Happy Halloween! In honor of our favorite spooky holiday, we’re sharing some bizarre yet fascinating spooky pet facts with you today.
Cats: More Than Just Halloween Icons
As we shared last week, cats, primarily black cats, have become popular Halloween icons. From posing in their typical spooked cat fashion to being accused of being familiars to witches, cats remain some of the most popular Halloween costumes for humans of all ages year after year.
While it’s clear that cats take the candy corn cake on Halloween, we bet there are some spooky cat facts you may not know about them. Here are some of our favorites taken from this list of 101 Amazing Cat Facts:
- “Cats are believed to be the only mammals who don’t taste sweetness.” It’s definitely not worth sharing our Halloween candy with them. It’ll make them sick with zero enjoyment.
- “Cats’ collarbones don’t connect to their other bones, as these bones are buried in their shoulder muscles.” Ouch!!!
- “Cats have an extra organ that allows them to taste scents in the air, which is why your cat stares at you with her mouth open from time to time.” Is she tasting me?!
- “Cats have whiskers on the backs of their front legs, as well.” Wait a minute… where?!
- “Cats have nearly twice the amount of neurons in their cerebral cortex as dogs.” All cats already knew this… lol
- “Cats have the largest eyes relative to the head size of any mammal.” All the better to side-eye with!
- “Cats make very little noise when they walk around. The thick, soft pads on their paws allow them to sneak up on their prey — or you!” Sneaky kitties get us every time!
- “Cats’ rough tongues can lick a bone clean of any shred of meat.” Meowwwww, emphasis on the “owwww.”
Dogs: Human’s Festive Halloween Sidekicks
Canines may not be the main Halloween event, but they have some spooky features to discuss. Apart from oftentimes being excellent sports and letting us dress them up in imaginative and hilarious costumes, the following are some mysterious and interesting facts about dogs to share with your friends while trick or treating. These facts were taken from this awesome list by Reader’s Digest.
- “The “smell” center of a dog’s brain is 40 times larger than yours.” That’s how they know we’re making a sandwich before we’ve even grabbed the mayo out of the fridge.
- “Dogs tilt their heads because they are trying to locate a sound.” Dog head tilting is also one of the most adorable things humans will ever see.
- “Dogs have approximately one-sixth of the taste buds humans have.” That most definitely explains the stuff they try to pick up while on walks…
- “A dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint, with each having a unique pattern of ridges and creases.” Who knew?!
- “Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small breeds tend to dream more than large ones.” They are going to be dreaming about Halloween candy for weeks but don’t give them any, okay?!
- “Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old child.” Dogs aren’t necessarily super proud of this fact.
- “Dogs only mate twice a year.” Sexy time is just for procreation…
- “According to Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they’re frightened.” Keep an eye out for those tail wags when out and about on All Hallows Eve!
The team at Shoreline Happy Paws wishes you and yours a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Please be sure to keep your pets indoors when the trick-or-treating begins and contact us if you’d like to schedule services in November and December. We are booking up quickly!