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Category Archives: Pet Connection

Female cats can spray, too

Monday, Feb 3rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cat in pink dress and hair bow in front of white

You know that old song that goes, “Anything you can do, I can do better”? That’s what the girl cats say to the boy cats when it comes to spraying, AKA “urine marking.” Here’s what’s going on, as I explained in response to a reader’s question. Q: Why does my cat spray? I thought females […]

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Do you know the right age to get a puppy?

Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Sheltie puppy on sofa with collar

Many people think when it comes to getting a new puppy, younger is better. That’s not true, as I explained to this reader. Q: How old should puppies be when they go to their new homes? The breeder we’re talking to is offering to let us take our new puppy when she’s 6 weeks old. […]

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Male calico cats aren’t just rare

Monday, Jan 20th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Male calico cats are rare, but that’s not their whole story. Here’s what I told a reader. Q: I’ve just adopted a rare male calico cat, and I’m thinking of breeding him. Is that a good idea? A: I hate to burst your bubble, but although male calicos are rare, trying to breed one will […]

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Pain cream really is toxic to pets

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s not fake news: Some pain creams and other human topical medications are very dangerous to your pets. Here’s what I told a reader who asked about it. Q: I saw a meme on Facebook saying that Voltaren pain cream is toxic to dogs and cats. Is that true? A: Yes. Diclofenac, the active ingredient […]

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How to win the war on pet odors

Friday, Jan 10th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How do you win the war on pet odors? These are my top tips, in response to a reader with a stinky pet problem. Q: I have dogs and cats, and I know my house smells like it. How can I keep the odor down and keep it smelling fresh? A: Living with pets does […]

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