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How cats drink: now we know! 
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Nov1210, 01:34 PM

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Two researchers at MIT and one apiece at VPI and Princeton have discovered the mechanism behind catlapping and worked out a formula for lapping rate as a function of cat weight.
From today's New York Times: Cats Lap With Just Tip of the Tongue, Engineers Find How Cats Lap (Video) 


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Nov1210, 03:06 PM

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The article on CNN made reference to "complicated mathematical equations" and the NYT article says they used "a bunch of integral equations." Anyone got a link to the actual science?



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Nov1210, 03:13 PM

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Nov1210, 08:20 PM

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How cats drink: now we know!
I have another mystery related to this topic. A very small percentage of domesticated cats drink by scooping water with their paw. I wonder why they do that. Are these cases of handicapped cats that did not inherit the correct lapping frequency formula? Or, are they catgeniuses that have discovered a superior method? 


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Nov1210, 08:50 PM

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Does the cat always use its paw? My cat does that when he can't fit his head all the way to the bottom of a glass. 


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Nov1210, 09:21 PM

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Another animal control officer (also a neighbor of mine) adopted one of these 3 cats, and it has always consumed water this way. It's interesting that your cat uses the paw, when it is unable to lap. Maybe these rare cats have some deficiency that prevents them from lapping effectively? 


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