Wild and Wacky Pet Trivia


Ani­mals make pretty fas­ci­nat­ing com­pan­ions. Their per­son­al­i­ties and behav­ior can keep us enthralled for hours. You may be curi­ous to know some of the more obscure and triv­ial facts about your favorite furry or feath­ered com­pan­ion. Here are a few quick and inter­est­ing tid­bits about your favorite pets:

Dogs

  • Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.
  • Com­mon knowl­edge says that dogs are color blind. That’s not true, as dogs can see shades of blue, green, yel­low, and gray. Red reg­is­ters in the grayscale of a dog’s vision.
  • The Basenji is the only dog that doesn’t bark. It makes a noise that more closely resem­bles yodeling.
  • Almost every dog has a pink tongue, except the Chow. Chows have black tongues.
  • A recent sur­vey revealed that “Max” is the most pop­u­lar dog name in the country.
  • Dogs can make about 10 vocal sounds.
  • In France, dog own­er­ship is a con­sti­tu­tional right.

Cats

  • All cats are born with blue eyes.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • A pack of kit­tens is known as a kin­dle. A pack of adult cats is called a clowder.
  • Cats aver­age about 16 hours of sleep a day.
  • Cats can’t taste sweet things.
  • Cats see six times bet­ter than humans at night.
  • The nose pad of each cat has ridges arranged into a unique pat­tern, a bit like human fingerprints.

Mis­cel­la­neous Critters

  • Horses pro­duce about 10 gal­lons of saliva each day.
  • Gold­fish need sun­light to keep the vibrancy of their pig­ment. If kept in dim light, a goldfish’s color will diminish.
  • Goat’s eyes have rec­tan­gu­lar pupils, to facil­i­tate watch­ing out for preda­tors over wide, flat graz­ing areas.
  • Birds must eat at least half their body weight in food each day to survive.
  • Many ham­ster are able only to blink one eye at a time.
  • Armadil­los are the only ani­mals apart from humans that are sus­cep­ti­ble to leprosy.
  • Igua­nas can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes.
  • A gold­fish may live for up to 40 years.
  • Guinea pigs are born good to go, com­plete with eyes open, a full set of teeth, and a full coat of fur.
  • Chick­ens are the clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tive to Tyran­nosaurus Rex.
  • Rats can go with­out water for longer peri­ods than of time camels.
  • A garter snake can have up to 85 babies. Ewwwww…

So there you go. A whole bunch of fun and use­less facts. Quiz your friends and see who’s the supreme intellect!