First Drown your Kitten, 1935
Today – some rather upsetting advice from the 1935 Universal Book of Hobbies and Handicrafts on how to kill unwanted kittens. Your choices are either to drown them in a bucket, or by administering chloroform onto their little kitten faces. Chloroform, you say…….hmmm, perhaps a bit of the old Owbridge’s Lung Tonic might do the trick.
From the matter-of-fact way this is described, it seems to be that as far as they were concerned this was the humane thing to do. One of the cats we had when I was a child was rescued by a family friend who discovered a man with a bag of kittens, preparing to drown them in a river. I bet (hope!) there’s not too much cat-drowning happening now.
“A healthy cat can bring up four kittens, but unless you are deliberately breeding cats, you will only want to keep one or two.”
Of course, if a cat accidentally nearly drowns itself, this is the thing to do. You can swing a cat in here apparently.