Feral Cat Deformities?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Redcatcher, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Songster

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    Rather than go looking for a cat forum to join just to post once, I thought I would post here. I saw three feral cats out behind a Pet Smart at the edge of the woods and they all had their left ears missing! Is it a mutation or someone mutilating them? Why the same ear?
     
  2. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    Southern VA
    Maybe its the way the trap/neuter/ release program "marks" them in your area, ours just ear tips, and doesnt remove the whole ear the way you described though
     
  3. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Songster

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    MomtoSyd&Emma :

    Maybe its the way the trap/neuter/ release program "marks" them in your area, ours just ear tips, and doesnt remove the whole ear the way you described though

    That may be it. I had no idea. These cats had very long and thick fur, like a Maine Coon cat or Persian cross, so it may have made their ears look much shorter.​
     
  4. my3chickens

    my3chickens Songster

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    They ear tip in our area also when they TNR, trap neuter & release. Maybe they wanted to be sure everyone saw the ear tip so they cut extra off!!
     
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    In all the TNR programs I've heard of, they remove the tip (I guess "tip" is a relative term. One man's "tip" may be another man's "half an ear") of the Left ear to mark that that individual has been neutered so they don't end up being hauled in twice.
     

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