“The eartip is the universal symbol that an outdoor or free-roaming cat has been fixed. It is done while the cat is under anesthesia, is relatively painless for the cat, and does not significantly alter their beauty. ”
It allows people not to bother cats again if they are trying to help out and get them fixed in their community if someone has already done that. Plus spaying and neutering all animals, pets or feral cats and strays is important to help stopping over population , but is ear tipping humane?
I didn’t know this was a common thing that people do. None of the ferals in my area are ear tipped but all of them are spayed and neutered. One of my cats is actually ear tipped. We got him from a shelter and clipping a little from the top of an ear was how they knew which cats were spayed/neutered and which cats weren’t. I don’t agree with shelters doing this just because they could keep the spayed/neutered cats in a separate room from the ones that weren’t. However, for TNR I suppose ear tipping is okay, otherwise there isn’t an easy way to tell if a feral has already been spayed or neutered.