Tiger Tongue The tiger is a magnificent animal. Their tongue and teeth are no different! The tiger's tongue is covered with numerous small, sharp, rear-facing projections called papillae. These papillae gives the tongue is rough, rasping texture and is designed to help strip feathers, fur and meat from prey. The Tiger's teeth are also the largest in the cat family. An interesting fact is that the Tiger has only 30 teeth compared to dogs which have 42 teeth.