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I HAVE a cat, of a long-haired breed, whose aversion to dogs is unusually strong. Last autumn, six kittens of hers, under two days old, were in a corner of the kitchen where they had had no opportunity of making acquaintance with any dog; yet, on being stroked (in their mother's absence) by a hand which a dog had just licked, more than one of them “swore ” violently. This was repeated several times, but the little creatures showed no dislike to being touched with a clean hand.

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[Letters to Editor]. Nature 7, 303 (1873) doi:10.1038/007303c0

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