The “ears backward” move

Cats are annoyed a lot of the time. Dealing with stupidity all around you must me taxing, so I understand. Showing that annoyance takes time and skill if you want to do it right. One of the moves cats make when trying to ignore you when they are annoyed is moving their ears backwards. They do so quite unintentionally once they have mastered the skill. How cool would it be when people could no longer hide their annoyance with their nagging boss or spouse and could not help but twisting their ears backward. Job loss and divorce on a grand scale I guess, but cats get away with it.

Here are the various stages of the “ears backward” move:

1. Almost indetectable, in this first stage only one ear is cocked. Ignoring has already commenced, but the annoyance is still mild

Die mond joh!
* Thanks Bregtje, for this Parisian cat!

2. Yes, it’s getting there. The one cocked ear is complemented with a very craggy face. The cat is already looking downward, further cementing the ignoring process.

I may look like the cat above, but I'm my own man

3. The double ear cocking has set in, and the cat is looking even further away from you. He can still see you though. Beware, the cat is about to run away or attack at will.

Check out my ear tuffts

4. The cat has stood up (notice, in stage 1-3 the cat can’t be bothered to move). He gives you one last damaging look and is off! Wait, come back!

I'm so outta here

Note: the “ears backward” move is also used when the cat has his back to you, but wants to hear what you’re doing. Some cat breeders have made life easier for the cats, and have created cats that do the move permanently. Now, I’m not a great fan of couture breeding, but these kitties sure kick the ear game up a notch.

It complements shock:

Donkt ze weer d'r hele stack weg!
Picture found here

And utter and total disdain perfectly:

Ears tuft galore

My goodness, this one is an ignoring and haughty specimen if I ever saw one. Check out Popular Pets for more cats, frogs, and turtles among others.

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