Interesting animal facts - Let's have fun

Like to read interesting animal facts? I love them. Some of them are really funny some actually serious. But all of them definitely interesting.

For years now I have been learning and reading about pets. And every once in a while I run into an interesting animal facts. I beleive I have hundreds of them.

Since this is a pet site I will share some pet facts here. Oh, I said "we will share"? Yes, you and me. Feel free to add any interesting and funny pet fact you know about.

Dog facts

  • More than 5 million puppies are born in the United States each year.
  • Dog that lives in the city will live approximately three years longer than a country dog.
  • Small dogs usually live longer than larger breeds.
  • Dogs can survive on a vegetarian diet.
  • Dogs are considered color blind.
  • When a dog licks you, he's saying "I Love You"

Dog breeds' facts

  • Bulldogs were originally bred to fight bulls and bears. (David, UK)

Cat facts

  • Cats cannot see directly under its nose.
  • A cat cannot move its jaws sideways.
  • Cats successfully navigate through mazes in complete darkness. They lose this ability if their whiskers are cut off.
  • Cats can hear ultrasound.
  • Female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months.
  • Cats spend 30% of their time grooming themselves.
  • Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
  • Cats can have freckles.
  • Cats purr at about the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
  • The cat's brain needs so much energy to function that over twenty percent of blood that the heart pumps goes immediately to it.
  • Cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet.
  • Cat's urine glows under a black light.
  • The average outdoor cat has a lifespan of about three years.
  • Indoor cats can live more than 15 years.
  • Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound. (Susan, Miami)
  • A cat's brain is more similar to a human's brain than to the dog's.
  • The slightest touch on a cat's whiskers will make its eyes blink.
  • The Maine Coon cat is America's only natural breed of domestic cat.

Pet bird facts

funny parakeet in toilet

  • Most parrots are left-handed.
  • Parrot can see behind him without turning his head.

Guinea pig facts

  • Guinea pig can not judge height easy. Never leave him on a chair or somewhere similar.
  • If you drop guinea pig from a low height it will probably break its spine.
  • Guinea pigs are food in some countries.
  • Guinea pigs are born with fur and open eyes.
  • A male guinea pig is known as a boar and the female guinea pig is known as a sow. A baby guinea pig is often called pup or piglet.
  • Guinea pigs are not pigs and they are not related to pigs at all.
  • Guinea pigs are not from Guinea.

funny guinea pig with ribbon

Other rodent facts

  • Rats will any type of food. They will even eat dead or dying rats.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

Interesting animal facts | Social life

  • Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.
  • Dogs are mentioned 14 times in Bible.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • Laika became the world's first space traveler. Russian scientists sent the small dog to space in 1957.
  • Brutus is a dog that holds the record for the highest skydive by a dog at 4,572 feet.

Interesting animal facts | History

  • Ferret was domesticated before a cat.
  • Ancient Chinese royalty carried Pekingese dogs in the sleeves of their royal robes.
  • The penalty for killing a cat 4,000 years ago in Egypt was death.

Interesting animal facts | Stats and money

  • Every year, 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters in USA (source ASPCA).
  • 62% of pet dogs own clothes.
  • About 22% of the world's catch of tuna goes into cat food in the United States.
  • The cost of spaying and neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for one year (source ASPCA).
  • Americans spend more money on dog food each year then they do on baby food.
  • 53 percent of pet owners vacation or travel with their pets (source A.A.H.A.).

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