How cats lap

For Cats, a Big Gulp With a Tiny Touch of the Tongue


Cats lap water so fast that the human eye cannot follow what is happening, which is why the trick had apparently escaped attention until now. With the use of high-speed photography, the neatness of the feline solution has been captured.

The act of drinking may seem like no big deal for anyone who can fully close his mouth to create suction, as people can. But the various species that cannot do so — and that includes most adult carnivores — must resort to some other mechanism.

Comment: We have three of them. One (Emily) is on the bathroom counter every morning wanting to drink out of the faucet. Another drinks out of the toilet (Daisy).

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