Tongues are not only useful, but they are darned cute too! Have you ever seen a dog or cat who's tongue is permanently hanging from their mouth? Their little pink tongues just hanging there and won't stay in. For example, the famous cat Lil Bub. Her tongue is perpetually sticking out of her mouth. Why is that anyways?
|Lil Bub. Photo via The All-Nite Images on Flickr.|
Why Do Some Pets' Tongues Hang Out of Their Mouth?
Why do some pets' tongues hang out of their mouth all the time? It is part of their plan to look extra cute and adorable? It's a nice thought, but unfortunately not.
The reason is because these animals have no teeth, or have a lot of missing teeth. The teeth in a dog or cat's mouth hold the animal's tongue in place inside of the mouth. Did you know that Lil Bub has no teeth? That's why her tongue hangs out like that all of the time.
I've also seen several dogs whose tongues hang out of the sides of their mouth. They don't have to be missing every tooth, but perhaps they are just missing several on the side of their mouth. My personal observation is that pugs and chihuahuas very commonly have this trait.
|Photo via Adrian Scottow on Flickr.|
I know it might be a little troubling to think about a pet having no teeth. After all, they don't make doggy and kitty dentures... yet. Honestly, most dogs and cats do just fine having no teeth. In fact, many are still able to eat their crunchy kibble.
So just a little bit of fun and interesting pet trivia for you today. If you didn't know before, now you do!
Have you ever met a dog or cat who's tongue hangs out? What did you think?