Saturday, November 13, 2010

How Cats Drink

Uschi likes to demonstrate,...

He loves his water bowl.

MIT researchers wondered how cats drink,...
They used high speed cameras and discovered
that the tips of their tongues create a column of fluid
which they then catch in their mouths. Also interesting
is that the rate of lapping is cat size dependent,
meaning that big cats (tigers, lions, etc) lap slower.

MIT pictures

They also built this cat tongue machine so they
could precisely control and measure parameters.

The MIT PR page has three cool videos at the bottom of the page

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mcat said...

thanks for the pictures of U and the links to CC with the tech info -- the short video at the bottom is great. i saw a short blurb in the news, but no details.

Pam said...

That's so cool!
Pam, Kinny, Tessa and big Sam