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I've seen this posted a few times over the past couple of days, but never actually read it.
Just...wow.

Clearly they aren't capable of handling the cat. Why are they insisting on keeping him?
 
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The same reason people keep dogs with serious behavior problems... I'm sure they love him despite it all.

I think it was TWAB who described a worked up cat as a "razorblade tornado." That's all I could think about when I was reading this article.
 

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The same reason people keep dogs with serious behavior problems... I'm sure they love him despite it all.
That wasn't my point. Keeping a pet with behavioural problems is one thing. Heck, I've got Rigby the nutcase. She may be crazy, but it's a crazy I can handle.
But this family sounds like they are not equipped to properly care for the cat.

They state the cat has a "history of violence" yet apparently the baby was left in close vicinity with the cat. Close enough that the parents were not there to immediately mitigate the situation before the tail was pulled and the "attack" ensued.
Admittedly I don't have cats or children. But IMO the child's safety is of utmost importance, and if they're not capable of keeping the child and the cat safe from each other...

I'm glad no one was seriously hurt, and I'm glad they're seeking out help for the cat. Hopefully something works out and all will be safe in their home. :)
 

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That cat would've been given a dirt nap a loooong time ago if it were mine.
 

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Part of me says they should be charged whatever the fee is for prank calling 911 for wasting the cops' time with restraining their own small housepet.
 
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Huh. The report I read stated that the cat had "scratched" the baby. Really, if a 22 pound cat "attacked" a baby, I suspect the child would have needed medical attention.

The same article went on to say that the cat didn't turn vicious until the father kicked it in the backside.

That being said, when we were house hunting we went to look at a house in my Mom's neighbourhood. Great area, fantastic schools, backing onto the park and the price was suspiciously in our range. The Realtor took us in and we were hit by an incredible stench, very dirty litter box. Then the Realtor said, "Uh oh, the basement door is open. They were supposed to confine their cat downstairs during showings. It's not very friendly." She looked VERY nervous. Then the cat started HOWLING. Omgosh, sounded like the cat from 'Pet Semetary'. We never did see the cat, or the rest of the house, for that matter. I had my doubts whether "not very friendly" covered it.
 

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Um, angry cats are scarier than any sized dog. Seriously, terrifying.
I have worked at a groomers and a vets office and I have never been savaged, nor been scared of a cat, but we had these pole things that kind of looked like the ones snake catchers use for cats (can't remember what they were called) so if they were really bad we would use those to pin them so the vet could sedate them.
 

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Razorblade. Tornado.
So true.

At the clinic I worked at, I was the one that they'd make glove up and pin angry kitties because I was the only one who wouldn't flinch when attacked. Fun times.

Evil cats are the devil.

(But yes...I can't imagine I'd let a cat trap me somewhere.)
 

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I am sticking to my "cats can be scary mofo's" guns.

We don't use catch poles on cats at my clinic, or on dogs for that matter.
 

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I am sticking to my "cats can be scary mofo's" guns.

We don't use catch poles on cats at my clinic, or on dogs for that matter.
We didn't either unless said animal was an extreme danger and that was only long enough to sedate.

Remember I also handle crazy, half ton animals for a living so no, a crazy cat is not intimidating to me, I give respect where respect is due, but I don't fear them.
 

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This just reaffirms my belief that cats are kind of terrifying.
I really like cats. I will own cats someday (post Siri :p). But I am worried that I will end up with a fractious cat at the vet's office. In which case, I will probably leave the room while they deal with it :lol-sign:

After working at the clinic, I have every faith in the people there to handle my fractious cat. They do an amazing job of still being gentle with the animals while getting done what they need to on the really tough animals. So if I ever do have a fractious cat, I'm dropping that sucker off with CAKE!
 

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I am sticking to my "cats can be scary mofo's" guns.

We don't use catch poles on cats at my clinic, or on dogs for that matter.
I will happily restrain a 100lb unhappy dog before I will restrain any unhappy cat. I am so not into unhappy cats. They climb people.

We never used catch poles on cats either, I do believe it is not recommended due to serious risk of injury to the cat (you can't catch them on the neck). The few times we had SERIOUSLY fractious cats in boarding, we knew right away and had the owner come pick it back up (we wouldn't house an animal we couldn't get to a vet). Sometimes throw a heavily towel and use bite resistant gloves. At the vet clinics, the vet would use a long stick with a syringe on the end to sedate.

I had to bathe the occasional cat at one boarding place and just...no. Terrible.
 
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