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What to do if your cat is chewing up your houseplants

Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Ginger cat sitting in carton box on window sill at home.

Seeing your houseplants destroyed over and over is stressful, but there’s a bigger concern: Houseplants can make chewing cats very sick. Here’s what I told a reader who wrote asking for tips to solve this problem. Q: I’m tired of shredded houseplants! Can you suggest plants that our two cats won’t chew on? A: We’d […]

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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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Never ignore your dog’s lameness

Thursday, Jan 30th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Beagle sad, limping

Have you ever seen your dog limping or moving stiffly, and figured it was just weekend warrior syndrome or maybe a sign of advancing age, but nothing that required veterinary care? You may want to think again. Ignoring a dog’s lameness can have a number of negative outcomes. First is that your pet might suffer […]

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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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Is dialysis for cats ever an option?

Thursday, Jan 23rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sick tabby cat lying on a white blanket

If your cat has been diagnosed with kidney disease, you might wonder if dialysis is an option. If your cat’s symptoms are caused by an infection, it might be. The kidneys are designed to eliminate toxins from the cat’s body via the urine. When the kidneys are impaired, toxins build up. An infection can prevent […]

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