Melissa The Cat And Her Long Tongue Are A Sight To Behold

Melissa the cat is fast becoming an Internet sensation thanks to her long tongue.

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Her owner says that this is the most famous picture of Melissa. Via Melissa_Scottish/Instagram

Even if you’re not a KISS fan, don’t know a single word to “Rock and Roll All Nite” and wouldn’t know Ace Frehley from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, you probably know the band’s frontman Gene Simmons and his impressively long tongue. But Simmons is getting a run for his money from an unlikely source: a 5-year-old Scottish Fold from Russia.

The cat, named Melissa, seems to always have her tongue sticking out, which makes her look like a much, much (much) cuter, cuddlier version of Simmons. And while Melissa’s owner, Alina Esther, thinks her photogenic kitty looks a little like that famous picture of Albert Einstein with his tongue out, the cute kitty totally reminds us of the rock star. After all, despite his many contributions to science and physics, Einstein never released a record called “Lick It Up.”

It’s unclear exactly why Melissa’s sticks her tongue out so much, but according to The Daily Mirror, it might have something to do with osteochondrodysplasia, a degenerative disorder of the development of bone and cartilage that affects Scottish Folds. Missing teeth is also a common cause, although Esther reportedly has said all of Melissa’s teeth are intact. Maybe she just likes sticking her tongue out? Whatever the case may be, that long tongue has earned her a large following on social media.

Here are a few of our favorite pics of Melissa, all shared on her own Instagram account.

Seriously? It’s June and you think I needed more fur?

Happy caturday!

A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille.

I can’t believe what I just saw A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

We’re pretty sure this picture was taken at Bonnaroo.

Let’s do summer

A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

Move your tongue, Melissa, we can’t see your bowtie.

Huge blep A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

There aren’t enough tongue emojis in the world to represent this.

Don’t even try to tease me!

A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

Where does all of the tongue go when she closes her mouth?

Where is my tongue? A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

Melissa in full Victorian fainting couch mode.

I’m still waiting for prince

A photo posted by Melissa (@melissa_scottish) on

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  • OMG CUTE!!!!!!

    leiah July 15, 2015 1:22 am Reply
  • Melissa is absolutely adorable !

    Heather July 15, 2015 1:55 am Reply
  • What a sweetheart!

    J. David Scott July 15, 2015 5:44 am Reply
  • Such a cutie!! My cats are his biggest fans

    Maria P Burke July 15, 2015 10:17 am Reply
  • She’s too cute for words! <3

    Sandy July 15, 2015 11:07 am Reply
  • Cute, cuter, cutist!!!

    Pam July 15, 2015 11:33 am Reply
  • Can’t help smiling at the sight of this cutie!! The eyes are gorgeous!!
    What a sweet fur baby, I wish I could cuddle you, love ya Melissa!!

    Lise July 15, 2015 1:13 pm Reply
  • She is so adorable!!! I just want to hug her!

    Candi July 15, 2015 2:05 pm Reply
  • So cute

    Darraline Salmon July 15, 2015 3:28 pm Reply
  • She is the most beautiful kitty I have seen. And so photogenic and wow I can’t believe that tongue. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Paula July 15, 2015 4:39 pm Reply
  • What an incredible fur baby. I sure hope her disease isn’t hurting her I’d hate to see such a cute little thing be in pain.
    Take care Coreen

    Coreen July 15, 2015 5:20 pm Reply
    I`m a FAN for LIFE.
    God bless you and those who love you, precious Melissa-Kitty!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Elizabeth Snyder~Baldonado July 15, 2015 7:40 pm Reply
  • What a real Cutie,!!!!

    Sue July 15, 2015 8:06 pm Reply

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