Cats with their tongue stuck out: Eris

Photo: Aaron Stidwell/Flickr

Catching them with their jaws down

It's a phenomenon that cat enthusiasts eagerly await — the moment when a beloved feline lets down its guard and allows its tiny pink tongue to hang absent-mindedly out of its mouth.

This often happens when the kitty is deep in sleep (as seen above) or following a fastidious licking bath (below), but one thing everyone knows for certain is that the longer the tongue stays out the kitty's mouth, the more magical (and hilarious) the moment becomes.

Sometimes these silly moments only last a couple seconds, so the cat's human inevitably makes a mad dash for a camera in hopes of documenting the lapse in the cat's usual reputation for being regal, dignified and decidedly non-dopey looking.

Here are just a few of these funny feline Kodak moments:

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Stella

Photo: Maxine Anderson

Stella

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Lucifer

Photo: SissiU Albor/Flickr

Lucifer

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Amelie

Photo: Katrina Junkin

Amelie

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Fiver

Photo: Laura Moss

Fiver

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Lion cub

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

Lion cub

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Pepsi

Photo: Dave L/Flickr

Pepsi

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Buffy

Photo: Gavin Anderson/Flickr

Buffy

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Sofia

Photo: Umberto Salvagnin/Flickr

Sofia

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Lola

Photo: Sara Brueckman

Lola

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Paca

Photo: Douglas O'Brien/Flickr

Paca

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Jack

Photo: Jon Feinstein/Flickr
Jack

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Herbie

Photo: Jessica F./Flickr

Herbie

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Ada and Eli

Photo: Laura D'Alessandro/Flickr

Ada and Eli

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Sid

Photo: Sarah/Flickr

Sid

Cats with their tongue stuck out: Clipper

Photo: Clipper/Flickr

Clipper

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Vanille

Photo: A.Munich/Flickr

Vanille

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Jaguar

Photo: Lara604/Flickr

Jaguar

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Raskolnikov

Photo: Mararie/Flickr

Raskolnikov

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Christopher

Photo: James G. Milles/Flickr

Christopher

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Judy

Photo: Lisa Parker/Flickr

Judy

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: Emmy

Photo: Wayne Silver/Flickr

Emmy

 
Cats with their tongue stuck out: CJ

Photo: Mark Fosh/Flickr

CJ

 
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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.