Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Each Kitten is Unique ~ Some More Unique Than Others

Patsy used to do this to Noreen when they were really eensie.  I'd forgotten about it until today.  Maybe it's a self-comforting thing - like when you move into a new house or your sister gets adopted. 

Whatever it is, it's definitely unique.  I think it's endearing.  Noreen didn't mind, and Davey doesn't seem to either.



Even though it leaves him looking like this:


When I first became aware of this little idiosyncracy, I hadn't actually seen her doing it - I saw a strange little cone-shaped clump of dried fur behind Noreen's ear. It was only later that I learned how it came to be.

We all have those little things that comfort us. Patsy's is just kind of weird, that's all. I for one celebrate weirdness.

Go ahead on, Patsy girl.



Addendum - Judging by a few comments, I think I may have worried some of you. To be clear, Patsy is sucking on Davey's fur - nothing else. She just gets a mouthful and goes to town. No harm done. No worries.

18 comments:

  1. Whatever that is, it's adorable! You go, Patsy! :)

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  2. Odd, that! I am very glad that I didn't just see the second picture because I wouldn't have been able to figure out WHAT the heck that was....

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  3. It's a slobbery little peak of sucked-on fur. :)

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  4. Maybe somebody will adopt Davey ad Patsy together, since Noreen's adopters didn't take Patsy too.

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  5. Davey is lucky he is not a wool tie...his ear looks like Patsy is 'wool-sucking' to self sooth...and Davey was loving the cuddles...

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  6. What an odd little duck she is! A very cute odd duck. ;)

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  7. You GO, Patsy Girl! Potter does this to my finger every single night while I read. He would do it to my neck if I'd let him. I'm with you, Sue, CELEBRATE the weirdness!

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  8. that is a little odd :) I had one kitten nurse on the web between my thumb.. :) You often see kittens nursing on the gentiles of siblings.. which can lead to some serious problems with inflammation and other issues. I say as long as Davey's ear doesn't look any the worse for wear then Patsy is good :)

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  9. Thanks for the explanation, Sue, because it looked to me like Davy's ear had been shaved! As long as Patsy doesn't do any damage, no probs. I hope that they find a home together so she can continue to self-soothe.

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  10. I've seen happy air biscuits, but never EAR biscuits! :-)

    Tina & The Kittyboyz

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  11. This is so cute! I almost wish I could come out there to adopt sweet little Patsy - she stole my heart from her first post here.

    Did you move to a new house?

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  12. Thanks, BethAnn. No, I didn't move. I was referring to Patsy and Noreen's move when they came to live with me. They'd had a pretty rough start.

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  13. Gosh, she's a wool-sucker. I always heard that was an insecurity thing common in cats with hard starts in the world. Also a sign of a kitten taken from mama too soon. Cute, but she'll probably do it all her life. What is this baby's story?

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  14. Awww...Patsy needs a patsy (aka pacifier).

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  15. I've seen weirder. My dad is prone to skin tags (extra protrusions of flesh in various places, they're not dangerous but they are weird). When Sheba and Clio were kittens, my dad awoke at 2:30 AM one morning to find little Sheba sucking on a skin tag in his armpit.

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  16. My boy Bailey does this with the tip of his tail. There is no hair missing but he loves to suck, make biscuits and purr all at the same time. He does it when he is happy - usually laying on top of me at night.

    How is Tiny Man doing after his surgery Sue? Hope both you and he have healed up nicely.

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  17. TJ and Olivia, along with their 3 other siblings, were brought by their feral mama to the farmhouse of a woman who in turn brought them to a local rescue organization. They were fully weaned, but forever after Olivia nursed on her brother's ear. TJ was a loving, patient brother (just like his namesake) and always sat still for as long as his sister needed him to.

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