The Man Who Called 911 About His Cat

It is indeed a sad day for humanity when a grown man must call 911 in regards to his cat. No, his cat wasn't stuck in a tree. His cat - a 22 pound Himalayan - had trapped the man, his girlfriend, his baby, and his dog in the bedroom and was behaving in a threatening manner.

Let me start from the beginning. The man and woman have a baby together. The baby yanked the cat's tail. Now, I don't know much about cats, but I do know they have nine lives, they always land on their feet, they hate water, and you should never, ever, ever, ever pull their tails. I guess the baby didn't get that memo. He yanked the cat's tail and so the cat turned on the baby. The frightened father kicked the cat in the ass, which further enraged the 22 pound kitty. The cat chased the man, woman, baby, and dog into the bedroom and then stood guard outside the door hissing at them every time they opened the door.


The man felt like there was nothing else he could do except call 911 and ask for animal control to come and rescue his family from a CAT. The cat has been described as a fat cat with a history of violence. I'm sorry, but that makes me laugh. When you listen to the call, I think my favorite line is when the man claims the cat "charged" at them.

It is well-documented that I don't own a pet, nor do I ever want to own a pet, and this right here is one of the reasons why. I never want to be on the national news because I couldn't get out of my bedroom because I was a 'fraidy cat.


Let's just think about this for a minute. I don't doubt that the cat was PISSED. He got his tail pulled AND he got kicked in the ass. Of course he was mad. Of course he reacted violently and chased everyone around. But he cornered them in their bedroom. Neither one of these people could handle an angry cat? No one could throw a blanket over him and put him in a sleeper hold? No one could sing "Soft Kitty" and lull the cat to sleep? No one could divert him with a ball of yarn?

I just can't believe it. I'm sure he was terrified and he was trying to protect his baby. Sure a 22 pound cat sounds awfully big, but come on, dude, he's not a mountain lion. He's a CAT. Who's the pussy now?

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47 comments:

Holly said...

You are lucky you never encountered an angry cat. I did and ended up in the ER. I should have gotten stitches, but they can't stitch animals bite. The cat used my leg as a scratching/biting post. Thankfully it was up to date with shots so it was just ten days of antibiotics. Cats can do as much harm as a dog. There is also virtually no stopping a pissed off cat.

Marni Jarman said...

I'm 44 and still have the cat teeth scars on my shin from when I got bit as a 13 year old when our cat was pissed.

Lady Old Soul said...

I read this yesterday, and was appalled that they called 911 for this. By all means, barricade the baby and dog in a bedroom. But then take your grown ass out there with a bucket of water or a blanket, and handle your business. Call animal control to bring a tranq dart, and get him some aggression training. I'm sure the cat was VERY angry! Being yanked and kicked would piss me off too. Maybe teach your kid not to abuse animals, ya think??

Jessica Lau said...

I was attacked by a cat when I was 7 and still have the scars. I am now 34. It isn't funny when a cat gets pissed and attacks anyone that comes within 5 feet of it. Everyone think it's funny that this guy called 911 about his cat but just remember they do have wild genes in them and can be dangerous.

Casey Perry said...

What?!

Casey Perry said...

That's because it IS funny. Because it's a cat.

Casey Perry said...

Thank you! Everyone in here is sating how vicious cats can be. It's a cat! He's a grown man! You're going to waste a vital resource such as 911 because you can't control a cat!? Unreal.

Anonymous said...

I see both sides. Cats can be aggressive. But misuse of 911 is a serious problem. If the family was safe from the cat, couldn't they have either thrown a blanket over the cat as some have suggested, or else stayed in the bedroom. Most cats I know would eventually grow bored and move on. BTW, this cat is the exception not the norm. Most cats are sweet, loving family pets.

Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Books said...

To be fair, it's hard to teach babies a whole lot right offhand.

Casey Perry said...

NO stopping a CAT huh? Wow.

Cherie said...

Cats can and DO cause serious harm when they are truly in feral mode. They can actually release a toxin in their bite that is capable of killing a human when they get pissed off enough. My Aunt almost lost her whole hand. She still does not have full use of it.

I don't think anyone would be blaming this guy if it were a raccoon or an opossum in his house hissing and attacking every time he opened his door and he called 911 for it. THAT's dangerous...but a kitteh? Naw.

Do you realize how BIG a 22lb cat is? It's big enough to cause just as much, if not more, harm than an angry raccoon.

And shame on this man for kicking an animal. He deserved to get turned on. If that were my cat, and my baby, I would certainly re-home the cat to a house without kids. But you don't abuse your pet for acting out of instinct when something causes it to feel pain. Do you kick your kid for attacking a sibling? No. You don't. Granted cats are not kids...but they are ALIVE and they feel PAIN, and they obviously get angry when that happens. Just like any other living thing.

Gemma Long said...

Cats do not release toxins, it is the bacteria in their mouths. This bacteria can cause infection in 50% of bites, and if not treated quickly and aggressively it does pose a genuine risk to health. As with your Aunt, long lasting damage is a real risk, one I wouldn't be willing to take personally, or expose my child to. But I would've called Animal Control myself, rather than have the 911 operator do it for me. And I certainly wouldn't have angered it more.

sheshe said...

Did anyone else have trouble getting past the line about the man getting turned on?

Anonymous said...

We just read this "news" article at lunch. I was laughing hysterically. I have a 100lb dog and imagining an ENTIRE FAMILY "held hostage"- the articles words, not mine!- by the cat made me spurt milk out my nose.

r/b said...

I laughed my ThinMint eating ass off when I read this....For sprawled next to my elbow, on the computer desk, is my wonderful NINJA PANTHER CAT FROM HELL. My Cat will bite the Holy Crap out of anyone she thinks is a threat. Tortie cat, she only loves me. Everyone knows this and they don't touch her.
My father-in-law is one of the tuffest, leanest, hard core men I have ever met...who also loves animals....He is a Marine and teaches senior fitness....A true bad ass...My "cat" bit him so hard, so deep and so completely he needed stitches at the ER and to have his wedding ring of 30 plus years cut off his hand... She liked him O.K. before this happened, but he happened to pet her on a day when she was feeling "grumpy"....I felt horrid, and considered what I should do....He was far more understanding and compassionate than 99% of the people of this earth would have been. That said, calling 911 for a CAT situation like this was a very bad move, and wasteful. How to handle that? A pillow, and a blanket thrown over cat. Push nasty crazy cat back from door with pillow, and throw blanket over pissy attack cat. As I type this, Jaws over here just looked at me with those big owl yellow eyes and stretched and put her paw on my arm as if to communicate: "You love me anyway. I OWN you."

Anonymous said...

I shouldn't laugh, I really shouldn't. I mean, that's a BIG cat. *snort*
My one year old (7.5lb) kitty has taken to spraying my husband's side of the bed, and even my husband, in the middle of the night. It's definitely not funny. No. *dies laughing*

Heather said...

You can't teach a baby not to be violent, if when he does something violent, his teacher turns around and does something violent as a reaction. If the dad would have left the cat alone, baby learns pulling a tail gets you knocked in the face. Now he has learned, pull cats tail, cat gets revenge, you then get to kick the cat.

Thomas Johnson said...

OK, I am pushing the BS button here. No stopping a pissed off cat? Perhaps you should beat them with your magic wand, eh? Jesus, it's a fat ass cat so just drop kick it across the room a few times and shazaam, no more cat worries!

liz smith said...

I do think calling 911 is excessive and I had to go to the ED for 10 days of antibiotics (would have needed tetnus but I had it done recently) because of a friendly cat. So funny as it is to think of being afraid of a house cat, they can be mean.

Jennifer Garner said...

Sounds like they need a house call from Jackson Galaxy!

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/my-cat-from-hell

RachRiot said...

Cats are assholes.

Nature Advocate said...
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Nature Advocate said...

There's something seriously wrong with all of you people. ANY animal intended for a family pet from a domesticated species that attacks ANY family member, ESPECIALLY if there is a child or infant in that house -- the very first time it attacks a family member it is taken out back and given a "time out" with a well-aimed .22.

This is how aggressive and violent traits are bred out of ALL animals meant for domestication, and ESPECIALLY those meant for household pets. You immediately destroy the aggressive ones, you keep the amicable ones for further breeding. Giving an aggressive animal away to someone else is only pawning off your own stupid problem on someone else and opening yourself up to easily winnable liability lawsuits. Giving away an aggressive animal is never an answer and never solves the real problem.

You're ALL bat-shit bonkers. Especially the cretin who called the police about this cat. That cat should have found the inside of a pillowcase and then the bottom of a full-bathtub while still in the pillowcase -- where it could have pondered its existence for about 7-10 minutes in the only time-out it'll ever deserve. But then, this is what happens when idiots have had their brains covered over in pavement and the sum of their educations have been nothing but a parade of smarmy and delusional bambi-cartoons all their sorry lives.

Try reality sometime, it might surprise you.

Nature Advocate said...

Since all of you cat-lickers are so enamored with "Cat Daddy" and the Animal-Planet's "My Cat From Hell" information. You might like to know just what kind of person that you are revering.

After "Cat Daddy"'s appearance on the "Ellen" show late last year, what he does in life finally all made sense.

It is now clear why someone like him would put up with abusive animals that any sane person (one who is desiring and deserving of respect from other living things) would otherwise have those animals euthanized for their antisocial behavior. Just as anyone puts any antisocial dog to sleep if it can't be trained to be around humans safely without having to change your own behavior nor environment.

He proudly walked onto the stage of the "Ellen" show with a large yellow handkerchief hanging out of his right-back pocket. A friend told me to look-up what that means in the decades-old "Gay Hanky Code".

Your "Cat Daddy" is a man who desires to be the recipient of "Golden Showers" from other men.

No wonder he tolerates and even WANTS abuse and disrespect from other living things. He actually gets-off on it!

What a great "hero" you worship.

Yes, you're ALL in fine company. LOL

spymay said...

Agreed.

Heather T said...

I have a 25ish pound cat we're pretty sure is 1/2 Maine Coon, 1/2 ninja. He can be an angel... he can be an asshole. I have a few scars on my hands from playtime. Its part of my Fat Ninja Cat lifestyle. But if there were a little lumpkin of joy coming to our home, the Fat Ninja would be rehomed. Why? Because babies pull tails and generally piss cats off. And if your cat, as this guy claims, has a "history of violence", why the ever loving hell would you want it around your precious loveaboo?

Personally, i doubt the "history of violence" bit... i think the guy just realized what an idiot he sounded like.

Sebella Blue said...

As someone who works with FERAL cat rescue, I have been bitten, scratched, climbed and never once was I in fear for my life. I am not a big person, but I have yet to come across a domestic feline that put the fear of GOD into my soul. Grow a pair and don't panic.

Clever Girl Web Design said...

It took me a while, but I'm guessing they meant "deserved to have the cat turn on him" not get aroused. Not the best choice in wording!

Rory Bore said...

WTF? seriously?
no penlight or flashlight to shine on the floor so that cat will get all excited and chase the light? cats love that shit - they can't resist it.
he's not only a pussy - he's a dumb pussy.

TheWhiteness said...

I've seen the worst damage a crazed cat can do. It can be bad, but I'm a grown ass man dawg. I am not afraid of pitbulls, I've had to break up dog fights before. This is Hilarious. And the cat acted that way because it already knew it was the one in charge. No way an animal does that to me in my own home.

Kathy Glow said...

Oh Jen . . . I'm just shaking my head. I hate the "P" word, but you used it perfectly - with a punch.

Stephanie Clinton said...

22 lbs.?! Surely they could out run the cat. At 22 lbs. he must run out of kitty breath after about 5 feet and need a nap.

Periwinkle Paisley said...

The ancient Egyptians and Japanese might disagree with you. Small size and ferocity are not mutually exclusive. Rowr!

Cheesehead Forever said...

To me the worse part is that the family has decided to still keep their cat! If you are so scared of it that you will call 911, you better get rid of it, not keep it.

Katiesanoshow said...

I don't even know what to say to ^^ that, except Who cares? So, he likes to be peed on. What does that have to do with his professional reputation? Or a story of an attack cat?

Katiesanoshow said...

I don't even know what to say to ^^ that, except Who cares? So, he likes to be peed on. What does that have to do with his professional reputation? Or a story of an attack cat?

Ryan Dyck said...

Shame on him for kicking the cat? Really?! You must be joking, because if the cat went as crazy as it sounds after the baby pulled its tail, who is the first person the cat would have attacked? THE BABY. You can bet your ass that I would be kicking a cat of my child to keep my baby safe.

In pretty much every other circumstance, I would be with you when you say that kicking a cat is wrong, but he was completely justified in this circumstance. That being said, people need to understand that children need a LOT of supervision around animals because they don't know how to behave properly around them. It's up to the parents to teach them how, and supervise them closely until they have learned.

Nature Advocate said...

Katiesanoshow, brain-dead much? The whole point is that people who allow aggressive pets to live are mentally and emotionally damaged. They WANT to be abused and disrespected by their own pets. Then they use their manipulative self-victimization song & dance routine to try to manipulate everyone around them. "Oh no! Boo hoo! Look what my cat did to me! PLEASE SAVE ME FROM MY VERY OWN STUPIDITY!!"

You know, people just like you. (Oh, that's right, that's why you can't see the point of that story. You're just as bonkers and psychologically damaged as that family.)

Nature Advocate said...

Thanks for bringing the ancient Egyptians into the topic.

Cats weren't native animals to Egypt. They were imported from other regions, brought in from Turkey and surrounding areas. Most all of them were young. Only a small number were kept as temple animals and pets. Then to "worship" them properly; they were all killed at a young age, mummified, then offered as animal sacrifices to their Gods. This is why they found 300,000 young mummified cats buried there for a population of only 100,000 to 150,000 people. EACH PERSON killed and sacrificed at least 2 YOUNG cats as a cultural custom and duty. They couldn't worship them as Gods while they were alive, they needed non-corporeal cats for that.

[Aside: I often wonder if this isn't what, in part, led to their eventual downfall. So many exorbitant resources devoted to killing exponentially-over-breeding cats, along with all the diseases cats spread. Someone was at least smart enough to make it a religious-custom to kill them at high rates. Cats' Toxoplasma gondii brain-hijacking parasite might have even caused mental problems in their leaders and general population (as it does today; causing autism, schizophrenia, and brain tumors in humans).]

It is also interesting to note that people who want to worship cats today, claiming that's what Egyptians did, aren't doing it right. They must kill them while young, mummify them, then leave them at the altar of their nearest place of worship.

It seems that today's cat-lickers just can't do anything right.

Melissa Hill said...

I, too, have run feral cat rescues and have 3 right now. I have had cats my entire life, worked as a vet tech in my 20s (I'm 44 now) and continue to work with ferals. I can absolutely attest to a crazy domestic cat who put fear into not just me, but many of my family members! He was a Prussian Blue (crazy breed) and I got him right after he weaned from mom. He was the runt. He grew HUGE. And he was a love. But he had this demonic side to him that would come out in the weirdest ways. And when he was "going off' there was NO stopping him. He would just attack and attack and bite and scratch any body part he could. I would have to get a towel or blanket and try to throw it around him and then toss him in the bathroom for an hour until he chilled out. This went on for 11 years (I just couldn't get rid of him). He cornered my sister in law (a big girl who's not afraid of anything) and one of my friends in the bathroom (years apart) and they were absolutely screaming bloody murder and he was just ruthless. You could never sleep with your legs or arms hanging out because he would just attack and his favorite time to attack was if I got up during the middle of the night to use the bathroom. He would just launch into an attack of my calves. And his bites were fierce. One time, when I was visiting my parents I was sleeping in my sister's room and because I didn't have a body part sticking out (I was on floor in sleeping bag) he just out of nowhere bit my face so hard while I was asleep that I freaked and literally threw him down the stairs. It was so bad I had to go to the hospital. When I had a roommate we found ourselves locked in the bathroom on many occasions waiting for the demon to disappear. But still I wouldn't put him down because he was my first "grown up cat" that I got when I moved out on my own and he was very sweet a lot of the times. He died almost 20 years ago but his legend lives on with my family and friends and they still talk about him at family reunions! I'm SURE, when they saw this story on the news, they all thought the same thing: "Oh my God, it's Hobbs reincarnated!". So people shouldn't be so quick to judge if you have never dealt with that. It just shows how ignorant they are.

GeebaMom said...

Still have scars from the 20 pound cat we had when I was growing up. He used to trap grown men in the bathroom.

Eichen24 said...

Terribly sorry to burst your bubble, but that is in fact called 'Animal abuse' and killing your cat can land you in jail. You should really look over your statement and realize that is it you who is 'Bat-shit bonkers.' As for the last paragraph that you wrote of the last post that is basically encouraging Animal Abuse and you deserve to be banned from this website and have your own special post from the author, in the section of; "People I want to punch in the throat.' Several times. I think that you should shut up about this topic and get some counseling for anger issues, I really wonder about where the phrase 'kick the cat' came from, obviously shit-headed people like you. You're the one who is saying that 'You immediately destroy the aggressive ones,' That's like saying you should kill all people who are rude/mean/aggressive, now I'm not some big animal-activist but you screw with something I care about, and I'm going to get all up in your case. Re-read your post, think about what you said.

Try reality sometime, it might surprise you.

JCSPA said...

I had to watch a neighbors cat at 12. it was a little bastard. Hissed and spit in a corner. At 12 I put on a winter coat, gloves and a box. Despite the cats fighting, stratching, I was able to put the cat into a box and get it fed etc. I WAS 12. That dude is a pussy.

Nature Advocate said...

to Eichen24:

I see that your bambi-cartoon-education and pavement-brained reality isn't working out for you so well.

Shoot-to-kill is a perfectly legal way to humanely kill animals. This is how I eradicated my own lands of hundreds of these destructive vermin cats, collared or not. In fact it was the Sheriff who advised I use this method, as it's the only method that is faster than cats can out-breed and out-adapt to. Thanks to his advice I've not seen even ONE cat in OVER FOUR YEARS now.

You don't even have to be an officer of the law nor a member of animal-control to humanely shoot cats. ANYONE can shoot them LEGALLY.

The law is that it is perfectly legal to destroy an animal on your property (or with the written permission of the property owner); someone's pet or not; that is threatening the health, well-being, and safety of your family, animals, or even the value or integrity of your property. Also true even in most densely populated cities, firearms laws permitting. If not then 700-1200fps air-rifles with pointed vermin-pellets are used. (The newer air-rifles even come with sound-suppressors built right in, being specifically designed for shooting vermin cats in urban areas because the demand for this use is so great.) Though use a fatal chest-shot. I found a head-shot on a cat is not always a sure thing. The only time I tried using a head-shot, on advice of others, I had to waste 3 more point-blank .22s on that cat before it would die -- 4 precision shots to the head. What a wasteful experiment to test the advice of others, even one .22 is worth more than any cat will ever be worth. Not to mention all that splattered diseased-cat offal that had to be hosed down to prevent cats' diseases infecting other animals.

The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, regulated game-animals (hunting season only, except for designated "small game" on your own land which is year-'round no-license in most states, no license even required for possessing and using a gun for hunting small-game on your own lands), and any bird species under protection of MBTA (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Even then variances can be given should there be sufficient problem but this requires further study by authorities. Since cats are listed in the TOP 100 WORST invasive species of the world in the "Global Invasive Species Database" ( issg D0T org SLASH database/species/ecology.asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss ), this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight, they are not on any protected species list anywhere in the world. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact.

Shoot-to-maim is animal-cruelty, and rightly so. All hunters know this. (Shoot-to-maim cat cases being the ONLY cases cited by psychotic cat-lickers to scare people from shooting their cats. If there are vets or vet-bills involved in the report, that is not a LEGAL shoot-to-kill case. A dead cat needs no vet.) Shoot to kill is a perfectly legal way to humanely destroy cats. If you are going to shoot cats, just be certain it dies. (Even if you have to slit its throat afterward to be certain, no different than a bow-hunter who has to track a deer all day and slit its throat. That too is legal, not a good kill, but legal.) The cat being dead makes it 100% legal. The same laws and principles that apply to humanely hunting animals ALSO applies to cats. Unlike cat-lickers' psychotic beliefs, a cat is just another animal. It's NOT their baby, their child, their offspring. Even if they do view their cats that way, letting them roam free is no less criminally irresponsible than telling their child to go play in traffic, then blaming cars for their child's death. Any free-roaming pet's death is ALWAYS the owner's fault and they can be fined and convicted of all laws under animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, and animal-abandonment; not to mention every last invasive-species law in the world.

Susan said...

You are clearly insane, Nature Advocate.

Kristi Phillips said...

I'm willing to bet that this time was not the first time that this cat had been kicked. Also, why would you ever keep a cat with known violent behaviors around your baby? The crazy thing about this story is that they are getting the cat therapy(wtf!) and keeping it when numerous people have offered to give it a safe and stress free home.

Kristi Phillips said...

Just curious how you feel about the aggressive and violent traits in humans? Do you think it's ok that the cat was physically harmed? Just like the baby doing the harming, the cat also didn't know any better. It was just protecting itself. You sound pretty aggressive. Should somebody also destroy you to keep you from breeding and passing on your aggressive traits. Typical "humans are better than everything" mentality.

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