There are a lot of things that are weirdly lovable about cats. From their adorable ears to their flexing feet,
even their cute whiskers! And we can’t forget about those sweet kisses they give us!
Their tiny rigged pink tongue feels rough against our skin. Read on to find out 7 cat tongue facts you haven’t known!
A feline’s tongue is covered with backward-facing, thin bristles named “papillae” which are from keratin.
This is the exact same material in human fingernails. This mineral helps with feeding and grooming.
Just like a human bites on their nails when we are nervous, a feline will use its tongue to “over-groom” themselves when they are overly stressed. When they groom themselves, their body lets out endorphins that makes them feel hazy inside.
Although this is a good stress reliever, it can cause something called “psychogenic alopecia”.
The outcome includes balding and sores if not addressed in their early stages.
Cover the Kill
You might realize your cat grooming itself after eating. The normal instinct of a feline is to clean after a meal/kill cover its tracks.
This stops other animals from following them, either it is other predators or other prey.
Cats are unable to sweat so in order to cool themselves down, they release excess heat from their mouths.
They also stay cool by, (drum roll please), cleaning themselves! This is because of the evaporation cycle.
When they clean, the moisture gradually evaporates leaving space between the fur and skin chill and moist.
It is said that cats are unable to taste sugar. This is situated on the number of taste buds on the feline’s tongue. More research needs to be completed to have a better view and knowledge of this topic.
If you stay with naturally occurring sugar (for example fruit), they would probably snub it.
I think that some cats do enjoy sugar, but not from the taste, but the “high” they receive from it.
Texture Not Taste
It is obvious that cats are known for picky eating. This is not always because of the taste of the food.
Because of the fibers and textures on the tongue, a cat might not want to eat something because of the texture.
Talk about being fussy!