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Cat Facts

Cat Fact #1: A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans.

Cat Fact #2: Cats, unlike dogs, do not learn tricks to win your approval. Cats can be taught to perform tasks such as retrieving toys and jumping through hoops – but it may take patience and perseverance…and quite a few yummy treats for your feline.

Cat Fact #3: A cat uses its whiskers as feelers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.

Cat Fact #4: A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.

Cat Fact #5: A cat can jump as much as 7 times its height.

Cat Fact #6: Cats cannot break a sweat because they have no sweat glands.

Cat Fact #7: A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s brain than that of a dog.

Cat Fact #8: A cat sees about 6 times better than a human at night.

Cat Fact #9: A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae – tiny backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.

Cat Fact #10: A fifteen year old cat has probably spent ten years of its life sleeping.

Cat Fact #11: A frightened cat can run at speeds of up to 31 mph, slightly faster than a human sprinter.

Cat Fact #12: All kittens are born with blue eyes.

Cat Fact #13: Ancient Egyptians believed worshiped cats were sacred animals.

Cat Fact #14: In Asia and England, a black cat is considered lucky.

Cat Fact #15: Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible.

Cat Fact #16: Cats can see color. Studies have shown that cats can distinguish between red and green; red and blue; red and gray; green and blue; green and gray; blue and gray; yellow and blue, and yellow and gray.

Cat Fact #17: Cats have a third eyelid that is rarely visible. If it can be seen, it could be an indication of ill health.

Cat Fact #18: Cats lack a true collarbone and can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through.

Cat Fact #19: You should talk to your cat often. Cats love to hear the sound of their own name and your voice.

Cat Fact #20: Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America.

Cat Fact #21: Human painkillers such acetaminophen (Tylenol) are toxic to cats.

Cat Fact #22: Chocolate is also poisonous to both cats and dogs.

Cat Fact #23: A female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why having your pets spayed and neutered is so important.

 Dog Facts

Dog Fact #1: A dog’s nose has about 4 times as many scent cells as a cat’s and 14 times more than a human’s. That’s why dogs are often used to track down illegal drugs and missing persons. They can sniff out their dinner from any room in the house!

Dog Fact #2: With patience and understanding you can teach any old dog new tricks, depending on what you are trying to teach, or un-teach the dog, which is usually more difficult. Dogs can learn at any age, and like humans, it’s just old habits that are hard to break!

Dog Fact #3: Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!

Dog Fact #4: According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.

Dog Fact #5: An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.

Dog Fact #6: Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.

Dog Fact #7: Every known dog, except the chow, has a pink tongue – a chow’s tongue is black.

Dog Fact #8: Dogs can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before it occurs.

Dog Fact #9: Walt Disney’s family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.

Dog Fact #10: The dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.

Dog Fact #11: The heaviest dog ever weighed 319 pounds.

Dog Fact #12: The oldest dog ever died at age 29.

Pet Facts

Pet Fact #1: Dogs can donate blood to other dogs and cats can donate blood to other cats.

Pet Fact #2: Studies have shown that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

Pet Fact #3: Over 50% of all pet owners would rather be stranded on a desert island with their pet, not another person.

Homeward Bound in the Heartland (Omaha Metro Area) is in dire need of donations (monetary, cat food, cat litter). Our rescue has taken in a record number of homeless and abandoned animals. Our vet bills have been very high. Even though we need donations, we simply could not turn our backs on these animals. We would appreciate any size monetary donation or animal supply donation. If you wish to make a monetary donation that will be used to pay our veterinary costs, please click on the link below.

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