South Korean celebrity bites her Sphynx cat. It is not cat cruelty

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If you can stand the video you are a better person than me. However, you will see that a young woman, Sulli, who must be a top celebrity (an actress and model) in South Korea gently biting her Sphynx Cat. There is a large discussion about whether it is cat cruelty or not. A veterinarian gives his opinion. He decided that it is not cat cruelty and I think that he is correct because the cat shows no real distress.

Also if you look carefully the bites are very gentle. That said this is a hairless cat and therefore no skin protection so he must feel the bites a bit more than would otherwise be the case. Nonetheless, I go along with the veterinarian. What do you think?

P.S. I think the cat biting was discussed on a South Korean television programme called: ‘One Night of TV Entertainment’ presented by SBS.

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6 Responses

  1. Sarah Hartwell says:

    Ear-sucking with the lips – I’ve done this to various of my cats before and they treat it as a form of grooming. Sometimes you see cats nibble each other’s ears in an affectionate way.

  2. I gently nibble my moggies ears all the time and 2 of them always lick my face afterwards,no tis not cruelty IMO.

  3. Albert Schepis says:

    Okay I saw the video and I have two thoughts: I hope people who have Sphinxes take care that they don’t get hurt during play either. And, I would like to watch one for awhile to better see their micro expressions on their faces. That would be very interesting!

  4. Albert Schepis says:

    I don’t think this is biting with the teeth. I think it’s just a lip-bite. I gently do this with lips only on my cats’ ears. Teeth are nowhere near the skin. It’s like a love-bite that they sometimes give me (see “Pete” below) which are also very gentle. They don’t “enjoy” the ear thing (which is why her cat is wincing I think), but I guess we’re trying to show them that we’ll never hurt them even when we really could.

    • Michael Broad says:

      I think you are right Albert. I think though she does gently nibble him on the back. The Sphynx cat feels this and it irritates him slightly but that’s about it. Yes, humans like to express their love by nibbling their special other.

      • Albert Schepis says:

        Oh I didn’t get to see the video play. Yeah don’t use teeth. I think our mouths are also full of bacteria that could infect an open wound. Not our own though, which is kinda weird. If one person bites another, that is almost always serious. And don’t feed cats with your mouth. The skin on our lips is the thinnest on our entire bodies. An infection there would be very painful.

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