7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Pet
1. Your Dogs Ears Use 18 Separate Muscles
In addition to being cute and furry, a dog’s ears are highly functional. They use 18 separate muscles to better capture sounds!
2. Dogs Can Learn up to 250 Words
While your average loveable pooch can probably learn closer to around 165 words, some of the smartest breeds can learn upwards of 250 words and signals.
3. Dogs React to Storms
This has more to do with your dog’s heightened senses, and less to do with telepathic powers. Scientists believe doggies can smell the metallic odor of lightening and hear the storm’s thunder far before we can.
4. Touch is the First Sense Puppies Develop
After being born blind, deaf and toothless, touch is the first sense that puppies with develop as they grow.
5. Cats Cannot Taste Sweets
A cat’s tongue has far less taste buds than you do and, interestingly, their taste buds don’t register sweet flavors! The common theory as to why is that an early ancestor had a genetic mutation and through the years, it was never reversed.
6. Cats Can Hear Ultrasonic Sounds
Your cat has a remarkably superior set of ears than you. Not only are they cuter, but they can hear sounds that a human ear can’t. The average human hearing range extends to 23 kHz whereas a cat can hear sounds much higher – 64 kHz.
7. Cats Kiss with Their Eyes
A kitty’s version of a loving kiss is to offer you a slow blink. Alternatively, if you blink slowly to any other cat, feral or domesticated, it will have a calming effect on them.
- Jessi Shaw