How Kittehs Drink

I had always heard that the cat formed a “J” with its tongue and used the back of the tongue to ladle-up the liquid. However, the reality is much cooler.

Kittehs use sophisticated physics to create a column of liquid and quickly close their mouths around the column in an efficient drinking maneuver. Also, no liquid gets dribbled on their chins.

There’s even a formula for lapping frequency:

H/T Why Evolution is True.

-David Drumm (Nal)

9 thoughts on “How Kittehs Drink”

  1. It is amazing how many comments there are on how a kitten drinks as compared to things that impact our lives at the political level. I think it speaks to how truth is worth stating and reading and people are tried of political rhetoric.

  2. Maru is a cat that loves boxes and his jumping into and out of a (big) box vid is a classic. He has major hang-time. No box is too large or small for Maru or most cats. If you’ve ever had a big cat that that was determined to get into a shoe box you know what I mean.

    Everyone I’ve known that has had cats had cats that loved boxes. My cats pass up kitty castles and cabanas to play in boxes. I think there need to be more scientific inquiry into this phenomenon. Here’s Maru participating in an experiment:


  3. anon nurse 1, November 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Very sweet, Bud. (Smitteh, indeed…)

    Very well said.

  4. Smitteh by the kittehs…

    (Very cool. I read about this in the NY Times, but hadn’t seen the video. Rachel M. should pick this up in a “Moment of Geek”, if she hasn’t alreday.)

    Love these light, fun Sunday entries.

    If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane. -Jimmy B.

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