“Ear-tipped”, “Ear-notched” …. FYI, cat people!!

When a feral cat is spayed or neutered, its right ear is given a small notch or tip. It’s a very minor medical procedure and a proud badge, demonstrating to neighbors, animal control officers, and animal shelters that this cat has a home and a caretaker.

It Is What It Is

~~July 13, 2014~~ 

Ear tipping cats in theory and in practice

Trap, test, spay or neuter, vaccinate and release.”

How to Recognize a Fixed Feral

When a feral is spayed or neutered, its right ear is given a small notch or tip. It’s a very minor medical procedure and a proud badge, demonstrating to neighbors, animal control officers, and animal shelters that this cat has a home and a caretaker. As you can see from the photos below, the cat’s beauty and charm remain in full force!

The ear may be marked in one of three distinctive ways: Notch, Tip, or Top Notch.

~NOTCH~

A small, triangular notch may be made in the top third of the outer margin of the ear.

Ear Notch  Ear Notch Close-up

~TIP~

The tip of the ear may be removed in a straight line.

Ear Tip  Ear Tip Close-up

~TOP NOTCH~

The tip of the ear may be notched.

Ear Top NotchEar Top Notch Close-up

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