Angry cat - level 3

Angry cat - level 3

19-03-2014 15:00

It’s not your average crime, but a US family was forced to call for help after their 22-pound (10 kg) Himalayan cat held them hostage.

Lee Palmer phoned the police after the angry cat scratched his seven-month-old baby, trapping them inside a bedroom.


“Yeah, hi. I have a kind of a particular emergency here. My cat attacked our seven-month-old child, and I kicked the butt, the cat in the rear, and it has went off over the edge and we aren’t safe around the cat. It’s a very large Himalayan, and we’re trapped in our bedroom. He won’t let us out of our door.”

“Okay. Does the child need medical attention?”

“No, no he’s just got scratches on his forehead. But the cat, we don’t know what to do about the cat. He’s gone… He’s trying to attack us. He’s very, very, very hostile. I tried to get a hold of Animal Control.”

“Hang on just a second. You guys are inside your bedroom right now?”

“Yeah, yeah. And if I… When I leave out of the bedroom to let the police in, I’m going have to fight this cat.”

“Hang on just a second. When you said the cat is large, how large?”

“Uh, 22 pounds maybe.”

“And you said your child does not need medical attention, right?”

“No, no he’s just got a couple gashes on his forehead. They’re very small puncture wounds. Little punctures. He’s got a little bump. I kind of got the cat before he did any more damage.”

“Okay, and do you think the cat is ill?”

“I don’t know. I think that the cat, he’s got kind of a history of violence. He’s kind of a violent cat already. But he’s really bad right now. He’s charging us. He’s at our door, bedroom door.”

911 sent police over to contain the cat, and the family are considering what to do with their feline foe now that they’ve had a baby.

“He came after us, and then I grabbed the baby…”

Difficult words: hostile (angry), get a hold of (contact), gash (a cut), puncture wound (small hole in the skin), charge (attack), 911 (emergency service in the United States), feline (relating to cats), foe (enemy).

Have you ever been attacked by an animal?

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