Interesting facts about pets

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      339

Humans have long had many pets, having domesticated wild species. Later, breeders and geneticists got involved, and many of today’s popular pets were once artificially bred. Not all of them could live in the wild, without humans - just think of decorative breeds of dogs and cats, but these animals were bred to live at home. However, some people have very peculiar tastes, and their pets are sometimes the most unusual.

Facts about pets

  • It is against the law in most countries to keep dangerous fauna, like large predators or poisonous reptiles, at home.
  • Even pet dogs can hear sounds about 10 times farther away than humans.
  • The most popular pets in the world are dogs and cats.
  • Scientists believe that the first pet was the wild wolf, domesticated by ancient people in times immemorial. He is also the ancestor of most breeds of dogs.
  • The longest-living pets are turtles. Even their small breeds sometimes live more than a hundred years.
  • Parrots have no vocal cords. Imitating human speech and making other sounds, they use their tongue and beak.
  • In France, pigs are still used to this day to find truffles, fabulously expensive mushrooms.
  • Horses are among the few animals capable of recognizing themselves in photographs.

  • Rabbits have eyes designed in such a way that they can see what is going on behind them without turning their heads.
  • Such popular pets as guinea pigs were domesticated by the Incas about 7,000-9,000 years ago, and for agricultural purposes.
  • House rats will never eat food that is spoiled or poisonous to them.
  • Cows can climb upstairs, but they can’t come down them.
  • Ducks can dive for food to a depth of 5-6 meters.
  • Male ducks cannot quack - these sounds are made only by females.
  • The Argentine horned frog, which grows to 15-16 centimeters, is sometimes kept by enthusiasts at home. Its peculiarity is that it is usually very aggressive, and it bites painfully with its sharp jaws.
  • The wild ancestors of modern domestic horses became extinct so long ago that even now little is known about them.
  • In Arab countries, from time immemorial, the nobles kept large predators, and cheetahs were especially revered. But not everyone could afford them, and wealthy people, but not too rich, got themselves caracals - the African lynx. They are still relatively popular.
  • Dogs are contraindicated for food that contains chocolate.
  • House rabbits often like to play hide-and-seek and chase, both with their owners and with each other.
  • Pigs cannot look up.

  • Rats should never be left alone at home, as they become sad and languid without the company of their own kind. They really always need company.
  • Laws in the UK impose fines for negligent pet owners if their pet is obese.
  • In May 2009, a cat named Lucky fell from the 26th floor of a New York City skyscraper and survived.
  • The official record for the longevity of goldfish is 43 years.
  • For many pets, mold is poisonous.
  • Dogs and cats can carry toxocarosis infection, which can cause blindness in humans.
  • Goldfish, a very popular pet, can live in room temperature water.
  • Pets of the Turkish Van breed simply love to bathe, which other breeds are not typical.
  • Aquarists often buy different mollusks besides the fish, because they do an excellent job of cleaning the water.
  • Mice can laugh. They make sounds similar to human laughter while playing.
  • A dog’s nose has a unique imprint - the same individual pattern of lines on its finger as humans do.
  • Cows’ sense of smell is much more subtle than that of dogs. These ruminants can smell up to 8-10 kilometers away.
  • Domestic cats meow only when they communicate with people. They don’t need to meow to communicate with each other.

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