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Fun Facts

20 Fun Cat Facts

  1. There are over 100 different cat breeds

  2. Cats can see up to 120 feet away. Their peripheral vision is about 280 degrees

  3. The oldest cat to ever live was Creme Puff, a Texas cat who lived to be 38 years old and 3 days. Creme Puff was born in August 1967 and died in August 2005, according to Guinness World Records.

  4. The average age for an indoor cat is 10-20 plus years while the average age for an outdoor cat is only 3-5 years

  5. Blue eyed cats are often prone to deafness

  6. Cats lap liquid from the underside of their tongue rather than from the top when drinking

  7. In terms of size, Main Coon cats are one of the largest breeds. They are usually 10-16 inches tall, while Ragdolls are 9-11 inches tall. However, both breeds are about the same size in length (measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail), 35-40 inches.

  8. At birth, kittens can’t       see or hear

  9. Cats' two color-detecting cones let them see blue-violet and yellow-green wavelengths of light, but not red-orange. So, similar to dogs, cats mainly see things in shades of yellow, gray, and blue tinges, but some researchers think that cats may also notice some shades of green.

  10. A quivering cats tail is the greatest sign of love a cat can give you

  11. A cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall

  12. If a cat snores, or rolls over on his back to expose his belly it means it trusts you

  13. Cats respond more readily to names that end in an “ee” sound

  14. Compared to a dog’s 10 vocalization sounds (approx), cats have 100 different vocalization sounds

  15. Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, approx 26 cycles per second

  16. Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat flap

  17. A cat will almost never “meow” at another cat. This sound is mostly reserved for humans

  18. Cats have the largest      eyes of any mammal in relation to body size

  19. Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend an average of 16 hours sleeping each day

  20. The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human


20 Fun Dog Facts

  1. The tallest dogs are the Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound

  2. The smallest dogs are the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle

  3. A dog’s hearing       is very acute. They can register sounds of 35,000 vibrations a second (compared to our 20,000)

  4. Dog’s have a wonderful sense of smell. A Fox Terrier has 147 million ‘smelling cells’ and a German Shepherd has 220 million compared to a humans 5 million

  5. Guinness World Record holder Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, passed away at the age of 31 years and 165 days in his home in Portugal on Saturday.

  6. All dogs, regardless of breed, are direct descendants of wolves. Technically they are all the same species, which means they can breed together and produce fertile offspring

  7. 2 dogs survived the sinking of the titanic – a Pekinese and a Pomeranian

  8. Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older

  9. The poodles ‘haircut’ was originally to improve its swimming ability as a retriever.

  10. Dogs take between 10-30 breaths a minute

  11. Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as humans do

  12. Dogs have a visual range of 250 degrees compared to the human range of 180 degrees

  13. The word puppy derives from the French word poupee which means doll

  14. Puppies are born blind, deaf and toothless

  15. A puppy begins to see       when it is between 2-3 weeks old. At 3 weeks it will develop a sense of smell

  16. At 4-8 weeks of age a puppies mouth will get 28 baby teeth. At 4-7 months of age the baby teeth will fall out and be replaced will 42 permanent teeth

  17. Dogs have 3       eyelids – an upper and lower eyelid and a 3rd one hidden between them. It helps protect their eyes from dirt and dust

  18. The Greyhound is the fastest dog and can run at 45mph for short periods of time

  19. The Basenji dog from the Congo is a breed that does not bark, instead makes a yodel type sound

  20. Dogs have been wearing collars ever since Egyptian times

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