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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2007 10:48 pm 
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Rain, sleet or snow cannot stop mail delivery, but house cat does


Neither rain, sleet nor snow can stop Canada Post's trusted carriers from delivering the mail, but a cuddly house cat believed to be the devil in disguise seems to have done just that.

According to reports, a Winnipeg couple was refused mail delivery this week and was asked to walk four kilometers each day to pick up their letters at a local post office in the western Canadian city because their cat terrifies the mailwoman.

Canada Post spokeswoman Kathi Neal told AFP the eight-year-old black cat often sleeps underneath the front steps of the small bungalow and is "very aggressive" with the carrier when the owner is not home.

It has "growled and leapt up to try to scratch the mail carrier's face" on three occasions in the past six months, she said. "It certainly doesn't like people in uniform."

"I don't think it's really the devil in disguise (as local newspapers have quipped in headlines), but cats can be every bit as dangerous as dogs, and are sometimes very territorial," Neal said, indicating that Canada Post hopes to negotiate a solution with the pet owner to ensure the safety of its employees.

John Samborski, owner of Shadow the cat, reacted angrily, telling the Winnipeg Free Press: "We're not putting our carriers at risk."

"This is Shadow. He likes to eat and sleep and cuddle. You could drop a bomb and he'd just open one eye, take a look, then close them and go back to sleep."


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Those cuddly cats can surprise you.

One of my cats adopted a corner in the kitchen. She is very shy, very scary. She has spent her life in that corner, I finally put food to one side and a litter box to the other so she wouldn't have to strain herself to have a 'normal' life.

She is used to the outside cats, seeing them on the porch all the time. But let another animal come on the porch and she turns into a raging devil! She attacks the door over and over. I have had to toggle up repairs many times because she ruins the door in the process.

The saying goes, 'Let sleeping dogs lie'. Well, that holds true for cats too. The sleepers can surprise you!


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