When a feral is spayed or neutered, its right ear is given a small notch or tip. It’s a very minor medical procedure and a proud badge, demonstrating to neighbors, animal control officers, and animal shelters that this cat has a home and a caretaker. As you can see from the photos below, the cat’s beauty and charm remain in full force!

The ear may be marked in one of three distinctive ways: Notch, Tip, or Top Notch. At Fix Our Ferals, we tip the corner of the right ear approximately one centimeter. Other veterinary hospitals have different ways of altering the ear to signify a cat has been spayed or neutered. Here are some of the methods you may see:


A small, triangular notch may be made in the top third of the outer margin of the ear.

Ear Notch  Ear Notch Close-up


The tip of the ear may be removed in a straight line.

Ear Tip  Ear Tip Close-up


The tip of the ear may be notched.

Ear Top Notch  Ear Top Notch Close-up

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