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Ear tuff should NEVER be cut ????

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Someone told me the long hair tuff inside some kitties ears should NEVER be cut because they are essential to a cat's coordination like their wiskers.

I have a hard time believing that considering it's 'fur' and not wiskers inside the ears. Anyone knows about this?

Minou
post #2 of 15
i would never cut the hair inside my kitties ear because 'god' wouldn't have put it there if it didn't serve a purpose. I really think though it helps keep foreign stuff out of their ears. We have small hairs - because we have smaller openings. They need to have lots of hair because they have larger openings. If something touches the ear - the hair feels it and they flick their ear.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
I apologize, I didn't write my post properly.... I didn't want to say 'cut', I mean groom - make the tuff shorther - so the cat looks neat because the tuff tends to look greasy.

That is what I meant to say, I was told it should never be done. I don't see a problem with doing that but she says No Way, cats' need them.

Minou
post #4 of 15
Well, that fur does protect their inner ears, and besides, they were created with it and it's part of their beauty, so why would anyone want to alter that???
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Besides them saying they are greasy, I do not understand why they want them shortened also. It think those long tuff gives such beauty to a cat.

Minou
post #6 of 15
Maybe you need another cat so they can clean each others' ears.
post #7 of 15
They should never be trimmed.
Apart from keeping things out of the ears, they are also tactile hairs.
While they are not whiskers, they act in much the same way.
post #8 of 15
If you're just worried about the greasiness, you could maybe wet a washcloth with a BIT of dawn dishwashing liquid (the cloth should NOT be dripping, you do not want water running down inside the ear) and just gently wipe the very outside of the ear... you can clean the inside of your kitty's ears carefully, but I wouldn't suggest it unless a vet or tech shows you the proper way to do it... I clean Oliver's probably twice a month (I have sheter/vet experience) cuz they get a little icky... I think it's mostly due to litter dust and cuz he gets to go outside sometimes on his leash... but I never trim his ear hair, it's essential - keeps big things out, works as a sensor and also effects how the cat hears (just like the hair in our ears!)
post #9 of 15
I don't trim the tufts in my cats ears but I know breeders who do so before a show.
post #10 of 15
I would not do it. Tho for some show cats, you do pluck out the hairs if its not standard. Some breeds that need a "wide open look" for ears are Rexes (Cornish/Devon), Orientals, Siamese. The rest keep their ear furnishings.

Persians get the TOP of the ear trimmed so its nice and rounded looking, but the inside furnishings are not taken out.
post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Persians get the TOP of the ear trimmed so its nice and rounded looking, but the inside furnishings are not taken out.
Yes, this is true. For the Persian show cat, it is prefered for the ear to look rounder so they trim around the outside of the ear.
post #12 of 15
It's OK to trim around the outside of the ear like that, but not actually the hair that's inside the ear... that keeps dirt out, and sends touch messages to the cat's brain, so if something gets in its ear, the cat moves or shakes its head or cleans its ear.

You could easily clean the ears with a damp washcloth, though. Just the ear flaps, not inside the ear. Most cats do just fine licking their paws and passing them over the ears, but I guess some cats mightn't have learned to clean their ears properly.
post #13 of 15
Coaster,

That's a GREAT idea!!!
post #14 of 15
Thanks!! We'll be watching for an adoption announcement, right?
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info! I will make sure to never cut them if my clients request it done.

Minou

p.s. I always do the rounding on the outside of Persian/Himy's ears
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