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letters | issue is not cat etiquette, but safety

Cavalier take on free-roaming felines is irresponsible

The editorial dismissing concerns about free-roaming cats was cavalier and irresponsible (“Cats: If you like it, put a bell on it,” May 3). In fact, all cats should be kept inside or restrained for their own good and that of family members.

Consider only that rabies is ever-present in the wild, and that a cat that had contact with an infected animal could easily transmit the disease to an unsuspecting family member who touched it.

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Feline leukemia is also widespread, and easily transmitted among cats, who often fight when unsupervised.

Don’t take my word for it; call an animal hospital or a veterinarian for confirmation. I urge you to set the record straight for your readers, in the interest of accurate information and education.

Eugene Bailey

Westborough

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