Becoming a dog or cat owner and caring for your new companion involves more than you think.The Pawfect Guide to Thinking Like a Dog: 501 Tips and Techniques and The Purrfect Guide to Thinking Like a Cat: 501 Tips and Techniques cover all aspects of ownership, including finding the perfect breed, the adoption process, vaccinations, neutering, behavior, training, old age, and more. Advice from animal experts guides you through each stage of a dog and cat's lives, and each book features beautiful color photos.
Whether you’re just getting your first canine friend or want to add a feline to your home, you’ll learn to think like a dog with The Pawfect Guide to Thinking Like a Dog: 501 Tips and Techniques, and learn all of the mysteries of cats with The Purrfect Guide to Thinking Like a Cat: 501 Tips and Techniques.
Check out some fun facts from inside below!
Dogs vs. Wolves
Dogs are often compared with wolves, but their ancestry is misinterpreted. Both dogs and modern-day wolves are thought to have originated from a long-extinct prehistoric wolf-like ancestor, but the two groups split around 9,000-16,000 years ago. There are differences in how these species live and behave.
Cats were brought into the human world to assist with vermin control, although it is thought that some cats, such as the Egyptian breeds, were also popular due to their sociability and tameness.
Research has shown that a dog’s tail wags more to the right when seeing a familiar person. It wags more to the left when the dog is with unfamiliar or worrying people. A dog isn’t simply happy if it’s wagging its tail.
A Witch's Best Friend
Historically, cats were associated with witches, and as a result, they were often killed during the time of the Black Death, in the mid-fourteenth century. This, of course, did not help keep down the disease-carrying rodent population at the time!
A dog has a much weaker taste sense compared to that of a human. Dogs have fewer than 200 taste buds compared to the human’s 9,000.
Heads or Tails
Have you ever noticed your cat’s tail high up in the air when it’s approaching you? This is a signal of friendliness, greeting, and relaxation.
Predators at Heart
Dogs cannot focus on items closely, unlike humans, as canine eyes are constructed differently. Dogs have a visual streak, an arrangement of cells in the eyes that allows exceptional peripheral vision and movement detection, essential for a predator that hunts.
Cats are crepuscular, meaning they hunt and are most active at dawn and dusk. They have six to eight times as many cells in their eyes for viewing objects in low light as humans do.