23 Curious Facts about Dogs and Cats

I found these 23 Curious Facts about Dogs and Cats to be very informative. Lots of items in here I had not read before.

I know there are probably even more curious facts about animals in general especially those in the wild however most of us don’t have those in our house or our back yards.

Take a look and find out how many of these curious facts about dogs and cats you know.

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

When it comes right down to it, how much do we really know about our beloved furry friends? We may know what kinds of treats they prefer, their favorite spot for an afternoon nap, and where they want us to scratch them, but many things about dogs and cats are still a mystery to their human companions. If we took just a bit more time getting to know about the bodies and minds of the pets that share our lives, we’d learn that they’re full of interesting surprises.

  1. Cats are lactose intolerant. Like most mammals, cats lose the ability to digest dairy after infancy. Feeding milk to a cat can encourage stomach upset and diarrhea.
  2. Dogs with “squashed” faces have more health problems. The structure of the faces of pugs, boxers, and bulldogs makes them more prone to respiratory problems, dental problems, and other health issues.
  3. Cats are capable of about one hundred distinct vocalizations; dogs are capable of about ten.
  4. All Dalmatians are born white. Their spots develop within the first few weeks of life.
  5. Hunting is not an instinctive cat behavior. If a kitten doesn’t learn to hunt from its mother or other cats, it’s unlikely that it ever will.
  6. A dog’s sense of smell is up to one hundred thousand times more sensitive than a human’s. While humans have about five million scent receptors in their noses, a bloodhound has up to three hundred million.
  7. Domestic cats sleep an average of sixteen hours per day. In the wild, big cats that expend lots of energy hunting sleep even longer. Only sloths spend more of their lives asleep.
  8. Dogs’ only sweat glands are between the pads of their feet. They dissipate the majority of their heat by panting, a method far more effective than allowing moisture to evaporate from the skin.
  9. Cats are either lefties or righties. Psychologists at Queen’s University in Belfast discovered that female cats were more likely to favor their right paws, while male cats were more likely to favor their left. As with humans, some cats are ambidextrous, too.
  10. Dogs are one of only two mammal species that have prostate glands. The other species is humans.
  11. Calico cats are almost always female. The gene for coat color is sex-linked, so to express both orange and black coloring, the cat must have two copies of the X chromosome. Rarely, an abnormality produces a male cat with XXY chromosomes and calico coloring; these cats are always sterile.
  12. Dogs aren’t really color-blind. They do see colors, just not as well as humans.
  13. All kittens are born with blue eyes. They begin to change color about two weeks after their eyes open.
  14. Dogs’ wet noses help them smell better. The mucus attracts and “catches” more chemical scent particles in the air.
  15. Most blue-eyed white cats are born deaf—about 65 to 85 percent, says the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.
  16. The only dog breed that doesn’t bark is the Basenji. However, Basenjis do make other noises, such as growls, whines, and even yodels.
  17. Cats don’t meow at other cats. They reserve this sound for getting attention (not to mention food) from humans.
  18. Dogs have no clavicles. Their disconnected shoulder blades allow them a greater range of motion for running and jumping.
  19. When cats walk, their left front leg moves in tandem with their left back leg, and their right legs do the same. The only other animals that walk this way are giraffes and camels.
  20. Domestic dogs can breed with wolves. The two animals are still related closely enough that they can mate, producing feral offspring.
  21. The proper name for a group of cats is a clowder. A group of kittens is called a kindle.
  22. It takes eighteen muscles to move a dog’s ear. This specificity of motion helps the dog pinpoint the origins of sounds much faster than a human can.
  23. Both cats’ and dogs’ noses are unique, like human fingerprints. It’s becoming more and more common to take nose prints of dogs in case they’re ever lost or stolen.

If you go home to one of the seventy-seven million cats or fifty-five million dogs in the United States, take a minute to marvel at their quirks. Cats and dogs may seem uncomplicated when they’re chasing after a shoelace or stalking their own tail, but these animals are anything but simple.

I hope you found these 23 Curious Facts about Dogs and Cats very informative. The next time you notice your dog putting up his or her ears you may think wow, 36 muscles being used just to raise those ears. Perhaps useless information but fun to know about your dog and your cat.

Remember to spay and neuter unless you are a breeder. Get regular Vet checkups for your dog and cats. They will love you for it.

I almost forgot, if you are considering a dog crate please do give us a visit. We have the unique strongest Level 3 Heavy Duty Dog Crate for your larger stronger dogs and a full line of wire dog crates for everyone else including a giant 55″ wire dog crate for your Great Dane or other larger breed. Thanks so much.






About The Author

Bill Beavers, brings you pet products that provide improved Quality of Life for You, Your Family and Your Pets.

You can connect with Bill on Twitter or Facebook and follow his latest projects. For Fun, Facts and Love for our pets follow this blog for informational and entertaining posts and cool tips.


16 Responses to “23 Curious Facts about Dogs and Cats”

  1. Random Aubs says:

    After I read this I went over to my dog and checked if his face was sort of “squashed”!I Ha ha…This was really information al! Thanks!

  2. I am about to buy a white blue eyed cat. I hope he is not deaf :'(

  3. That was interesting!

  4. Scientific Method says:

    While there is some information in this article, a considerable amount of it is quite untrue, and demonstrates only that the writer places too much faith in his source or sources without verifying the data, or that he chooses to write for entertainment rather than informational value. This is a good example of the poor journalistic quality which substantially reduces the value of the internet as a helpful tool for the non-scientific reader.

  5. I didn’t have the slightest clue about all these facts about cats and dogs. And I always thought that cats are so fond of milk. I never knew it creates digestion problems for them.

  6. pet injury says:

    Helpful information. Fortunate me I found your site by chance, and I am stunned why this coincidence didn’t came about in advance! I bookmarked it.

  7. These are interesting insights. Thanks for sharing. I’ve known some fact about them but I never heard until I read here that dogs and cats noses are unique like our fingerprints,hmm..that’s sounds clearly amazing though. I’m entertained by these facts. Thanks again.

  8. Thank you this was so very interesting.

  9. Best Pet Strollers says:

    what interesting facts. We just got a puppy and have been crate training… that crate you recommend looks fanastic and I think it will let us use the crate not only as a training device but for a safe place for our new dog as she grows older as well.

  10. thats really sad guys…my cast so fat!

  11. # 10 is especially intersting… I wonder how it came to be this way…???

  12. Great blog post guys! Wow, we’re dog lovers here and never had I had all these things at one time oin front of me to read. I loved the dalmation one, I didn’t know that they were born white and then the spots come. I’ll be sure to take a look around your blog. Great job and keep them facts coming! Thanks

  13. Hi! Thanks for sharing this very interesting article. I’ve learned a lot from this blog. I would like to share this to my friends and I’m sure they will love it because they were also a pet lovers. Hope to see more article about pets on this site.

  14. I find this post both informative and entertaining. Pet lovers like me will surely spend time to read posts like this. After reading those facts, I really said “Oh really!” since I never really knew that cats were sensitive with milk and etc., I will tell a friend who happens a pet lover too.

  15. I never thought that feeding milk to cats may lead to stomach upset. It’s my first time to know as well that there’s a certain breed of dog that doesn’t bark. I learned a lot from your article and it’s very informative.I’ll tell my brother to monitor his cute little pug because i don’t him to get sick. Thanks!

  16. Fascinating to learn that dalmatian spots develop over time! Not to mention a yodeling dog… haha

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Keeping Your Dog » Blog Archive » 23 Curious Facts about Dogs and Cats - [...] is the original post: 23 Curious Facts about Dogs and Cats Related Posts:Curious Facts About Cats and Dogs |…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.