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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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Mold in the home puts pets at risk

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

If you’re wondering if mold in your home is as bad for your pets as it is for people, here’s the answer: It may be worse for them than us. Here’s how I explained it to a reader. Q: We discovered three weeks ago that our house has black mold, thanks to all the rain […]

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Do you really need to groom your cat?

Monday, Feb 4th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A white cat with red patches enjoying being brushed

Cats are pretty good at grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little help. Here’s what I told a reader who just got her first cat. Q: I just got my first cat. What do I need to know about caring for her coat? A: Cats are great at grooming themselves, but […]

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