(via 22-Pound Cat Takes Family Hostage; Family Calls 911 For Help)
Considering how many thousands of dollars I had to pay for my own trip to the emergency room after being savaged by a four pound cat - and yes, we called the police because I ended up trapped in a bathroom and the owner in her own bedroom?
This isn’t funny.
I can call what happened to me hilarious, in retrospect. I got my ass kicked by a four pound cat, and had to have part of my lip excised and stitches - but… four pound cat. I can call it hilarious. Unless you’re a friend of mine, you can’t. Because it wasn’t funny.
That? A cat that size can do permanent, horrible damage. Can take out an eye. Can cause really badly infected wounds.
Seriously. Not funny.
I think the reason I found it funny was because I have been attacked by our own cat multiple times, still have long white scars on my right arm, and (from a separate incident involving punctures) had to go to a clinic four days afterwards with inflammation nearly up to my elbow because no one would believe it was serious, and had to be given “the daisy cutter of antibiotics” and a steroid shot. It was an “I’ve been there” kind of funny.
I can see getting mauled by a cat. not getting trapped by a cat. For future reference: use a comforter/heavy blanket, throw over cat, deposit outside. you can also use a laundry basket or a hamper. I feel like these people had no problem solving/survival skills here.
It’s not about survival skills, homes are confined spaces with little maneuverability and few opportunities to get to the bedroom/linen closet for a suitable tarp substitute.
This isn’t being prepared, grabbing your resident raccoon or stray cat, and putting them in a pillowcase for safe relocation. This in a predatory animal inside your own home with well honed stalking skills and one of the highest kill rates of any other animal. Even if the person possessed a heavy blanket suitable to shield against long claws and teeth, the cat is the aggressor and would be coming towards them. Assuming you are near the blanket, and don’t have to go into a bedroom or closet to get it, you would need someone running interference to keep the cat distracted in order to properly cover it without risking missing. Even professional animal catchers use extended poles and buddy systems.
More, if you need to go into your room to grab the blanket, why not stay locked in your room and avoid confrontation altogether?
Cat maulings are less discussed than dog maulings due to most cats not being trained to guard or fight, but they are fast, flexible, and capable of opening you up like a knife.
Normal people are not prepared for your average Mittens to go crazy on them. My suggestion would be that if you do not know how to handle yourself in this situation, not refering to those who deal with dangerous pest animals all the time, do not attempt to catch any aggressive animal if you can avoid confrontation. Close yourself or the animal off in a separate area and call a shelter capable of handling the animal.
911 brings cops who more often than not do not know how to deal with animals domesticated or otherwise, they shoot them on an alarmingly regular basis, where as your local shelter will have catch poles and carrier cages.