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Letters to the Editor

Feb. 7, 2001

Use caution when caring for stray cats

In Jed Wyse's article that appeared in Tuesday's edition of The Lariat, Judy Long told students that cats roam in the wild and can catch serious diseases from wild animals. She then suggested that students trap stray cats so that they can take them to be spayed or neutered. Cats are very likely to be exposed to rabies due to their hunting habits. If you decide to catch them to be sterilized and immunized, use long, thick gloves, put them in a covered box for transport, and take them immediately to a clinic for examination and shots. Cats are wonderful animals, but they can make you -- and any other animals you own -- very sick.

Dr. Carole Hanks

Associate professor of nursing