Top Ten Interesting Facts About Pets

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Top Ten Interesting Facts About Pets

So you just adopted a new pet? Congratulations! You just joined over 75 percent of Americans who are pet owners. Here are ten interesting facts you might not know about your new companion:

  • There are over 77 million cats in the United States. There are 65 million dogs.
  • There are more than 9,000 species of birds, but Parakeets, canaries and finches are the most popular species for pets.
  • Max is the most popular name for dogs in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
  • Dogs can in fact see in color, but not as well as humans. However, they probably can't see red or green.
  • Studies have shown that cats have better memories than dogs, monkeys or orangutans.
  • The world's first space astronaut was a Russian dog named Laikia.
  • The national average for a veterinarian visit in 2006 was $135 for dogs and $112 for cats, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Nearly 94 percent of pet owners say their animal pal makes them smile more than once a day.
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