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Category Archives: Pet Connection

How to offer kindness and shelter to feral cats in winter

Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

cat in winter

Until we adopted our little Talley, all our cats were barn cats. They were all adopted to live in our barn because they were considered “unadoptable” for some reason or other. Some have been feral, others were just not people-oriented, and others had behavior problems that no one could fix. One and all, they had […]

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The myth of a cat’s 9 lives

Monday, Nov 19th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do cats really have nine lives? A better question may be why we think they do. Here’s what I told a reader! Q: Where do we get the belief that cats have nine lives? A: That’s a great question! Quite a few cultures share the idea that cats have multiple lives, though the number isn’t […]

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Dogs and turkey bones? Just say no

Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Beagle dog licking plate from table. Hungry dog concept

Thanksgiving’s almost here, and a reader wanted to know if it’s okay to share the leftover bones from her holiday turkey with her dog. Here’s what I told her, and why. Q: With Thanksgiving coming up, I was wondering if it’s OK to give my dog the leftover turkey bones from the feast? A: I […]

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Helping a dog make the transition from sunny California to the snowy Midwest

Monday, Nov 5th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Young golden retriever run at the snow in winter park

Moving from sunny Southern California to the snowy Midwest is a big change for anyone — including the family dog! Since I’ve lived in Idaho my whole life — a winter wonderland if there ever was one — I felt I had some advice to help with the transition. Q: My dog and I just […]

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Why Siberian Huskies’ eyes are blue

Monday, Oct 22nd, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Siberian huskies are known for their striking blue eyes, and researchers may have discovered the source of the trait, thanks to dog DNA testing. A study published earlier this month in the open-access journal PLOS Genetics looked at a panel of more than 6,000 genetically tested dogs whose owners provided phenotypic (appearance) information such as […]

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