In our new format, every week we present interesting facts on a variety of topics. This time it’s all about the pet.
Pets live in almost every Swiss home. In 2020, there were about half a million dogs and over 1.7 million cats. Besides fish in aquariums, cats are the most popular pets. This is followed by fish in the ponds, dogs, rabbits and hares.
Here are a few facts about pets you probably didn’t know:
1. Who sleeps 70 percent of their life?
Cats sleep late and sleep a lot! A domestic tiger can sleep up to 16 hours a day. Overall, cats sleep about 70 percent of their lives.
2. Lots of little spiders
Female spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time. They are placed in one or more silk bags. How well a female spider takes care of her young varies from species to species. Some females die shortly after laying their eggs, while others carry the young spiders on their backs or share prey with them.
3. Those teeth never stop growing.
Rabbit teeth continue to grow; only hard plant foods cause these to wear out over time.
4. Snoopy actually…
Almost everyone knows Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s dog from the Peanuts comic. But hardly anyone knows what breed the popular cartoon dog belongs to. He is a beagle, but the inventor did not take into account the colors of the breed. While Beagles come in brown, black and white, Snoopy is white with black markings.
5. How many dog breeds are there?
Bernese Mountain Dog, Labrador, Golden Retriever, Dalmatian… Well, how many dog breeds can you name? Certainly not 350, right? There are so many different breeds of dogs in the world – really!
6. Small but mighty!
Birds are not exactly heavyweights among animals. However, they hit him like big ones. Each species of bird must eat at least half of its body weight daily to survive.
7. Wink, wink
Have you ever seen a hamster wink? It’s nice, but it’s not quite right. Because they don’t actually wink, they blink. Many hamsters only blink one eye.
8. These animals will become real grandparents
How long pets age varies. But if you want to live with your pet for a very, very long time, you should get large parrots like macaws or cockatoos, because they live up to 75 years.
9. Hold your breath!
Have you ever tried holding your breath underwater? You haven’t gotten very far. At least if you compare your time with that of the iguana. Reptiles can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes.
10. Which generation has the most pets?
Millennials are especially friendly to animals. AT According to the Global Pet Expo 2015, 35.2% of US millennials own a pet. would you think so