When you visualize a cat, the first thing that might come to mind is his whiskers or maybe his ears or his jellybean toes or his cute, little nose. When you picture Thorin, a Ragdoll living in Germany, the first thing that will come to mind is his tongue.
I mean, just look at it.
Thorin lives in a small town near Berlin, Germany, with his humans, Tina and Kevin, and his kitty companion, Tyrion. (Tyrion’s tongue is a tad bit smaller.)
Thorin arrived due to a desire to help turn their house into a home, Tina told Petcha.com. She and Kevin had lost a cat named Fussel to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). The bond between them was strong and when they couldn’t save him, their hearts were broken.
“We were sure that we didn’t want to have a cat anymore, because it was too painful to lose Fussel,” Tina said. “But if you ever felt the love of a pet, you will understand that we missed this feeling.”
Thorin officially came into his humans’ lives on May 17, 2015, after Tina fell in love with him.
“He was so tiny, fluffy and his eyes looked straight into my heart,” she told Petcha.com. “We still miss Fussel, but Thorin definitely helped us heal and brought back the love and happiness to our life.”
“Fussel was really young when he died and we never saw that coming. We always thought we’d have time to make memories and time to take pictures, but we hadn’t. So most of the pictures we have are blurry and dark. I wanted to change that, so that I am able to keep the memories of Thorin forever,” Tina told us. “So I started photographing when Thorin moved in, and honestly I couldn’t have a better model. When I start preparing for photo shoots — for example, open the curtains, move the stools, unpack the treats — both [he and Tyrion] immediately run to our living room and look at me with wide eyes.”
But it isn’t those wide eyes (though gorgeous) that Thorin is best known for. The cat, who’s named after “The Hobbit” character Thorin, leader of the Company of Dwarves, probably has the longest tongue we’ve ever seen a cat have. To Tina and Kevin, however, it didn’t seem that strange.
“Honestly, we never thought that this is something unusual. I always thought all cat tongues are that long. We often saw his tongue outside his mouth when he slept as a kitten and thought that it is really cute,” she said. “Now, compared to Tyrion’s tongue it is really obvious that Thorin’s tongue is much longer and when taking his photos I am often really surprised how long it really is. He never had problems with his long tongue. Rather you can say that it has some benefits: There is more space for treats on it and it is easier for him to groom himself.”
What cat wouldn’t love a longer tongue for extra treats or better grooming? Thorin even helped Tyrion groom himself when he had to wear the cone of shame after being neutered.
The two became roomies in February 2016 when Tina and Kevin brought Tyrion into the home.
“We felt that Thorin needed a friend,” Tina said of the Scottish Fold.
Tyrion, who his humans call “the little one,” was named after Tyrion Lannister from “Game of Thrones.”
“Ragdolls are really big cats and Scottish Folds are way smaller,” Tina said. “So you can say that Tyrion is a dwarf compared to Thorin. And a true king of dwarves needs a dwarf as companion.”
He certainly does. Now the cat with the long tongue and the little kitty are BFFs.