It’s National Pet Day! Did you know these facts about your pets?
April 11, 2017
It’s National Pet Day! In the UK 1 in 2 households own a pet and results show that last year a record-breaking £7.16bn was spent on our animals. We claim we love our pets, but do we actually know them? Take a look at these 5 pet facts – How many did you know?
Just like us, dogs have the same type of slow wave sleep and rapid eye movement (REM). It is in the REM stage where dreams occur, meaning dogs can dream just like humans. So if you’ve ever saw your dog twitching or moving its paws when they sleep then they’re probably dreaming.
Rabbits chew 120 times a minute
A rabbit’s front teeth never stop growing, which is why they eat continuously throughout the day. They must have plenty of fresh hay to chew on and small amounts of vegetables. That’s a lot of chewing!
Cats can’t taste sweetness
Cats lack the amino acids that make the DNA for the gene allowing them to detect sweet tastes. This is because cats in the wild are carnivores and have no need to detect sweet things. Felines are only interested in one thing – meat!
Goldfish don’t have stomachs
Amazingly a goldfish’s intestines does the job of a stomach. It breaks down food and absorbs the nutrients from it. This allows the goldfish to store large amounts of food for a long period of time.
Hamsters run up to a mile a day
Hamsters are nocturnal animals and are very active during dusk and night time. In the wild they can run up to 5 miles a day, which is why if you have a pet hamster, it’s probably kept you up all night running on its wheel!
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