Strange behavior

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Strange behavior
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Thu, 03-29-2012 - 9:27pm

Is this something other cats do, or is Dylan just a pervert?

Dylan always wants to lick and nibble my ears.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 8:38am

Congrats - you are now the mommy.....

I don't hear about it often in cats around his age, but I have had foster kittens do it. Basically, the way I understand it is, if cats are weaned early, they look for comfort somewhere else. And he has picked your ear. I had one foster kitten that was obsessed!!

Try finding an old t-shirt and wear it for an afternoon. When he starts this on you, move him to the t-shirt. If that doesn't work, you may have to try a little bitter apple on your ear until he picks something else. Since it is a comfort thing, once they get going, it is hard to distract them.

Distraction is the best thing in this case....

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Fri, 03-30-2012 - 9:54am

Dylan just really loves you and you are his comfort.

I had one cat that used to do that and would nibble at my earrings if I had them in.

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Registered: 04-14-2012
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 5:17am
Oh my goodness! I just randomly came across this question of possible strange behavior by the cat...and really, it made me smile! My big orange male kitty, Dretti, does the same thing!! I however think its absolutely adorable! Lol. Here I have this huge (just big, not fat) male cat that is literally just the sweetest and friendliest & most lovable lil guy ever and every so often he'll climb on up the front of my chest or when I'm holding him like a human baby, he'll wrap his paws around my neck and squeeze!! All while doing this, he'll just "start goin' to town" on either one or both of my ears!? :) I don't AT ALL think of this as my cat being a "pervert" or anything of that sort! He is just showing loves! ...well I think he may be marking me as his too? Lol. And as far as I'm concerned, if he finds that doing this is comforting for him, he can continue to do hims happy licks & rubs! He really gets into it when he starts up too! It's just super cute! :) I really love my little bud!
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Registered: 03-24-2000
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 10:19am

Welcome to Cats and Kittens.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Mon, 04-16-2012 - 8:44am
Welcome. I LOVE those big orange kitties..... and it sounds like he is quite the character!
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