Amazing Cat Facts

For over fifty years, I was a dog person. Cats are too independent for my taste.

If you put a dog and your spouse in the trunk of a car and leave them for one hour, which one is going to be happy to see you when you open the trunk?

Bear the Pomeranian with Fergi the Cat

That all changed three years ago when I was scanning my Facebook news feed. I stopped scanning when I saw a picture of a cat named “Fergi” from the Pawsibilities Rescue Group that needed a home. She had the bluest eyes I had ever seen. Fergi was eight years old, long hair, and something inside my head told me inquire about her.

Long story short, Fergi came home with me a few days later. She let our dogs know they could sniff her when she said they could. It was like they had been together since birth.


I found these on buzzfeed.com and want to share them with you:

1.  Cats rub against people to mark their territory.

2.  When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as they mourned.Kitten Picture

3. Black cats are bad luck in the United States, but they are good luck in the United Kingdom and Australia.

4.  Cats have scent glands along their tail, their forehead, lips, chin, and the underside of their front paws.

5.  Cats lick themselves to get your scent off.

6.  A cat can jump up to six times its length.

7.  When cats leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear  you.

8.  Cats can change their meow to manipulate a human. They often imitate a human baby when they need food, for example. Editor’s note:  I know this one very well!

9.  Cats make more than 100 different sounds whereas dogs make around 10.

10.  Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs, especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.

11.  Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.

12.  The world’s richest cat is worth $13 million after his human passed away and left her fortune to him.

13.  Cats can’t taste sweetness.

14.  Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.

15.  Cats sleep 70% of their lives.

16.  A group of cats is called a clowder.

17.  A cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for 15 years. His name is Stubbs.

18.  Cats are often lactose intolerant, so stop givin’ them milk!

19.  Raw fish is not good for cats.

20.  A cat’s brain is 90% similar to a human’s — more similar than to a dog’s.

21.  Cats and humans have nearly identical sections of the brain that control emotion.

22.  Abraham Lincoln kept four cats in the White House,

23.  When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln is said to have replied “cats.”

24.  A cat has detected his human’s breast cancer.

25.  Cats can move their ears 180 degrees.

26.  Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs, which allows them to squeeze through very small spaces.

27.  Most cats don’t like water because their coats do not insulate them well enough.

28.  The Egyptian Mau is the oldest breed of cat.

29.  Cat owners who are male tend to be luckier in love, as they are perceived as more sensitive.

30.  Cat owners are 17% more likely to have a graduate degree.

31.  Cats have inferior daytime sight, but during the night they need seven times less light than humans to see.

Cool Dog Fun Facts I Didn’t Know

I found some Cool Dog Fun Facts I think are interesting, and I want to share them with you!  Did you know dogs should have eye protection? Dog goggles are great when they’re riding in a car or bike!

My life would be empty without our dogs. When I need someone to talk to and I’m the only human in the house, my Miniature Schnauzer Murphy always listens. I truly believe dogs are tuned into our emotions.

My husband and I had an argument, and I needed to go for a walk to cool off. I decided to take our dog Buddy with me. Buddy, The Best Dog EverBuddy was a special dog. I rescued him from a puppy mill where he’d spent 11 years of his life. He was a white Miniature Schnauzer, and the people I rescued him from had his voice box removed sdogo when he wanted to bark, no sound would come out. Every time he wanted to bark, it broke my heart to see his mouth move without noise. I held his leash in my hand and called him out to the porch. Buddy had heard the argument. He couldn’t bark but he wasn’t deaf. Buddy walked up to my husband’s golf bag on the porch, lifted his leg, and peed all over it. What a great dog! I gave him extra treats that night.

 


1.  Do you remember Cracker Jacks? The name of the dog on the box is Bingo.[1]

2.  The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescue dog, named Gidget.[1]Chihuahua photo

3.  Dalmatians are totally white at birth.[1]

4.  Ozzy Osborne saved Susan’s (his wife) Pomeranian from a coyote. He tackled and wrestled the coyote until it released the Pomeranian.[1]

5.  Dogs are as smart as a 2 or 3 year old child. They can understand around 150 to 200 words, including signals and hand movements that have the same meaning as words.[2]

6.  Dogs like sweets more than cats do. Cats have about 473 taste buds, dogs have around 1,700 taste buds, and humans have around 9,000 taste buds.[2]

7.  In 1992, Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany left her dog Gunther III approximately $106 million.[1]

8.  The oldest dog was an Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who lived 29 years, 5 months. That’s over 160 years in human years.[1]

9.  It’s a known fact that petting dogs is proven to lower the blood pressure of dog owners.[2]

10.  There’s a survey out that says 33% of dog owners talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they’re away from home.[1]

11.  A “grumble” is a group of Pugs.[3]EganView.com Pug

12.  Basenjis are the only barkless dogs in the world.[4]

13.  Golden Retrievers are the best dogs to attract a date. Pit Bulls are the worst.[1]

14.  Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints. They can be used to identify them.[5]

15.  Chocolate, cooked onions, macadamia nuts, and anything with caffeine may be harmful to dogs.[5]

16.  Small quantities of raisins and grapes may cause renal failure in dogs.[5]

17.  Did you know dogs have 3 eyelids? The 3rd one is called a nictitating membrane or haw. It keeps the eye lubricated and protected.[6]

18.  Kublai Khan owned 5,000 dogs – that’s the most dogs ever owned by one person.[1]

19.  The American Kennel Club has been in existence since 1884.

20.  In Palding, Ohio, police officers are allowed to bite a dog to quiet it.[1]

21.  In ancient China, dog trainers were held in high esteem. A lot of dog domestication, dwarfing and miniaturization also occurred in China.[1]

22.  Puppies are born deaf, toothless, and blind.[5]New Born Puppy Picture

23.  Dogs can locate the source of a sound in 1/600th of a second. They can hear sounds 4 times farther than humans can.[5]

24.  Dogs can learn spoken commands easier if they’re giving in conjunction with hand signals and/or gestures.[2]

25.  Two dogs are enough to form a pack. A pack is more likely to chase and hunt than a single dog on its own.[2]


Our first Miniature Schnauzer loved riding on my scooter. I wanted to take him to work with me on the bike, but he needed eye protection. I found these dog goggles online, and the rest was history!dog goggles

Cool dog fun facts


REFERENCES

1Choron, Harry and Sandra Choron. Planet Dog: A Doglopedia. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2005.

2Bailey, Gwen. What Is My Dog Thinking? San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2002.

3Bigler, Taylor. “Top 11: Oddest Collective Nouns for Groups of Animals.” The Daily Caller. March 27, 2013. Accessed: January 18, 2017.

4Coren, Stanley. How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind. New York, NY: Free Press, 2004.

5Budiansky, Stephen. The Truth About Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestory, Social Conventions, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis familiaris. New York, NY: Penguin Putnum, Inc, 2000.

6Stefoff, Rebecca. Dogs. New York, NY: Benchmark Books, 2003

7Brewer, Douglas, Terence Clark, and Adrian Philips. Dogs in Antiquity: Anubis to Cerebrus The Origins of the Domestic Dog. Warminster, UK: Aris & Phillips, 2001.


I Had No Idea!

EganView's Pomeranian Bear

There’s plenty of fun facts we either didn’t know or forgot about.

This is a section of my blog where I dig deep and let you know what I’ve discovered. Chances are you forgot or didn’t know these fun facts, too!

If there’s some trivia you want me to investigate and report back, let me know in the comments section of this page.

We know there’s an answer out there. My job, find it!

The picture on the left is my Pomeranian, Bear. He’s not the smartest dog in the world, but what he lacks in brains he makes up for in looks.