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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Cats

Cats are often mysterious and misunderstood creatures. Here are some little known facts about them!

  1. If a cat blinks slowly at you, it means they love you!
  2. The average cat sleeps for 16-18 hours per day
  3. Have you ever noticed little tufts of fur in a cat’s ears? Those are called ear furnishings. Ear furnishings help filter out debris and also help insulate the ears.
  4. Cats do not have collarbones!
  5. The actual term for a hairball is a bezoar
  6. Cats do not have a sweet tooth, unlike humans and dogs!
  7. Cats cat hear sounds 2 octaves higher than humans can
  8. Cats are not the only animals that purr.
  9. The largest cat breed is the Maine Coon, these cats can weigh about 25 pounds
  10. The most popular purebred cat breed is the Persian cat
  11. All cats except Cheetahs sheath their claws when not in use
  12. Female cats tend to be “right-pawed” while male cats tend to be “left-pawed”
  13. Cats greet each other by touching noses
  14. Calico and tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. Anytime there is a male calico, it has an XXY gene mutation.
  15. The scientific word for loving cats is “ailurophile”
  16. The first cat show occurred in London in 1871
  17. Humans have only 6 muscles to control the outer ear, cats have 32!
  18. Adult cats have 30 teeth
  19. Cats only sweat through their paws
  20. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States
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What You Should Know About Onion and Garlic Toxicities in Pets

Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets.  It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online.  They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!

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Last updated: Sept 13, 2021

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