Why do cats like ear wax?
According to a guy who did a study as part of his degree in Neuroscience he claims: "Using their sense of smell, the cats subconsciously realize that earwax has a nutritional value - specific olfactory receptors will be triggered by the scent of the fatty acids, the cholesterol, and also the dead skin cells (mostly protein). Cats are specifically attuned to the scent of animal proteins, hence their preference for meat - also the reason why cats hungrily devour earwax (and also love freshly picked scabs)."
Functions of Ear Wax . Cleaning . Cleaning of the ear canal occurs as a result of the "conveyor belt" process of epithelial migration, aided by jaw movement. Cells f…ormed in the centre of the tympanic membrane migrate outwards from the umbo (at a rate equivalent to that of fingernail growth) to the walls of the ear canal, and accelerate towards the entrance of the ear canal. The cerumen in the canal is also carried outwards, taking with it any dirt, dust, and particulate matter that may have gathered in the canal. Jaw movement assists this process by dislodging debris attached to the walls of the ear canal, increasing the likelihood of its expulsion.. Lubrication . Lubrication prevents desiccation , itching, and burning of the skin within the ear canal (known as asteatosis ). The lubricative properties arise from the high lipid content of the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. In wet-type cerumen at least, these lipids include cholesterol , squalene , and many long-chain fatty acids and alcohols .. Antibacterial and antifungal roles . While studies conducted up until the 1960s found little evidence supporting an antibacterial role for cerumen, more recent studies have found that cerumen has a bactericidal effect on some strains of bacteria. Cerumen has been found to be effective in reducing the viability of a wide range of bacteria (sometimes by up to 99%), including Haemophilus influenzae , Staphylococcus aureus , and many variants of Escherichia coli . The growth of two fungi commonly present in otomycosis was also significantly inhibited by human cerumen. These antimicrobial properties are due principally to the presence of saturated fatty acids, lysozyme and, especially, to the relatively low pH of cerumen (typically around 6.1 in normal individuals).  . 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear_wax
To protect inside of your ear so you don t pop the ear loop
You can usually tell it's mites when your cat plays with his ears almost all the time - the cat is normally quite clearly in some discomfort. If you're unsure, best to take hi…m to the vet for a proper diagnosis.
life on earth would not be the same. people would not be able to hear so we would use our other senses to hear. and q tips would go out of bussiness. and carrots would be th…e color of the weather
to protect the sensitive inner ear. just like ear hair, noise hair and (ugh) snot
we have ear wax to protect the inside of our ears from being damaged
Ear Wax, or cerumen, is secreted in the ear to keep out small foreign objects such as dust and dirt (not unlike the snot in your nose). Most professionals will tell you that i…t is passes on its own and Qtips actually impact, or force it back where it blocks your ear canal.
I t's because the main componets of earwax are fatty acids, cholesterol waxes and sloughed off skin cells. The cats mainly like the fatty acids though so that's why they eat i…t. :]
well my cat does it too im not sure the scientific reason but i know that it is something that tastes good to certain cats some cat even like to lick tears i saw that online
it protect your ears from the boogie man it protects them from dust that flys in
I don't know why, but cats seem to LOVE ear wax. It will not hurt them.
because it is cool. We get ear wax because it helps us clean our ears, and stops all the dirt to come inside out ear tubes. it builds up from all the sticky, tiny glands… that was formed in your body, and comes out at a yellowish-golden colour. Glad i helped, love! x
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the cat is sick and must be shot to avoid contaminating other cats!
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It is trying to suggest that you should clean your ears.
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I know that ear wax contains vitamins that are very beneficial to rabbits, I suppose the same would apply to cats. I would just let him or her do it, it seems natural.
my vomit as mucus mainly