Dogs and cats are a fun and easy way to add to your family. Pets are common in many households and they can keep your daily routine a little more interesting! But how much do you really know about your cat or dog? There are so many fun and interesting facts about pets that you should know! These facts may not be all that important, but they can help you understand your pet more and may help you win the next trivia night.

At Hillsdale Animal Hospital in Advance, we can help you keep your pets healthy and happy throughout their entire lives. Be sure to check out our veterinary services to help keep your pet healthy, and read this blog to learn some interesting facts about your furry friend!

We will break these facts up between cats and dogs, so you can learn more about your pet!

Fun Dog Facts

Dogs are a fun pet to own. They are full of personality, loyal, loving, and goofy. These interesting facts are a great way to understand your dog more and impress your dog-loving friends!

Classification

If you haven’t noticed, there are many different breeds of dogs in this world. In fact, there are over 150 dog breeds, which are broken up into eight classes. These include:

  • Sporting
  • Non-sporting
  • Hound
  • Working
  • Terrier
  • Herding
  • Toy
  • Miscellaneous

The Sniffer

If you have ever walked your dog, you may have noticed how much they smell! A dog’s nose is a powerful thing and there are many intriguing facts about them. Let’s learn some interesting facts about your pup’s nose!

First of all, your dog’s nose is one of a kind. Every dog’s nose print is unique, just like a person’s fingerprint. Next time you are staring into your dog’s eyes, reading each other’s souls, take a peek at their nose. The best dog owners know their dog’s nose like the back of their hand.

A dog’s nose is extremely powerful. They have about 300 million smell receptors, making their sense of smell so powerful. To put it into perspective, a human has about 5 million receptors in their nose.

Sense of Time

Many people assume that dogs do not understand time. While they may not understand the concept of 1:30 pm, they do have a circadian rhythm. Dogs can tell how long they are alone for, when they are going to get fed, when they will be taken on a walk, and other routine habits. One study found that dogs who were left alone longer than other dogs, reacted with more enthusiasm than those left alone for a shorter period of time. This suggests that dogs have a perception of the time that passes.

But how do dogs know when you are getting home? There is one theory floating around that suggests that dogs can “tell time” based on smell. This theory says that the scents around your home can help a dog sense time more. As scents become stronger or weaker, they are able to track time. For example, when you leave your home for work, your scent sticks around for a while, by the time you return home, your scent may have vanished completely. Your dog will begin to understand that when they no longer can smell you, it is about the time you come home. They may be able to use the sense of smell to anticipate when things will occur. This is a theory, but it could be possible!

Curling Up

When your dog is sleeping, do they often sleep curled up in a ball? The answer is likely yes. This is an adorable position with a very practical purpose. Dogs sleep like this because it is an instinct. Your dog’s ancestors would sleep like this to protect their vital organs from predators since attacks were not uncommon. So while you may think it is adorable, they are actually trying to protect themselves!

We could go on and on with the fun dog facts, but we are going to move on to some of the fun cat facts that we think you would be interested in knowing! Read on to learn more.

Fun Cat Facts

Cats are unique. While they are cute, playful, and independent, they are not like dogs. There are many interesting things about cats, however, that you probably didn’t know. Let’s take a look at some of the fun cat facts!

Cat’s Purr

Many people think that cats purr when they are happy. But this is not the case. It is true that it is common for cats to purr when they are content, but this is not the only time they purr. Cats also purr when they are sick, hurt, stressed, or giving birth. So, just because your cat is purring does not mean they are happy being dressed up like a pirate.

Catnip

Catnip contains several different chemical compounds. One of those compounds includes nepetalactone, which cats can detect with receptors in their nose and mouth. This compound triggers behaviors that we often associate with catnip. However, not all cats react to catnip. More than half of the cat population does not have a reaction to catnip. While scientists don’t understand why catnip effects some cats and not others, they do know that is it a hereditary thing!

A Cat’s Meow

Cat’s do not meow at other cats, and it is hard to say why they meow in the first place. Many people believe that cat’s meow to imitate the noises they made as kittens and to get a human’s attention. They often meow to tell you something and how they are feeling or what they want.

Benefit You

Cats are actually beneficial to human health. A Purina article mentions that people who own cats have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Cats can also help reduce your chances of suffering from depressions or loneliness (dogs can have a similar positive impact). If you have been feeling lonely lately, get yourself a cat!

The Whiskers

The whiskers around your cat’s face are important! They help your cat determine how big openings are, which can help them tell if they will be able to get out of the space. Their whiskers are attached to nerve cells and can also provide your cat with information about the things that your cat touches.

We could go on all day about the fun and interesting facts about cats and dogs, but these are a few that we wanted to share with you. If your pet needs some care, be sure to bring them to Hillsdale Animal Hospital in Advance. We can help you keep your pet healthy and happy! Contact us today.