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Fun Pet Facts
Presented by VPI Pet insurance, here are some interesting facts about our feline and canine friends.
- Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.
- Cats do not have sweat glands.
- Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
- A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
- There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
- Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind; they can see shades of blue, yellow, green and gray. The color red registers on a grayscale in a dog’s vision.
- A cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.
- Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.
- The nose pad of each cat has ridges in a unique pattern not unlike a person's fingerprints.
- Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
- Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dog's memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat's can last as long as 16 hours—exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.
- Cats' bodies are extremely flexible; the cat skeleton contains more than 230 bones (a human has about 206), and the pelvis and shoulders loosely attach to the spine. This adds to their flexibility and allows them to fit through very small spaces.