blue cat in the kitchenMost pet owners are pet geeks, meaning they fill their brains with any fun pet facts, trivia, or esoteric tidbits they can get their hands on. Trust us, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center are among the many kind-hearted folks who can talk for days about pets… So, we decided to share some of our favorite facts with you.

While we love that more than half of all pet owners say they’d rather be stranded with a pet than a person, and that pet ownership leads to better health, we’ve gone a few steps further.

For All Those Who Adore Pups

Some of our favorite fun pet facts place a spotlight on our adored canines:

  • Puppies have 28 teeth; adult dogs normally have 42.
  • Old dogs can learn new tricks. Provided there is respect, nurturing, and patience, a dog can learn various commands throughout life. While it’s absolutely vital in puppyhood, continuous learning can keep your aging pup mentally acute, and happy to boot!
  • Possibly one of their finest attributes, a dog’s nose is 14 times more powerful than a human’s.Their noses produce a layer of mucus that helps them absorb scents. Also, if you were to make a print of your dog’s nose, it would be entirely unique!
  • Dogs can detect cancer long before diagnosis with their powerful noses, and they can also warn against bad weather, earthquakes, and dangerous people.
  • While dogs regulate body temperature by panting, they only sweat through their paw pads.
  • Speaking of paws, dogs are famous for strutting around on Frito feet. Caused by a combination of microscopic organisms, inconsistent foot hygiene, and a supportive environment,
  • Frito feet have the potential to either comfort or gross you out. Don’t worry! Simple cleaning and hair maintenance can reverse the corn chip aroma.
  • The Chow and the Shar-Pei are the only two dog breeds with black tongues. The Chow is born with a pink tongue, but after 8-10 weeks, it starts to change color.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not completely colorblind. In fact, they can see blue and green shades, but not red shades. The tapetum lucidum is a unique membrane on the eye that allows dogs to see in the dark.
  • Dalmations are totally white at birth, only “growing” spots as they age.

Fun Pet Facts for Feline Lovers

We love cats for these reasons (and many, many more!):

  • Cats don’t meow at each other. Instead, they reserve the meow to communicate solely with their special humans. Talk to your cat as much as possible!
  • Those whiskers you love actually serve a practical purpose: they help a cat figure out if a space is wide enough for the body to move through. Likewise, cats lack a true collarbone, which helps them squeeze into any space their heads can get into.
  • A feline can jump as high as 7 times their height. That would be like a 6-foot man jumping three stories!
  • Cats do not have sweat glands.
  • That scratchy sandpaper-like tongue? It’s lined with papillae or barbs, a cat’s tongue is designed to tightly hold prey.
  • When running away from a predator, a cat can break 30 mph!
  • An unspayed female cat can have as many as 21 kittens a year! Please let us know if we can help you with this simple procedure.
  • Cats can definitely be trained, but they typically don’t perform tricks to win your approval (like someone else we know…).
  • Cats are the most common pets in America.

So Many Fun Pet Facts, So Little Time

We really and truly could go on and on (and on!), but we’ll leave you with these fun pet facts for now. If you have a fact or two you’d like to share with Elmhurst Animal Care Center, please let us know!