Have you ever thought about how a cat laps water? Four engineers from high powered universities used high speed photography to solve the mystery. Cats lap water four times a second which is too fast for the human eye to see. The study found that a cat darts its tongue and curves the upper side downward so the tip of the tongue lightly touches water. Then the tongue is pulled up at high speed to draw a column of water.

What fascinates me is where Lexie Lee likes to drink. About a year ago, I caught her on the kitchen counter lapping water out of a glass. I chased her off.  However, she continued to get on the counter whenever she wanted a drink. She refused to drink out of her water bowl on the floor—the same spot where she drank water the previous four years! Who knows what prompted this change!

I finally decided “the jump” to the counter was good exercise for her. So now I allow her on one small area of the counter—just to drink and nowhere else. My morning ritual is to fill a wide mouthed plastic glass with fresh water as Lexie Lee watches. Then she jumps us, drinks, and jumps back down!

Chauncey has a different approach. He drinks from the water bowl on the floor, but with a twist. Literally a twist! He stretches out on the floor, then wraps himself around the curve of the bowl and laps away. The first time I saw him do that, I thought he was hurt and could not stand up. Not so. He stands to eat and lies to eat. It’s the funniest thing ever!

For more information about the scientific study or view a video, visit NY Times

Do your cats have special preferences on how and where they drink water?

Bountiful Blessings!