May 142013
 

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FACTS ABOUT OUR FOUR LEGGED DOGS AND CATS

  • Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend 16 hours of each day sleeping. With that in mind, a seven year old cat has only been awake for two years of its life!
    • Dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years. Cats have lived with people for only 7,000 years.
    • Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees.
      • Cats are partially colorblind. They have the equivalency of human red/green color blindness. (Reds appear green and greens appear red – or shades thereof.)
      • At birth, kittens can’t see or hear. Kittens open their eyes after five days and begin to develop their eyesight and hearing at approximately 2 weeks. They begin to walk at 20 days.
  • The nose pads of both dogs and cats are unique – ridged in a pattern just like fingerprints of humans.
  • Among the survivors from the doomed Titanic were two dogs – a Pekingese and a Pomeranian.
  • A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart – 110 to 140 beats per minute.
  • Cats knead with their paws when they’re happy.
  • Your cat loves you and can read your moods. If you’re sad or under stress, you may also notice a difference in your cat’s behavior.
  • The oldest known breed of dog native to North America is the Chihuahua and the oldest known breed is the Saluki, an Arabic word meaning “noble one.”
  • An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year.
  • During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens.
  • The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world, followed by France.
  • People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
  • Cats are partially colorblind. They have the equivalency of human red/green color blindness. (Reds appear green and greens appear red – or shades thereof.)
  • At birth, kittens can’t see or hear. Kittens open their eyes after five days and begin to develop their eyesight and hearing at approximately 2 weeks. They begin to walk at 20 days.
  • Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend 16 hours of each day sleeping. With that in mind, a seven year old cat has only been awake for two years of its life!
  • The Doberman breed was created in the 1860’s by Louis Doberman, a German tax collector who created the dog to protect him while he worked.
  • Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.
  • 95% of all cat owners admit they talk to their cats
  • Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.
  • A cat has five more vertebrae in its spinal column than a human does
  • Dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years. Cats have lived with people for only 7,000 years.
  • Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is about 285 degrees.
  • Dogs can hear low sounds about as well as humans (40 Hz, compared to our 20 Hz), and can hear sounds that are a quite a bit higher (60,000 Hz, compared to our 20,000 Hz). They are more sensitive to loud sounds – loud noises that humans can tolerate may be painful to dogs. The flipside of this is that they can hear sounds that are 4 times farther away.
  • Because cat-eye pupils are vertical slits, they get narrower in bright light. The neat trick: Cats can lower or raise their eyelids to hide more or less of the slit, just like a window shade. This gives a cat more precise control than nearly any other animal over the amount of light entering his eyes.
  • In absolute darkness with no light at all, cats can’t see any better than humans can.
  • Scientists estimate that cats can see clearly in one-sixth the amount of light we humans would need.
  • The fastest dog in the world is a greyhound which can reach up to an amazing 45mph!
  • Contrary to popular belief, a Pit Bull doesn’t have the strongest bite. In a scientific test measuring bite pressure, the Rottweiler won with 328 lbs., followed by a German Shepherd at 238 lbs., and the Pit Bull at 235 lbs. What makes Pit Bulls dangerous biters is their ability to lock their jaws.

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