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Fun Facts

  • A dog’s hearing is ten times more acute than ours, and they can hear at a distance four times as far as us. Their ears contain 16 muscles versus six in human ears.
  • Many pet owners say their dog smiles. Dogs may not chuckle but they show amusement by displaying a distinct rapid panting to convey pleasure and playfulness.
  • A recent review of 69 studies found evidence that human-animal interactions could lift mood and reduce stress and anxiety, perhaps by activating the hormone oxytocin.
  • According to The Journal of Pediatrics, reseachers in Finland found that babies who grow up in homes with a pet, namely a dog or cat, are less likely to get sick (allergies and respiratory infections) than children who live pet-free.
  • Does your dog like to swim? Researchers have found that dogs paddle under water the same way they run on land: with diagonal pairs of legs moving at the same time!
  • Did you know cats have a visual field of 200°? That means they can see a bit behind them; an advantage when hunting small fast -moving prey (or laser pointers).
  • Although cats sleep up to 16 hours a day, three quarters of that sleep is snoozing, not deep sleep. Cats spend nearly a third of their waking hours grooming.
  • An average cat can make around 100 vocal sounds. Meowing is solely for grabbing the attention of humans; fellow cats get other forms of vocalization.
  • Your kitty’s purr is produced by a muscle in the larynx which opens and closes the air passage 25 times per second.
  • Cats and dogs have a membrane on the inside corner of the eye—the third eyelid—that helps keep their eyes safe from dryness and dirt.
  • Cats have whiskers above the eyelids, around the muzzle and on the lower inside part of their forelegs that help them move smoothly in the dark.
  • Did you know Labrador Retrievers originated in Newfoundland? They were originally used to retrieve game as well as help fishermen pull in nets and catch fish escaping from fishing lines.
  • Cats spend a lot of time grooming! Not a big surprise…Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine found that cats spend between 30 and 50 percent of their days cleaning themselves.
  • Dogs and cats have a third eyelid located inside the lower eyelid. It serves as an additional protective layer, especially during hunting or fighting. It contains a gland that produces a portion of the tear film.
  • Not only can cats jump they can leap straight upward. They can jump up to five times their own height in just one leap and land softly on any object they choose as a landing site.
  • Cats groom themselves more when they’re warm. The saliva on their fur helps cool them down like sweat does on our skin.
  • Have you ever noticed the ridges and creases in your pet’s nose? It is believed those markings are so unique that a pet nose print is as distinct as a human fingerprint.