Fun Facts

Jun 01, 2020

The animal kingdom is full of anomalies, strange behaviors, and things that look like mistakes (giraffes, I’m looking at you there!).  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 (don’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 they’re tired- it’s contagious from dog to dog too!
  • Whiskers  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 don’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 ‘third eyelid’ which can pop up over the eye to protect  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: 99.5-102.5°f
  • Brachycephalic ‘smoosh-faced’ animals are much more likely to overheat because they don’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 dog’s nose print is unique- just like person’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 dog’s lifespan by nearly 2 years
  • The oldest living cat in The Guinness Book of World Records was 38 years old and names Crème Puff

Dr. Stacy Logsdon