Ears - Horizontal Crimp
Horizontal Crimp/Ear Cartilage Not Smooth You want to feel the smoothness of the cartilage. This is really best demonstrated in the video below, however, we have included several close up photos of horizontal crimps also. They way to identify crimps, whether horizontal or vertical, is to gently put your thumb and index finger on each side of the ear, and gently run your fingers the entire length of the ear to feel for changes in the feel of the cartilage. Watch the way Grace is handling the ears in the video. This is a GENTLE feel for differences in the feel of the cartilage. You do not have to dig you fingers down into the base of the ear canal. That's really not going to help you here and the cat will most suredly object. Notice in the video that the cat could care less about what Grace is doing. In some cases, this is the only way you will discover vertical or horizontal crimps or corrugated cartilage.
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Notice in the video, that neither of the cats object to Grace feeling the cartilage of the ears. That's because she is GENTLY feeling the surface of the ear only. Below are still photos of a horizontal crimp.
Horizontal Crimp photos #1-4 are all of the same cat and the same ear. We are trying to get a close view from slightly different angles to help you identify the horizontal crimp if you have any in your cats.
A vertical crimp will typically result from narrow ear base with a tall ear.
A horizontal crimp will typical be a result of a wider ear base.