Photo: Dr. Marty Becker with PetTalk Editor Michelle Mantor during a recent Houston visit. Photo by Kaia Mantor

Celebrity television and book author Dr. Marty Becker will be signing his new book, “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual,” from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Petco, 22511 State Hwy 249, Houston, 77070.  The first chapter of the book is available on

Dr. Becker has been a popular contributor to “Good Morning America” for 16 years, is the resident veterinarian on “The Dr. Oz Show,” and is the pet expert for AARP.  Most recently, Dr. Becker is a veterinary contributor and spokesperson for, the top website for veterinarian-reviewed pet-care information.  He is a contributor to Parade magazine and is the author of “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual” (Grand Central Life & Style; May 2011), which is now out in paperback. Dr. Becker has co-written a number of books with pet journalist Gina Spadafori.   “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual: Hundred of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat” is published by Grand Central Life & Style.

“This book represents a life-time of studying and treating cat diseases and practicing preventative health.  It’s been my goal to have this one go-to guide for cat lovers and they journey through life with the most amazing animals,” Dr. Becker says.

In this new must-have pet-care guide, Dr. Becker shares his time-tested and often surprising insider secrets for raising a happy and well-behaved cat.  Among the many topics covered in the book are how to control parasites after a particularly warm winter, even if the cats are indoors cats; how to decrease shedding up to 90%, reducing hairballs at the same time; how to address the  most common behavioral problems in cats and the importance of good dental hygiene care and weight control.