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Dog Quotes and Cat Facts
An extension of our popular, intermittent cat quotes feature, for those of us who love and appreciate man's best friend.
"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater. . . suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz
"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'" - Dave Barry
"Breed not a savage dog, nor permit a loose stairway." - Talmud
"Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this - one dog does not change a bone with another." - Adam Smith
"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either." - Unknown
"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." - Bonnie Wilcox
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." - Gene Hill
"The more people I meet the more I like my dog." - Unknown
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland
"I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn't excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother." - Bonnie Schacter, Founder of the Single Pet Owner's Society Singles Group
"A cat sees us as the dogs...A cat sees himself as the human." - Unknown
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera
"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane." - Smiley Blanton
"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." - John Steinbeck
"What kind of life a dog . . . acquires. I have sometimes tried to imagine by kneeling or lying full length on the ground and looking up. The world then becomes strangely incomplete; one sees little but legs." - E V Lucas
"You may have a dog that won't sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she's too stupid to learn how but because she's too smart to bother." - Rick Horowitz
Quick cat facts
- Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
- A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog.
- Cats do not have a collarbone, so they can fit through any opening the size of their head.
- Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human's 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog. Cats' hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
- In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal. Most cats do not have eyelashes. They see about 6 times better than a human at night, and need 1/6 the amount of light that a human does due to a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light. Recent studies have shown that cats can see blue and green, but there is disagreement as to whether they can see red. A cat's field of vision is about 185 degrees.
- Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second. Domestic cats purr both when inhaling and when exhaling.
- A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.
- The heaviest cat on record weighed 46 lbs. A kitten will typically weigh about 3 ounces at birth. The typical male housecat will weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, slightly less for female housecats.
- Normal body temperature for a cat is 102 degrees F. A cat's normal pulse is 140-240 beats per minute, with an average of 195.
- Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.
- Almost 10 percent of a cat's bones are in its tail, and the tail is used to maintain balance. The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. You can also learn about your cat's present state of mind by observing the posture of his tail.
- If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat threatens or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail.
David the Dogman