Friday, November 12, 2010

Early Caturday

It occurs to me that I've been laggardly about posting photos of the boys recently. So here we are...

The Mighty Fang is, as usual, a friendly cuddly fat and happy shiny black kitty.

And *finally* someone is using the cat tree for what it's intended -- as a place for cats to catnap. This is Mencken, modeling proper usage of the cat tree. Usually the only cat who uses it is TMF, who uses it as a ladder to get on top of the fireplace mantle and then to the top of the bookcase on the other side, in order to do his caterly duty of assisting gravity in moving things from higher places to lower places. Mencken, however, has taken to occasionally napping on it, when he's not napping on the chair or the futon. Here he heard me coming and is griping at me for disturbing his naptime (if you clicken on the picture to embiggen it, you'll notice his mouth slightly open... that's the start of a "Mrow, why are you flashing lights at me you silly penguin?" comment on his part).

Oh yeah, 'cause everybody else has posted it: How cats can drink water without getting their chins wet. Think about it. You or I, if we had no hands to help us drink, would stick our mouths in the water and drink, but we'd end up with wet chins too. And so do dogs when they drink. Cats, it turns out, are very special when it comes to drinking... they use surface tension between their tongue and the water to create an actual column of water, which they then snap off and swallow. Like little physicists, except with fur. Cool!

-- Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

1 comment:

  1. It's less about physics than obsessive water avoidance.



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