I like it better without the ear. Matter of fact, there are several things I like about this one. Kitty's face and eyes are in focus, and the paw is not, which emphasizes both as a pair. We see the expression, plus the larger than life paw reaching out toward us, telling us how poweful he is, swiping at the insignificant camera-wielder endeavoring to annoy him. How DARE that camera-wielder!