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Beautiful Himalayan Stray Cat Lost Her Beauty to Ear Tipping — 3 Comments

  1. Eartipping has to be noticeable so animal control can visibly see and knows not to trap or use a dreaded catch pole to take those cats to a kill shelter.

    We can’t think in terms of domesticated indoor only cats whereby tipping would be inappropriate. But, if anyone allows their domesticated cat to go outside, it may be a good idea. Why would anyone care about aesthetics if they aren’t adopting out the cat? No one would want to go to a kill shelter in search of their cat only to find that their cat was killed within hours of being trapped.

    Yes, some tipping is more severe than others. But, unless someone has the intent of keeping or adopting out a cat, eartipping is pretty necessary. It doesn’t devalue any community cat that will live out his life in the wild. It protects.

  2. I have rescued many cats. Some are feral, with a small percentage who are very feral. Where I live, it’s not safe for cats. Three of my ferals are totally deaf. When I managed to get them inside, I took them to my vet for spay, neuter, blood tests, chips and a tiny tip off the ear. They will remain inside for the rest of their lives, but in case they manage to get out, I wanted them chipped and tipped in case someone trapped them. I also have been given a very feral kitty. She was spayed and chipped, but not tipped. It will take a long time for her to accept that she must remain inside. I’m allowing her to take her own sweet time. There is NO reason to remove a chunk of an ear. A small tip is easily seen. I always recommend to people who ask, that they ask the vet how much he or she will remove. If the person doesn’t like the answer, call around to fine a compassionate vet.

  3. Up until I worked at a shelter a few years ago, I hadn’t heard of “ear tipping”. How would people know about this? I wonder how much of the general public is aware of it.

    I wish there was another way to distinguish a spayed feral cat, but a tattoo may not be seen from a distance, and will mar the beauty of the cat as well.

    Nowadays, we see so many animals outfitted with prosthetics that enable them to walk without their own legs. What surprises me is that many of these animals have been found close to death from abuse.

    These animals are subjected to many expensive surgeries to enable them to live. My own feeling may seem heartless, but I would euthanize them, and use those limited funds to help so many other animals in need of care.

    Maybe when these severe cases are helped, and publicized, it brings more funding in to the organization.

    As for feral ear tipping, usually with TnR the cat is released back to it’s colony, rather than kept in a shelter for adoption. Ferals aren’t good candidates for that. Strays are a different matter, and ear tipping isn’t necessary.

    Some shelter staff may not pay attention to details on specific cats, because of being over burdened with so many.
    This is a sad situation, and I understand Roberta’s upset.

    She has learned as we all do, that sometimes lying is useful in protecting oneself or an animal. Most of us don’t expect accidents or mistakes from professionals, but it happens all the time with animals taken to vets, who end up dead from ineffective treatment.

    One woman on Cat Centric told of her cat seeing 6 vets, including 3 specialists over a period of two months who took blood, and many many tests, but were unable to diagnose the problem until after the cat died, and they observed the results of the very last test. She’s now left with thousands of dollars in debt, and her beloved cat is dead.

    I advised her early on to call Dr. Lisa Pierson, who was living in her area of Los Angeles, and is a well know vet and pet rescuer, who also offers phone consultations. She has saved the lives of many cats who were dying. She is my idea of a vet who represents the true ideals of what we hope for, yet rarely see. I will continue to advise guardians faced with ongoing treatment of their pets, with no diagnosis, to give her a call. I think she charges $100 hr, but it could save thousands, and also your pet’s life.

    Her website can be seen by searching her name.

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