Wandering Thoughts: Pet Edition

For those of you with cats:

  1. Are there any unusual uses for cats?

Before mailmen and women, cats used to deliver mail. According to catspecialties.com, 37 cats delivered mail in 19th-century Belgium. It was only a semi-successful experiment because the cats were not disciplined enough to keep it up. They took their sweet time getting from house to house.

  1. How can cats see in the dark?

Cats see in the dark because their eyes reflect the light to their irises. Once light enters their eyes it’s automatically reflected back out. Like a firefly, cats can make their own flashlights.

  1. Do paws have fingerprints that are unique to the cat?

Cats do have fingerprints – however, they’re not where you’d expect. According to vetfacts.com, the print on a cat’s nose has a unique ridged pattern that act as a human’s fingerprints do.

  1. Why do cats “make biscuits”?

Cats knead or “make biscuits” for the same purpose as a peeing dog: to mark their territory. When they knead, cats sweat through the bottom of their paws that then rubs off on whatever surface they’re on. This sweat acts as a marking mechanism.

  1. Is there anything special about cat piss?

It glows in the dark. If you were to shine a black light on cat piss, it would glow brightly.

 

For those of you with dogs:

  1. I know cats can see in the dark, but can dogs do it as well?  

Yes. In addition to seeing the world in black and white, dogs’ eyes contain a membrane called tapetum lucidum that allows them to see in the dark.

  1. Why are dogs’ noses always so moist?  

Dogs keep their noses wet to help them absorb smells. When a dog licks its nose, it means they’re sampling the smell through their mouth. It’s something humans would try if they could reach their noses with their tongues.

  1. Do dogs use their ears for anything other than listening?

Dogs express themselves through their ears. In each ear, there are more than a dozen separate muscles. They use these muscles to show fear, happiness, surprise and sadness.

  1. Do dogs dream?

Of course. What you probably didn’t know though is that dogs have the same type of slow sleep wave as humans. We also share the same rapid eye movement (REM).

  1. Who has unexpectedly incorporated dogs into their career?  

Not fact – but it’s rumored by PBS that at the end of the Beatles song “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney included a record of an ultrasonic whistle only audible to dogs. He did it for his dog at the time, a Shetland Shepherd.