A lot of these interesting facts underscores the similarities and emotional connections that people can share with animals, which raises a broader and more intriguing question . what is it about animals that we love so much?
#1. Your one year-old pup is as physically mature as a 15-year-old human.
Of course, different breeds age a little differently. Large dogs age faster than small ones.
#2. Cats were first domesticated in Egypt around the 16th century BC.
#3. Dogs can hear 4 times as far as humans.
#4. Your dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10 million times better than yours.
#5. On average, a dog’s mouth exerts 320 pounds of pressure.
#6. Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws.
#7. Horses were widely domesticated by 2000 BC and were used to pull chariots and other types of vehicles throughout the Middle East.
#8. Your dog does have a sense of time — and misses you when you’re gone.
#9. Fish are the most popular pet in America, with over 142 million of them swimming around in American households
#10. Dogs and cats both slurp water the same way.
#11. Nearly 85% of Americans had a pet growing up
#12. Your dog is as smart as a 2-year-old toddler.
#13. Your dog’s whiskers help him “see” in the dark.
#14. Alexander the Great had a favorite horse called Bucephalus.
#15. Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, had a pet hamster that died during filming. The prop crew made it a tiny coffin for its funeral
#16. Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds.
#17. There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
#18. Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed
#19. Dalmatians are born spotless: at first pure white, their spots develop as they age.
#20. Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind; they can see shades of blue, yellow, green and gray. The color red registers on a grayscale in a dog’s vision.
#21. Cats do not have sweat glands.
#22. To survive, every bird must eat at least half its own weight in food each day.
#23. Americans own more than 60 million pet birds.
#24. The nose pad of each cat has ridges in a unique pattern not unlike a person’s fingerprints.
#25. Cats’ bodies are extremely flexible; the cat skeleton contains more than 230 bones
#26. A garter snake can give birth to 85 babies.
#27. Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
#28. Iguanas are able to hold their breath for up to 30 minutes.
#29. Ferrets are currently the third most popular pet in the US. There are an estimated eight to ten million ferrets in the United States being kept as pets.
#30. An adult cat can run about 12 miles per hour, and can sprint at nearly thirty miles per hour.
- Why is it good to have pets?
Pets promote both your physical and mental health.
- How many pets are killed by owners each year?
There’s no exact data to show how many pets are killed yearly by their owners, but anout 2.7 million cats ad dogs are killed every year because pet shelters are full and can’t accommodate them.
- What are the disadvantages of having a pet?
- Time commitment, it’s undeniably true that pets take your time.
- Financial commitment, just like your time, your pet needs your money in the form of food and medications.
- Pet planning.
- Saying goodbye when it’s too old an dies.
- What are the cons of having a pet?
The cons of having a pet are the same with the disadvantage of having a pet, and have been outlined in the section.
- Why do homeless people have pets?
Homeless people have pets for the same reason that you have pets; companionship, social interaction and much more reasons.
- How many animals has PETA killed in total?
PETA has killed a total of 40,000+ animals since 1998
- How many pets die every year?
2.7 million pets a year. There isn’t an exact figure of all pets killed each year but an estimated 2.7 million dogs and cats are kill every year.