We all know our pets are amazing. They’re our hiking buddies, our camping friends and our outdoor explorers, and they excel at every adventure we throw at them. Aside from being amazing companions, did you know that many dogs and cats have genetic traits that make them amazing? Keep reading for fun facts you might not have known about your favorite dogs and cats!
Dogs & cats have an amazing sense of smell
Ever wonder why Bloodhounds are often the breed of choice for anti-poaching trackers? It’s because they’re born with 5 million olfactory receptors, helping them track scents over 300 hours old. Dogs are also able to smell scents located 45 feet below ground, which is why they’re perfect for helping solve crimes. It’s not just dogs with an amazing sense of smell—cats’ sense of smell is 14 times that of humans. It’s their strongest sense which they rely on scent to identify people and objects.
Dogs & cats have incredible agility
Though it might not look like it, the average housecat can run 31 miles per hour. Cats are also naturally sneaky and can walk with their back paws almost exactly in the same place as the front paws, which keeps noise to a minimum and limits visible tracks, helping make cats excellent predators of small rodents, like mice. Equally as impressive are sled dogs like Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, who can consume 10,000 calories and travel up to 125 miles in one day! ORIJEN is a great diet for dogs who require a high-protein diet to help keep them energized and sustained for their long journeys.
Dogs & cats have the ability to sense medical emergencies
Not only are dogs incredible companions, they can help save our lives, too. Trained service dogs can detect epileptic seizures in humans up to 45 minutes before they occur. Dogs can also be trained to sniff out cancer in humans. Moreover, research has shown that cats can help lower a person’s blood pressure, and let’s not forget the incredible impact they have on our mental health as emotional support animals.
As Pet Lovers, we already know dogs and cats are amazing. Remember to feed them amazing with high-quality, high-protein ORIJEN® diets they need to thrive.