How can care and cruelty, intimacy and indifference, passion and combat, and attachment and detachment coexist in interspecies relations? How can we develop a deeper understanding of more-than-human relatedness through the study of this nexus? Specifically, how can an understanding of cockfighting as an expression of intimacy lead us to redefine crucial cultural themes such as â€œmasculinityâ€ and â€œhonorâ€ in a rural Pakistani setting? Based on yearlong ethnographic fieldwork in rural South Punjab, this paper argues that in order to understand the multiple modalities of human-rooster relationship, our analysis should delve beneath the visual spectacle and engage with local ways of sensing and understandings of the practice. It contends that a multisensory analysis of cockfighting that focuses on the interplay of different sensesâ€“including the sound of roosters, the smell of their bodies, their preference in taste, texture of their plumage and muscles, and the sight of their fightâ€“can help critique and refigure Clifford Geertzâ€™s interpretation of cockfighting as a â€œcultural text.â€.