Can cats burp?

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Burping (or, as some people call it, belching) is a normal part of being a human being. Everybody does it. That’s because when we eat and drink (especially if we’re talking at the same time!) some of the air that we breathe gets swallowed down to our stomachs. And then, that air has to find its way back out of our bodies. It either gets pushed back up to our mouths and comes out as a burp, or it gets pushed down to our bottoms and comes out as a fart.

But my girls want to know if humans are the only animals that burp. What about cats and dogs – can they burp too?

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What are nails?

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My 8-year-old bites her fingernails. (She used to bite her toenails too – but we’ve just about trained her out of that yucky habit!) She wants to know what nails are made of and what they are for. So let’s find out more about these parts of the body – and why you probably shouldn’t bite them…!

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Why do dogs pant?

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The dog in this photo is Teddy. He lives with my parents. Teddy is a kind of dog called a Bichon Frise (pronounced: bee-shawn-free-say). He’s small with curly white fur and a loud bark!

Teddy likes to run around, chasing a ball or playing with his favourite toy. He also likes to chase away any birds that land in my parents’ garden. And when he’s finished chasing the birds, he sits down for a good pant.

Panting is a kind of quick breathing. But why does Teddy pant? What is panting for? Let’s find out…

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Why do we have hairy arms?

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Hair is a normal and natural part of the human body. Many people have hair on their heads and it could be yellow (blonde), red/orange, brown, black or grey/white in colour. And you may choose to wear your head hair long or short or style it in different ways.

But have you thought about the hair on other parts of your body? Like your eyebrows or nose hairs or toe hairs? My friend’s daughter has and she wants to know why do people have hairy arms and why are grown-ups hairier than children? So let’s find out…

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Are bogeys good for you?

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Bogeys or boogers are the bits of dried-up snot you find inside your nose. I get them, you get them, everybody gets them. You can get bogeys out by blowing your nose but my kids like to pick them out with their fingers and eat them – yuck!

But have you ever wondered what are bogeys for? Why do our bodies make them? What are they made of? And could eating bogeys actually be good for you?

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Why do birds look fat when it’s cold?

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It’s Winter time here in the UK and the temperature outside has been close to freezing for several days. We’ve had a flurry of snow, a little ice and plenty of frosty mornings. Sometimes, the water in the bird bath is frozen, so I melt it with warm water from the tap and leave out some bread and fruit for the birds to eat if they visit our garden.

My 7-year-old has noticed the birds plumping themselves up as they sit in the bushes and hop around the bird-table. “Why do they make themselves look fat?” she wondered. Let’s find out…!

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How do worms poo?

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Have you ever noticed, when it’s a rainy day that lots of worms come out to play? My girls have and they like to rescue the worms that get stuck in puddles, moving them to safety in grass verges by the sides of the road. Seeing the worms wriggling about, they often ask questions about how worms live. So let’s find out more about these weird and wonderful creatures…

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