Why Do Cats and Dogs Drink Water So Differently, Anyway?

Christina Peden
by Christina Peden
Cats rule, dogs drool – at least when it comes to drinking water! Researchers use fluid dynamics (and awesome slow-mo video) to find the science behind why cats and dogs drink the way they do.

Anyone who’s ever witnessed a cat or dog drinking water knows there’s a BIG difference in technique involved. Why do cats seem so elegant and graceful when they drink? And why are dogs SO messy?!

That’s just what researchers at Virginia Tech and Purdue Universities wanted to figure out, so they conducted a cool little study to find out why.

Check out the video below to see what they found, along with some super-cool slow-mo visuals of what it looks like ‘up close and personal’ when cats and dogs need to quench their thirst.

(You probably won’t be surprised to learn that dogs basically use their tongues as a gigantic water shovel to toss the water up into their mouths – hence the swimming pool that almost always seems to surround their water dishes!)

[Source: Business Insider]

Christina Peden
Christina Peden

Christina Peden is a lifelong animal lover and avid wordsmith. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Ryan where they are proud pet parents to puppy, Matilda and cat, Oscar. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying Toronto, Canada's all-too-short patio season, taking advantage of the city's numerous parks or curled up with a good book.

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