I accidentally bought a bag of kitten food for my adult cat and didn’t notice it until I had already fed her a couple of […]

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How to remove ticks from pets

Tuesday, Jun 22nd, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How to remove ticks from pets is one of the top questions I get, never more so than now as ticks and tick diseases are spreading into parts of the country where they didn’t have much of a presence before. Here’s the advice I gave a reader. Q: Ugh! I found a tick on my […]

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What’s causing your cat’s diarrhea, and what can you do about it?

Thursday, Jun 17th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Diarrhea is a non-specific medical condition. What that means is it can have many causes, some not too serious and others deadly. Here’s what I told a reader dealing with this problem in his cat. Q: Why does my cat get diarrhea, and what should I do about it? Is it serious? A: At one […]

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