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03-spca005Cat Facts

  • Ailurophilia is the “love of cats.”
  • Cats are the most popular pets in the world.
  • There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world with 33 different breeds.
  • A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart at 110 to 140 beats per minute.
  • Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict.
  • Don’t pick up a kitten or a cat by the scruff of its neck, only mother cats can do this safely.
  • Cats knead with their paws when they are happy.
  • Your cat can read your moods.
  • The domestic cats is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.  All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  • An average cat has 1 – 8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year.
  • A female cat could have more than 100 kittens.
  • During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens.
  • In 1952 a tabby cat in the US set a record of 420 kittens before having her last litter at the age of 18.
  • The largest known surviving litter was that of a Persian cat named Bluebell who gave birth to 14 kittens n one litter.
  • Cats have 290 bones in their bodies and 517 muscles.
  • A cat has 5 more vertebrae in her spinal column that a human does.
  • A cat almost never miaows at another cat, they use this sound for humans.
  • A cat’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees, slightly warmer than a humans body temperature.
  • People who own pets live longer, have less stress.
  • Cats love to climb and often feel safest high off the ground.
  • On average cats can live for around 12-15 years.
  • Cats have been kept by humans as pets for at least 10,000 years.

21-spca107 Dog Facts

  • It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in colour, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk. They have better low-light vision than humans because of a special light-reflecting layer behind their retinas
  • Dogs have amazing hearing – they can hear sounds four times further away than humans.
  • Dogs have a remarkable sense of smell and can sniff our odours undetectable to the human nose.
  • Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 15,000 years.
  • The avrage life span for a dog is around 10 – 14 years.
  • Dog collars date back to Egyptian times.
  • A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2100 mile Applachian Trail
  • If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could product over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
  • Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads.
  • Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age.
  • In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armour and were sent after mounted knights.
  • The Russians trained dogs during WWII to run suicide missions with mines strapped to their backs
  • A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch.
  • A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human.