Proposal: cats could deliver mail

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40 Responses to “Proposal: cats could deliver mail”

  1. peterkvt80 says:

    Cats will deliver mail to whoever gives them food. Besides, mail can be a bit bulky for cats. Now if the cat was fitted with USB…

  2. sqyntz says:

    the instant a cat detects they are performing as expected, they stop and take a bath.

  3. oasisob1 says:

    Would they deliver on Caturday?

    • Henry Pootel says:

      :) beat me to it

      Clearly though this could be a solution to the whole US Postal Service issue. Plus consider selling LOLcat stamps – collectors would obsessively collect them.

  4. CH says:

    Ehh… yea, put some bag of mail on the cat, and it suddenly has no legs. Or finds some way of getting rid of the humiliating bag.

    … although it does remind me of this: http://boingboing.net/2007/06/06/cat-has-camera-on-co.html
    Hmm, perhaps it could work.

  5. theophrastvs says:

    Wasn’t there an ancient Outer Limits (probably written by Harlan Ellison) about a future soldier flung back in time (providing quasi-plagiarism for “Terminator”); who expected to be able to recite his war reports to cats to deliver? yeah… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0667824/

  6. mtdna says:

    If you want to ship packages, you use a tiger. Which also solves the dog problem.

  7. Brainspore says:

    So that’s what happened to all the carrier pigeons.

    • showme says:

      No, carrier pigeons are still around. It was the passenger pigeon that went extinct. Probably from laziness.

      • CLamb says:

         The truth is more bizarre than fiction here.  The generally accepted reason for the passenger pigeon’s demise is that they would only copulate when in dense crowds and hunting reduced the density of crowds enough to kill their libido.

  8. edgore says:

    I love the very Victorian assumption that there is a criminal class of dogs.

  9. BookGuy says:

    So, as per the experiment described, the process would be:

    1. Attach a message, which you want delivered to yourself, to a cat.
    2. Take the cat far away from where you live.
    3. Release cat, return home, and wait for the message to be delivered–the message you created for yourself–to you.
    4. ??
    5. Profit!

  10. angusm says:

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night … wait, is that catnip I smell?”

  11. elusis says:

    Given how my cat reacts when I put a harness on her, I imagine cats would take to mail bags like, uh…. a cat to water….

  12. This reminds me of the cheese cats of France who even to this day deliver local cheeses to picnics in the French countryside.

  13. Of course there’s a history of cats working for the post office.  http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/animals

  14. Nathan Rae says:

    So i think I’d rather go with the modern version of pigeon based delivery system, http://www.pigeonpost.co  

  15. Heevee Lister says:

    Deliver mail?  They could, but they won’t.

  16. Paul Renault says:

    I suspect there’s something about the way they were moved from place to place and the fact that one of them was able to make it back in a little under five hours, that limits the transportation methods and distance where this is, um, practical.

  17. Nash Rambler says:

    Impractical, but adorable.

  18. knoxblox says:

    Since our cat loves to chew on envelopes, I suspect you would also need postal inspector cats to arrest cats who are guilty of tampering with the mail.

  19. Jacky says:

    Could cat deliver mail? This is unbelievable. Its too cruel to animal especially to the adorable cat.

  20. sockdoll says:

    The Internet: a series of cats.

  21. proginoskes says:

    In all seriousness… if you’re going to reduce the number of people doing it, why not use robots? A Segway chassis would be a good platform.

  22. CLamb says:

    The cats could carry a larger load if they were riding sheep.

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