About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Why Do The Cats Like To Drink Out Of My Mug?

I'm always guarding my mugs from rough-tongued thieves during the day. Even when I bring out two mugs, the cats want mine.

Dolly drinks while J.B. sleeps in my desk drawer (back right)
 Have you ever watched a cat drink? NPR had a really good story yesterday called Pet Physics: The Uncanny Lapping Of Cats.

Geoff Brumfiel reports that "Watching in slow motion reveals that cats of all sizes, from tabbies to tigers, have a very elaborate way of drinking. First, they move the tip of their tongue onto the surface of the water to flick the water up so that a little jet of liquid flies into the air. Then, in a flash, they catch the jet in their mouth." Click HERE to listen to the full story.


Anonymous said...

Sarah, you have such a curious mind that the ordinary becomes special. You notice all things with loving interest. My cat waits to lick from my cereal bowl. I sometimes feel rushed.

Anonymous said...

She who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints. Sarah, you leave prints that are so original I need to smile. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My ponies used to drink out of my coffee cup. The horses preferred pop/water bottles. I think that it was because we spent so much time together and I was always sipping on something. They liked pop, water and juice, but made a face if it was coffee.

Anonymous said...

I don't know whether to say "aah" or "euw". You should ask WBU to make a mug with a cover.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Shhhh...Don't tell my babies but I've designated all the WBU mugs for them. My mug is hidden under the counter.