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Why does my cat's tongue feel scratchy, and not smooth like a human tongue?

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Why is a cat's tongue rough and scratchy?
asked May 19, 2013 in Cat Breeds by (1,570 points)

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Cats'  tongues have tiny barbs all over except for the tip that look like hooks. The scratchy-feeling tongue helps that cat remove dirt and loose fur from its coat, similar to a brush. It was once thought it enabled a cat to lap and hold milk in its mouth, but research has shown that cats lap milk with the smooth tip of the tongue.
answered May 22, 2013 by (36,420 points)