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Why cats love earwax

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  1. patience_limited
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    This is completely sensible - one of our two Siamese-mix cats, Mya, is a fiend for earwax (particularly the spouse's). She'll rummage in the bathroom trash for Q-Tips, and the spouse is...

    This is completely sensible - one of our two Siamese-mix cats, Mya, is a fiend for earwax (particularly the spouse's). She'll rummage in the bathroom trash for Q-Tips, and the spouse is responsible for keeping his earplugs locked away. [It's easy to tell when he hasn't secured them, because the litter box is laden with chunks of bright-orange foam.]

    As a kitten, Mya had the distinction of being completely immune to catnip, only favoring silvervine, but earwax is clearly her favorite. So now I know to look for cat herb mixes containing valerian for her amusement.

    The other odd detail is that we took a perfumery class through Atlas Obscura a few weeks ago. Mya was utterly bananas for some of the blends (we haven't quite figured out which, but bergamot and synthetic civet are suspects) to the extent of pulling test strips out of the trash and carrying them to her favorite bedding spots. The other cat just freaked out and ran away from the strong smells, but she's a conservative beast, only likes catnip.

    Tl;dr - cats are weird.

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  2. Adys
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    Woah, what a great article.

    Woah, what a great article.