This torture was used to punish any type of offenders. Nevertheless, it was commonly reserved for thieves and unfaithful wives.
The cat's paw could be used to rip off the skin of any part of the body including, but not limited to, the breasts, face, back or chest.
This torture very frequently caused death not because of the injuries per se, but because of the infections that came along with the torture as sometimes the cat's paw would cut so deeply that one could see the bone itself which, combined with the fact that this device was very seldom - if at all - washed, could bring deadly infections and diseases.
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