Why Does my Cats Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper?

July 11th, 2019

A cat’s tongue is a very interesting and fascinating part of their anatomy. Used as a key tool in a cats grooming routine, we take a closer look at what makes a cat’s tongue so unique.

Have you ever wondered why getting licked by a cat feels so rough, like being brushed with sandpaper? If you take a close look at your cats tongue you will notice that it is covered in tiny barbs known as papillae, these cause the rough sensation you feel when your cat licks you. Papillae range from a longer length in the centre of your cats tongue to a shorter length along the edges of their tongues. They are covered in a keratin sheath, a protein which is also found in human hair and fingernails, making them very strong.

You may have observed that your cat spends a lot of time cleaning and grooming. Cats are known for their personal hygiene and grooming which is why these papillae are a great tool in helping them keep clean. Papillae, much like a hair brush, acts in the way of picking up dirt and debris out of their fur as well as helping cats detangle any knots in their fur.

Next time you look at your cat’s tongue see if you can obverse these amazing papillae, which play a key role in their grooming routine.

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