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 stop your cat’s litter box from stinking

Monday, Sep 30th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats are very clean animals, which is why litter box odor is a human problem. We don’t like the stench of cat pee, and believe me, neither do they. Here’s what my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and I told a reader about why it smells so bad and what to do about it. Q: Ugh! […]

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Yes, your cat can enjoy going to the vet. Here’s how

Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A cat enjoying a trip to the vet? No, it’s not fantasy. It’s possible if you know the right steps to take. I outline them here for a reader. Q: It was always a struggle to get my previous cat to the vet. Now that I have a new kitten, do you have any advice […]

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God works in mutt-sterious ways

Sunday, Sep 22nd, 2019 | By Mikkel Becker KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CTC

We have a new Becker family member! Our daughter, Mikkel Becker, writes here about how Otis joined the family. Have you ever felt like the perfectly imperfect part of you met the perfectly imperfect part of someone else, and together you fulfilled parts of yourselves you’d never fully realized were there? That’s the only way […]

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How to cat-proof your house

Monday, Sep 16th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats can get into things dogs and human babies can’t even imagine! Here’s what I told a reader asking for cat-proofing advice before bringing home her first feline. Q: I’m getting my first cat, and I want to make sure my home is safe for her. What should I be concerned about? A: Lots of […]

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When there’s a mass on your cat’s liver

Monday, Sep 9th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader wrote asking about a mass recently diagnosed on her cat’s liver. This condition is known as a biliary cyst. Here’s what I told her about it. A: That’s an interesting question. A biliary cyst is a large, fluid-filled growth on the bile duct system of the liver. It’s the most common type of […]

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