Lapping up water

jack frost

So how would you get water in your mouth if you didn't have hands and a glass? Carefully watching how dogs and cat lap up liquid may seem trivial, but it's actually a great exercise in being a good observer. As you can see in the video below, cats get water in their mouths not by curling their tongue forward, but by doing the opposite. They curl their tongues backward, and bring water up in that way, rather than making a "cup" with the top of their tongue. When I was taping Petline for Animal Planet, the producer went crazy when I mentioned that fact. I had him slow-mo one of the videos sent in of a cat lapping up water, and showed how the tongue went the opposite direction of what we'd predict. He thought that was the most fascinating observation imaginable, and kept asking me for more Read More