E: EAR TIPPING
When you start seeing wild Tom Cats in the neighborhood sporting nipped ears, they’re not necessarily the result of fighting on their wild nights on the town.
According to Neighborhood Cats: The Feral Cat Experts:
Eartipping is the universal sign of a neutered feral cat. The procedure involves removing approximately a quarter-inch off the tip of the cat’s left ear in a straight line cut. This is done while the cat is anesthetized for spay/neutering and healing is rapid. As a guide to veterinarians, a detailed description of the procedure is provided at the end of this page.
Gaining in popularity among the Trap-Neuter-Release programs, this easily signals that the cat has already been spayed/neutered, saving the cat the stress of an unwarranted trap and vet visit. Especially useful in colonies where interbreeding has resulted in many common appearances, this is also a safer procedure than metal ear tags which can easily get caught in foliage and twigs, either tearing the cat’s ear or falling off.
Alley Cat Allies agrees. They state: “No other method of identification has proven to be as safe or as effective as eartipping.”
What are your thoughts about ear tipping fixed, feral cats?