Sunday, 22 October 2017

Counting a Cat's Laps

I mean the lapping operations of her tongue when Senior Cat drinks her cat milk.

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that cats take in about 0.05 ml of liquid with each flick of the tongue. That doesn't seem much so I've taken to watching Senior cat when she's drinking. Her lap speed is around three flicks per second so at 0.05 ml a time she might be imbibing about 9 ml per minute. I'm trying to decide if that is a plausible quantity. Look forward to further revelations!

1 comment :

Sasha said...

It's fascinating to watch this inefficient operation. My cat, Puffin, seems to lap three or four times before swallowing. Her ears twitch as she swallows. She seems to imbibe in infinitessimally small quantity of water with each lap.