20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Dog or Cat

Let’s shake it up a bit from our normal blog posts and take some time to learn a few neat facts about the dogs and cats in our life.

If you have any neat facts (not on the list), you would like to share, drop us a comment!

1.     Newfoundland dogs have a water-resistant coat and webbed feet. Their job was once to help haul nets for fisherman and rescue people from drowning.

2.     There were three dogs who survived the sinking of the Titanic- two Pomeranians and a Pekingese.

3.     Puppies have 28 teeth. Adult dogs have 42.

4.     Dalmatians aren’t born with spots. They develop their spots as they get older.

5.     A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

6.     Dogs can only sweat from the pads o their feet. That’s why they use panting as form of ‘heat release.’

7.     A dog’s nose is wet due to a thin layer of mucous covering their nose to assist in absorbing scent.

8.     A dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times better than ours.

9.     Most people know the Chow Chow by their blue-tinged tongues, but they’re actually born with pink tongues. Their tongue doesn’t change color until around 8 weeks old.

10.  Dogs kick after going potty because they use the scent glands on their feet to mark their territory.

11.  When comparing the genome of the house cat to the tiger, there is a 95.6% match. They’re more like their ancestors than we thought.

12.  A cat named ‘Lucky Nicky’ was born in 2004. Nicky was the first cat to be commercially cloned. The owner of the cat shelled out $50,000 to replicate his favorite cat, and has stated the personality of the two cats is extremely similar.

13.  You truly can train a house cat to use the toilet.

14.  Cats have an extra organ that allows them to taste scent!

15.  Female cats are generally ‘right-pawed’ whereas males are ‘left-pawed.’

16.  Cats can become pregnant as young as 4 months old! Unless you want kittens, you should get your cat spayed as soon as your veterinarian recommends.

17.  Have you ever watch the Aristocats? And, the kittens are drinking that yummy warm milk…? Contrary to popular belief, many cats are lactose intolerant, and shouldn’t have any milk other than milk from their mother at birth.

18.  Spaying or neutering your cat may extend his or her life according to a study by Banfield Pet Hospital. Male cats were found to live an average of 62 percent longer than cats who weren’t neutered. Spayed female cats were found to live an average of 39 percent longer than cats who weren’t spayed.

19.  Cats have scent glands in their face and body. When a cat is rubbing their body or face against you, they may be marking you as their territory.

20.  Cats have over 100 vocalizations they use to communicate.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of facts we could share with you… but we want to hear from you! What’s the most interesting fact you can find about your furry companion?