a maine coon having its ear tickled

Do Maine Coons Like Their Ears Played With?

Just looking at a purebred Maine Coon you can instantly tell the breed.

They have many defining qualities but the visually most prominent ones are those lynx like ears.

They’re large, much like the Maine Coons character and physical appearance.

How do Maine Coons feel about them though, are they sensitive or not?  Do Maine Coons like you touching their ears and playing with them?

Maine Coons do not mind you playing with their ears. If you are very gentle the Maine Coon will let you tickle the inner ear and the outside. It will most likely prompt purring but don’t be too rough.

A Maine Coon is a particularly affectionate breed of cat and will take all the affection you can throw its way.

Alita, my Maine Coon always looks at me like she wants affection but somehow shies away from liking being stroked.

As a typical Maine Coon she also isn’t a lap cat, but she doesn’t mind her ears being stroked.

Although there is a technique to it.

a maine coon having its ear tickled

Will A Maine Coon Let You Play With Their Ears

Maine Coon ears aren’t overly sensitive so each individual Maine Coon will have a  preference in this area.

If you are very gentle the Maine Coon will let you tickle the inner ear and the outside.

It will most likely prompt purring but don’t be too rough.

Alita likes to lie on me.

When I am relaxing she will jump on me and lie down so we are face to face.

Sometimes when I am at the desk she will come and lie down next to the computer.

Alita the Maine Coon receiving an ear rub

When the Maine Coon is relaxed you can lightly touch and tickle the ears.

This results in a lot of purring.

The trick is not to be too rough when you play with the ears.

Ever so light so you are just grazing the fur works best.

Being too rough results in head shaking and eventually the Maine Coon will jump off and find something else to do.

A light touch with ear stroking can result in a happy cat for hours.

a maine coon having its ear tickled

Conclusion

Maine Coons seem to really love their ears being played with.

Because they have lovely lynx like ears you would be mistaken if you thought they were overly sensitive.

I’d recommend being very gentle as cat’s ears are a vital part of their survival arsenal.

Very light stroking and tickling will likely result in a very happy Maine Coon.

About the Author

MaineCoon

My name is Ann and I have been looking after and breeding cats since 2013. I am currently the proud ownder of Alita, a female Maine Coon to whom I've dedicated this site. She has had 2 litters and is around 3 years old. We share adventures and stories together.

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