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The World Is Going to the Dogs (and Cats)
by Landess Witmer PetFolio Publisher
Mar 07, 2012 | 1516 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Illustration/Turi Everett
Courtesy Illustration/Turi Everett

According to recent statistics, there are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs and 86.4 million owned cats in the United States. Countless other stray animals exist. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households own at least one dog and 33 percent of U.S. households own at least one cat.

Twenty-one percent of owned dogs and cats were adopted from an animal shelter. On average, dog owners spend almost $250 on veterinary visits annually, and cat owners spend just over $200 a year in the vet office on their felines. Seventy-eight percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered, and 33 percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered.

Did you know this about cats?

Most household cats have 18 toes. Jake, from Ontario, Canada, has a total of 27 toes!

Cats (and dogs) can suffer from the same summer problems that humans do: overheating, dehydration and even sunburn!

For their size, felines have the largest eyes of any mammal.

More than 70 breeds of cats are recognized by national cat registries.

Born on March 11, 1977, the oldest living cat is a 35-year-old Burmese called Kataleena Lady, in Australia.

Cats meow for humans, rarely to each other.

Although cats sleep from 16 to 18 hours a day, they remain alert to even the slightest stimuli.

Common cat toxicities are aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen; chocolate and caffeine; antifreeze; lead, zinc and batteries; and pesticides (rodenticides, insecticides and herbicides).

Did you know this about dogs?

The American Kennel Club recognizes 148 dog breeds.

It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.

Many dogs don’t like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.

If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their puppies could produce more than 66,000 dogs in six years.

Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.

A human’s brain is more similar to a cat’s brain to than that of a dog.

Read more about current events and local pet outings in “A World Unleashed,” at
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The World Is Going to the Dogs (and Cats) by Landess Witmer PetFolio Publisher

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