12 Interesting Things About Dogs and Cats

You think you have enough knowledge about dogs and cats, then this post will prove you wrong.

Most of us love dogs and cats and to show our affection, we are taking them as companion or pets. But did you know that these animals possess remarkable traits and behavior that we ought to know. You will be in for a surprise after reading this article.

Six Interesting Things About Cats

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1. Cats always immediately bathe themselves after finishing each meal. Why?– their instinct tell them to get the food scent off them to avoid being attack by predators.

2. The mother cat purrs announcing that it is feeding time and her kittens reciprocate the act after about a week old,; maybe as a sign of gratitude. This purring activity will continue for the rest of their lives.

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3. Cats press their eyes shut. When cats are satisfied or in a jovial mood they simply close their eyes.

4. We can’t completely comprehend how cats communicate to us, but they do ’speak’. Cats express their affection, hunger, boredom, anger, happiness and fear in a unique way that we understand them. Some researchers believe that cats may have learned we can’t hear them in their natural range and have adapted so they can relate to us on our terms.

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5. The cat uses its tail like a tight-rope walker uses a long pole – as a counterweight to aid balance. The tail is also used for communication purposes. Cats born without tails do manage, though. There are other methods of balancing.

6. Did you know that cats can listen for prey by rotating their ears independently? Or that their whiskers can detect movements 2,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair?

Six Interesting Things About Dogs

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1. Did you know that dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting. Also, dogs and wolves yawn as a sign of contentment.

2. Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears. Unfortunately, due to their breeding, the likes of bulldogs and pitbulls only have 10. Therefore, these dogs easily get misinterpreted by other dogs and often get into fights.

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3. Two dogs survived the sinking of Titanic, yes that’s right, two DOGS survived. They escaped on early lifeboats carrying so few people that no one objected. Miss Margaret Hays of New York brought her Pomeranian with her in lifeboat No. 7, while Henry Sleeper Harper of the publishing family boarded boat No. 3 with his Pekinese, Sun Yat Sen.

4. A dog’s sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew.

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5. In the original 101 Dalmatians movie, Pongo has 72 spots, Perdita has 68 and each of the puppies has 32. 6. Giving dogs chocolate could be fatal for them, because theobromine, an ingredient of chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system and cardiac muscle. About 1.1 kg of milk chocolate or just 146 g of cooking chocolate (which has more theobromine per gram) could kill a 22 kg dog.

31 thoughts on “12 Interesting Things About Dogs and Cats

  1. Franc Ramon

    The dog and cats are really both smart i their own way which is why they are very close to humans.

  2. Gemma| My Dailies

    So which do you think is smarter? Unfortunately pets are not allowed in our apartment 🙁 but really interesting facts!

  3. Michelle Grigsby

    That is is interesting! I didn't know that about dogs and their facial expressions. Thanks for sharing!

  4. a-an alfafara

    It's funny coz I just posted a video of cat's and dog's behaviour days ago. They're really interesting pets.


    PS. You might want to follow me back in GFC po thanks!

  5. Nova Hedges

    it is nice to know and learn about this senses about the animals around us, specifically those animals that we often have as a pet

  6. Marriage and Beyond

    Wow, that's quite a hanful of trivia about cats and dogs. So interesting! Most of which, I only found out now. 🙂

  7. KC

    Nice one! =) I used to have a cat.. She's been gone now for almost 5 years.. =( But we do have 2 dogs right now.. We always watch closely when the kids are eating anything with chocolate in it because they love the dogs and they always want to share.. Harmful talaga ang chocolate sa kanila..

  8. Rochkirstin Santos

    Cats always immediately bathe themselves after finishing each meal. Why?– their instinct tell them to get the food scent off them to avoid being attack by predators. –> Wow! Even if they are not trained to do this?

  9. archiedelara

    I'm not really a cat person. But when I see on news yesterday some cats being given to a big python, I felt something sad. There are a lot of stray cats here in Saudi Arabia, and they grow very huge… I wonder why.

  10. Archie de Lara

    I only like to see them – cats and dogs being taken care by others. I don't want to own one. I just find it hard to take care of them.

  11. Franc Ramon

    Cats have extraordinary senses trough its hearing and whiskers while dogs have keen sense of smell.

  12. MaryJane Tauyan

    wow indeed i dont even know cats got that power of whiskers! amazing! and dogs can actually smell individual ingredients in the food is amazing too! xx

  13. Jerome Ibuyan

    It's raining cats and dogs here(just kidding). Personally, I'm a dog lover and these interesting facts about dogs made me smile. Imagining them when they did the first two.

  14. Dust

    Wow. You got a very insightful list here. I learned new things today. Cats and dogs. I prefer dogs though. Hehe

  15. jsncruz

    It's not just chocolates which are harmful to dogs; many kinds of human food are generally unkind to our four-legged best friends 🙂

  16. Teresa Martinez

    This just shows that there is still so much to learn about cats and dogs even if they have practically become constant companions of humans.

  17. Francis Balgos

    I love the facts about cats!
    I just love them, because they have so much character.
    The feline movement first is amazing, and the regal way in which they carry themselves sometimes.

  18. tess

    Great info about this 2 pets.No wonder dogs are being use to detect drugs and bomb. Now i know why cats always clean themselves.

  19. Justin Buenagua

    I really don't know why so many people are obsessed with cats.. even on memes, they are the king!! but seriously, though they are cute, I really find them creepy.. 🙂

  20. special education philippines

    I'm more of a cat person than dog. I thought I knew a lot about cats already and it turns out there is always something new to learn in your animal posts. Amazing!

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