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Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat [Kindle Edition]

Marty Becker , Jane Brunt , Gina Spadafori
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dr. Marty Becker has become known as "America's Veterinarian" because of his educational and entertaining shows and columns. For more than ten years, Dr. Becker has been the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's Good Morning America and is now a member of Core Team Oz on Dr. Mehmet Oz's show.

Dr. Becker will help owners solve problems and enhance their bond with their cats through a tip-filled book on everything from finding the right cat to preventing health problems and bad behavior. He will start owners off on the right foot, whether they buy a kitten or adopt an older cat, showing them how to solve the most annoying behavior and cat-care problems--from scratching furniture to not using the litter-box. (Surprising fact: did you know that black cats shed more than light-colored cats?) And he advises owners how to make their own cat toys, and how to save money on medication, both traditional and alternative.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Your Dog: The Owner's Manual:

"Chock full of practical advice on both behavior and health. Anyone who is getting their first dog should read this informative book."
-Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human

"What a great reference to have on hand! YOUR DOG is such a blessing to all of us dog lovers everywhere. Good advice from someone we can trust."
-Betty White, award-winning actress

About the Author

Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian" has been the popular contributor to ABC-TV's Good Morning America for 10 years, and is the resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show and the pet expert for AARP. He writes a Universal Uclick Syndicated column with Gina Spadafori, Pet Connection; is a contributor to Parade Magazine, and was voted "companion animal Veterinarian of the year." He is also co-author of the fastest-selling pet book in history, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul. Dr. Becker still enjoys his work as a practicing veterinarian, at the North Idaho Animal Hospital.

Gina Spadafori is a veteran journalist who has been writing about pets and their care as a syndicated columnist and author. Her top-selling book, Dogs for Dummies, was given the President's Award for the best writing on dogs and the Maxwell medallion for the best general reference work.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8510 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UKH99A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I've spent almost three decades either caring for cats, working with cats, or writing about cats. I spend a good part of each day educating myself about the lastest in cat health and cat care. When it comes to cats, I love to learn - but I don't expect to see much I haven't read or heard about before in a basic cat care book.

Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat is not just another basic cat care book. Written by America's veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker, the veterinary contributor to ABC's Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, and his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, a veteran journalist who has been writing about pet care for decades, this book stands out.

I had the good fortune of meeting Dr. Becker at a veterinary convention in the late 90's/early 2000's. I'm sure Dr. Becker doesn't remember meeting me, but I will always remember his lecture from that convention. Even though I don't remember what it was about, I do remember that it stood out from all the other lectures because of the enthusiasm Dr. Becker brings to his work as a veterinarian, his dedication to the human animal bond, and his passion for sharing his knowledge about pets with others so their lives, and the lives of their pets, can be richer for it.

This passion comes through in every page of the book. From how to select a cat or kitten (or what to do when one selects you) to how to keep your cat happy and healthy throughout her life by providing proper nutrition, health care, environmental stimulation, and even training, the book covers all aspects of cat care.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actionable Advice, Enjoyable to Read May 11, 2012
Many books on cat care are boring. This one is not. With personality and flair, Dr. Becker offers sound advice for all things kitty. Yes, he includes the basics you may already know. But throughout the book he gives fantastic little tips, tricks and insights you may not have considered before. I picked up all kinds of useful nuggets of info and you will too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorougly enjoyed this book April 24, 2012
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I bought this book after hearing a radio interview with Dr. Marty Becker and I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all cat lovers everywhere. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I didn't get much new out of this having had cats most of my life. Someone recommmended it to me saying there was all kinds of new information in it, but it was mostlhy the basics as far as I could tell. If your new to having a cat, this is great, but if you've had cats for years you might not find much new information in here. I donated to our local cat shelter to give away to someone adopting a cat for the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Cat Book about YOUR CAT!! April 14, 2013
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This book has absolutely EVERYTHING one would want to be aware of either before acquiring a kitty, else if you already have one and have some issues. I've learned a lot and I have had cats all my life! Great book!! Excellent vet!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Info + Fun to Read! June 25, 2012
This book comes to you from awesome vet author Dr. Marty Becker (Good Morning America and Dr. Oz Show contributor) and pet journalist Gina Spadafori (Cats for Dummies and more)-you can't find a more knowledgeable and FUN writing team anywhere!

Savvy cat owners will recognize lots of the advice in this book, which offers a prescriptive approach and tips for finding cats and adoption advice, home care and safety issues, some common behavior challenges, and healthy cat information. There are a LOT of cat care books out there. Marty and Gina, though, deliver with humor and trademark furry affection, and the format of the book makes it easy to find the tips you need. And yes, I can call `em Marty and Gina because I've known both of these folks for years and they're just as thoroughly nice people in purr-son as they are on the page. :)

There are two parts of the book I particularly want to offer as a shout out. The Acknowledgements offer a who's who of the cat care/behavior world and, as the authors so eloquently point out, no book is ever the product of a single person. Kudos to this team-some I know personally and others by reputation, and listing these folks offers even more credibility to the material offered in the book. Further, readers will treasure the value-added Resources section listing Internet contacts for some of the best cat gear and problem solvers available-that alone is worth the price of the book!

Amy Shojai, CABC, author of 24 pet care titles including ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Cat The Owners Manual June 15, 2012
By Maddy
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I liked reading this book. Has a lot of things I did not know about.Even having my last cats for 15 yrs.Now with my new kittens, I can help them better. Always good to learn new stuff. Maddy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By M. Park
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I found this book really helpful. I just got my first cat (older neutered male) and this book helped explain a lot about his quirkiness. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for cat lovers...
As a new kitten owner, I wanted a good go-to resoure book. This is it! It's a very informative and helpful book. Dr. Marty Becker, writes in a way, that anyone can understand. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars so helpful
Read it, re-read it, and re-read it. I continue to refresh my mind about taking care of our "babies". Highly recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Mouser's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars little new
If you have every had a cat, there is not a whole lot new in this. It was interesting and fun to read though.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Cat
I babysit cats for a living (no dogs please). I'm always looking for a good reference manual for my human clients. This one is purrfect. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pat O'Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a cat owner, this manual needs to be added to your home.
This manual answers many questions as our cat issues arise. It is a perfect research book to keep on hand.
Published 23 months ago by Willy Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars love the book
I recommend this book if you are a cat lover it is the perfect book with so many little helpful hints on how to take care of your loveable cat I really enjoyed this book a lot.
Published on August 19, 2012 by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for any Cat Owner or soon-to-be cat owner!
Being a cat owner for as long as I can remember, I always want to make sure I stay on top of not only their care, but their well-being too. Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by Pirate2240
5.0 out of 5 stars As a vet myself, this book is PACKED with great info!
If you have a cat or want a cat, this book is a must read. It has everything from A-Z from how to choose the right cat,how to entertain your cat and when to call the vet. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by K Pen
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More About the Author

Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," is the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" and lead veterinary expert for He is a founding member of Core Team Oz and the resident veterinarian on "The Dr. Oz Show." He is a contributor to Parade magazine and and a nationally syndicated pet-care expert. He's also a practicing veterinarian in north Idaho. He is the author of many top-selling books on pet-care, including "Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lover's Soul," "The Healing Power of Pets" and both "Your Cat: The Owner's Manual" and "Your Dog: The Owner's Manual."

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