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Cats drink using lap-and-gulp trick

Imbibing a delicate interplay between inertia and gravity

2:08pm, November 11, 2010

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Sorry, Fido. A paper in the journal Science has just ascribed “elegance and complexity” to the way cats drink.

A dog drinks by forming its tongue into a little cup that merely ladles liquid into its mouth, says coauthor Pedro Reis of MIT. “Cats are much more sophisticated in the knowledge of fluid dynamics,” he deadpans.

Instead of scooping, cats use what the researchers describe as a “subtle mechanism” in which water sticks to the tip of the tongue and is pulled up into the mouth, taking advantage of the

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