What’s That Little Flap on Your Cat’s Ear?

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Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by! Today I want to share some interesting trivia about cats. Or more specifically, cat ears.

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Whatcha doing way back there? Come closer so I can show you… closer, closer. That’s better.

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The large triangular flap that makes up our external ear is called the “pinna.” Now, see the little flap on the outside of the ear, at the base? Do you know the name for that little pocket of skin? I’ll tell you…

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That little flap is called the cutaneous marginal pouch. Another name for it is the “Henry’s Pocket.”  Here’s a close-up picture of my Henry’s Pocket. Unfortunately, this little pocket is not big enough to carry a tube of lipstick or even some spare change inside. This is too bad, because the main reason I don’t go shopping is because I have nowhere to carry my moneys.

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Here is a picture of Harley’s Henry’s Pocket. What does his pocket remind you of? Look closely!

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It’s a baby bird!

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What’s in your pocket? Don’t worry if you have some wax in your pocket, just use some ear cleaner and your pocket will be good as new.

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  1. Posted August 12, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I love the curly furs in your ears–and Harley’s little avian friend!


    Daisy the Curly Cat Reply:

    Oh thanks! I think Harley is just trying to show off maybe.


  2. Posted August 12, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    You are a very educational cat Daisy


    Daisy the Curly Cat Reply:

    Thanks Pricilla. Learning stuff is fun!


  3. Buster
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink


    I never knew the name of it, but my beans loves playing with mine and my roomie’s Maui’s pinna whatever and thinks it’s cool.

    She likes to put her finger in it, tickle and touch and then she crunches our ears and gives ear massages, is this safe for her to do to us? We so love the massages, but the touching our of pinnas, well we love the massages…..know what I mean.


    Daisy the Curly Cat Reply:

    I love having my ears rubbed! If you enjoy it, an ear massage is a great idea (and it will help your bean be more aware of any changes that could signal trouble such as an ear infection).


    Buster Reply:

    When she does it, she thinks she’s got us wrapped around her finger, but we won’t tell her that it feels soooooo good. Especially if we have an itchy in our ear that we can’t scratch.

    So Daisy, shhhh don’t let her know how much we love those ear massages! It’s our secret ok?!


    Daisy the Curly Cat Reply:

    Your secret is safe with me!

  4. Katie Isabella
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I have always wondered what that was! Now I know and that was fun! Especially Harley’s flap…er…pocket…er…birdie.


    Daisy the Curly Cat Reply:

    We cats are fascinating and unique, right?


  5. collene
    Posted April 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Sooo, what’s the purpose of it?


    Gia Reply:

    My thoughts exactly!!!


    Daisy the Curly Cat Reply:

    The outer ear flap works like a funnel to direct sound into the ear canal. Not sure that the Henry’s pocket has a specific purpose. One possibility is that it helps the ear flap fold more easily when the ear lays back. Or maybe it’s just there to collect dirt!


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