Fun Pet Facts

This week we thought that we would share some fun facts about pet animals that we have picked up over the years.

  • According to the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report 2017 people 51% of households in the UK own pets, with an estimated population of 9.3million dogs, 10.3million cats and 1.1million rabbits!
  • Rabbits have near 360-degree vision and can even see behind them. Their only blind spot right is right in front of their nose.
  • An Ailurophile is someone who likes cats and a Cynophile is someone who prefers dogs
  • Guinea pigs are not related to pigs and do not originate from Guinea in West Africa. They are actually rodents and come from South America.
  • A dog or cat nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint
  • Approximately 1/3 of a dog’s brain mass is devoted to smell (compared to being only 5% in humans!) and their sense of smell is between 1000 and 10000000 times more sensitive than ours is, depending on the dog breed.
Dog nose
  • According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat ever was ‘Crème Puff’ who lived to be an amazing 38 years old! The greatest reliable age recorded for a dog is 29 years 5 months for an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey.
  • Almost all animals can be taught to respond to commands using reward-based training, including our pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, horses and rodents.
  • Rabbits have very strong back legs, allowing them to jump up to one meter high and three meters across.
  • Adult cats very rarely meow to communicate with each other, but they do learn from a young age that meowing at their human will get them extra attention and food.
  • Goldfish can live for over 20 years with the proper care and environment. the oldest living goldfish was reported to be 45 years old.
  • Happy rabbits will often jump and skip around in joy – it’s called a binky.
  • Fish can see colors and some scientist believe that fish may even be able to see more colors than humans.
  • Research by the University Of Minnesota concluded that cat owners are much less likely to suffer from a stroke.
  • Chinchillas shed their fur in big clumps if they feel scared or threatened, to help them escape from predators.
  • Guinea Pig world records include running 10 metres in 8.81 seconds and jumping a gap of 48cm.
  • Pet ownership can help make you more able to deal with pain. One study found that stroking a dog could halve the amount of pain relief needed by a patient recovering from a joint replacement operation.
  • A cat’s tongue is  lined with tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place, which is why it feels rough if they lick you.
  • The swedish have a ‘showjumping’ competition for rabbits called Kaninhoppning.
  • Tortoiseshell cats are nearly always female because the coat colour is dependent on the female chromosomes XX. Because males carry the XY chromosomes, tortoiseshell males are extremely rare.
Stroking cat
  • Some common terms for groups of animals – A clowder or comfort of cats, a kennel or pack of dogs, a business of ferrets, a chatter of budgerigars, a warren of rabbits and a troubling of goldfish.
  • Reptiles are ectothermic, which means that they need to warm their bodies from external sources such as the sun, or in the case of pets a heat lamp or rock. This is because they cannot regulate their body temperature in the same way that other animals and people can.
  • Budgies have monocular vision, which means they use each eye independently.
  • The smell of catnip can cause cats to exhibit behaviours that are commonly seen in in-season female cats, including rubbing their head and body on the herb, jumping and rolling around, vocalizing and drooling. Response to catnip is inherited and only about 70% of cats will react to it. Catnip does not affect kittens until they reach sexual maturity.
  • One in four pet owners sign their pet’s name on christmas and other greetings cards
  • Ancient Romans considered the rat good luck, and in China the rat is considered a sign of prosperity.

The team at Castle Vets would like to wish everyone and their pets a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please visit our website for pet information and advice, or you can contact the practice on 0118 9574488.