This beautiful tortoiseshell cat is another member of the feral “popcorn cats” colony. This colony, located behind a movie theater, is well taken care of by colony caretakers who feed the cats daily and provide warm shelters. An additional indicator that this colony is being managed is the ear tip missing on the top left ear of each cat. The ear tip is a universal sign that the cat has been spayed/neutered and has often received important vaccinations. The ear tip is important because feral cats are unsocialized to humans and therefore un-adoptable without proper socialization. Feral cats that enter shelters are typically euthanized as already overcrowded shelters do not have the time to attempt to socialize a feral cat. The ear tip indicates that the cat can no longer reproduce and should be left in it’s habitat to live out it’s life.
I had no idea about the ear tip thing…how interesting!
What beautiful photos of the feral cats. Thanks for the like of my feral photo. It breaks my heart that these little ones are out there on their own. I wasn’t aware of the ear tip thing, either. Interesting. Of course, I have to follow you! Your photos (and your subjects) are just gorgeous.
Thank you very much! Always glad to meet other feral cat lovers! 🙂