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Cat, 19, keeps mail away from home

Farsley, England -- A British woman said the Royal Mail has stopped delivering to her house because mail carriers are concerned about her 19-year-old cat.

Tracy Brayshaw of Farsley, England, said she has to pick her mail up from the Royal Mail sorting office because carriers complained her elderly cat, Tiger, has attacked them on three occasions, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

"If Tiger climbs up a tree he is done in for the rest of the week. I find it really hard to believe," Brayshaw said. "The post has been suspended for two weeks now. It was funny at first but it is going a bit far now."

Brayshaw said she is appealing to have mail deliveries resumed at her home.

"Tiger is 19 years old, he dribbles when he sleeps and snores -- he sleeps for 20 hours a day," she said. "Royal Mail said that they will not come near the house because the cat is far too dangerous. They said it was a health and safety issue but he is not a Rottweiler."

A Royal Mail spokesman said officials are "sorry for the inconvenience" and would like to resume deliveries "as quickly as possible."

"We're trying to agree on a way to do this and avoid our employees suffering further nasty injuries, as has happened three times already," the spokesman said.

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