“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?
My cat (adopted from a shelter) has a tipped ear, and he seems not to notice it as being any different. We live in a decently rural area, and I think it’s good in case he loses his collar. (He has one that falls of if he tugs hard enough, so he doesn’t strangle himself.)
Ear tipping is a visual indicator to let to make people aware that the cat has already been spayed/neutered. Without this practice, the cats could have to endure multiple needless surgeries rather than one initial surgery.
I got my 3 female cats fixed in June, and they tipped their ears. They look fine & they get around and hear just right. It’s not that bad of idea because as it was already mentioned it seperates those from cats that have not been fixed.
Thanks for clarifying that for me. I’ve never seen an ear tipped cat but we have plenty of feral cats in my neighborhood. We see them alone and in packs roaming the area and when I’ve had the rare chance to sit outside late at night I hear them yowl and fight.