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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Whether to ear tip or not?

Ginger the stray I took in pregnant is getting spayed on Monday. As it stands she will be an outdoor cat because no one has adopted her and she cannot come inside here--unless obviously necessary for a short period of time.

At the place that is spaying I have the option to ear tip--Ginger is not feral and will have a tattoo on her belly after the spay, would it be worthwhile to ear tip as well?

Do you think that would turn people off in adopting her in the future?

I do have a strong feeling she will remain with us and not be adopted simply because the demand is so high for kittens and so many people are giving up their pets as it is.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 11:15 PM
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Re: Whether to ear tip or not?

I wouldn't do it.
It's really only for ferrels so people know they have been spayed/neutered and they aren't trapped again. If she's going to stay with you, or possibly be adopted it isn't necessary and it is unattractive the way a lot of places do it. They take half the ear! At least when we used to do it we just made a little notch. I was shocked the first time I saw the entire tip gone. Yuck!

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Re: Whether to ear tip or not?

Would you consider microchipping her? It costs almost nothing and at least if someone found her and wanted to give her a new home, they could contact you so you'd know where she went.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-12-2009, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Whether to ear tip or not?

If she is going to stay for sure she will get micro chipped--I can get it done at the shelter for $15--the place that is spaying will charge me $35 to microchip. Like I said she will have a tattoo on her belly from the spay--and she is a short hair with a light colored belly.

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Re: Whether to ear tip or not?

I think I would only ear-tip cats who were feral and/or *never* going to be relocated with whatever family was caring for them if they moved. I had to TNR Pretty to get her spayed and she was returned to our property ear-tipped. I knew if we had to move there would be no way she could come with us so the ear-tip would let others know she had been spayed. I worked with her very diligently over the years, and it *did take* four years before I was able to turn her from a frightened and wary feral into a calm and happy housecat...but I had no confidence that would ever happen, so I had her ear-tipped. She is a permanant member of our family and there will be no worries of having to leave her behind if we ever must move.

Is Ginger going to be allowed out around your property? ...and will she come to your home for regular feedings? If so, maybe a breakaway collar with tags will be enough, because if she is friendly and *can* be placed into a home, I think I'd rather see her not tipped.



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Re: Whether to ear tip or not?

Yes she will be allowed out around my home, I will feed her and vet her. I don't think I will ear tip--she is friendly and will have her belly tattoo, I will also have a collar and tags on her--and at some point micro-chip.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-12-2009, 02:23 AM
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Re: Whether to ear tip or not?

I think you've made a good decision. I've seen some organizations go way overboard on ear tipping.
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