Connect with us

Pet Quiz

Which of These Strange Pet Facts Is True?

mm

Published

on

Fish in lipstick

There’s a lot of strange pet trivia out there. (For example, did you know there’s a cat that has been mayor of a small Alaska town for the last 15 years?) This month in Pets+, we present you with 15 mind-bending pet facts. Some are true, some are false, and your challenge is to figure out which.

Dogs

___ 1. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.

___ 2. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473.

___ 3. At the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog.

___ 4. Your dog’s sense of smell can be up to 10 million times better than yours.

Advertisement

___ 5. Your dog’s sense of smell is so good, he can even smell your feelings.

Usain Bolt races against a housecat

Usain Bolt versus your housecat: who would win?

Cats

___ 6. It’s not by much, but the average house cat is slower than the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

___ 7. Cats have a third eyelid that is rarely visible. If you can see it, it is often an indication of sickness.

___ 8. A group of cats is called a “clowder”.

Advertisement

___ 9. Owning a cat can reduce a human’s risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.

___ 10. Female cats are typically left-pawed while male cats are typically right-pawed.

Fish

___ 11. Many popular lipstick brands include a surprising ingredient — fish scales.

___ 12. The longest a fish can live out of water is 24 hours — give or take two hours.

___ 13. Herrings have one of the least polite modes of communication: farts.

___ 14. One puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 5 people.

Advertisement

___ 15. Fish can drown in water.

DOGS ANSWERS: 

1. T. It was two Pomeranians and one Pekingese, if you’re interested.  |  2. T.  |  3. F. This is actually more of a “maybe” than a “false.” There’s definitely some high-pitched sound on the record, which was easier to hear on CDs than on vinyl records. But Paul McCartney has never definitively confirmed this.  | 4. T.  |   5. T. Dogs can pick up on subtle changes in your scent, which help him sense your emotions — i.e. perspiration when you’re feeling uneasy.

CATS ANSWERS:

6. F. The average house cat actually has a higher maximum speed (30 mph) than the world’s fastest man (27 mph).   |   7. T.  |  8. T.  |   9. T.  |   10. F. It’s the opposite. Female cats are typically right-pawed; male cats, left-pawed.

FISH ANSWERS:

11. T. Check your lipstick brand ingredients for guanine, a crystalline substance derived from fish scales.  |   12. F. The lungfish, found in Africa, South America and Australia, can live out of water for several years. These fish can also live up to 65 years.  |  13. T.  |  14. T.Actually, it’s way, way more — 30 people. Lesson: stay far away from pufferfish.  |  15. T. If there’s not enough oxygen in the water.

 

 

Advertisement

FEATURED VIDEO

JIM ACKERMAN

How to Make Your Advertising More Effective Over Time

Pet-business owners use lots of different methods for marketing and advertising, from direct mail to social media. But they often miss a crucial step, says marketing specialist Jim Ackerman. Very few businesses properly test and track their efforts. Jim explains that carefully monitoring your ads, and adjusting them accordingly, can dramatically improve your results.

Promoted Headlines

Pet Quiz

Take Our Quiz to Identify the Animal Stars of Some Christmas Cinema Classics

Beware of spoilers.

mm

Published

on



01

In NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, Clark Griswold’s “best Christmas ever” goes up against — among other disasters — his cousin Eddie’s Rottweiler. The dog drinks the water from the Christmas tree, which subsequently catches fire, and causes mayhem while chasing a squirrel. Only Cousin Eddie could have come up with such a name for a Rottie. What was it?

02

Ever notice when watching IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE that Uncle Billy’s pet raven is always there when George receives the worst news or is at his lowest point? What was the raven’s name?

03

True fans of THE SIMPSONS can look back to the animated series’ first episode in 1989 — a Christmas special — to learn the origin story of the family’s dog, Santa’s Little Helper. Doing so reveals what breed he is. Can you name the breed without digging out your VHS tapes? (Or … ahem … without looking at the photo above …)

04

While the neighbors’ dogs in A CHRISTMAS STORY went unnamed (OK, so the father had some choice names for them), their actions — specifically eating the Christmas turkey — resulted in the Parker family’s unforgettable goose dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Who were the neighbors who owned the dogs?

05

No one can forget Cindy Lou Who, just as no one can forget the Grinch’s trusty companion in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, but can anyone recall the pup’s name?

Answers: 1. Snot | 2. Jimmy. The animal actor who played him appeared in more than 1,000 feature films from the 1930s to the 1950s. | 3. Greyhound. Homer tries betting his earnings at the track to make money for Christmas presents. Instead of placing his bet on the sure money-winner, he takes Santa’s Little Helper’s name as a sign. SLH finishes dead last, is booted out in the cold by his owner, and Homer and Bart recognize him for the Simpson he turns out to be.| 4. The Bumpus family | 5. Max

Continue Reading

Pet Quiz

Identify These Royal Pets Throughout the Ages

See what you know about the pets of kings, queens, princes and princesses.

mm

Published

on

UPON LEARNING of the passing of Queen Elizabeth’s last Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Willow, in April, it got us thinking about other royal pets. That is, pets OF ROYALTY, not pets that are treated like royalty, which, we’d venture to guess, is any pet within sight of a copy of PETS+. See what you know about the pets of kings, queens, princes and princesses.

01

Some of Queen Victoria’s favorite pets were captured in a painting: Dash, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lory, a parrot, Nero, a Greyhound and Hector, a Deerhound. Who was the artist? (Hint, his name is synonymous with pet paintings.)

02

The man who gave the last mistress of Louis XV a parrot — which was famous for swearing and making ribald remarks — was presented with a knighthood for his gift. Who was the mistress?

03

Known as the royal dog of this country, this breed is one of the oldest living breeds with carvings appearing in Sumerian tombs as far back at 7,000 years ago. What’s the breed?

04

This breed of dog reportedly saved the life of William, Prince of Orange (Holland) from an assassination attempt in 1572. What’s the breed?

05

According to Wikileaks cables, the dog of the prince who would become king of this country held the rank of Air Chief Marshal. What’s the country?

Answers: 1. Sir Edwin Landseer; 2. Madame du Barry; 3. Saluki; 4. Thailand; 5. Pug;

Continue Reading

Pet Quiz

Brush Up On Your Presidential Pets in Our Quiz

Hail to the First Canines.

mm

Published

on

AN ITEM on the current petless White House in last month’s Know It All section and it being the month of Presidents Day (Feb. 19) inspired us to come up with this quiz on presidents and their pets. While we all know Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel Checkers from his speech, and we may recall Socks (Bill Clinton’s cat), Millie (George W. Bush’s springer spaniel who authored a book), and Bo and Sunny (Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dogs), we’ve bet you never knew about Mr. Reciprocity, Him or the very first Siamese cat in the U.S. (And if you’re wondering, Theodore Roosevelt had more pets than any other president.) Draw a line between the president and the type of pet, and for bonus points, to the name of that pet.

 

ANSWERS: …George Washington, greyhound, Cornwallis | Thomas Jefferson, mockingbird, Dick | Andrew Jackson, parrot, Polly | Abraham Lincoln, turkey, Jack | Rutherford B. Hayes, Siamese cat, Siam | Benjamin Harrison, opossum, Mr. Reciprocity | Theodore Roosevelt, rat, Jonathan | Calvin Coolidge, raccoon, Rebecca | John F. Kennedy, canary, Robin | Lyndon B. Johnson, beagle, Him. 

Continue Reading

Most Popular