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yugyug
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Ok here's a good one I recently read in a english translation of a Japanese underground comic. Pretty sure its bull but who knows for sure?

The theory is that abalone (or the similar Japanese 'awabi') feeds on seaweed and they collect chlorophyll from the weed in their livers. Cats, unlike humans, don' t have the correct enzymes to break down chlorophyll and so the chlorophyll continues to circulate through their blood vessels. Now cats also have very thin ears, so much so that you can see through them in parts and that the cats blood vessels are exposed to sunlight. The chlorophyll photosynthesises and reproduces, choking the blood vessels and causing cell necrosis - and earless cats.

The author of this comic's 'eye-witness proof' is that earless cats are very common around Japanese fishing ports. I live in Japan but have yet to see them! I don't really hang out around fishing ports though.

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Originally posted by yugyug:
Cats, unlike humans, don' t have the correct enzymes to break down chlorophyll and so the chlorophyll continues to circulate through their blood vessal. Now cats also have very thin ears, so much so that you can see through them in parts and that the cats blood vessels are exposed to sunlight. The chlorophyll photosynthesis and reproduces, choking the blood vessels and eventually causing cell necrosis - and earless cats.

Why on earth would the chlorophyll be in the bloodstream? If it's true it can't be metabolized, it will just be passed through and excreted just like everything else a cat eats that can't be fully digested (like corn) or thrown up (like hair).

My guess on the supposed earless cats at the port: they're feral, they're not neutered, they fight, their ears get tattered/torn/clawed off. I've had pet cats with permanent nicks in their ears after a single fight, and ferals fight all the time.

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Yes, most all plants have chlorophyll in them... So cats eating grass, in theory, would then also be earless. And all I know that happens to cats when they eat grass is much barfing.

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Horse Chestnut
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Lots of fish eat algae and seaweed, not just abalone. So if this theory were true, that would mean you would see earless cats in every port around the world.

My former boyfriend's family used to live on Catalina Island, where abalone fishing was very popular, and the kelp forests were thick. Catalina also had a thriving feral cat population. In the times I visited the island I never saw any earless cats, and never heard anyone mention cats having this problem.

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The chlorophyll photosynthesises and reproduces, choking the blood vessels and causing cell necrosis - and earless cats.[/QB]
Apart from virtually everything else mentioned being wrong, chlorophyll does not reproduce.
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Brad from Georgia
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quote:
Originally posted by Horse Chestnut:
Lots of fish eat algae and seaweed, not just abalone. ...

Ah-HAH! And how many fish...have ears?

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Anecdotal evidence. Long,long ago in a galaxy far, far away I had the good fortune to have a source of abalone that was so abundant I was feeding scraps to my cat. Said cat had perfect ears.

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And your cat's ears are now...

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Kathy B
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And your cat's ears are now...
...six feet under.

Of course I should have written, "said cat had perfect ears both before and after commencing a high abalone diet. "

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GenYus
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Thanks. I didn't know if your comment refered to the before or after ear condition.

I wonder if this could be related to something other than the chlorophyll in the fish. For example, does abalone have higher than normal concentrations of iodine or mercury? Neither of those would seem to result in ear loss, but if there is a chemical present in abalone that causes blood flow restriction, then it could cause ear loss.

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The fighting sounds like a plausible explantaion. Maybe frostbite, too? How cold does it get there? I knew of a horse that lost his ears to frostbite. His name? ...Frosty, of course!

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Horse Chestnut
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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
quote:
Originally posted by Horse Chestnut:
Lots of fish eat algae and seaweed, not just abalone. ...

Ah-HAH! And how many fish...have ears?
Well...none. But I always thought that was due to unsanitary piercing techniques.
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Ear loss in cats: fighting (haematoma and ripped ears), neutering ferals (they may have the ear tips cropped so they don't go back for a 2nd, unnecessary surgery) and sunburn/skin cancer (in cats with pale ears). Ear mites and scratching can also cause haematoma and the ears collapse into cauliflower ears.

Wild cats routinely eat the stomach contents of their normally vegetarian prey. No ear loss. Additionally, chlorophyll is (or used to be) available in food additive form for kitty as it supposedly reduced breath and faecal odour. If it really caused ear loss, there would have been loads of law suits, but despite being an avid reader of Cat Fancy, Cats, Cat World, Your Cat, All About Cats, National Cat, Feline Advisory Bureau Journal and The Cat (from the USA, UK and Aus) and a less frequent reader of Dutch and French cat magazines I haven't seen any reports of legal action for cats shedding their ears! I have some Japanese cat mags as well and though I can't read the language, none of the photos show earless cats.

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