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Royal Mail Refuses to Post Family's Letters Due to Household Cat

Offbeat  (tags: royal mail, england, family cat, playful, postal service, refusal mail delivery )

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The postal service claims Lana - a tortoiseshell coloured cat - is a risk to its staff after she scratched a postie's hand when he pushed letters through the letterbox. Instead, the the postman has to knock on the door each morning and Lana's owner,


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. (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 8:20 am
The postal service has that right, they could refuse to deliver the mail all together. We are all pet lovers but as owners we must also keep the public safe.

Lydia S (155)
Monday November 1, 2010, 10:09 am
Wow, I agree with the safety of the postal must come first, but it is a bit much, Perhaps a box for mail outside the door.

Mary T (178)
Monday November 1, 2010, 12:46 pm

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:04 pm
Surely there is a push and go way to shove it through w/o your hand. Sounds like they were upset and didn't try again.

Nancy M (62)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:09 pm
Some people just don't love cats and any excuse will do.

Anna Borsey (66)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:09 pm
How ridiculous! The cat was obviously playing! What she saw was a hand poking through the slot in the front door. I think Royal Mail - not to mention this particular post man - is over reacting.

We have a locked mail box screwed to the outside of our house as we have had to permanently seal the letter flap due to cold and draughts.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 1:18 pm
I think the owners could attach a metal basket outside the front door to protect the mail carrier. No one should need to worry about safety conditions at work, especially not everyday.

Krasimira B (175)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:24 pm
Nice story:-0) Noted.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:34 pm
My cats have done the same thing in the past but eventually lost interest in the game. :) Shared on Facebook.

Heather L (3)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:35 pm
This story made me laugh. I know work safety is important but this whole situation seems silly. Like a few other people said, just add a mailbox to the outside of the house and everything is solved, cat is happy and postman is safe .

Ritva J (115)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:44 pm
Ahem! They must be very happy they don't have to deal with my Miska - he would shred the postman in million pieces. :P

Shirley H (49)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:51 pm
WHY !!!
Shirley H.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Monday November 1, 2010, 2:53 pm
A hand coming through a slot in the door is just a big, fun toy to a cat. If they get used to the sounds of the postal carrier's footsteps, they will run to play with the "toy" that follows. It's a Pavlovian response. This is not Lana's fault and she is not being a bad cat. She is just doing what comes naturally.

janet f (29)
Monday November 1, 2010, 3:10 pm
Seems to me you should be able to open the slat and push through the mail without sticking your hand inside the house. That poor cat now has a bad reputation because the mailman is a big baby. Liked the picture.

. (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 5:11 pm
Outside mail box would be awesome then the cat can't get blamed for anything.

Gloria H (88)
Monday November 1, 2010, 5:16 pm
wait a minute...with the door being now opened to receive the mail, the "vicious" cat now can leap outside and totally claw even more of the postman! Bet ya a pizza delivery guy with a double order of anchovies doesn't get attacked!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday November 1, 2010, 5:19 pm
Attack cat on duty:)

Susan S (187)
Monday November 1, 2010, 5:46 pm
I saw a newscast about a postal worker who was pecked in the head by a bird and had to resort to wearing a helmet to deliver mail. Since the bird would not cease and desist, and only seemed to single out this particular postal worker she was able to avoid that address. However, the bird was a wild bird and likely something else was going on. There has to be a way for postal workers to deliver mail safely.

Justin R (0)
Monday November 1, 2010, 5:47 pm
I wish all world problems would have such proportions...

Kara C (15)
Monday November 1, 2010, 6:02 pm
Animal attacks to mailmen are bad but this and a few other cases I have heard of are crazy. This can be fixed with a letterbox outside simple and easy. Kitty was probably just being playful though I do love the picture.

Ruadha S (6)
Monday November 1, 2010, 7:42 pm
I agree it's not the cat's fault, it's a natural reaction. But you can get some really nasty infections from a cat scratch. If it's your cat, it's your risk--but not the mail carrier's. Put up an outside box by the door or fit a box over the slit on the inside so kitty can't get at the slot. .

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Monday November 1, 2010, 7:52 pm
Noted, thanks.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Monday November 1, 2010, 8:31 pm
Dear Human: install an outside letter box. Dear Lana: BEHAVE!

Shirley S (187)
Monday November 1, 2010, 9:05 pm
Sorry but this story made my day. I really LAUGHED. Must be a very TIMID postie.

Susan A (14)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 1:59 am
Naughty girl! A metal basket will protect the Postman. Those wiggly fingers would have been irresistable!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 2:30 am
LOL, reminds me of an incident while I was touring Egypt; one day we visited a mosque - there was a huge cat there who attacked everyone while they were taking their shoes off! So funny I took a photo :)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 8:07 am
Oh please....."injured" by a kitty wanting to play. Grow a pair Mr. Mailman

moggy w (119)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 5:26 pm
oh, for heaven's sake. A "ferocious "cat, Thinking someone was playing with her,, a VERY timid postman- and news for a slow day. Get an outside letterbox- in the U.S. that['s ALL we have, and get another cat to play with her. The comments on this are hilarious.

Roberto Vivas (48)
Friday November 5, 2010, 12:32 pm
Oh,please!I'm a MailMan and an animal lover,this cat is just playful.,like everybody suggests,JUST PUT A MAILBOX OUTSIDE! and if a dog attacks you use your carry sack as a shield,between you and the animal,so he can bite it; Wear gloves too...that wasnt so hard,was it! There are worst obstacles like the nasty weather and the Bosses! Ha Ha!

Dianne D (490)
Sunday November 7, 2010, 3:57 pm
Give me a break. There are things the owner could do like put a shoot on the mail slot so the cat can't reach the slot or a plastic box on the outside. The postal carrier doesn't have to stick his hand inside the slot. Of course the cat will scratch as would a dog bite if they saw a hand come through. Love the picture on this post.

Klaus Peters (14)
Monday November 8, 2010, 5:23 am
Well, the cat is not to blame, but the postie is. A letter slot 6 inches off the ground is unexceptable for ergonomic reasons and the postie should have complained a long time ago. Just imagine every household having a letter slot 6 inches off the ground; he would have a sore back at the end of the day every day. I think a letterbox chest high would do the trick for the postie and the residents and the cat can use the old slot to get outside.
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