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Pet Cow:

Cows are found in almost every country across the world. A member of the bovine family, a cow is the mature female while the bull is the adult male. The offspring or the young one, of a cow is known as the calf. A cow which has not had a calf is referred to as a heifer. The term cattle, is used in reference to the entire cow family. Here is some cow information that may be useful. It may be astonishing to note that there are several different breeds of cows, approximately 920, found in different corners of the world. The cow was first brought to America by the pilgrims. Just like any other mammal, a cow provides its young with nutrients through milk.

The mammary glands are where the milk is produced, to then be fed to the young calf through the udders. A very strong bond is known to exist between a cow and its calf. In-fact, so strong is this bond that it continues even after a calf has grown fully. When it comes to noncommercial herds, a cow may nurse its calf for up to three years. Dexter is a cow breed that is considered to be the smallest. A lot of people choose to keep cows as pets nowadays. A pet cow however, requires a lot of care and attention. You will need to make provisions for an area which will keep the cow safe from any predators, while also keeping it out of harsh weather conditions. Barns are best suited for cows, only make sure that their stall is cleaned and lined with hay daily. If in case you do decide to keep a cow as pet, then make sure that you have easy access to a vet, that treats cows, at all times.

Additionally, familiarize yourself with all the common ailments and diseases that these animals are prone to, so if in case any symptoms do surface in your pet, you will be in a position to identify them. Here are some more interesting cow facts. The average lifespan of a cow is about 24-25 years. The age of a cow can be deduced by counting the rings on its horns. Each day a cow spends a total of six hours eating and another eight hours chewing cud. Cows do not bite grass; they curl their tongue around it. Also, a cow does not have upper front teeth.

  Submitted on July 13, 2010