Tempy (aka Temptress, Tempon: The Bloody Cat, Template etc), our beloved Kitty often can’t remember what she is doing at her food bowl and wanders off mid-meal. Instead of covering her poop in her litter tray, she scraps and scratches all AROUND the surrounding area, along the floor and skirting board next to it, with what sometimes appears to be a completely obsessive zest. Yet apparently every time she takes a drink from her water bowl she is practising a fine act of physics-al aptitude:
‘US researchers unveiled the secret of how cats lap water or milk with such elegance, a phenomenon that happens so fast it cannot be followed by human eyes. A cat lapping milk strikes a delicate balance between gravity and inertia, the research finds.
Unlike dogs, which use their tongues to scoop water into their mouths, a cat uses the tip of its tongue to pull water upward, closing its jaws before gravity pulls the column of liquid back toward earth. The method requires cats to lap at just the right speed to balance the inertial force that keeps the water moving upward with the gravitational force pulling the water back down.’