Sharp tongue

World of Animals - - All About Do­mes­tic Cats -

If you’ve ever had the hon­our of be­ing licked by a cat, you’ll be fa­mil­iar with the rough­ness of the fe­line tongue. It’s cov­ered in lit­tle barbs called papil­lae that face back­wards to­wards the cat’s mouth. They’re made of ker­atin, the same sub­stance as hu­man nails and rhino horns, and they help the cat to clean it­self and re­move meat from the bones of its prey.

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