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Dec 22, 2006

It seemed like a good idea at the time

I love how neither cat is looking at the lollipop nor are they looking at each other—they're like, in auto-lick mode.



Adam E., You're right—Rule #6 CITY!

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Heh, left kitty already has a green tongue. :)

One Skunk Todd
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 08:54 AM

All together now!



and maybe even first??

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 08:54 AM

That's just too cute. I can't imagine getting my two close enough to each other to attempt such a picture!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 08:55 AM

Is that mouse or sparrow flavor? Because I've NEVER seen either of those DumDums!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:04 AM

awwww... I love how they're willing to share.
Most of mine get along pretty well, but they're certainly not willing to share food! They each get their own plate!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:04 AM

Auto-lick mode is right. Focused on nothing but their own tasty lollipop bliss.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:15 AM

There's a bigger question at hand here, people.

And that question is, did the owner of the hand shown here RESUME his lollipop AFTER all this kitten-slarpification?

The world may never know!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:16 AM

How fabulous! These cats are all, "Must find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie pop...Must find out..." My own princess kitteh likes to lick ice cream off of my spoon. I think she might snub her nose at a lolly. She's a bit finicky that way.

For the love of jauntiness
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:20 AM

Hehehe... my kitty hates all kinds of people food. I think it would be too cute to get my kitty to pose for a picture like this!

Good job Adam!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:20 AM

AutoLick mode is something that comes standard in all cats. Its not known how to activate it, but you usually can deactivate it by moving your fingers under a blanket to distract them :)

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:23 AM

People, people...you have it all wrong. These are actually siamese twin cats joined at the tounge. A rare condition that can only be treated with kryptonite lollipops. Although this is an unfortunate malady it does provide an amazingly cute picture.

Emily Anonymous
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:30 AM

Seriously, what flavor is that lollipop? My two cats (when both still alive) certainly shared food but I don't remember either of them ever being interested in any hard candy flavors.

I hope the sender-in will let us know what flavor that is!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:33 AM

Cricket flavor. One of my favorites, too.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:35 AM

No No No people! The lollypop is most certainly a catnip flavored one!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:39 AM

The weird thing is that cats are one of the very few mammals who cannot taste "sweet".

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:46 AM


Anyone notice the cats look exactly alike except for their colours? Same markings, etc.

Yin Yang kitties strike again!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:51 AM

I was surprised at this one, most cat's I've seen won't give anything sugary a second look. It must be one of those mouse-flavor "treated" lollipops :)

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:52 AM

I thought cats couldn't taste sugar... Hmmm... maybe they're just enjoying the tactile sensation or something.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 09:58 AM

This is TOTALLY REDONK! It just made my morning!

Well done, Dr. Meg, well done!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 10:01 AM

Why did I read the caption as "anti-lick mode"? As if a cat could ever be in anti-lick mode.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 10:19 AM

maybe they can taste sour flavors? it could be green apple candy, or lime?

tho we did use some sort of citrus essence to scare our kitties off the speakers when i was a kid, so maybe not lime.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 10:25 AM

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Salmon-Flavored Tootsie-Pop...? The World...May Never Know...


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 10:25 AM

Weird! The only sugar my cats (past & present) have ever touched was/is ice cream. If I didn't watch him carefully, Ari would drink my iced tea out of my glass UNLESS I put sugar in it. It's almost like he could smell the sugar!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 10:29 AM

now i find this article - seems they taste more than we thought!


 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 10:30 AM

It's the gold/silver kitty combo that gets me, especially since I seem to remember quite a few pics on this site with the same color combo. Bet these two are littermates.

They've got almost that same intense look they get when kneading one's lap...

Kim H.
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 11:00 AM

I've heard the "cats don't taste sugar" before but I swear mine will go maniacal trying to get at last crumbs of powder sugar donut. She loves powdered sugar!!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 11:13 AM

I know they say that cats can't taste sugar, but my girl cat goes nuts for popsicles and ice cream, and my cat growing up loved red licorice.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 11:27 AM

Cats (all cats, including lions, etc.) definitely do not taste sugar, or any sweet flavor. They have a defect in the genes that code for sweet taste receptors. See www.monell.org/files/news/cat_sweet_taste.pdf

Jordin Kare
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 11:28 AM

I know clinical evidence shows cats don't like sweets, but all of mine will kill for the milk from a sugary cereal, but ignore milk in it's natural state. Bucky will also steal cookies off the counter and devour them on the carpet (crumbs ho).

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 11:35 AM

OH, the Qte!

I would like to see video of this, too, with audio of the slurpage.

These kittehs must be littermates. Beautiful cats.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:04 PM

My mom's cat will eat bananas. That's right, people - BANANAS!

Lady Chroe
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:11 PM


B A N A N A S!



 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:20 PM

oh god. I thought I loved "nahm nahm nahm..." but "lahm lahm lahm" takes the freaking cake.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:25 PM


beeyootifull shorthair splendiferousness!!


 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:30 PM

I'm sorry, these two are just GORGEMOUSE!!

Me want, me want!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:33 PM

Oo, pwetty kittehs for mah birfday! :) :)

Hey, dear CO peeps (even the Nuffs ;), here there be my season's greetings for you all!


 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:44 PM

Oh, thanx Scofield. Is that your gorgemouse red bebeh? How I envy you.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Aw, I wanna be a pretteh kitteh licking a lollypop with my kitteh friend.

I wonder if I could freeze cream as lollies for my boys? I might try it.

I hope everyone wears pretty underwear for the hollerday weekend!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 12:53 PM

carolina, it indeed is :) Thanks, Sirius really is a heart-melter. Even when it's nawmnawmnawming my toesies while I'm sleeping. What's it with kittehs and toes? :P

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 01:12 PM

Scofield: I luuurves me sum red-striped bebehs. Usta had one meself. Best darn cat evar! You are sooo lucky!

My kitt-oons pretty much leave the toes be but they make up for it in other ways, like practically standing on my head when it's time to get up!

Also have a 16 pounder who flops her potato-sack body on my lap right when it's time for me to get my next cup of morning coffee.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 01:23 PM

Did some say BANANAS?


And there's my holiday gift for you all. No need to thank me, really, it's my pleasure to share.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 01:26 PM

Awwww! I wish my kitties did that!

Rhea Harding
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 01:36 PM

Cats don't like sweet? Try telling that to Chuckie who luvs maples syrup and orange jello (not together).

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 01:49 PM

(slaps AmyH with a handful of tinsel)

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 01:59 PM

My cat Kage LOVES sweets. Suckers, Candy Canes, and Apple Cider are his favorites, but I'm sure he'd eat other things if he could get his little paws on them. This is too cute.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 02:06 PM

AmyH- You're evil. Truly evil.

Also, regarding cats on auto-lick: http://shanchan.vox.com/

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 02:36 PM

Great Hamster Escape:


P. Erasmus
 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 02:50 PM

That s*%t is bananas, as they say.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 03:36 PM

That hamster escape is v. v. cute, Erasmus.

Sirius is so adorable when he's not creating a chaos.

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 03:47 PM

MamaDawn, I love "Bucky" for a cat (my mom's dog is "Bucky" - he's a 16 year old golden-lab mix). Are you a "Get Fuzzy" fan??

So yeah, Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia did a study on cats and their sweet receptors; apparently the gene to sense sweet got turned off somewhere along their evolutionary trajectory (if you believe in that "evolution" stuff.... : ) ).

This doesn't prevent my Snack from loving ice cream and sugary cereal milk, as others have mentioned their four-legged friends enjoying. Then again, she also likes olives. Who knows?

Happy holidays, peeps!

 |  Dec 22, 2006 at 03:58 PM

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