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Category Archives: Pet Connection

Why cats are destructive, and what to do about it

Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Because destructiveness in pets can have a medical as well as behavioral side, I teamed up with my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to help this reader out with her rampaging cat. Q: My cat lives to tear up my stuff. She’s always scratching the furniture, eating houseplants and knocking things off shelves. She’s 2 years […]

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Bring joy into your life and adopt a shelter dog this month

Wednesday, Oct 4th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and my writing partner, Kim Campbell Thornton, shared the story of her recently-lost and much-loved adopted dog, Gemma, in our Pet Connection feature this week: Last month we lost our little Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix, Gemma, to cancer. She was probably 16 or 17 years old, so she had a […]

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Why cats spray and mark in the house

Tuesday, Sep 26th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cats who mark the house with urine present a huge problem to even the most loving owners. When a reader recently wrote asking me about this behavior, I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to help explain. Q: My cat is spraying in the house. It feels like he’s trying to protect us from the […]

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Is it okay for dogs to eat cat food?

Tuesday, Sep 19th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Some dogs will eat anything, but it’s the rare dog who can turn down the tasty treat that is cat food. A reader asked me if that’s okay. Q: My 9-year-old cat was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and needs to eat a special canned food twice a day. When that food comes out, my dog […]

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Your pet’s ear hematoma: What you need to know

Tuesday, Sep 12th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

What does it mean when your cat has a painful, fluid-filled lump on his ear? Here’s what I told a reader who asked that question. Q: My cat has been scratching at his ear and the vet says he has a hematoma. What is that, and how did my cat get one?  A: The word […]

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