"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."

The above quote from Mary Bly is an absolute truism, and part of the charm of cats for the true cat lover. But sometimes you need to modify your cat's behavior, and, felines being the independent creatures that they are, it's not as easy as buying a choke collar or even getting out the treats.

In his new book, Your Cat: The Owner's Manual (Grand Central), Dr. Marty Becker tells you everything you need to know about your feline companion. Associate Editor Kate Pritchard and I couldn't resist bending his ear with a few questions about our own cats' behavior in a Q&A.

Kate's cats Worthington (L) and Chesterfield (R) have a somewhat contentious relationship.

My cats Willie (bottom) and Walter (top) have issues of their own—including Walter's tendency to go a little nuts in the evenings.

Interested in what Dr. Becker had to say to us? Click here for the full Q&A (and more adorable cat photos).

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