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.So you can watch the motion of this yourself.
And now, for the dogs.
 P.M. Reis et al., current published on Science Express.