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10 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT CATS
1. In terms of development, the first year of a cat’s life is equal to the first 15 years of a human life. After its second year, a cat is 25 in human years. And after that, each year of a cat’s life is equal to about 7 human years.
2. Cats can rotate their ears 180 degrees.
3. The hearing of the average cat is at least five times keener than that of a human adult.
4. In the largest cat breed, the average male weighs approximately 20 pounds.
5. Domestic cats spend about 70 percent of the day sleeping. And 15 percent of the day grooming.
6. A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
7. Most cats have no eyelashes.
8. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four on the back ones. It’s not uncommon, though, for cats to have extra toes. The cat with the most toes known had 32—eight on each paw!
9. Some believe that if you dream about a white cat, good luck will follow. [i don't know about this one being a fact]
10. Meows are not innate cat language—they developed them to communicate with humans!
3. A whopping 45% of all U.S. pets are overweight or obese. While the best treatment is prevention, it’s never too late to help your pet stay in better shape. Who loves their chubby puppy or kitty enough to visit our clinic and get help?
4. How many calories does a 20-pound dog need?
A) 275 calories
B) 1,200 calories
C) 500 calories
4. A medium sized Milkbone dog biscuit has 40 calories: a large one has 115 calories.
BEGAN IN CHINA.
Scientists once believed that cats were domesticated in Ancient Egypt approximately 4000 years ago, but new research, published in 2013, shows that a breed of once-wild cats lived in close proximity to farmers in China some 5300 years ago. "Our data suggest that cats were attracted to ancient farming villages by small animals, such as rodents that were living on the grain that the farmers grew, ate and stored," says Fiona Marshall, study co-author and archaeology professor at Washington University in St. Louis. "Results of this study show that the village of Quanhucun was a source of food for the cats 5300 years ago, and the relationship between humans and cats was commensal, or advantageous for the cats. Even if these cats were not yet domesticated, our evidence confirms that they lived in close proximity to farmers, and that the relationship had mutual benefits."
Cold Weather Tips:
1. If it’s too cold for you outside it’s too cold for your pet. Cats should be kept inside. Dogs should only be allowed out to relieve themselves and they should be supervised.
2. Shorter haired breeds will be less cold tolerant than longer haired ones. These pets may need coats to even go outside for short periods of time.
3. Check your pets’ paws for cracks, cuts, deicers, and snow packed between the toes. Get veterinary care when needed and remove any thing found in or on the paws that shouldn’t be there.
4. Avoid walking your dog on ice. You never know if the ice will be able to support their weight.
5. Provide appropriate food and shelter for animals that cannot come inside. Use plastic bowls and make sure their water is not frozen. Shelters should be warm and dry with clean bedding and away from prevailing winds.
6. Recognize the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
7. Keep your pet at a healthy weight. Indoor pets should not be fed more as overweight pets develop arthritis which can make cold weather very difficult for them. However, pets that spend more time outdoors will need more calories to deal with the cold.
8. Pets should not be left in cold cars as the car can act like a refrigerator. Also bang on the hood of your car to dislodge any feline friends that may be hiding under your warm hood.