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Ryujin99



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:23 pm Reply with quote
I like news like this.

I also find the names he chose pretty funny.
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Emerje



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:17 pm Reply with quote
What's with the wedge clipped out of the ear? Is it to show they aren't strays if they got out or something? Seems needless and cruel.

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taishou*



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:44 pm Reply with quote
Emerje wrote:
What's with the wedge clipped out of the ear? Is it to show they aren't strays if they got out or something? Seems needless and cruel.

Emerje


It's called a "sakura mimi" or sakura ear in Japan. This indicates that cat has been neutered/spayed. Generally this is done if the cat is part of a feral colony and is picked up by a TNR program. It doesn't hurt the cat, it just provides easy visual indication that the cat is sterile. In this case, these cats obviously aren't feral and were able to be adopted out, but usually cats picked up by TNR programs are returned to their colony, so the notching of the ears is important for knowing which cats have/haven't been sterilized.
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Cutiebunny



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:19 pm Reply with quote
taishou* wrote:
It's called a "sakura mimi" or sakura ear in Japan. This indicates that cat has been neutered/spayed. Generally this is done if the cat is part of a feral colony and is picked up by a TNR program. It doesn't hurt the cat, it just provides easy visual indication that the cat is sterile. In this case, these cats obviously aren't feral and were able to be adopted out, but usually cats picked up by TNR programs are returned to their colony, so the notching of the ears is important for knowing which cats have/haven't been sterilized.


Thanks for this information. I learned something new today.

And here I just thought that the notch-ears were just an artistic flourish.
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