Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Fun Feline and Fido Facts

1. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

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

3. Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dogs memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat's can last as long as 16 hours - exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.

4. The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.

5. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

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