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Puss In Boots' Hot Ones Appearance Has Some Scientific Accuracy

Puss in Boots, the beloved character from the "Shrek" series, made a stop over at "Hot Ones" to promote the latest film in his titular spinoff series of films, "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," in theaters December 21, 2022. In the video, Puss in Boots tries five different hot sauces, and while he is confident starting out, things quickly take a turn as he begins sweating profusely.

"Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" is the sequel to 2011's "Shrek" spinoff film that was simply titled "Puss in Boots." The iconic character first appeared in the 2004 sequel "Shrek 2" and quickly became a franchise favorite character for fans. Now, 11 years later, a direct sequel to the 2011 hit film is on the horizon and a stop by "Hot Ones" to promote the movie is in order for the famous animated feline.

The leche-loving feline immediately downs his milk in the video, leaving him in trouble with the heavy-duty hot sauces. Host Sean Evans tries to warn Puss in Boots to save his milk for later, as he will need it. As Evans tries to steer the conversation to talk about how Puss in Boots has died eight times, spending almost all of his lives, Puss in Boots confidently puts down several wings. Once he gets to the Certain Death hot sauce with a one million+ Scoville level heat score, he begins pouring with sweat like Pete Davidson on his episode of "Hot Ones." This notion, while silly, is actually rooted in some scientific fact.

Cats can actually sweat to cool down

While a talking animated cat may not be scientifically accurate, the fact that Puss in Boots sweats in the video is quite accurate. According to Cat Health, cats actually can sweat just like us humans, even though it may be hard to see because of their fur. The best way to tell if a cat is sweating is if the cat leaves behind damp footprints. While cats do indeed have sweat glands covered by their fur, they have more effective ways of cooling down than sweating. When cats bathe themselves, their saliva actually cools them down as it evaporates. They also cool down by laying on cool surfaces like tile or bathtubs.

So, if Puss in Boots were a real-life character, you may not see him sweat as actively as he does in the "Hot Ones" video, but he could indeed sweat. He may leave behind little footprints after having some wings with the Certain Death hot sauce, though. One could also assume if Puss in Boots attempted to bathe himself to cool down after some super hot wings, he would only spread the pepper from his tongue all over himself, making things much worse. The best bet would be for Puss in Boots to find some cool linoleum to lay on to temper things down, hopefully.

Puss in Boots faces his greatest challenge yet, perhaps after these hot sauces, in "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish." In the film, Puss in Boots traverses into the Black Forest in search of the Wishing Star in order to wish to restore some of his spent eight lives so as not to be on his last life. See if his wish comes true on December 21, 2022 when "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" comes exclusively to theaters.