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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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You know I brought my mom cat and her 3 kittens to TNR to be fixed at first and now that I have her and the one living son, I hate that their ears are snipped =(
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I'm not crazy about that idea. I suppose it gives them a way to tell which cats have been spayed or neutered, after they're released, but... it doesn't seem right to me. Just my opinion.
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My sister adopted her cat from the humane society, they had her go to a vet to get fixed. The vet discovered she had already been fixed. If her ear was clipped she would not have had to go through all the stress. poor baby.

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When your doing a colony of cats that is the only way you can tell who is done and who isn't. If a new member wanders in that is the only way we can tell. We've had no births in 3 colonies! Whooohooo. We wouldn't have been able to achieve that unless we knew everyone was fixed and tipped.
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I do get it and am grateful that there was a Feral Cat Coalition that helped these cats and me. I never thought I was going to adopt any of them. But now that I do, I don't want anyone thinking they are feral as they do go outside. They seem to stay close and my neighbors know I have them as they hear me call them in a couple times a day. I was hoping to find a cheaper microchip place than the vets but haven't located one yet.
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I actually love seeing an ear-tipped stray cat. It gives me a warm feeling that someone has cared for them enough to neuter them, which means they've also been fed. If we didn't ear-tip them, it'd be a real problem. I have a female in my colony whom I sent off on TNR only to be told the next morning (after she spent the night at the vet's scared to death) that she was already neutered (she had a tiny tip on the RIGHT ear; whoever did that stupid thing must've been crazy). Since that awful night, she's been getting so much compensation in way of yummies and jowl-scratching that I'm starting to feel less guilty.

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Ohhhhhhh that's very interesting and clever. I can see how that could be very helpful with colonies and feral cats.
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I do get it and am grateful that there was a Feral Cat Coalition that helped these cats and me. I never thought I was going to adopt any of them. But now that I do, I don't want anyone thinking they are feral as they do go outside. They seem to stay close and my neighbors know I have them as they hear me call them in a couple times a day. I was hoping to find a cheaper microchip place than the vets but haven't located one yet.
I would think the humane society would have cheap microchipping. Most vets do have sales on microchipping. I had my cat that is missing microchipped. That was before he went missing.

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I took my cat to the humane society to be spayed and he came back neutered! lol - they put a green tattoo on his belly, but when dealing with ferals you wouldn't necessarily be able to catch them and flip them over to find the tattoo, ear snipping is an easier way to spot. Not crazy about the look - just my 2 cents.
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