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Did You Know These Fascinating Pet Facts?


As a professional pet sitter for 10 years and a pet owner for 40+ years, I am always fascinated about anything to do with animal information. Even though I have a lot of pet care experience, I am constantly learning more all the time. I know that my education about pets is an ongoing experience and I welcome any new knowledge that will help me with my cat sitting, dog sitting, and also passing along this information to pet owners.

Discover how much you really know about our canine and feline companions.

Felines are very neat drinkers – they take about 4 laps per second, or 5 teaspoons in a minute.

 The world's first dog show was held in Britain in 1859; the first cat      show in 1871.

 Each cat's nose is uniquely ridged – much like a fingerprint on a human.

A running dog averages 19 mph, while greyhounds can move at a 45 mph clip.

A cat can move at 30 mph, with the cheetah holding the record at 75 mph.

62% of American households have a pet. That's more than 70 million homes!

Humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, while dogs have more than 220 million.

Cats can jump seven times their own height.

Dogs do dream? Yes, they experience REM sleep, complete with paw twitching and movement.

A group of cats is called a clowder.

Dogs don't feel guilt. They may look like it, but they're really reacting to your displeasure.

Cats have 5 toes on their front paws, but only 4 on each back paw.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see colors, but in less vivid hues.

Cats have been domesticated about half as long as dogs.

Many dogs can understand up to 250 words and gestures.

A cat can spend up to 30% of its life grooming itself.

The name Fido comes from Latin and means “fidelity.”

The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake; the top female names are Maggie and Molly.

10% of a cat's bones are in its tail, and the tail helps them keep balanced.

The noisiest dogs are Beagles and Collies, and the quietest is the Basenji (they an't bark at all).

Cats have two vocal chords and can make about 100 vocal sounds, while dogs make only about 10.

*Source: FM mymagazine 2015

At Kelly's Pet Sitting, we are dedicated to providing the very best pet care for your pets. And that means that we are always educating ourselves about pet care, behavior, nutrition, etc  Whatever type of pet sitting you are looking for: cat sitting, dog sitting, dog walking, or other types of pet care, we are ready to serve your needs. 

Please feel free to share any comments, useful articles and/or personal experience on our blog or Facebook Page. We consider what we do as an ongoing learning experience and the more we know and the better prepared we are, the more we can help our precious pets live their best lives!

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