Cats never cease to amaze with their adorable but sometimes bizarre behaviors. One such behaviors is “blep” (as described on the inter-webs) particularly among cats and dogs. So, we asked our pet behavior expert: What is blep, you ask?
Well, no one really knows the origin of this “blep” word, but you might already know how it looks like. It’s when your cat or dog unconsciously sticks out its tongue, particularly when they forget to take it back. Most time cats blep while thy are resting.
So, blep its usually not anything to worry about. But, blep can also signify damage to the face, teeth or jaw.
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Do all pets Blep and Why Do cats Blep?
Despite that blep fans believe that cats are the only animals capable of blepping, I believe that most pets can blep.
Bleps is a normal act is most animals. However, in some cases, blepping could be an indication of an underlying medical condition.
Therefore, you should ensure to know your normal at-rest position of your pet to as to identify if there are any abnormal bleeping that could require medical attention.
A normal blep may happen due to
- A cats or dog’s tongue being too big for its mouth such that it sticks out for increased comfort.
A blep could also happen because of face, teeth or jaw damage. In such a case, the pet’s mouth is unable to comfortably hold the tongue and thus it will stick out.
Most cats will hang their cat out if you disturb them while they are grooming. However, you can investigate your cat further if it has suddenly started to blep, particularly if it shows additional signs like eating challenges and drooling. Therefore, consider calling or visiting the vet to check your cat if you note abnormal blep behavior.
Also, A blep may be due to a Hanging Tongue Syndrome.
Hanging Tongue Syndrome – Blep in Dogs
A blep in dogs could be a sign of Hanging Tongue Syndrome.
In Hanging Tongue Syndrome, a dog’s tongue is painful due to becoming dry and cracking, which forces the pet to stick its tongue out.
Therefore, if you not your dog blepping, check the above initial signs and symptoms of a possible Hanging Tongue Syndrome.
If you note some or all the signs, then you should call your vet to give your dog the required medical attention or carry them with the Dog Backpack Carrier to the Vets office for medical attention.
Well, now you know – the common “blep” should be investigated further beyond the fanaticism hype as it could indicate a medical condition in your pet.
However, a blep could also be normal in some pets in their resting position. Therefore, stay woke with your pets.