The cats are lovely pets. The people just love them like anything. The kids are very crazy about these lovely little creatures. The cats are preferred by many as these animals are looking very cute. These animals are very handy and the size is not intimidating like few other pets. The tongues of the cats are rough. Many cat owners are aware of this fact. Let us discuss about it here.
The cats may groom you accidentally. You will come to know that the cat’s have very coarse tongue. The cat’s tongue is covered with a structure called papilla. The papillas are nothing but backward pointed spikes. You will have a feeling that you are rubbed with sand paper if the cat licks you. All those spikes called papilla will be tugging at your skin.
Cats tongue are eating utensils
The cats are using their tongue as eating utensils.The cats use their tongue to remove the meat from the bones of their food or prey. In the forest, the most important role played by the tongue of the cat is nothing but this. But this is not the only function of the tongue of the cat. There are so many other functions of the tongue. The tongues have the taste buds. There are salivary glands that aid in digestion of the food particle. Human beings use their hand for consumption of the food. These poor cats do not have that luxury; hence they have to depend on their tongue as far as the feeding is concerned.
Cat’s tongues are brushes and de-tanglers
The cats use their tongue for grooming purpose also. While grooming the cats utilize their tongue for moistening the fur with the help of the saliva. This will help the fur to remain clean and smell fresh. This also helps to regulate the body temperature of the cat. The spikes in the tongue will remove the debris and the lose hair from the cat and also helps in detangling the mats.
The tongue of the cat is acting like the brushes in fact. The human beings use hair brushes to comb their hair. The poor little cat can not afford this comfort and there is no other alternative but to depend on their tongue. The cats are very clean animals. They indulge in self grooming more often. That too the cats that are roaming around the house and those cats that are moving about the outside of the houses are more likely to get dirt. Such cats can be noticed grooming their body using the tongue. The cats use their tongue as detanglers too. The dirt that had formed a cake involving the hair can be removed only by the tongue of the cat. The saliva softens the texture of the cake formation and the hair gets released. Hence the cats are the perfect de-tanglers for the cute little cat.
The cats tongue can assist in those chores
The barbs or the spikes in the tongue of the cat are pointed inwards. As the result the materials are either grabbed or pulled inside. The cats find it very difficult to spit the loose hairs that were grabbed while grooming. As the result the cats ingest the loose hairs. This is exactly the reason for the formation of hair balls in the digestive system of the cat. Not all the hairs ingested are removed from the body of the cat which is the reason for the formation of the hair ball. The long haired cat breeds are more susceptible for the hair ball problem. The cat’s anatomy is such that the hair balls are ingested in to the stomach of the cat more often than not. If these hair balls are not coughed out, this will lead to very serious health problem.
String is dangerous once caught by cat’s one way tongues
The objects such as yam, dental floss, ribbons etc should be kept out of the reach of the cat. If the cats are playing with the objects that have string attached to it, then the cat should under observation by the pet owner or a sensible adult. Once the play session is over those toys should be checked and kept out of reach of the cats. As discussed earlier the spikes in the cats tongue are curved inside and hence anything that is licked by the cat tends to reach the digestive system of the cat causing trouble. This way, the string material once reaches the mouth of the cat ends up in the stomach of the cat and there is less chance for material to get out of the cat’s body.
Cat’s tongues are drinking utensils
Just like all other animals the cat too requires water. The cats are not fond of water in general. The cats should be forced to drink water. It is the duty of the pet owner to ensure the cat had consumed enough of water. The water should be provided in a clean plate and the water should be available near the cat house all the times. Many cat owners prefer to give wet food instead of dry food as the cats are not keen in drinking water unless forced by the owner.
The water plate should be cleaned at least once in a day. The water should not be contaminated with any kind of microbes. Is it advisable to give treated water to these lovely pets? If the water provided is not of good quality then we will be inviting trouble. We may need shell out hell a lot of money in treating the cat to protect it from the infection. There are so many diseases that can be transmitted through contaminated water and one should be very careful about the water provided to these feline friends.
While drinking the water the cats form their tongue in to a cup shape. The taste buds of the cat are located in the tongue of the cat are very sensitive to the taste of the water. Hence the water provided to the cat should be clean always.