Mr. N gets attacked by a cat

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Mr. N and I were out for a walk (on leash) last week when suddenly this cat comes flying towards us. She starts attacking Mr. N so I yank him up by his harness and then the cat swipes at me. She jumps up towards Mr. N and is almost at face level with him and tries to claw him again.

I’m yelling and eventually this woman comes over and gets the cat. In the meantime, her son(?) is asking if he can pet the puppy. I tell her that her cat tried to attack Mr. N and me and she replies that Mr. N probably startled her cat. WTF?
He didn’t even see that cat before it attacked us. The house next to theirs has a tall fence and bushes so our view of their yard was blocked. So he couldn’t have seen the cat. Not to mention I know what he looks like and acts like when he spies a cat. He did not see that cat. 
And how is that an excuse for your cat attacking strangers/dogs off your property without any cause? If Mr. N bit someone/a dog/a cat and drew blood, there would be consequences. Not to mention that cat was bigger than Mr. N and cat bites and scratches tend to get infected more easily so it’s not like cats can’t wreck havoc. 
I called animal control but they only come out for aggressive dogs after hours. Nor do they take reports about other things then. 
I did a cursory check after we left and I didn’t see any marks so I thought the cat missed him. I was bleeding slightly above my ankle but I didn’t think it was too serious and Mr. N had energy to burn so we continued our walk for an hour or so and then went home. Once we got home, I re-examined him more closely and found blood and scratches by his groin area. 
I called animal control back the next day and filed a report but I doubt anything will come of it. It sounded like they would most likely just get a verbal warning. 
Why can I not walk in my own neighborhood with Mr. N without having to worry about him being attacked? We had two scary encounters with pit bulls last year and now this. I normally carry a citronella spray (but I forgot it that day plus I don’t know if I had time to fish it out of my purse) but it seems inadequate.

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  1. Cascadian Nomads Bethany

    June 9, 2014 7:50 am

    Poor Mr. N! Emily was an attack cat… and when I found out she became an indoor cat. I used to sit on my ground floor apartment porch with her but when she went darting after a pair of doberman's (and bit me in the arm when I chased her, caught her and scooped her up before the doberman's turned on her) that ended. It had never occurred to me that she could hurt a dog (until Tynan came to live with us) I was mostly worried about her getting killed! Responsible pet ownership extends to cats too!!! Some people shouldn't have pets…

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  2. Susan Willett

    June 9, 2014 9:57 am

    Mr N seems to be pretty nonchalant about it, if he still had energy to burn and walked for an hour afterwards. Good for him. As for the cat,maybe he/she should be become an indoor cat–but you don't have control over that. I'd say bring your citronella spray with you, but keep it in your hand the next time you walk by that area. If you so much as see the cat, spray it. I bet you'll be left alone after that.

    –Wags (and purrs–from nice cats) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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    • Tenacious Little Terrier

      June 10, 2014 2:22 am

      He has a pretty high pain tolerance. Either that or he's stoic. The vet techs usually marvel at how good he is for his shots. The cat's family is moving soon, I think but I'll definitely be carrying the spray.

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  3. Bailey

    June 9, 2014 3:17 pm

    Yeah we have a few aggressive cats that wander the neighborhood. Not a fan of the outdoor cats that end up causing problems in your neighbor's yard.

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  4. Beth

    June 10, 2014 2:00 am

    Poor Mr. N! It's always the days that the spray gets left at home that you need it the most, huh? When Barley got attacked by the dog in our neighborhood, I had forgotten the Spray Shield and my own pepper spray at home! I'm glad you were able to reach down and pick him up before things got too serious! I wish I could say that I'm surprised the woman made excuses for her cat's behavior, but I've learned that in other people's eyes it's never the off leash creature's fault when things get ugly. I've read so many stories about off leash dogs, and now this cat, lately that I wish it was possible for all of us who get it to just pick up and have our own neighborhood where we can walk without that stress! Hope Mr. N (and your ankle) heal quickly.

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  5. Molly The Wally

    June 10, 2014 8:56 am

    Hope Mr N is better soon. Slimdoggy has nominated you for our guest blog spot Share it Sunday. You don't have to do anything just email the post you'd like us too showcase and we will do the rest. You also get to choose the next nomination so just send us a link. We are at mollyDOTthewallyATbtinternetDOTcom.
    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  6. Snoopy@snoopysdogblog

    June 11, 2014 2:24 pm

    Oh no Mr N, I hope you're ok buddy!

    That was pretty sneaky hiding behind the bush and then attacking you, I knew Cats were tricky which is why I'm always on high alert around them, Mum says I'm over alert, whatever that means…..

    Get well you and your Mom,

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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  7. Jackie Bouchard

    June 11, 2014 8:06 pm

    That is awful! You'd think attacking cats would face the same consequences as an attacking dog. A cat can do a lot of damage! Poor Mr. N. Hope you're both okay.

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  8. Donna weliveinaflat

    June 16, 2014 5:56 am

    That's a scary cat. Donna has only been slapped by a cat once as a warning, but your encounter sounds so terrifying. I hope Mr N is ok and no lasting effects on him! 🙂 Have a better week ahead!

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  9. Lola The Rescued Cat

    May 28, 2017 5:47 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. It irritates me when people let their cats outside without a harness and leash. I’d never let my cats out like that. I hope N is feeling better soon.

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  10. Dolly the Doxie

    May 28, 2017 6:00 pm

    Poor Mr N! He wouldn’t harm a fly and the cat seems to be a bit wild I was surprised he had a home and not feral. You’re right, if the dog had attacked the cat Mr N would be in doggie jail but not a cat. Not fair. Love Dolly

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  11. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    May 29, 2017 6:56 am

    Yikes! What terribly irresponsible cat owners! I will never understand how people let their cats roam freely outside like that. Especially if their cat is aggressive. I’m sorry you had this experience.

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  12. Beth

    May 29, 2017 12:00 pm

    I’m sorry that Mr. N was attacked by a cat! How does he feel about cats now? My sister’s Pug was attacked by a feral cat when she was a puppy and was fearful/disliked cats all of her life.

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