Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Early Tuesday evening I looked out the window and saw three black cats hanging out in the yard. Nothing new here, this is a common scene. Since there was still some light, I decided to snap a few photos. I've been wondering for a long time if there are more than four cats in Oliver's family, perhaps there are like 25 black cats that all look the same and they have an agreement to only come in pairs so as not to blow their cover!

Anyway, as I was looking through the photos, I once again ran across a cat whose ear doesn't look like the others. So, again I ask you: Is this cat's ear tipped? The lighting was not great, so the picture is a little fuzzy.

A close up of the cat.

A close up of the ear.

It looks UN-tipped to me, as I see a rim of black around the left ear just like on the right ear.

Now, it's your turn to tell me what you think by voting.

Tipped or not tipped?

You might remember that back in April I asked the same question from a picture I had taken of a cat on the back porch. Here is that picture side by side with this new one. Is this the same cat? They look different to me.

April 2012
June 2012

MK's ear is certainly tipped.

This cat's ear looks tipped.

Oliver's ear is not tipped due to him being more of a friendly pet than a feral. 

With at least four black cats that all look very similar, I'm trying to figure out how I would trap the one in question to investigate further. Meanwhile, I'll keep an eye out for this one to see if I can get some clearer pictures that might solve this mystery.


  1. I don't think the April and June cat are the same. April's face seems "rounder" to me.....

  2. Completely different cat I'd say.
    Jane x

  3. We voted: not tipped and different cat. It is so hard with black cats. We have had entire litters of black foster kittens and mom has had to resort to colored collars. :)

  4. if it is tipped, then the vet did a bad job of it. The point of tipping is to be able to tell from a distance with out question.

    If it is the same cat, it has missed quite a few meals..

  5. I've seen them tip ears and they are very obvious. I wonder if the two cats are siblings and the odd ear is hereditary? One has an obviously smaller and more angular face than the other. The April picture doesn't appear to have the same white marking, either.

  6. I would say different cats also. Oh and the ear does not look tipped to me. Good luck with all these black cats! :)

  7. The ear does not look tipped to me. And the kitty from April does not look the same as this kitty.

  8. Nope those are definitely two distinct cats and I do not see any ear tip.



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