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Cats have highly specialized teeth for the tearing of meat. The premolar and first molar together compose the carnassial pair on each side of the mouth, which efficiently functions to shear meat like a pair of scissors. While this is present in canids, it is highly developed in felines. The cat’s tongue has sharp spines, or papillae, useful for retaining and ripping flesh from a carcass. These papillae are small backward-facing hooks that contain keratin which also assist in their grooming. As facilitated by their oral structure, cats use a variety of vocalizations and types of body language for communication, including mewing (“meow” or “miaow”), purring, hissing, growling, squeaking, chirping, clicking, and grunting.(


    KEITH R. WILL...over 6 years ago

    the whiskers look like a mustache

  • Siamesecat
    Siamesecatover 6 years ago

    I just LOVE This photo, how adrling this immage is..
    Love their mouth and the sensitive whiskers..

  • Crystal Zacharias
    Crystal Zachariasover 6 years ago

    cute pic.

  • Tiffany Dryburgh
    Tiffany Dryburghover 6 years ago

    I just really, really want to smooch that gorgeous white muzzle! It’s my favorite bit of cat!

  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 6 years ago

    How sweet! Matches your avitar too…What’s its name?

  • eramophla
    eramophlaover 6 years ago

    how fantastic that you got so close

  • Taylor Russell
    Taylor Russellover 6 years ago

    aww lol what a cute photo, nice job!

  • shallay
    shallayover 6 years ago

    How did u get a camera under kitty’s nose? Thought it happily got away from the cutesy cat stereotypes and actually looked more like a rat. Like it, anyhow.

  • Barbara Morrison
    Barbara Morrisonover 6 years ago

    Such a cute little nose!

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