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Dog Facts

  • A dog’s nose has about 4 times as many scent cells as a cat’s and 14 times more than a human’s. That’s why dogs are often used to track down illegal drugs and missing persons. They can sniff out their dinner from any room in the house!


  • With patience and understanding you can teach any old dog new tricks, depending on what you are trying to teach, or un-teach the dog, which is usually more difficult. Dogs can learn at any age, and like humans, it’s just old habits that are hard to break!


  • Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!


  • According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.


  • An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner's will.


  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.


  • Every known dog, except the chow, has a pink tongue - a chow's tongue is black.


  • Dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs.


  • Walt Disney's family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.


  • The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.


  • The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.


  • The oldest dog ever died at age 29.


Cat Facts

  • A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.


  • Cats, unlike dogs, do not learn tricks to win your approval. Cats can be taught to perform tasks such as retrieving toys and jumping through hoops - but it may take patience and perseverance…and quite a few yummy treats for your feline.


  • A cat uses its whiskers as feelers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.


  • A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.


  • A cat can jump as much as 7 times its height.


  • Cats cannot break a sweat because they have no sweat glands.


  • A cat's brain is more similar to a human's brain than that of a dog.


  • A cat sees about 6 times better than a human at night.


  • A cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae - tiny backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.


  • A fifteen year old cat has probably spent ten years of its life sleeping.


  • A frightened cat can run at speeds of up to 31 mph, slightly faster than a human sprinter.


  • All kittens are born with blue eyes.


  • Ancient Egyptians believed worshiped cats were sacred animals.


  • In some Asia's part and England, a black cat is considered lucky.


  • Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible.


  • Cats can see color. Studies have shown that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray.


  • Cats have a third eyelid that is rarely visible. If it can be seen, it could be an indication of ill health.


  • Cats lack a true collarbone and can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through.


  • You should talk to your cat often. Cats love to hear the sound of their own name and your voice.


  • Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America.


  • Human painkillers such acetaminophen (Tylenol) are toxic to cats.


  • Chocolate is also poisonous to both cats and dogs.


  • A female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why having your pets spayed and neutered is so important.


Pet Facts

  • Dogs can donate blood to other dogs and cats can donate blood to other cats.


  • Studies have shown that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.


  • Over 50% of all pet owners would rather be stranded on a desert island with their pet, not another person.