Pets bring so much joy, chaos, and laughter into our lives! Have you ever wondered why they do some of the silly things they do? Here are a few fun facts about your furry friends.
Don’t sweat it
Dogs do not sweat through their skin, only through the pads on their feet. They pant to circulate air through their bodies to cool down.
How are cats so flexible?
Cats’ bodies have over 230 bones (humans only have about 206)! Additionally, their pelvis and shoulders are loosely attached to their spine, adding to their ability to squeeze into very tight places.
A dog’s nose always knows
Dogs have roughly 4 times as many scent cells as cats, and 14 times more than humans! Some breeds, such as bloodhounds, have even more. No wonder they can smell dinner from any room in the house.
Cats vs. Goldilocks
Cats prefer their food at room temperature. Like Goldilocks, they do not want their meals to be too hot or too cold.
Dogs see a few colors of the rainbow
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not color blind; they see shades of blue, yellow, green, and gray. Red is a color that registers on a grayscale in a dog’s vision.
One of a kind
The nose pad of each dog and cat has a unique pattern like each human’s distinctive fingerprints.
Dogs are family
75% of people sign their dog’s name to their annual holiday card and why wouldn’t they?!
Are tigers a close ancestor to domestic cats?
House cats share almost 96% of their genetic makeup with tigers. They also have many of the same behaviors such as scent and urine marking, prey stalking and pouncing.
Let sleeping dogs lie
Around 45% of dogs in the U.S. sleep in their owner’s bed. Oh, and all dogs dream, but puppies and seniors dream more frequently than adult dogs.
We hope you enjoyed learning some interesting traits about your pets. If your pet is due for a wellness exam with Westbrook Animal Hospital or you have any questions about their health, please call (336) 584-9978 to schedule an appointment!
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