Cats and Catnip: What You Need to Know

New Haven cat licking cat nip.

Most cat parents have heard of catnip, and some are very familiar with giving it to their cats. This mystifying substance can make your cat seem “high,” or to behave in strange or funny ways. But what exactly is it, and how does it affect your feline friends? The team at New Haven Pet Hospital is here to help uncover the mystery of catnip and how it affects your cat. 

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What Counts as Cat Anxiety?

Cat anxiety.

Cats can get stuck with a bad reputation they did nothing to deserve. We’ve all seen cute memes showing them as jittery, yowling biters that will scratch without warning and run away from any sort of petting who then turn into drama queens when dinner isn’t served on time. Your friends at New Haven Pet Hospital know that cat anxiety may be a symptom of an underlying cat ailment.

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Say What?! All About the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

A dog reverse sneezing.

We often get calls about dogs and their odd sounds or behaviors, but when it comes to the reverse sneeze, this is one of the most common. Dog owners will tell us that they were eating or relaxing when all of a sudden their dog went into strange nasal fits. This sound is akin to a sneeze or cough, but not quite. In fact, most pet owners say it sounds like a goose honk! 

Reverse sneezing in dogs is a frequent diagnosis here at New Haven Pet Hospital. Let’s explore the mystery of the honking dog.

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When a Shedding Cat Drives You Up the Wall

Tabby cat making eye contact in the foreground with green plants in the background.

One of the most attractive traits in a cat is their fur coat. However, their glorious fur can also range between inconvenient and exasperating when shedding season is in full swing, bringing with it swirls of cat hair and dust bunnies. Generally speaking, cats are so low-maintenance that we forgive their seasonal sloughing. If you have a shedding cat (or suspect you might have one soon) there are things you can do to counter the furry chain reaction.

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A Fresh, Clean House: Spring Cleaning for Pet Owners

Owning pets and having a spotless house are not mutually exclusive, but having a fresh, clean house can feel like a lofty goal when wagging tails, muddy paws, and slurping tongues are involved.

Don’t worry though, you’ve got this! To help, we’ve prepared a ready-made list on how spring cleaning for pet owners can be easily achieved – and maybe even enjoyed by all members of the house!

With Pets In Mind

Of course, pets don’t know the extent of their effect on your household. They don’t necessarily know that their paws tracked dirt, mud, litter, fur, or other debris throughout the house.

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Know the Signs and Stop Animal Cruelty In It’s Tracks

For people who absolutely love animals, it’s tragic to hear about cases of animal cruelty. A great deal of research, education and intervention has been at the forefront of preventing neglect and abuse, but there is still much to be done.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and to aid in the fight we’ve got some tips on how to spot – and stop – animal cruelty. 

Animal Welfare Counts

As a responsible citizen, you may feel absolutely compelled to get involved when you witness signs of animal cruelty. However, you should never compromise your own safety in this virtuous fight.

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New Haven Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs Of 2019

If you are spending the holiday season in some reflection, we commend you! This time of year usually entails looking back and remembering all the wonderful things the days behind us have brought to our lives. Perhaps 2019 also brought challenges and changes, too. Whatever the case, we can look ahead to the new year with hope, enthusiasm, and a sense of excitement. 

At New Haven Pet Hospital, it also brings a sense of gratitude for our friends and clients who we had the honor of spending time with this year. If you have been reading our blog, we are so grateful to you for your feedback and for letting us explore new topics that we hope are of interest to you. 

Here are the top five blogs of the year:

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Cat Facts That Illustrate Their Companionable, Captivating Feline Natures

Despite the fact that cats have taken over the internet, our feline obsession is by no means an effect of the modern age. Indeed, cats have lived among us for millennia, but perhaps it’s more accurate to say that they’ve graced us with their presence. 

It may not feel like they’re doing us a favor when we’re scooping out their litter boxes, but the truth is, they are – and we’re living longer, happier lives because of their companionship. If that isn’t convincing enough evidence for why we love them, we’ve collected the following list of extra-amazing cat facts.

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It’s No Surprise! There Are A Plethora of Amazing and Fun Dog Facts

If you’ve been around dogs for awhile, you may have seen many things that impressed and amazed you. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of things our dogs do that are endearing and funny, too.

But do you think you know everything about canines? The following fun dog facts may surprise you. 

Fun Dog Facts That May Surprise You

There are so many fascinating fun dog facts that it was difficult to select just a few. Here are our favorites, from New Haven Pet Hospital.

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Your Pet and New Baby: A Little Prep Goes a Long Way!

Life is all about transitions. Whether subtle or significant, if we handle changes well, the better off we’ll be. However, when it comes to welcoming a new baby into the world, the transition can be very difficult for many new parents. Eventually, we all figure it out, but guess who else may need a little extra help?

This new chapter can be overwhelming for both human and animal family members, but there are ways to ensure a happy life with your pet and new baby.

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