How Cats Lap: Water Uptake by Felis catus

  title={How Cats Lap: Water Uptake by Felis catus},
  author={P. Reis and Sunghwan Jung and J. Aristoff and R. Stocker},
  pages={1231 - 1234}
  • P. Reis, Sunghwan Jung, +1 author R. Stocker
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Lap Cats We all know that domestic cats lap milk, but perhaps fewer of us have thought about how they do this. Reis et al. (p. 1231, published online 11 November; see the cover) have discovered that cats curl their tongues so that the top surface touches the water. Then, by lifting their tongues rapidly, a column of liquid grows by inertia until gravity induces its breakage and the cats close their jaws to capture the liquid. Lapping frequency is tuned to maximize the volume ingested, depending… CONTINUE READING
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