Do You Nibble Your Cat’s Ears?

When the mood takes me, sometimes, briefly, I like to play with my cat’s ears. I’m trying to work out why I like it. This article was inspired by Jo’s article about how pleasant it is to sniff her cat.

Do you like nibbling your cats ears
Do you like nibbling your cats ears? Photo by jurvetson (Flickr)
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There are three things that I like to do with my cat’s ears. Firstly, I like to tweak them and at the same time make an odd sound that sounds a bit like an ear being tweaked! At first, when I did this, Charlie my cat, used to shake his head afterwards – understandably!

Now, he seems to like it. He purrs when I do it and he doesn’t shake his head afterwards. It has become a sort of ritual and I believe that for him it is a sign of my affection because when I tweak his ear I also do other things with him such a stroking him and talking to him, intimately, which he likes and which are also signs of friendship.

So, messing around with his ears is part of the way I interact with him and an exchange of friendly behaviour between us.

I also like to warm up his ears. In the winter, at night, he sleeps on my bed next to me. As the bedroom chills down the tips of his ears, quite naturally, become cold because they are very thin and exposed. The tips of a cat’s ears are vulnerable, in fact, as they can get sunburnt and frostbitten if the cat is an outdoor cat.

Anyway, I warm the tips of his ears between finger and thumb. I’m not sure whether he likes it. Does a cat feel that the tips of his ears are cold? You know how we feel when our hands are cold in the winter. Do you think that a cat feels that his ears are cold in the same way? I don’t believe they do.

Well, I do it anyway because I want to warm his ears up! I also like the feel of his ears. And this is another thing, and I think it is the reason why some people like to nibble their cat’s ears.

A cat’s ears are quite delicate and smooth. They actually feel nice to the touch. We use our lips to kiss someone, sometimes (if you’re lucky!). The lips are quite a sensitive part of a person’s body. A person’s lips have a sense of touch rather like the fingers of a person’s hand. I think this reason and the fact that a cat’s ears are pleasant to touch is why some people like to nibble them.

I confess that I do, on occasions (rarely), nibble my cat’s ears. These are the 3 things that I like to do with my cats ears: tweak them, warm them and nibble them!

Do you have a confession to make?

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15 thoughts on “Do You Nibble Your Cat’s Ears?”

  1. i dont nibble on my cats ear. but…..tiger my tabby cat suckles or nibbles on my earlop. Not sure if its a nibble or a suckle. we call him suckles which he responds well too.

  2. I love the crisp feel of cats ears, and the velvet covering is lovely to touch but I can’t say I’ve ever nibbled one, I like the top of the furry head for kissing and the bit between the eyes at the top of the nose is exactly the right size to put another kiss on. What makes me laugh about Jo is if he’s sitting getting a good wash and gets interrupted for kisses he just sits there and lets it happen then gets right back to washing when it’s over with, he knows it’s his duty. Walter has to be in the mood and if he is he puts his furry face nearby for a kiss, if he isn’t in the mood then as Ruth says the lips are definitely at risk of being removed, without anaesthesia.

    1. If cats do have one duty it is to let us kiss them, stroke them and love them. It is a way that they can return the favours that we do them. The ears of a cat are nice to touch. They do have a certain texture and delicacy and as you say crispness about them which is quite tactile.

  3. It’s no secret that I have a cat ear fetish.
    Anything goes with me, as long as I’m allowed – touching, kissing, nipping (gently), licking…

  4. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    I don’t think Jozef would mind his ears nibbled but I prefer to put featherlight kisses on his ears and the top of his head and every paw and his tummy as he rolls over inviting me.
    Nibbling Walter’s ears would be very foolish lol because I like having lips 😉

  5. Michael:)

    I nearly fell on the floor when that vet told me that she nibbled on her cat’s ears. So I had to try it right away! I was very pleased with the sweet taste, and Sir Hubble didn’t protest in the least.

    But I am afraid that since I freely nibble on his ears from time to time, that he has developed a taste “of the ear”, probably learning from me that they are rather yummy- and spends lots of time chewing and sucking on Dr. Hush Puppy’s ears. The problem with this is that he gets them really wet and sticky, and sometimes even folds one of the corners down flat and I get the dubious pleasure of having to put it back in place. Sigh..

    1. L O L. Well, to be honest, I am delighted that your veterinarian nibbles on her cat’s ears. That, I think, validifies this slightly unusual habit which only exists between cat lovers and their cats.

  6. I understand the curiosity Michael however I’ve not had a cat who is so easy going with ear touching. I think they are quite sensitive. Anyhow, I do know how when they come inside from a cold day, their ears can feel very icy and I have felt that need to warm them up with my hands too. But mostly it just bothers them it seems. Maybe Lilly doesn’t mind. She’s pretty rough in general.

      1. Yes, I have been fiddling around with e-mail notifications etc.. I had not even looked at it since transferring to WordPress so I had no idea what was happening until recently and 2 years has elapsed!

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    1. You are probably a little more sensitive in the way you handle your cat and I might be a little bit too rough on occasions but I am, I believe, gentle with Charlie but it was more a matter of time (getting used to it) really and he knows me so well because I work at home and live with him 24/7. I think these factors allow me to mess around with his ears without him complaining. As I said, he actually likes it now. 😉

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