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TNR Ear Tag Photos?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have a photo of the ear tag of a cat who has been TNRed?

I've always suspected our former stray was TNR because she has a perfect little triangle missing from the top of her right ear; but it's not very big & could just as easily have been from a cat-fight.

We assumed she's been dumped because she is uber friendly (well we've had her more then 2 years now) but maybe she was a TNR feral who just decided by hubby looked cute? (she adopted him)
post #2 of 26
This "tag" istn big, sometimes you can miss it if you only cast a casual glance.
However, it is usually done on the left ear, afaik.

Was she neutered when she adopted your dearest?
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Well she's been exposed to wandering toms and never come into heat or had kittens*. I don't think she had a surgery scar but she's very fuzzy! Maybe it is her left, my right I always have trouble with that!

(*I know that SOUNDS irresposible but what I mean by that is that we know there were also toms in the area when she wandered into our lives)
post #4 of 26
Billy was TNR'd before being adopted. This vet lops off a lot of ear - one of the other vets we use doesn't take off quite so much. If it is a straight line, it is most likely not from a cat fight.

We know for sure that Billy was born to a feral mom. But he grew up in an RV park around very friendly people - and he transitioned to being an indoor kitty very quickly. Outside he was friendly but a touch skittish - certainly not like any of the "true" ferals we've worked with.

post #5 of 26
Here's one of my not so feral boy, Frank. I had him ear tipped when I TNR'd him last year, believing him to feral, but he has since really warmed up to me and I'm able to pet him now, although still have to take it slow.

post #6 of 26
That was a sound eartip. Even I do see it, even with a casual glance!

The statue to the right, it is St Franciskus, right? The saint loving and helping wild animals.

Swell! Where did you get the statue?
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by StefanZ View Post
That was a sound eartip. Even I do see it, even with a casual glance!

The statue to the right, it is St Franciskus, right? The saint loving and helping wild animals.

Swell! Where did you get the statue?
It's hard to miss.

Yes, it's St. Francis. The statue was a gift from my dad, who got it at local home and garden store, after my first male cat, Willy, died 10 years ago.
post #8 of 26
We picked up our St Francis statue at Lowes. It was only about 20-30 dollars. I have it at the top edge of our burial sites surrounded by yellow roses.

Mary
post #9 of 26
The vet who spayed Baby tips the left, and tattoos the inside of the right thigh.
It isn't as big as it looks like in the pic, maybe a quarter of the top.
post #10 of 26
Here's Tom, a TNR stray that lives at the motel I stayed at last week.

post #11 of 26
This is an ear notch which is done around here - I find it much clearer than an ear tip

post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
Oh!! No her mark is more like the ear notch but QUITE small, slim and at the top of her ear. I always assumed they made them small enough so you could only tell if you re-captured the cat, guess not!

I`d get a picture but it`s so small I don`t think you guys would be able to see it (she also has very fuzzy ears).

I wonder where she got it from then?
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Nes View Post
Well she's been exposed to wandering toms and never come into heat or had kittens*. I don't think she had a surgery scar but she's very fuzzy! Maybe it is her left, my right I always have trouble with that!
If you take her to the vet he/she may be able to tell. Of course, she might have to have her belly shaved. I've heard of cats who were opened up only to discover that they were already spayed. Sometimes the only way the vets can tell is to do an ultrasound.

I can't find the surgery scars on any of my girls, and I know they were spayed (I paid enough for it ). Three of them have too much fur, but even on Shareena where the fur is fairly thin I can't see anything. She had a really bad reaction to the suture and I would have expected a huge scar.
post #14 of 26
We took our very first feral female, Booger, to the vet for a spay. They shaved her belly and found a good scar - but it was so jagged they couldn't tell if it was from a spay surgery or what. So they went ahead... only to find out she, in fact, was a stray and had been spayed.

But yes, shaving the belly they can see whether or not there's a spay scar there, and USUALLY it is "neat" enough to know for sure.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
We took our very first feral female, Booger, to the vet for a spay. They shaved her belly and found a good scar - but it was so jagged they couldn't tell if it was from a spay surgery or what. So they went ahead... only to find out she, in fact, was a stray and had been spayed.

But yes, shaving the belly they can see whether or not there's a spay scar there, and USUALLY it is "neat" enough to know for sure.

The jagged scar was probably, as the spaying probably was done for free or verry cheaply, they let a inexperienced vet student do it.
Why not, they must train somewhere. And as long they do with supervision of an experienced vet its OK.
This way everyone wins. The strays gets their spayment and some vet care for free, and the studens or young inexperienced vets gets their experience.
AND they do get also experience with strays....

A vet who always works with full paying patients has otherwise probably very little experience with strays and ferales. And thus - dont want these even if the rescuer is prepared to pay.
But if he has experience at least from his student days - perhaps he will.
post #16 of 26
Thread Starter 
I never bothered to ask when we got her first set of vaccinations done, I don't know if I care enough to drag her in when we bring the kitten just to ask but maybe I'll get curious enough before then! Then again I'm not sure it's worth the $50 they'd probably charge me just to drag out the ultrasound .

Maybe I'll just go at her with the hair-trimmers! (JOKING!!)
post #17 of 26
Is this a kitty that is outside? If so, I really hope you care enough to make sure she's spayed - there are more than enough homeless kitties out there! Maybe I'm mis-reading your post?

And Stefan - while you're right about the vet training, that wasn't actually the case with Booger. The vet said she had a very expensive spay (meaning they removed her ovaries and everything). She was actually a pure-bred Maine Coon cat - apparently she ran away or got lost just after being spayed, and that's why her spay scar was all messed up.
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
No she is indoor/outdoor but we've had her for more then 2 years & she's never come into heat and I know for a fact she's been exposed to toms. There is no way I wouldn't have noticed her coming into heat, and it is possible she's not spayed but is barren.

Our vet fees are ridiculous, I was charged $60 when our dog broke her tooth just for the vet to look at her for 10 minutes and say "She'll be fine, if she has pain bring her back". Thanks and I'll send her to bed with two aspirins and call you in the morning .

I don't have the dough to do that again right now, I wish there was another way I could tell! I assure you if she ever came in pregnant we'd send her to be spayed immediately. I know we don't need any more homeless cats, even if she is a wicked mouser and I wouldn't mind having 100 Miss Kittys!
post #19 of 26
Gotcha. If you'd like, I can make a quick search to see if we can find any low-cost clinics near you. But a number of people have a problem spaying a pregnant cat. Of course it's best not to let them even get pregnant - but if she's been out for two years and not gotten pregnant, you're right - the odds are she is, indeed, already spayed.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yeah I don't like to think about terminating a pregnancy that's why I just tell the vet to go ahead with the spay and not tell me about it. We used to have a spay/neuter clinic in our area but by all reports they seem to have shut down. Our local OSCPA just started a program a few months ago but we don't qualify.

I'm not too concerned, I'm just curious about the missing ear bit
post #21 of 26
the notch on my longhair ferals is hard to see since they are very fuzzy.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by StefanZ View Post
This "tag" istn big, sometimes you can miss it if you only cast a casual glance.
However, it is usually done on the left ear, afaik.

Was she neutered when she adopted your dearest?
Ours have the clipping on the right ear. , and it is so very small.
post #23 of 26
Sorry about the size of the pic. I had a much larger view in my iPhoto ... you see how small the clip is. One person complained that they were making them so small they couldn't tell from a distance. Then the clinic clipped one that took 1/2 the ear off - YIKES! I'm glad mine didn't get a huge clipping - as you can see, I'm in the process of taming them. The little boy (on left) finally let me stroke his back and tail last night!!! His daddy is a stray that we've "adopted", and the son has been watching daddy get petted, and brushed, guess he thought he'd give it a try, too.

This photo, was taken about 1 1/2 months after they were altered, and had their ears clipped.
I think if you click on this link you'll be able to get a larger picture?
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m...k/DSC00546.jpg
Mommy is in the middle, her daughter to the right, and her son on the left.
LL
post #24 of 26
Could someone explain to me what 'TNR' stands for? Also, why are the cats ears notched, or cut away? Isn't that somewhat cruel? It must hurt the cat?

All cats that I've owned have been spayed or neutered, but they never had their ears 'adjusted'....

Thanks for the information!!
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by maxiecat03 View Post
Could someone explain to me what 'TNR' stands for? Also, why are the cats ears notched, or cut away? Isn't that somewhat cruel? It must hurt the cat?

All cats that I've owned have been spayed or neutered, but they never had their ears 'adjusted'....

Thanks for the information!!
Sure!

TNR (trap, neuter, return) is a way of humanely reducing the stray and feral cat population. It allows stray and feral cats to continue to live outdoors after being humanely trapped, fixed, and vaccinated. These cats then have lifelong caretakers who provide food, water, and shelter. Often, stray cats and kittens, or young feral kittens, are tamed and adopted. Research shows that TNR helps reduce the number of feral and stray cats in communities by breaking the cycle of reproduction.

The ear-tip or notch lets colony caretakers, veterinarians, and animal control know that the cat has already been trapped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Ear tipping is done at the same time the cat is spayed/neutered. The cat is under anesthesia, and the process is completely painless. An ear tip can be easily seen from a distance, and it allows caretakers and animal control to easily identify a TNR-ed cat and know that it is not necessary to trap the cat again.
post #26 of 26
Thank you eilcon....that sounds like a wonderful way to treat the feral cats. Of course, the ear notching is a good way to signify that the cat has been treated.

It's so sad to see the feral colonies, from a human point of view...we want the cats to be loved, be warm, be fed, be like pets. Given the choice, I wonder what the cats prefer??

It breaks my heart to read about people finding abandonned kittens and cats...I live in a cold climate and in the city....so I'm not exposed to those events.....but I would find it so hard just to keep on going down the road. I have friends who live on farms, and in the more country areas....and they say that new cats show up all the time. Thank goodness these two friends, who will have a special place in Heaven, take in the new cats and either find a new home, look for their home (some are just lost), or adopt them. We live in a cruel world.

Thank you for the explanation...I feel better knowing what you're talking about...LOL.
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