Tree Dweller or Bush Dweller? The Key to Cat Personalities

The cat is a complicated creature. As a Certified Cat-Friendly Practice, though, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital tries our best to understand where these quirky, magical creatures are coming from.

Although we still have a lot to learn, cat behavior is a topic that is becoming increasingly studied and understood. One interesting theory is the tree dweller or bush dweller theory. The question of which type of plant a feline friend identifies with can help us to better understand cat personalities.

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Choose 2! Why Adopt Two Kittens at the Same Time

Whether a potential owner of a cat has space or financial constraints, or they simply just have their sights on a single kitty home, there’s nothing wrong with adopting one kitten at a time. 

A single kitten requires a good amount of time, attention, safety considerations, medical care, and gear, so it can make sense to invest in just one ball of fluff. 

On the other hand, there are many benefits of adopting two littermates or bonded pairs. We offer reasons why you should adopt two kittens simultaneously.

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5 Great Ways to Treat Your Cat

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Dogs get all the goodies, it seems, don’t they? From dog spas to doga (dog yoga), designer outfits to resorts just for them, the services and products for canines are endless. 

For a cat lover, however, the world may seem a little dog-centric. The good news is that there are many ways you can treat your cat, too, to make them feel amazing and loved. 

If you are looking for some ideas for pampering your special feline, you are in luck! Your partner in cat care at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here with some of our favorite ideas. Read on to learn more!

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Not With That Cat-itude! Understanding an Aggressive Cat Isn’t Always Easy

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Most people imagine that cats are sweet, friendly, and incredibly docile (if not a little judgey). But considering the myriad ways that the wild ancestors of today’s domesticated felines survived so well, it’s no surprise that they can get a little, well, freaky. 

If you’ve ever come face to face with an angry, aggressive cat you know it’s a deeply uncomfortable, unpredictable and even frightening place to be. 

Know the Score

Aside from litter box issues, aggression is the most common feline behavioral problem facing owners today. It is an important defense mechanism that is hardwired into their DNA, but if it’s left unchecked aggression can create problems at home. 

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When Darkness Falls: Night Time Dangers for Cats (and Owners) to Consider

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Some cats, despite our best efforts, demand to go outdoors. While we know that outside can hold some additional worries for kitty caregivers, things are even more dicey when darkness falls. 

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital can think of a few night time dangers for cats that make it a little easier to insist that your pet stay in at night.

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Kitty Tidbits: A Brief History of Cat Ownership

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In the mid 1980’s clumping cat litter started to fly off the shelves, a move that solidified and catapulted indoor cat ownership. Many cats were kept at home before the discovery of bentonite, but their litter boxes consisted of ash, sawdust, and sand.

At present, approximately 95 million cats live in American homes and a whopping 600 million worldwide (with another 600 million living independently). Without a doubt, the privilege of cat ownership has been around for a long time, but how did our attachment to cats become so embedded in these modern times?

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It’s True. Cats Feel Separation Anxiety, Too

Many myths about cats persist today, including the idea that they like being left alone. They might not be as demanding of an owner’s time and attention as dogs, but cats are social animals with important needs. In fact, when they are apart from the people they love, cats feel separation anxiety, just like dogs and other pets. 

So, what’s an owner to do when they have to leave their cat home alone? Whether it’s for a standard shift for work, or you’re simply stepping out to run errands, there are ways to communicate your devotion to their every feline need.

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Normal or Not: What’s the Deal With Cat Hairballs?

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When they aren’t sleeping or eating, the average cat spends an inordinate amount of time cleaning itself. Indeed, cats have strong attachments to tidiness, and they use their barb-covered tongue to get the job done.

It’s only natural that a furry animal with a rough, brush-like tongue would simply have to endure coughing up a hairball or two. Consequently, cat hairballs are simply part of the territory. Until, that is, they indicate a larger problem.

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Beyond the Cute Factor, Why Do Cats Have Whiskers? 

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In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews’ character, Maria, sings about a few of her favorite things. The top of the list – even before copper kettles and brown-paper packages tied up with string – includes “whiskers on kittens.”

Of course, whiskers on kittens and adult cats are quite adorable, but do they actually serve a purpose? Indeed, cats have whiskers for many reasons! And incredible abilities of cat whiskers give us even more reasons to love felines! 

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Innovation, Intervention: The Many Ways We Can Help (and Handle) Feral Cats 

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A common denominator in rural, urban and suburban communities worldwide is the ubiquitous presence of cats. Some free-roamers may actually “belong” to someone, possibly somewhere nearby. But if you see them skulking around on a regular basis, they are equally likely to be stray or feral cats. 

Highly territorial and incredibly effective at reproducing, feral cat colonies need more help than you might think. Seemingly self-sufficient, these cats are prone to illness and injury, and lead relatively short lives compared to domestic felines.

All Inclusive

Feral cats haven’t had opportunities to be nurtured or socialized by humans. Stray cats, on the other hand, previously lived with people and through no fault of their own became homeless. 

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