Cats And Dogs Drink Very Differently

Cats And Dogs Drink Very Differently

The most popular pets in the world might both drink from water bowls, but the ways in which they drink are quite different. In a general sense, dogs tend to be messier: they plunge their tongues past the surface of the water and curve them backwards into a scoop-shape, creating five times the acceleration of gravity as they pull them back into their mouths. This process creates a column of water that the dog catches and swallows. Cats, on the other hand, are a bit daintier. They don't go past the surface of the water with their tongues, preferring to lap without causing a splash. They pull up a smaller column of water, then close their mouths over it.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Cats have spikes of keratin on their tongues called filiform papillae. (0:16)

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    Watch a cat drink in slow motion: (0:46)

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    Watch a dog drink in slow motion: (2:17)

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