Picture of Ikiru – Exotic Shorthair cat celebrity

Ikiru - Exotic Shorthair celebrity on Instagram because his tongue sticks out

The coronavirus lockdown has improved the celebrity status of Ikiru, an Exotic Shorthair pointed cat with a sticky-out tongue and a very flat face. He has a good following on Instagram. Sadly, nearly all the Exotic Shorthair celebrity cats have something wrong with their anatomy due to breeding which makes them look interesting or …

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The awesome science of the cat’s tongue inspires a novel hair brush

Cat tongue's showing the spines

You might know that the cat’s tongue is covered with around 290 tiny but prominent backward facing spines (papillae) made of keratin. Our nails are made of keratin. And cats groom themselves for about 2.4 hours daily. Recent research, using CT scans, discovered that the part of the cat’s papillae are hollow. They researched …

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Why do cats blep?

Why do cats blep?

The word “blep” refers to a cat sticking her tongue out slightly. The face is passive. The body is also fairly passive and still. There appears to be nothing particular going on except that the cat is probably thinking. Humans do the same thing (see photo below). You won’t find reasons for this slightly …

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Understanding Why Cats Can Be Fussy Eaters

Cat eats plant

The title might have been “Understanding how cats taste bitterness will help in the delivery of medicines”. Scientists, in a recent study published 3rd June 2015, found that taste receptors in cats’ tongues are unlike those in humans. This implies that domestic cats experience a different sensation when eating a substance that is bitter. …

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Cat is more Sophisticated than the Dog when Drinking

‘Cats rule, dogs drool’ is a funny way to describe the difference. The dog has a cruder drinking technique than the cat. That’s what I claim! We know that cats are more sophisticated than dogs, don’t we?! Research, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech and Princeton University in the USA, has explained …

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