PET FACTS

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Cat Facts

A person who loves cats is called an ailurophile.

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 Asia 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.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the longest whisker on a cat belongs to Mingo, a Maine Coon living in Finland.  Mindo's record-holding whisker measured 17.4 cm (6.8 in) on July 30, 2004.


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.

There are more dogs in Paris than children!  About half a million dogs live in the city.  Paris is extremely pet-friendly, and dogs are allowed in most public places, including restaurants.  Don't forget to watch where you step!

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's smallest fully mature dog living (in terms of height) is Whitney, a Yorkshire terrier who measured three inches to the shoulder on November 26, 2002. Whitney lives in Shoeburyness, Essex, UK.

Homeless Pet Statistics

If every pet in the U.S. were to have a home that would mean every family would have to own 7 dogs and 21 cats!

If 92% of all dogs and cats were spayed or neutered the remaining 8% could provide enough puppies and kittens for the entire world.

An average of 575 homeless dogs and cats are still being euthanized every hour at shelters across the nation.

It is estimated that only 1 in every 6 cats is lucky enough to have a home.

On average 15-30% of dogs ending up in U.S. shelters are reclaimed while cats average only 2-5% being reclaimed. Please keep a current tag with your address and phone number on your pets. It is a lifesaving act!

Miscellaneous Facts

There are approximately 93.6 million Cats in the U.S.

There are approximately 77.5 million Dogs in the U.S.

There are approximately 171.7 million freshwater fish, 11.2 million saltwater fish, 15 million birds, 15.9 million small animals, 13.63 million reptiles and 13.3 million horses owned in the U.S.

94% of pet owners take their pet to a vet for regular checkups and more pet owners are taking pets to a board-certified veterinary specialist for advanced care.

Dog owners spend an average of $453 a year on surgical veterinarian visits.

The amount spent on pet food, accessories, veterinarian care, OTC medications, gifts and maintenance in the United State is more than the gross domestic product of all but 64 countries in the world!

There has been a steady increase in services (grooming, pet-sitting, hotels, training, etc.)

Advances in veterinary care & medications/treatments causing pets to live longer

Our senior population is expanding and their need for companionship or safety has led to an increase in pet ownership.

Young professionals are delaying having families in favor of careers, and they turn to pets to fill the void at home.

The awareness of the benefits to humans of owning a pet is on a steady incline, and it is documented more often in professional studies.

Pet ownership in America is stronger than ever before, with 63% of all US households owning a pet, that’s 71.1 million homes!

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.


Sources:
American Pet Products Manufacturers Association Pet Owners Survey 2007-2008; U.S. Census Bureau; American Animal Hospital Association Survey 2004; 2009-2010 survey by the American Pet Products Association; North Shore Animal League America; Answers.com; Guinness Book of World Records;