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Police rescue family penned into bedroom by 22-pound cat

Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. CSK says:

    Well, this brings new dimensions to the term “Pussy Riot.”

  2. rudderpedals says:

    Someone needs to keep an eye on this guy in case the next small thing he kicks turns out to be the infant.

  3. Franklin says:

    With all due respect, but if the cat was *actively* attacking the baby, I would also kick or swat the cat.

    EDIT: But this story as written creates more questions than answers.

  4. john personna says:

    I could see wanting a vet or someone to humanely catch a 22 pound cat, but I can’t comprehend a human not being able to defeat a 22 pound cat.

    Besides, IIRC they were in the bathroom.

    All they needed to do was toss out a roll of toilet paper, and the animal would be completely disarmed and distracted.

  5. C. Clavin says:

    So Oregon has medical marijuana…did anyone check their prescription???

  6. Gustopher says:

    I think I’m on the cat’s side here.

    Kid pulls cat’s tail, cat swats kid. Normal, reasonable behavior.
    Guy kicks cat, cat goes on murderous rampage. Normal, reasonable behavior on the cat’s part.

    Also, it’s a pretty cute cat.

  7. ernieyeball says:

    @john personna: How many Mad Cats have U tried to catch?
    Obviously the $4,205, 000 we spent on Animal Health and Disease Research just isn’t enough. We need to spend MORE!

  8. Kari Q says:

    They were in the bathroom? Then scoop up a cup full of water and throw it at the cat! Never fails.

  9. Tillman says:

    Cats can get fairly vicious if they’re actually out for blood, and their claws are covered with lots of bacteria. I mean, yeah, the human would always win, but the dude was probably trying to avoid excessive injury. Would’ve needed antibiotics at least.

    Also, no house cat I know would fight back like that after being kicked in the rump. Flee, hide, strike at another time, maybe. Not immediately go into a rage like the article alleges.

  10. ernieyeball says:

    I love cats. I’ve been owned by at least 15-20 or so in 66 years.
    While I can find stats about fatal dog attacks in the US
    and I can not find a wiki page re: fatal cat attacks in the United States,
    I would never leave a cat alone with an infant.
    I have been ripped up by cats as an adult.
    A cat could easily slice a baby’s face into ribbons in an instant.

  11. dazedandconfused says:


    Unlikely he’s an animal abuser, that cat has lost all fear of humans. Losing all fear of humans, even thinking it’s the boss of the place, is rare but it does happen.


  12. rudderpedals says:

    @dazedandconfused: You want to blow my mind all I need is one or two more like that one from the “TheBestWorldFun Channel” and man I’m there. (Very sad ending to that video). I hope you’re right about this being a one off for the guy.

    I’m like ernieyeball and have been owned by a lot of cats and gotten scratched up pretty good but the only time I’ve seen something like your youtube or the news report is from a resident female cat reacting to a cat beyond the pool cage. Something goes “click”” and the kitty switches into a crazed howling transferable aggression mode and goes off on any nearby cat or person until the stranger’s gone.

  13. ernieyeball says:

    @rudderpedals: Something goes “click” and the kitty switches into a crazed howling transferable aggression mode and goes off on any nearby cat or person until the stranger’s gone.

    Sometimes people go anthropomorphic and assign human characteristics to animals.
    I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. How about we edit the above to read:
    Something goes “click” and the kitty Adam Lanza switches into a crazed howling transferable aggression mode and goes off on shoots any nearby cat or person until the stranger’s gone they are all dead.
    Reverse Anthropomorphism?
    Since Adam Lanza and cats are both animals one defining difference is that cats don’t use tools like guns.
    Also don’t know if “Something goes “click”” (whatever that means) is a legal defense.

  14. rudderpedals says:

    @ernieyeball: Dazedandconfused’s video shows the cat’s switch after the dog flipped it and that I’ve definitely seen before in 3 out of the 4 female kitties we’ve had. Switch flipping is definitely a defense or an ameliorating factor in human law too for ex., heat of passion killings, irresistible urges if you could consider them switch throwings in some definitions of insanity.