Fascinating Facts About Your Cat’s Tongue


Have you ever wondered why your cat’s tongue feels so rough when she licks you? That sandpaper sensation is what makes the tongue a perfect tool for grooming and consuming prey.

In a recent article on Answers.com, I explored some of the fascinating facts that make the cat’s tongue one of nature’s purrfect designs. Click here to read the full article.

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6 Comments on Fascinating Facts About Your Cat’s Tongue

  1. Sue Brandes
    March 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Great article Ingrid. Some of that I did not know.

  2. monica ackerman
    March 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

    My black Chelsea once licked herself almost completely bald, in all the spots she could reach. It was pitiful to watch. I tried Rescue Remedy in the drinking water but there was so much turmoil in the house with 3 other cats she just must have been too stressed to express herself in any other way. A few months later, Maxximus my oldest died and LittleGirl my foster disappeared without a trace. Now there ws again peace in the realm, it was just her and Charlie who is vey laid back and will avoid any confrontation by retreating into the closet. Her fur has grown back but once in a while I still catch her doing too much grooming (in my limited opinion) and I try to distract her. The house is peaceful and quiet so hopefully she got over the anxiety. Boy that tongue is a powerful tool!

  3. Viki Worden
    March 4, 2014 at 10:26 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you for a fascinating article! I was aware of some of the information, but not all of it. I found the information quite informative and interesting. I love learning what makes my kitties tick. I study them a lot and have noticed how they drink. My one cat, Meeko, does have anxiety and will lick himself a lot. He had recently liked all his fur off his back and back legs. I had him on medication because the vet and I felt it was partly due to allergies to food, along with behavior. He is still licking, but fortunately the hair has grown back. Meeko has always been anxious and nervous. We have tried Prozac with him and that didn’t do any good. I try to keep things calm around him. I have found that when I sense he is stressed, if I tell him “it’s ok”, that seems to help. My voice will calm him sometimes and help him to relax. He likes to be around me all the time. He likes my son too. I give him alone time with me at night. He is the only one who sleeps with me. Although, Cisco will sleep with us sometimes. Meeko doesn’t mind Cisco, but I think the other two annoy him for some reason. I have never had a cat like Meeko and he is quite a study. I have learned a lot about him.

    • Ingrid
      March 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s great that Meeko responds to your calm energy, Viki. You mentioned in a comment the other day that you would love to be an animal whisperer – I really think you already are one!

      • Viki Worden
        March 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm (4 years ago)

        Thank you Ingrid. It makes me feel good that you say that. I always try to tune into my animals and understand what they are feeling. I want them to be happy.


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