Ever Wonder Why Your Cat’s Tongue Feels Like Sandpaper?

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If you are a first time cat owner, you might have wondered about why their tongue feels rough like sandpaper.  But if you have been living with cats for many years now, that rough feel of their tongue probably don’t bother anymore.  For those who want to know more about cat’s tongue, read some of the facts below.

Cat’s tongue is covered with Papillae

Cat’s tongue is covered with tiny barbs that are facing backward.  These barbs are called ‘papillae’ which causes the rough sensation.  The barbs have a lot of important roles.  It helps feline groom themselves and makes eating easier for as well.  But the papillae have its downside too.  Since it is facing backwards, anything that your cat catches with its tongue ends up getting swallowed and that’s how they get hairballs.  Make sure that your cat is not around yarn or string because it will get stuck on the barbs of their tongue and they won’t be able to spit it out by themselves.

Cat’s groom for survival

After the cat is done eating his prey, he will then groom himself in order to remove any traces of his victim.  It is vital to remove all traces because felines are small creatures which mean that they can be a prey themselves.

Cat’s groom for comfort

I am sure many people know that felines use their tongue to groom themselves.  It is also a way to cool their body off.

Cat’s grooming and behavior

Cats use their tongue to socialize with other cats.  That’s why if you own two or more cats you’ll see them grooming (licking each other).  When a cat is stressed or anxious, they will groom parts of their body that they feel stressed or anxious.  Some cats engage in repeated grooming and often end up with bald patches.

Cat’s taste buds

Cats are not capable of tasting sweets.  Now that you know, try to avoid giving them sweets as a treat because they can’t really taste it.

Cat’s preference in food texture

I know some kitties are picky when it comes to food but it’s not really their fault, because it all depends on how his tongue feels the shape, texture and size of the food.  Observing your cat when they’re eating is a great way to tell what kind of shape, size and texture of food they like.

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