Housecat Attacks?

Postal workers say they?ll stop delivering mail if cat doesn?t behave.

By Nikki Batalis | Posted: October 26, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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Neighborhood menace or sweetheart? There at two sides to Magic. 
Magic the cat.
Have you ever heard of a cat attacking the mailman?  It seems that postal workers delivering mail to a home in Somerset, England, have been menaced by a housecat named Magic and threaten to quit delivering mail to the home if the cat doesn’t mend his ways.

Now, from his picture, Magic looks like a perfectly adorable tabby cat. But it seems that when the letter carriers drop mail through the door’s slot, Magic goes into attack mode, bolts outside through his cat door and goes after them, according to a story in the Telegraph.

Magic’s mom, Sam Enan-McKinnon, says Magic “wouldn’t hurt a fly,” and goes on to say that she conducted an experiment where someone dropped mail through the slot and “Magic didn’t do anything at all.”

But the manager of the district mail service threatened to cut off their delivery if the cat isn't controlled.

It seems that a logical solution would be to keep Magic inside and block his kitty door, but Enan-McKinnon is a nurse, and says that with her odd hours, she can’t keep Magic locked inside all day. (CatChannel endorses keeping all cats indoors, but that’s another story.)

What do you think? What should be done about Magic?

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Melanie    El Dorado, AR

10/29/2009 11:14:57 AM

Yeah, I would definitely put up a box either by the drive or by the door to end the complaints. Her mailman probably just doesn't like cats. :(

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

10/29/2009 5:35:38 AM

I wondoer if it is just ONE mailperson complaining or more than one? Maybe this one just doesn't like cats. I agree with Donna below, I would put up a mailbox.

Donna    Austin, TX

10/28/2009 12:17:01 PM

I think the idea of a mail box instead of the mail slot is certainly worth a try. Better than not having your mail delivered!

Benu    Jamaica, New York, NY

10/27/2009 10:44:15 AM

i have adopted 9 strays and my hose born is the replica of Magic. these cts are very quiet and of good temperament.i think he must've come out (curiosity) and felt threatened by the postman. i think the delivery should not be through the slot ,rather Ms Enan-Mckinnoncould get a letter box so Magic does not get disturbed or taken by surprise by mail cascading in through the door.

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