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5 Ways I Engage the Silky Goodness of My Cats’ Ears

Cat ears are cute little works of art. So I rub them, flip them, and whisper secrets into them.

Angie Bailey  |  Jan 27th 2016


Kitty ears. Who doesn’t love ’em? If one of my cats is anywhere near me, I simply cannot keep my hands off the silky goodness. It’s just a fact, and I’m guessing I’m not alone on this one. Here are five ways I like to play with my cats’ ears.

1. Plop a “hat” on one of them

Now that's pure class!

Now that’s pure class!

It’s usually not a real hat because my kitties don’t put up with anything strapped to their heads. But just because it’s not an officially recognized headpiece doesn’t mean it doesn’t get to be a “hat” for a few minutes … or seconds in some cases. Of course, the kitties typically have to be asleep or at least heavily nipped. I especially enjoy placing something over just one ear because I think it looks classy. Plastic lids work well. Classy, right?

2. Get up close and personal with them

They belong in a museum.

They belong in a museum.

Kitty ears are works of art. If one of my cats allows me to get really close to their aural artwork, I marvel at the endless beauty and cuteness and, naturally, must get touchy with certain parts. The bunny-soft fur behind the ears is always a go-to spot. Sometimes I wish I were tiny, because I swear I’d curl up in that behind-the-ear fuzz in a hot second.

Then there are the little folds on the side of the ears. Don’t tell me you’ve never gently wiggled a finger inside there. You have, and so have I.

I also like to lean in and whisper secrets into my cats’ ears, and while I’m down there I softly blow on the inside ear-fuzz. My cats know so many of my secrets — I’m certain they’ll blackmail me one day. I should probably start stockpiling treats as future bargaining tools.

3. Gently flip one inside-out

No secrets! Trust me!

No secrets! Trust me!

Why? Because it makes me smile, and I figure if it isn’t hurting or overly annoying my cat, what’s the harm? This is also a move best practiced while a kitty is sleepy or sleeping. Plus, when the ear is flipped, it’s easier to look at and blow on that inside ear fuzz. I’m pretty sure, due to the shape of the inside-out ear, any secrets told would automatically bounce out of the ear and into the room. I don’t know this for sure, but to be safe, I refrain from whispering sensitive information into a flipped ear. I’m sure you understand.

4. I fold them back to make “rat face”

Rat face!

Rat face!

When a cat is in my lap, there are lots of opportunities for extensive petting. When I pet the top of a cat’s head, I usually smooth the ears back — not forcefully, of course. A long time ago, my family and I noticed the kitties look like rats when we do the smooth-back thing. So whenever this kind of ear-play happens, it’s now required to say, “Rat face!” I’ve also gently manipulated my cats’ ears so their faces resemble lambs and flying squirrels. It’s a completely normal compulsion. Right?

5. Rub them

And I meditate.

And I meditate.

When I’m snuggling with one of my cats, my fingers naturally gravitate to an ear, and I begin rubbing it with my thumb and forefinger. I find it extraordinarily meditative. When I’m feeling anxious or worried, the magical ear-rubbing completely calms my sensitive nerves. I suppose it’s like having a little worry doll or worry rock in your pocket. Cat ears are much softer than either of those, though. Also, do not put a cat’s ear in your pocket — I’m thinking the rest of their body wouldn’t cooperate so much. Plus … weird! And that says a lot coming from weirdo cat lady extraordinaire over here.

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.