Review and giveaway: Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Marty Becker


When I look at cat care guides, I typically review them to see if they are something I would recommend to other cat owners. 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. I love to learn about cats, and I learn something new every day –  but I don’t expect to learn much I haven’t read or heard about before from a basic cat care book.

At the same time, I knew that Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat wouldn’t be just another cat care book. After all, it was 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.

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 among 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.

Dr. Becker addresses a few topics I have not seen in other cat care books. “Financial Planning for Pet Care” covers pet insurance, setting up a dedicated savings account for pet care, explains why veterinary care costs what it does, and offers money saving tips that won’t compromise your cat’s health. “In Sickness and in Health” includes everything from finding the right veterinarian for your cat and getting the best medical care to what to do in an emergency.

The book is written in a highly engaging and entertaining style, sprinkled with a dose of humor, which makes for a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.

I loved almost everything about this book. The one area that didn’t resonate with me was the author’s take on nutrition.  While Dr. Becker stresses that cats are obligate carnivores and that they need moisture in their diet, and while I didn’t expect him to endorse a raw diet, I would have preferred to see a stronger emphasis on feeding canned food.

Even though I respectfully disagree with Dr. Becker on this one area, I highly recommend this book. If you’re only going to get one cat care guide, this is the one to get.

We’re giving away one copy of Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual to one lucky reader!

*** This giveaway is closed ***

To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you would like to win. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Friday, June 1.

This book was sent to me by the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

41 Comments on Review and giveaway: Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Marty Becker

  1. Cheryl Roark
    April 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Also shared on FB,Twitter,Google+ and Pinerest

  2. Cheryl Roark
    April 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Can never have enough kitty knowledge.

  3. Pudgebutters
    June 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm (9 years ago)

    I could use this – I have lots of cats to raise 🙂

  4. Elizabeth Hogueison
    June 2, 2012 at 12:34 am (9 years ago)

    I would love to have this book…it would help me with caring for my own kitty Zelda. We adopted her from our local Humane Society.

  5. Barb
    June 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm (9 years ago)

    I am always ready to learn more about my kitties!

  6. Gail
    June 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m always looking for good cat books to add to my library.

  7. KathyH
    June 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh, good. I would love another cat health book for my library.

  8. Debbie
    May 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm (9 years ago)

    Would love to win Dr. Becker’s newest book! I volunteer for a shelter cat rescue, and adopters and potential adopters are always coming in with questions. We like to keep up with the latest information on one of our very favorite creatures :-).

  9. Kate D.
    May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to win a copy of this book because I always want to learn more about caring for my cat Gretchen.

  10. Vicki Cook
    May 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to receive a copy of Dr. Becker’s book. As a cat parent, I am always looking to improve my “parenting skills”!

  11. Jo K.
    May 29, 2012 at 11:41 am (9 years ago)

    I catch feral cats on my campus, find students to adopt them, and help raise money for their vet care. I’m always being bombarded with questions about their health and wellbeing, and would love to have this as a reference book to help those new cat owners as they adapt to being fur parents!

  12. MichelleB
    May 29, 2012 at 11:28 am (9 years ago)

    Always looking for new information to help my little cat live life to the fullest!

  13. Barbara
    May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am (9 years ago)

    I would love to receive a copy of the book. I am a foster home for cats pulled from local kill shelters as well as stray and abandoned cats in our general area. In this ‘business’ I have many more questions as well as behavior and medical issues that what I have had to deal with in the past when I was simply raising my own cats.

  14. Michelle
    May 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm (9 years ago)

    I could use any help I can get. I have 11 different personalities and quirks living with me, some insight in to why they do what they do and how I can make them stop the bad habits would be wonderful.

  15. Debra Becker
    May 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Any info that can help enrich the lives of my fur babies is certainly welcome. This book sounds like it would do just that. (By the way, I am in no way related to Dr Becker!)

  16. Cynthia Southern
    May 26, 2012 at 3:20 am (9 years ago)

    I would love to win this book to add to my cat library. Marty Becker is a great veterinarian and writer and I am sure I could learn something worthwhile in this book about my cats or their care.

  17. Shannon
    May 26, 2012 at 1:00 am (9 years ago)

    I can always use advice on my kitties!

  18. carey
    May 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm (9 years ago)

    i could always learn a thing or two about our cat. Hopefully she lets me read this without eating the pages lol!

  19. Marni Greene
    May 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm (9 years ago)

    I was picked as a first time kitty Mommy 2 years ago and I still love reading up on them.

  20. Julia Benson-Slaughter
    May 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm (9 years ago)

    Any information that will help me take of my three senior cats is welcome!

  21. RenedaBaer
    May 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m always interested in any way I can make life the best it can be for the little guys I love. I worry about health issues and want to know they are happy and feel loved all the time.

    Thanks for such a great opportunity!

  22. Julia Williams
    May 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm (9 years ago)

    I would like to win the giveaway… because 1) I really like Dr. Becker, and 2) I think this book would be a great read that belongs on every cat lovers bookshelf!!

  23. Mahshtay
    May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm (9 years ago)

    My first cat died of FIP at 10. I had no idea that disease even existed or that a cat come get such a thing at that age. He was indoor only and wasn’t around other cats. After that experience, I’m determined to know more about cats health and well-being with my next cat. Dr. Becker’s book sounds like the perfect addition to my library. I’m committed to keeping my new cat healthy and could use all the help I can get!

  24. Jay
    May 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Stirfry DID NOT come with an Owners Manual, I don’t think there is one for a Tortie.
    But I love her just the same.

  25. Mary Sue
    May 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm (9 years ago)

    I am an avid consumer of health information as it relates to humans, dogs and cats. This would be a great new resource for me and my 3 cats and 1 dog and the rescues with which I work.

  26. Kyle
    May 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to know what I’m not doing that I could be doing to make my Smokey the Cat a happy boy! 🙂

  27. Cheryl J
    May 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to win this book. You can never learn too much about cats.

  28. Mary
    May 25, 2012 at 10:00 am (9 years ago)

    The cat I have now is only the 2nd cat I’ve been “owned” by, so I’d love to win this book, I’m always looking for information to help me with her.

  29. toni / rctees
    May 25, 2012 at 9:03 am (9 years ago)

    Seems that everything I do these days leads to something “cat related”….I’m a sponge…I’ll take all the info I can get : )


  30. Donna B
    May 25, 2012 at 8:33 am (9 years ago)

    I’m always looking for to learn new things about looking after and taking care of my foster kitties.

  31. *°•ƸӜƷ Louis ƸӜƷ•°*
    May 25, 2012 at 8:01 am (9 years ago)

    I am having cats in my life as long as I can remember and yet, I still sometimes wonder what’s going on in his mind…this book would be a wonderful resource.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

  32. Meowm n Sniopy
    May 25, 2012 at 7:35 am (9 years ago)

    I am constantly adding to my cat knowledge

  33. Anita
    May 25, 2012 at 7:20 am (9 years ago)

    No matter how much I think that I know, there is always more to learn! I would be honored to win Dr. Becker’s book. Thanks to Conscious Cat for the giveaway~

  34. Sara E.
    May 25, 2012 at 7:16 am (9 years ago)

    As a volunteer at our local humane society (with a “specialty”) in cats, I get TONS of questions at the shelter, from friends and in the community. I work very hard at keeping up to date on information but having such a wonderful resource with everything in one place would be extremely helpful to other pet parents and–most importantly–kitties in their care. Sharing on my Facebook page.

    Thanks to The Conscious Cat for so many awesome give-aways!!!

  35. Liz Tufte
    May 25, 2012 at 7:14 am (9 years ago)

    I help people with their cats by doing Reiki and animal communication, and by providing nutritional advice. I always need new information about cat care, especially details about veterinary care costs.

    I, too, am disappointed that this book doesn’t address diet better. I often help people who have cats with urinary tract infections, and diet is key. I have other books to refer to for this information.

    Thanks for the review and for doing this giveaway, Ingrid!

  36. Susie
    May 25, 2012 at 6:04 am (9 years ago)

    I would like to win because I’m a FIRST time owner of a cat and she is a stray. I need all the help I can get. I took her in on April 6th.

  37. Jaetta Hall
    May 25, 2012 at 4:44 am (9 years ago)

    I would love to have this book to learn something new about my cats. I love cats so much and 5 of them own me!


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