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Fun Facts about Cats and Dogs

by James Thorsen

They are important members of your family, but how much do you really know about your cat or dog? Here are some fun facts that can help you get to know your pet a little better.

1. Dog whiskers are sensitive to touch and can detect minor changes, such as alterations in air flow.

2. Cats are far better at vocalization than dogs. While dogs only make about 10 sounds, cats can make more than 100 vocalizations.

3. Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.

4. The University of Michigan conducted studies on cat and dog memories. They discovered that a cat’s memory can last up to 16 hours, while a dog’s memory spans about 5 minutes.

5. Scientists have attempted to test whether dogs or cats are more intelligent; however, most of the tests evaluate the animal based on its ability to please humans. Dogs try to please the pack leaders. Cats only perform if there is a pleasurable reward.

6. Cats are America’s most popular pets by a margin of about 6 million. Dogs are second.

7. Cats can’t see directly under their noses.

8. Dogs can locate a sound source in .06 seconds.

9. Housecats can run at about 30 miles per hour.

10. Cats can be right pawed, left pawed, or ambidextrous.

11. Dogs have pink tongues, except for the Chow, which has a black tongue.

12. Cats only need about 1/6th of the light of their human companions to see well.

13. Dogs have fewer taste buds and more scent receptors than humans. Therefore, they are more likely to choose food based on odor than taste.

14. Adult cats have 30 teeth. Adult dogs have 42.

15. People who have pets live longer lives, endure less stress, and suffer fewer heart attacks than those who don’t.