We keep Naiya clean, but there's always some amount of brown waxy buildup that collects in there. It also inevitably gathers in (sometimes) thick layers on the tip of that scratching finger. And apparently, it's delicious.
At the end of a particularly thorough scratching, the first thing Naiya does is whip her head around to get at all that waxy goodness on the tip of my finger. That's right - she loves to eat her own ear wax. I've never really thought anything of this exchange. I know she loves getting scratched in the ear because of how her eyelids kind of flutter and she tips her head and leans into the scratching. I also know that I don't like having a messy finger when things are over, so I don't mind that she seems so eager to clean my finger off. In my mind, it has always been a win-win.
The first time Wife saw me me scratching Naiya's ear, she laughed at how much Naiya seemed to like it. Her mirth quickly drained away, replaced by utter revulsion as she watched Naiya clean my fingertip. Here is how that interaction went:
Wife: "EEEWWW!!! THAT is disgusting. How can you let her do that?!?"
Me: "I dunno, I guess I've just always done it. She seems to like it - and look! Now my finger's clean."
Wife (shuddering): "I don't care if she likes it. That is really disturbing. You need to stop."
Me: "Really? It doesn't seem so weird to me..."
Wife: "Seriously. It's weird."
So I ask you - is this weird?