Saturday, January 13, 2024

Signs that I am stressed - the tongue flick

 When I am stressed, I lick my nose - a quick flick of the tongue upwards. This is another example of our body language that humans cannot seem notice. They are very unobservant.

It's not the licking of lips, when I am finishing up a meal. When I lick my lips after a meal, I do several licks in succession or my tongue goes right round my mouth into the sides of the mouth to pick up any food fragments that have been left behind.

This kind of mouth licking takes much longer and is more thorough. The stress tongue flick is a single flicking move and quick. So quick that humans usually miss it. So quick that it only takes about two seconds or even less.

If you have a really good human pet, they will learn about the quick tongue flick. They will begin to notice it. And they will be on the way to understanding  you.


  1. I guess I need to be more aware of my cats. I have not noticed the flick.

  2. I doubt that anybody in my house knows this! Ugh! How do I make my humans aware?

  3. OK, George! I'm not stress but can I …pretend? Only to get the extra attention and a few more treats? What you think?


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