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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Napoleon Complex Canine: Dealing with Small Dog Syndrome

When your tiny dog thinks they are the boss, negative behaviors go along with it. Small dogs with attitude are referred to as Napoleon Complex dogs, land sharks, or princess pups. While at times funny and cute, these dogs can cause damage when coddled or left to their own devices. You may be surprised how many dog bite reports are a result of this untreated behavioral problem. 

The question is, what causes Small Dog Syndrome and is it something that can be treated or corrected? 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why these small-scale big shot dogs develop negative behaviors and habits. It is our aim to help pet parents make the necessary changes to help their four-legged friends. 

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The Importance of Putting Your Pet in Your Will

Estate planning encompasses many important factors that illustrate what you want to have happen to your property once you are deceased. This careful decision making and planning requires great forethought and assistance from an estate planner, lawyer, or other trusted advisor.

Obviously, if you have dependents and loved ones, you will want to include them in your will, but what about your pet companions?

Since our pets depend on us totally for their good care, they, too, need to be included in our end of life plans. This is why the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to express how important putting your pet in your will is, as well as giving you some helpful suggestions for the steps to take.

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Music Therapy For Pets Really Hits the High Notes

When you’re in a good mood, listening to happy or uplifting music can make you feel even better. Conversely, when you’re down, slow, melancholy-sounding music can intensify the blues. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, animals are equally affected by tonal quality, beat, and melody. Music therapy in pets is becoming more popular in treatment plans for separation anxiety or phobia, but listening to the right type of music has the potential to benefit all pets.

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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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After Shelter in Place: Helping Pets Cope with Being Alone

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After weeks and months of staying in the home and social distancing, many cities are loosening restrictions as people are returning to work and school. Returning to work and other daily life resumes for most, yet our pets may have gotten used to our presence!

Anxiety after COVID-19 has been a problem for pets who are dealing with transitional anxieties. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants to help you avoid separation anxiety by helping pets cope with being alone. Let’s take a closer look!

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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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A Brief (and Amazing) History of Dogs as Companions

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There’s no question that dogs are pretty amazing. After all, they are the only animal that has worked, protected, played, and snuggled alongside us for thousands of years.

Dogs as companions have been a constant throughout much of human history, but researchers are only just beginning to understand how far back this relationship goes, and how it all came to be.

The First Dog?

The undisputed first example, by archeological and DNA evidence, of the modern dog is the Bonn-Oberkassel dog, dating back to around 14,220 years ago. The remains of this dog (the right mandible to be specific) were discovered buried alongside humans during basalt quarrying in Oberkassel, Germany in 1914.

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The Wonderful World of DIY Pet Treats

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably found yourself with a little (or a lot of) extra time on your hands lately. Staring at the same four walls can get a little old, and there are only so many projects to finish or Netflix series to binge. Spending a little extra quality time with Fido or Fluffy may be just the thing to ease the tension and boredom of another long afternoon. 

While we highly recommend walks, fetch, and games of feather chase (meow!), whipping up a batch of DIY pet treats is also high on the list. We’ve found some scrumptious, and healthy, ideas your pet is sure to go bananas for – and that won’t add a ton of extra calories to their diet!

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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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