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When your cat bites you

Thursday, Apr 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat biting hand

Cats can’t say, “Hey, I’m good. You can stop petting me now.” So they often let their teeth do the talking. But there are other reasons cats might bite. Here’s what I told a reader who wanted to know about her kitten’s biting behavior. Q: My 10-month-old cat bites me. Will he outgrow this? A: […]

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Tips for living with a blind dog

Monday, Mar 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

German Shepherd eyes

We had a beloved blind dog, Shakira. I share some of what we learned with this dog owner struggling with her dog’s vision loss. Q: My dog is losing her eyesight. How can I help her adjust? A: Blindness doesn’t seem to stop the average dog. When eyesight goes, the nose and ears take over […]

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The truth about cats and milk

Monday, Mar 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

hungry cat drink milk from glass on windowsill on summer green background

The cat lapping at a bowl of cream is a familiar image in cartoons, children’s books, and popular imagination. But this reader wasn’t sure her cat should be consuming dairy products. Here’s what I told her. Q: My cat enjoys drinking leftover milk from my cereal bowl, but my mother says I shouldn’t give it […]

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Don’t ignore head pressing in dogs

Thursday, Mar 7th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sad dog with green collar

One of the most distressing things we can see a dog do is the behavior known as “head pressing,” often accompanied by circling and pacing. This is nearly always a sign of serious, even life-threatening, illness and requires an immediate trip to the veterinarian. Here’s how I explained it to a reader who asked for […]

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Is cognitive decline or vision loss causing your older cat’s litter box issues?

Monday, Feb 25th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Very old black cat resting on hammock

While your first reaction when your cat stops using the litter box reliably should be to see the vet about a possible urinary tract infection, there are other reasons for this problem. In older cats, that can be caused by vision loss or cognitive decline. Here’s my advice to a reader whose senior cat is […]

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