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(KATV Little Rock)   If you want to get your cat neutered, make sure your veterinarian has the official I Can Tell the Difference Between Ears and Genitals seal of approval   (katv.com) divider line
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2021-04-16 4:52:32 AM  
This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.
 
2021-04-16 10:13:56 AM  
So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.
 
2021-04-16 11:40:29 AM  

NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.


Almost like subby was in too big a hurry to submit a headline to bother to read the article.
 
2021-04-16 11:59:10 AM  

TomFooolery: NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.

Almost like subby was in too big a hurry to submit a headline to bother to read the article.


Facts are for people who hate freedom.
 
2021-04-16 12:03:23 PM  
Sam Brownback's brother declawed a friend's cat. He was only in there to get his nuts off.

Poor kitty. Big ol' Tom like that, he was gonna lose parts eventually.
 
2021-04-16 12:05:09 PM  

NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.


There seems to be a fair amount of confusion on the point in the article too.
 
2021-04-16 12:09:59 PM  

edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.


I've heard It can prevent several health problems and reduce the amount of ferals running around but those are probably just more lies from Big Veterinary Medicine.
 
2021-04-16 12:10:17 PM  

JesseL: NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.

There seems to be a fair amount of confusion on the point in the article too.


Is confusing. So, they brought the cat in to be neutered but the cat got spayed instead?
 
2021-04-16 12:11:50 PM  

edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.


I agree. Why does a cat who owns a human have to have an ear mutilated to show that he is neutered? Other cats know. His humans know. What's the point?
 
2021-04-16 12:15:08 PM  
That's horrible. Seriously, who names a cat Batman.
 
2021-04-16 12:16:57 PM  
I have a kitty like this. She was part of the feral spay-and-release program in our area, so she has half an ear.
 
2021-04-16 12:19:16 PM  
My ear-tipped feral rescue kitty, Moo:
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2021-04-16 12:19:37 PM  
Since when is it normal to slash of half the damn ear whether it's a stray or not?  I've heard of notching strays and setting them loose but that's not a farking notch.  Even their picture of a notch is insane.  It's supposed to be a tiny notch, not a third of the way down the ear.
 
2021-04-16 12:21:17 PM  

Biledriver: edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.

I've heard It can prevent several health problems and reduce the amount of ferals running around but those are probably just more lies from Big Veterinary Medicine.


Such programs are quite helpful in reducing feral cat populations, especially in areas where they compete with native species. But, I'm biased.
 
2021-04-16 12:23:22 PM  

WastrelWay: edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.

I agree. Why does a cat who owns a human have to have an ear mutilated to show that he is neutered? Other cats know. His humans know. What's the point?


Animal control rounds up ferals to Bob Barker them. If you have an outside cat, they can potentially get rounded up with the ferals. Notching an ear means animal control knows they don't have to bother with your murder machine.
 
2021-04-16 12:26:17 PM  

jtown: Since when is it normal to slash of half the damn ear whether it's a stray or not?  I've heard of notching strays and setting them loose but that's not a farking notch.  Even their picture of a notch is insane.  It's supposed to be a tiny notch, not a third of the way down the ear.


Notches were preferred, but they're harder to identify at a distance - the expense of re-trapping & re-identification by a vet, and the stress re-trapping can inflict on a cat, makes it cheaper in the long run to tip the ear instead of just notching it.
 
2021-04-16 12:27:27 PM  

edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.


It's not a perfect solution, but it really does serve a purpose.

Mr. SWAF & I live adjacent to a large empty lot, which has become an unwanted pet dumping ground (because people are assholes). As such, we now have a large feral cat colony living right outside our door. At one point, there were upwards of 17 cats (that we knew about). We spent the better part of last year - and will be spending part of this year - trapping them to be fixed. So far, we've fixed nine of them and gotten five of the kittens adopted to forever homes.

Part of the agreement with the local place that has a free TNR program is - once a feral is fixed - the cat must be released back to its 'home turf'. Since feral cats don't exactly want to be handled, it's not like we could pick them up to check for scars/sutures. Ear tipping is the easiest way to know which cats are already fixed and which ones still need to be trapped.

Trust me when I say we are doing this public service because we love cats. I don't want to see the neighborhood overrun with them, to the point they're being run over by cars (or targeted by some asshole with a gun). I love birds too, and don't want to pick up carcasses left on our doorstep because umpteen cats are hunting them down.
 
2021-04-16 1:10:03 PM  

StandsWithAFist: edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.

It's not a perfect solution, but it really does serve a purpose.

Mr. SWAF & I live adjacent to a large empty lot, which has become an unwanted pet dumping ground (because people are assholes). As such, we now have a large feral cat colony living right outside our door. At one point, there were upwards of 17 cats (that we knew about). We spent the better part of last year - and will be spending part of this year - trapping them to be fixed. So far, we've fixed nine of them and gotten five of the kittens adopted to forever homes.

Part of the agreement with the local place that has a free TNR program is - once a feral is fixed - the cat must be released back to its 'home turf'. Since feral cats don't exactly want to be handled, it's not like we could pick them up to check for scars/sutures. Ear tipping is the easiest way to know which cats are already fixed and which ones still need to be trapped.

Trust me when I say we are doing this public service because we love cats. I don't want to see the neighborhood overrun with them, to the point they're being run over by cars (or targeted by some asshole with a gun). I love birds too, and don't want to pick up carcasses left on our doorstep because umpteen cats are hunting them down.


You're doing good work, sir.

There's a little colony of ferals living under my apartment building (just three cats), all tipped. One of them was abandoned by a previous tenant, and is basically a ferocious little holdup artist. He cries whenever anyone pulls into the parking lot so he gets fed. He's so friendly and cuddly that I briefly attempted to get him a real home, but the rescues won't take a tipped cat.
 
2021-04-16 1:27:22 PM  
It's possible to go too far in the other direction. I have seen new cats with tipped ears show up in the feral colony I care for. The problem is that the amount cut off can be too little to be sure. I have needed to use binoculars to examine a cat's ear while she is eating in order to tell if it is tipped.
 
2021-04-16 1:59:27 PM  

Albert911emt: TomFooolery: NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.

Almost like subby was in too big a hurry to submit a headline to bother to read the article.

Facts are for people who hate freedom.


No, the freedom-haters explicitly use alternative facts.
 
2021-04-16 4:28:31 PM  

FormlessOne: My ear-tipped feral rescue kitty, Moo:
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That is one absolutely beautiful cat; thanks for being a bro and rescuing him!
 
2021-04-16 5:56:58 PM  

gonegirl: WastrelWay: edmo: So we do this barbaric thing to make life easier on people who supposedly care about feral or outdoor cats? This is stupid.

I agree. Why does a cat who owns a human have to have an ear mutilated to show that he is neutered? Other cats know. His humans know. What's the point?

Animal control rounds up ferals to Bob Barker them. If you have an outside cat, they can potentially get rounded up with the ferals. Notching an ear means animal control knows they don't have to bother with your murder machine.


Yeah, and if they do it right - a notch - the cat isn't put out too much:

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Cat ever gets out or lost, the shelter knows immediately that the cat has been fixed.
 
2021-04-16 6:19:09 PM  

4th Horseman: FormlessOne: My ear-tipped feral rescue kitty, Moo:
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That is one absolutely beautiful cat; thanks for being a bro and rescuing him!


We have two kitties. That's Moo - she was a local feral kitten. The other, Bun, was a Humane Society rescue - refurbished kitty. This is Bun:
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2021-04-17 8:06:28 PM  

NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.


Good ol' bury-the-lede-for-clickbait tactic:

First paragraph:

A Cabot family brought their cat to the shelter to get neutered. When the cat was returned to the owner, he was missing half of his ear. Now, the vet has apologized and says his crew will make sure it never happens again.

Sixth paragraph:

In Batman's case, Dr. Mike Pallone said his vet tech made a mistake and cut the ear too short.
 
2021-04-17 8:44:11 PM  

Sensei Can You See: NotCodger: This headline is misleading. The owner agreed to have the ear tipped. The mistake was just with how much of the ear was removed.

Good ol' bury-the-lede-for-clickbait tactic:

First paragraph:

A Cabot family brought their cat to the shelter to get neutered. When the cat was returned to the owner, he was missing half of his ear. Now, the vet has apologized and says his crew will make sure it never happens again.

Sixth paragraph:

In Batman's case, Dr. Mike Pallone said his vet tech made a mistake and cut the ear too short.


And still, this went green.

I will continue leaving comments, but I have given up on posting stories on Fark. For some reason, the admins always reject my stories.
 
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