Why is my cat’s tongue prickly?

Girls' World - - Critter Q&a -

If you’ve ever been licked by a cat, you’ll no­tice its tongue feels dif­fer­ent than the soft tongue of a dog. The rough, sand­pa­per feel­ing of a cat’s tongue serves a few pur­poses. For one, it’s a built-in brush that cat’s use for groom­ing. But also, since cats like to hunt, the small back­wards-fac­ing barbs on their tongue help keep their prey in their mouths once they catch it.

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