We love our dogs and cats and do everything we can to keep them healthy. Here are a few interesting facts about dogs and cats you may not have known:
In ancient Egypt dogs were revered so much that when a pet dog died its owner would shave off his/her eyebrows, smear mud in the hair and mourn aloud for days.
Dogs are built very uniquely. They have three eyelids; the third lid is called a nictitating membrane or haw, and this membrane keeps the eye lubricated and protected. A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.
Most popular dog names are Max and Jake for males and Maggie and Molly for females.
Finally, in 2003 Dr. Roger Mugford invented his “wagometer” that he said could interpret a dog’s mood by measuring the wag of its tail. I think most of can do the same thing by waving a treat or toy or leash in front of our dogs.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose and most cats have no eyelashes. A cat has 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows. A cat uses its whiskers for measuring distances.
The love of cats is called Ailurophilia. Cats usually don’t like to be touched on their bellies but love their heads, behind their ears and below their chins being rubbed. Both cats and humans have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
Finally, domestic cats purr at approximately 26 cycles per second, the same frequency it’s been said, as an idling diesel. They purr when inhaling and exhaling and while young cats purr in monotone older cats have two or three purring “notes.”
And here’s a fact everyone knows, people who have dogs and/or cats in their lives typically live longer, have less stress, and have lower blood pressure and fewer heart attacks.
Another fact, every day Shakespeare Animal Fund saves lives by paying emergency veterinary care for pets of the elderly, disabled and others with low incomes whose animals are suffering. Help us keep on helping. Share these fun facts and ask your friends, colleagues and neighbors to go to our website and contribute any amount, to help us continue to stop the suffering.
Jennifer Webb, founder, Shakespeare Animal Fund