Jun 01, 2020
The animal kingdom is full of anomalies, strange behaviors, and things that look like mistakes (giraffes, Iâ€™m looking at you there!).Â With the world being so serious lately, I wanted to share some interesting and less commonly known facts about the cats and dogs that we love, and thought we knew.
- Cats are more likely to survive a fall from a height of greater than 8 stories, than if they fall from a lower height (donâ€™t try this at home!)
- Cats can get pregnant as young as 4 months old and have multiple cat-daddies for a single litter
- Cats have collar bones whereas dogs do not
- Cats have 30 adult teeth and dogs have 42
- Cats have 3 possible blood types whereas dogs have likely more than a dozen different types
- Dogs often yawn in response to stress but also because theyâ€™re tired- itâ€™s contagious from dog to dog too!
- WhiskersÂ are an important sensory organ- they stick out in all directions around the head to give them a sense of how big their head is in space so they donâ€™t get their head stuck
- Cats have scent glands on the paws and cheeks which explain why cats rub their face on you or knead you- they are actually marking you with their scent!
- Male dogs and cats have nipples
- Dogs and cats have a â€˜third eyelidâ€™ which can pop up over the eye to protectÂ it from damage
- Cats are born with blue eyes and closed ears and all puppies are born deaf
- Dogs and cats get tapeworms from eating fleas
- Dogs and cats have significantly higher normal body temperature than humans do: 99.5-102.5Â°f
- Brachycephalic â€˜smoosh-facedâ€™ animals are much more likely to overheat because they donâ€™t have as large a nasal cavity to evaporate air to cool it down
- Greyhounds have a higher red cell count than other breeds, making them excellent blood donors
- A dogâ€™s nose print is unique- just like personâ€™s fingerprint
- Dogs and cats curl up in a ball to sleep to protect their organs from predators
- Dalmation dogs are born white and develop their spots over time
- Cats tend to have overactive thyroid glands whereas dogs and people tend to have underactive thyroid glands
- A study in Labradors showed that being even moderately overweight can reduce a dogâ€™s lifespan by nearly 2 years
- The oldest living cat in The Guinness Book of World Records was 38 years old and names CrÃ¨me Puff
Dr. Stacy Logsdon