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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:
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Ada and Eli
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