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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446571369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446571364
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," is the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" and lead veterinary expert for Vetstreet.com. 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 AARP.com 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid King on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Caroline on May 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By MaggiePie on 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 By Jide's Mom on July 25, 2012
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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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Format: Hardcover
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. I want to make sure that I am doing all I can to make sure that they have the best life possible. Now that we live in our home, we've adopted 4 cats from our local shelters and can say it's always a learning experience with them since each of their personalities are unique and as individual as you are.

When I got the opportunity to review Your Cat: The Owner's Manual, by Dr. Marty Becker, the resident veterinarian from the Dr. Oz show, I knew I wanted to check this one out to see if I was missing anything and boy did I found some interesting things your cat magazines and websites won't tell you.

This book contains almost everything you need to know if you are a cat owner or considering purchasing one soon, from choosing the right cat or kitten for your family, preventing health problems, solving what to do with regards to scratching furniture or using the litter box and saving money on medication and treatments both traditional and alternative as well as which pet products really work.

Here is just a sampling of what I learned from this wonderful book; did you know that garlic and onions are toxic to cats? They can lead to anemia in your feline and is great to know when you consider giving them real food as an alternative to canned or dry pet foods. I also learned that despite claims that laser pointers make great cat toys, it can actually stress them out because they can never "get" the light. There is no reward once it's caught.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Petruccelli on 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 By Amy Shojai, CABC on June 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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