Your cat’s tongue fees like sandpaper because it is barbed. Yes — barbed!! This is why it can actually hurt when your cat licks your skin — especially sensitive places like your face or eyelids!
Cat tongues are barbed as a process of evolution. It is barbed with thousands of tiny mounds. This allows cats to effectively drink water, lick small pieces of food, and to groom themselves. The barbs actually work similar to the way that we use a hairbrush, except we don’t have to ‘eat’ the hair after we brush. Cats swallow the fur when they groom themselves. If you have a long hair cat, you are probably very familiar with hairballs! Hairballs can be reduced or prevented by brushing your cat with a brush, or even better, a deshedding tool! There are many very very good deshedding tools on the market right now, and usually cats enjoy the extra brushing!
Your cat probably licks you in attempt to groom you! Yes, believe it or not, cats probably lick you for the same reason that they lick themselves! So, if your cat is ever licking you, maybe its time for a shower! Click here to watch a funny video of a cat licking a baby!
Cats may also lick you if your skin smells like food. In this case, be careful — the next lick may end up being a bite!
Cat owners also believe that when a cat licks, they are actually kissing you. Licking can be a way for your cat to show you affection. When your cat licks you, they are saying that they love you!
Cats can also lick you in attempt to get you to move out of the way. If you are sitting on the couch and your cat licks your arm, they may actually want you to move your arm out of the way so they can sit beside you.
Cats lick for many reasons!