Recent studies show the unique process that sets apart dogs from cats: their lapping method.
The New York Times reported that Pedro M. Reis and Roman Stocker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with Sunghwan Jung of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Jeffrey M. Aristoff of Princeton used high-speed photography to capture the "feline solution."
CNN reports that in the Thursday issue of Science, the researchers said that the cat darts its tongue, curving the upper side downward so that the tip lightly touches the surface of the water.
The tongue is then pulled upward at a high speed, which draws a column of water behind it.
"This suggests that cats are smarter than many people think, at least when it comes to hydrodynamics," writes co-author Jeffrey M. Aristoff of Princeton.