Here is a good bit of advice for you. Don’t ever turn your back on a cat! Even if they don’t attack you they might be doing something naughty like poking their tongue out at you! That might sound crazy, but to prove it here are ten pictures of cats caught in the act poking their tounges out towards their owners as well as other people (well…not really, but the pictures will make you smile I promise)…
“when I poke my tongue out it goes dark!”
So why do cats poke their tongues out? Well, I hope to find out because it might be funny seeing them do it, but I do just hope they do it because they are hot, or just tasting the air or something, not because they are stressed or ill. Let’s hope it really is just for fun.
So you often see your cat sticking its tongue out and wondered why a cat’s tongue so rough? Well, it is called “papillae” and it is basically tiny barbs made of keratin. And here is a weird one for you, keratin is exactly the same stuff that is found in human fingernails! So we really are very much like our pets.
“The prickly truth of what a cat’s tongue really looks like”
For some cats sticking tongue out symptom might well be that they are just about to clean themselves and are drying their tongue out. While self-grooming their tongue releases endorphins which helps them calm down when they are stressed or anxious.
Now this is how you blow a raspberry, phhhhrrrrrrtttttttttt!
We have all seen those cats sticking tongues out in gif animations, and it is this cat that is the most seen. I have no idea what its name is, or what breed it is, but if ever there was an image of cats sticking their tongue out to be seen it is this one.
“Pleasssse pick me, I am the bessssst!”
If you see a cat sticking its tongue out and panting, it often means they are hot and bothered, so why not create a cool corner for them to cool down in. But if you frequently see your cat cleaning themselves in front of you this is generally taken as a sign of trust! So does your cat trust you?
“Whenever I blow raspberries in the sun I see the magical spit fairies! “
I have always thought that when I see a cat sticking its tongue out repeatedly it just means it is being rude like cats often are! But if you see a cat groom himself thoroughly after catching a bird or other animal they are doing it to erase all evidence of scent ready for the hunt ahead just like Lions and Tigers!
“I bet you can’t do this!? “
Maybe, just maybe cats sticking tongues out is just to wind you up because they know more about the universe than us. With that confident walk, dominant purring and claws of death. Is it any wonder the cat is poking its tongue out at you! We cats owners are there to feed them and let them out when they wish, that is all. Well most of us are anyway.
The phantom window licker!
We have all seen those cats sticking tongues out on YouTube videos and often they are worth a laugh. Just as long as the cat is doing it for good reasons like cooling down or grooming, that is OK. But do keep an eye out on your cat and make sure it is not poking its tongue out too often.
Light sssspeed to planet heavy petting!!!
Here is a deadly and scary fact for you. The papillae (Bards) on a cat’s tongue are intended to be used in grooming themselves, but they also evolved that way to make it easier to rip the flesh from the bones of prey! Now look at your cat poking its tongue out, or is it just sizing you up for dinner?
What on earth is that thing hanging out of that cat’s mouth!? And more importantly, where does it go when it goes back into his little mouth?!?
Does your cat stick its tongue out at you? Which of the pictures above made you smile? Do let us know in the comments below!