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10 Things Our Furry Friends Have Been hiding from us

We love our pets, but sometimes they seem a little smarter or a little more human than we've come to expect...

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Be it a quick head bump from an otherwise aloof feline or the endless "talking" of a chatty husky, very few things can live up to the endless love and devotion that a pet offers you at the end of a long day. Our loveable buddies may never cease to cause us headaches, hiding atop impossibly high cupboards, demanding that half the bed is theirs, or even ruining your only nice pair of shoes that you spent an unreasonable amount on, but at the same time they'll never stop surprising us with what they can do and how they act. After all, how can a bird have a better love life than most people I know? And what else have our furry (and not so furry) friends been hiding from us?

1. Your Dog Can (And Will) Watch TV

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While dogs only see in yellow and blue, they can still see your television screen and identify other animals. Depending on your dog's personality, they may choose to watch TV with you at the end of the day.

2. And When You Affectionately Call Your Dog a "Dummy," He Probably Knows Exactly What You're Saying

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Not every dog is like Chaser, the border collie who can identify 1,022 different words, but the average pup can learn upwards of 165 to 250 words along with basic mathematics. While he may not be able to help you with your math homework, he'll definitely know when you're hiding an extra treat behind your back.

3. Your Cat Probably Shouldn't Have that Milk

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While not all adult cats are lactose-intolerant, most are. Like some humans, most cats only produce the enzyme that breaks down lactose as kittens and will get sick if exposed to it as an adult. Instead, getting a cat-safe alternative would make your feline friend much happier.

4. Remember that Time You Laughed So Hard You Snorted Milk Out of Your Nose? Your Horse Sure Does!

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Horses may not always act like it, but they're very intelligent and have an excellent memory. A horse can recognize voices, effectively guide people towards items they cannot reach, and it has been postulated that a horse's long term memory can reach upwards of 10 years. If you don't want an animal who can remember every embarrassing thing you've done in the last decade, you may want to try this instead.

5. Your Exotic Rat Qualifies for a Job that Saves Lives

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Two, actually. The African giant pouched rat uses its nose to identify both tuberculosis and landmines significantly faster than a human can in high-risk areas. One rat can go through more TB samples in 10 minutes than a lab tech can go through in a full day, and can clear a 200-square-meter field with land mines in only 35 minutes. Let's be honest though, it's just nice to cuddle with them at the end of the day.

6. The Romantic Life of Your Scarlet Macaw is More Human-like Than You Think

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Scarlet macaws are the Addams families of the bird world when it comes to love and devotion — just less creepy and kooky. These birds are monogamous and mate for life, often showing their affection for one another by licking each other's faces. Both parents are equally involved in raising their chicks and will preen each other for hours at a time as well. I'm sorry, but no one's #relationshipgoals are going to live up to these birds.

7. Your Cow Has Friends — And Gets Stressed if They're Separated

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That's right, cows form bonds with other cows. Their heart rate and stress both drop when the two are together, but rise quickly when separated. They also seem to produce more milk and learn much better when they're together!

8. Your Ball Python Doesn't Have Ears, but He Can Hear you... Sort of

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Unlike most pets, ball pythons won't do much when you're talking. A dog may wag its tail or a cat may flick its ear, but as a general rule there's a lot of disinterest going around. Is it because they're deaf? No, your snake probably just couldn't care less. Even though snakes don't have an external ear or ear drums, they have an inner ear that is connected to their jaw; when the jaw picks up vibrations through the ground or air, they can "hear" what's happening in their environment.

9. Who Needs Oxygen? Apparently Your Fish.

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A common misconception people have is that fish breathe water, not oxygen; after all, fish will die if you take them out of water, right? Fish actually push water (H2O) through their gills where red blood cells are where red blood cells use the dissolved oxygen (O) in the water and push the rest (H2) out, and use the oxygen they gathered to breathe.

10. Is Peter Cottontail Part Cat?

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Rabbits have been known to do a lot of strange things, but very few things will surprise a person like their rabbit "purring" for the first time. When happy, rabbits will grind their teeth together to make a sound similar to a cat's purr. They may also lick people when they're happy or want attention!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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