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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Stray cat eating eggs
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2016, 06:21:21 pm »
Alternatively, I read a sickening scientific paper from the 1950's or 1960's. Cats were placed individually in rooms. A bowl of food was placed in the room. When the cat first approached the food, a fire extinguisher was sprayed on the cat until it was empty. The food was thereafter replaced daily. All the cats in the experiment starved themselves to death by refusing to approach the food again.   So perhaps is you could catch him in your hen shed and bang on the sides and chase him out/water pistols are meant to be good for teaching cats a lesson, he might never go in again?

Jeez, dinnae gie them any mair bright ideas.

Whit wid be the purpose o' an experiment like that?
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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Stray cat eating eggs
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2016, 10:17:58 pm »
Don't remember, maybe to do with how teachable different animals are? I seem to remember talking to an older researcher who said that when ethics committees were about to be brought in, (maybe 1950/60's?) there were many horrendous animal experiments carried out, just to satisfy curiosity because researchers realised they would never be allowed to do them once the legislation came into force. So any niggling questions they had wondered about were answered in a hurry.

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Stray cat eating eggs
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2016, 08:28:34 am »
Don't remember, maybe to do with how teachable different animals are? I seem to remember talking to an older researcher who said that when ethics committees were about to be brought in, (maybe 1950/60's?) there were many horrendous animal experiments carried out, just to satisfy curiosity because researchers realised they would never be allowed to do them once the legislation came into force. So any niggling questions they had wondered about were answered in a hurry.

A proud period for science then.

 

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