Interesting Pet Facts
- A dog can run up to nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed., but the members of the greyhound family are the fastest, they can run up to 42 miles per hour.
- Small dogs live the longest. Toy breeds live up to 16 years or more. Larger dogs average is 7 – 12 years. Veterinary medicine have extended this estimate by about three years. However, some breeds, such as Tibetan terrier live as long as twenty years.
- Dogs that are left alone for long periods howl because they are lonely. The purpose of the howl in the wild, is to gather the pack so that they can face impending danger together. The group howl is also a type of bonding experience.
- Dogs often hesitate before going out in the rain. It’s not because they’re afraid of getting wet, but because the rain amplifies sound and hurts their sensitive ears.
- Studies show that a lovingly handled dog is a healthier dog. The touch of the human hand improves the functions of virtually all the sustaining systems: respiratory, circulatory, digestive and so on. In new born puppies. A frequently petted puppy is not only healthier and happier, but also better behaved. Dogs like humans, find solace in touching another living being, which is another reason why they get along so well together.
- If you love dogs, but hate the sound of barking, a possible solution is a basenji dog from the Congo, This dog is a breed of dog that does not bark, but instead make a yodel-like sound.
- Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays. More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets.
- In Russia, a team of doctors and scientists conducted 1,278 telepathic experiments with dogs, of which 696 were successful. Most of teh experiments involved testing the dog’s ability to read unspoken commands. The research team concluded that some ESP factor must be at work.
- The relationship between man and his dog is a special one. It is no wonder, then that more and more healthcare practitioners are recommending that their patients adopt a dog to help them through periods of illness. There are many instances on record that describes how the companionship of a loyal, loving pet has helped ailing people to get better.
- A frightened dog puts his tail between his legs because it cuts off the sent glands in its anal region, a very vulnerable part of the anatomy. Since the anal glands carry personal scents that identify the individual dogs, the tail between the legs action is the dogs equivalent of insecure humans hiding their faces.
- The average dog has 42 permanent teeth in his mouth..
- The ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to realise the cat’s potential as a vermin hunter and tamed cats to protect the corn supplies on which their lives depended.
- Sir Isaac Newton is not only credited with the laws of gravity but is also credited with inventing the cat flap.
- A cat’s hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
- Cats eat grass to aid their digestion and to help them get rid of any fur in their stomachs.
- Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy. Cats will also purr loudly when they are distressed or in pain.
- All cats need taurine in their diet to avoid blindness. Cats must also have fat in their diet as they are unable to produce it on their own.
- In households in the UK and USA, there are more cats kept as pets than dogs. At least 35% of households with cats have 2 or more cats.
- Milk can give some cats diarrhea.
- The average lifespan of an outdoor-only cat is about 3 to 5 years while an indoor-only cat can live 16 years or much longer.
- Blue-eyed, white cats are often prone to deafness.
- On average, a cat will sleep for 16 hours a day.
- There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on its underside.