Ear wiggles are among the cutest things bottle-baby kittens do as they latch onto a bottle. So, please enjoy these videos from Washington, D.C. -area rescuer and her ear-wiggling foster cuties, Drea and Diddy. Seeing foster babies latch to the bottle is a rewarding feeling in and of itself, and then come the ear wiggles. It shows they have a healthy appetite and may not need syringe feeding so it’s a welcome wiggle indeed.
“Introducing Drea and Diddy. Drea appears first. She’s the smaller of the two. Both babies are doing good so far!” says rescuer Abby Meltzer.
Images and media via Instagram/catsandfrittatas
Here are Drea and Diddy when they first arrived; the cuteness is beyond belief. Later, the foster mom learned they were sisters. Little Diddy looks so vulnerable and scared, but she had no more worries with this foster mom caring for her.
And, here is her sister Drea ready to take on the world.
Ear Wiggles and Potato Bellies
Ear wiggles are one of the perks of fostering bottle babies. But it’s a big commitment, with round-the-clock feedings for 4 and sometimes up to 8 weeks of age. However, it is worth seeing them content and happy as they grow and live full lives.
In this foster home, ear wiggles, biscuit-making, tiny mews, bunny kicks, and plump and soft potato bellies are abundant. So are visits from the eyeball fairy.
Here is Drea a few days later, and the ear wiggles are on point.
Meanwhile, Brother Diddy wiggles too but won’t get going unless the bottle and kitten formula is the precise temperature he likes.
“Diddy the [Diva] loves her milk but it must be at a very precise temperature otherwise she sends it back to the kitchen.”
Here’s a healthy growing wee one named Badar demonstrating the healthy potato belly stage. It’s so cute it doesn’t seem real but it is!
“Badar is quite the potato 🥔 these days,” shared Meltzer.
You can follow and support foster mom Abby Meltzer and her adorable furbabies on Instagram.
Why Do Kittens Wiggle Their Ears?
Aside from being ridiculously cute, ear wiggling is a sign that kittens are feeding well, using their tiny noggin muscles. There are 32 muscles in a cat’s ears, and they will twitch when a developing kitten swallows kitten formula or nurses.
In comparison, we have three muscles in our ears, but weak vestigial muscles from our ancient ancestors still try to twitch, and it might be possible to train these muscles. Only a few people can wiggle their ears like a kitten, but it doesn’t provide the soothing Kitten ASMR that only bottle babies can.
Thanks to their mom’s love and care, Drea and Diddy grew up healthy and strong. As cute as they are, they found a home together shortly after this picture. Best of luck, little ones, and thanks to Abby for sharing all the ear wiggles.
“Two peas, two sisters, Drea and Diddy”