Kid’s Zone

Cat 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.


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.


The MSPCA as an animal welfare organisation is very aware that education of the young and old, pet owners and the general public is of prime importance to the success and growth and responsible pet ownership.

Teachers and pupils can show their support of the MSPCA through Fundraising activities.

In return, Re-Homing Centre visits schools and educational material is supplied by the MSPCA.

Our mission is to bring about the day when all cats and dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

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