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How To Treat Your Cat

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( Originally Published 1928 )

HARRISON WEIR, who has written a book about cats, speaks against the use of collars and ribbons for cats and kittens, " for the reason that they are liable to get caught on the spikes of railings or on twigs of bushes and so strangled or starved to death." Such an accident will of course cause great suffering, even if the cat escapes alive.

Phoebe A. Naylor in the Sunset Cat Journal says: -

"I have a great objection to the practice of putting neck ribbons on cats who are allowed to run at large. I believe that many a cat, in country places, gets entangled by means of his neck ribbon, and then starves slowly to death. As a case in point, I will refer to one true incident:

Some years ago, two friends of mine were walking through Yorkshire, England. One day, as they passed through a wood, one of them heard a cat crying weakly; and as he thought it such a queer place for a cat to be, he stopped and listened attentively. When he located the sound, he searched for the animal. He found an emaciated cat, so firmly caught by brambles on his neck ribbon that he could not move. In fact, my friend had to cut off the ribbon inch by inch before he was able to free the cat. When the cat realized that he was actually free, he weakly started walking in the direction whence my friends had come. If he reached his home alive, I wonder what his owners thought of his terrible condition, and if they had sense enough to leave off his neck ribbon in future.

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