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

Why some cats have extra toes

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ever wondered about “Hemingway cats,” those felines with extra toes? A reader did; here’s the story! Q: Why do some cats have extra toes? A: Cats normally have 18 toes: five on each front paw and four on each back paw. Some cats are born with additional toes — usually on front paws, but sometimes […]

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Remembering all the animals of war this Memorial Day

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S., a day to honor those who have their lives for our country and for freedom around the world. Among that number were many who never volunteered but still served: the dogs, birds, horses, and mules of war. Kurt Most people are aware of the incredible work done by […]

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Crate-train cats? Yes, you can

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

When a reader asked if it was possible to crate-train a cat the way you would train a dog, I immediately turned to my usual source of all things training, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker. And of course, she had the answer! Q: Can cats be crate-trained the way dogs can? A: Cats don’t need […]

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How to prevent early-morning feline food demands

Monday, May 13th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s a cat’s world, and we just live in it. At no time is this more true than in the middle of the night when your feline family member decides it’s breakfast time. After all, you may have to go to work but your cat can catch a few ZZZs any time. Here’s my advice […]

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Happy Mother’s Day to the world’s best pet mom!

Friday, May 10th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I still remember when my high school graduation speaker told the audience there were “10 Secrets of Success.” Secret number 10 was to both send your mother a card on Mother’s Day and tell her how much you love her, in person or on a call. Both. Always. Well, dogs and cats most often don’t […]

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