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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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Crate-train cats? Yes, you can

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

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crate on a blue blanket

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

A small kitty near the clock

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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Why dogs vomit – and when it’s an emergency

Monday, May 6th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs vomit for all kinds of reasons, some serious, some not. When is it just something to watch, and when is it an emergency? Here’s what I told a reader who had questions. Q: I took my dog out to potty, and a few minutes later he started hacking and vomiting up clear liquid. I […]

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When cats get cavities

Monday, Apr 29th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If your cat is drooling, you’ll want to head for the vet. That’s because she could have something lodged in her mouth or have ingested a toxin. But there’s another likely cause, and it’s one we don’t often think of when it comes to cats: a cavity. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. […]

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