Continued from last week-

Even More Interesting Dog and Cat Facts

Dog Facts

  • Adult dogs have forty-two teeth.
  • After a dog reaches the age of two, each year equals about four or five human years.
  • A dog’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees.
  • Dogs chew on grass to add fiber to their diet.
  • ‘Fido’ means ‘loyalty’ in Italian.
  • A dog’s height is measured to the shoulders or withers, not the top of its head.
  • Ruff-ly, half of the 65 million pet dogs in the U.S. are mutts.
  • Most dogs have two coats, an outer coat of long, guard hairs and an undercoat of shorter, fluffy hair.
  • Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming
  • Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.
  • Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the Hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. Dogs hear best at 8,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 2,000 Hz.
  • Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473. A Dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 – 100,000 times more acute as that of humans.

Cat Facts

    • About 50% of all cats are right-handed. The other 50% are southpaws.
    • Cat saliva contains a deodorizing agent which keeps cats clean and healthy.
    • Cat puberty begins at about four months of age.
    • The average weight of a female cat is 7.2 pounds — the male cat is 8.6 pounds.
    • 95% of all solid white cats with both eyes blue are deaf. It is a dominant genetic trait linked to the white fur and blue eyes.
    • 99.999% of calico (3 colors) cats are female. Only 1 in a million calico cats are male. Only 1 in 10 million calico males are fertile. The rest are sterile and cannot reproduce.
    • Cats can hear frequencies up to 50,000 cycles per second, more than twice that of a human.
    • Cats have five toes on their front feet and four toes on their back feet.
    • The cat generally has 24 whiskers, 12 on each side of its face.
    • Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.
    • A cat’s tail held high means happiness. A twitching tail is a warning sign, and a tail tucked in close to the body is a sure sign of insecurity.
    • The cat’s equivalent of a kiss is to touch nose to nose.
    • Ever notice that cats’ eyes appear to glow in the dark? That’s because a reflective layer, possesses crystal-like reflective properties.


Featured Dog- Maya

Maya is a puppy about 3-4 months of age. She is full of puppy energy and will need to have lots of exercise and play to keep her entertained. She loves playing with toys, belly rubs and even a little swim in the puppy pool here at the shelter.

Other available dogs-

Harry – Chihuahua. Very friendly and loves people

Manny- Chihuahua Loves people and sitting on your lap

Cricket- Poodle blend Puppy Friendly and playful

Curly Sue- Poodle blend Shy but loves attention

Domino- Terrier Very friendly loves people.



Featured Cat- Ivy

Ivy is a young lady who loves people and playing with her toys. She never stops purring, will come when called and follow you everywhere. Ivy is a cat that will be a wonderful companion . She needs to be the only cat in the home.

Other available cats-

Spirit- Female. Very friendly calm lady. Loves atttention

Miss Motor- Female Friendly and laid back. she has only one eye

Jackie- Female Calico kitten Available for adoption but cannot leave shelter until July 30th

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. and