Woman calls authorities after pet attacks

Posted January 1, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— A Rocky Mount woman says her kitten Buddy didn't live up to his name when he attacked her, leaving gouges on her leg that required treatment at a hospital.

Cathy Daughety said she had had the 10-month-old, orange cat for several months before he lashed out.

"I didn't have any idea he would be that violent or vicious," she said.

One day, though, Daughety was sitting on her bed, talking on her phone and holding her sister's cat, Itty Bitty, when she saw Buddy in the mirror – preparing to pounce.

"He was either after me because I was holding a cat, or (he was) was after the cat I was holding," she said.

Daughety stood up, but Buddy still launched. "Next thing I knew, the cat was around my leg, hanging on, biting me, and I just took my hand and knocked him off," she said.

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Daughety looked down at her leg and saw blood and rips in her pants.

"When I looked at the wounds, I knew that they were deep and that I would have to go to the hospital," she said.

Emergency room doctors treated her bites and put her on strong antibiotics.

Daughety called Animal Control to report Buddy's attack.

"They said they would have to take him. I said, 'Please, do,'" his owner said.

Daughety can still point to scars on her legs from the attack. "You can see the prick marks where his claws stuck in my leg," she said.

As for Buddy, he won't be coming home, Daughety said. The cat was in quarantined at the Rocky Mount Animal Shelter Thursday.


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  • hray Jan 5, 2009

    I just called Animal control in Rocky Mount to inquire about Buddy. Sad to report that he has been euthanized. This should never have happened. Hopefully Ms. Daughety will not own any more cats. Animals deserve better than this.

  • whodoyouthinkyou are Jan 2, 2009

    Please call the shelter and request that Buddy not be killed after quarantine. Also contact local rescue groups asd bring their attention to this situation, one might be able to take him and find him a home where the people understand cat behavior. No animal should be killed due to a uneducated pet owner. Rocky Mt Animal Control # is: 252-972-1390

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 2, 2009

    I believe Cathy Daughety does not know how to properly raise cats. The condition that she described would have produced an antagonistic environment since she was holding a "competitor" (her sister's cat) and this kitten may have been very defensive for her affection.

    When introducing a new cat in the house (which has cats), it takes time. I have 3 cats, and when I introduced the 3rd cat to the "terror twins", I had to do the introductions in stages. All three cats now get along just fine.

    Buddy needs to be rescued from the shelter. He does not deserve to be euthanized.

  • teklc Jan 2, 2009

    This woman had no business owning a cat. I had had cats all my life and never have I had to go to the emergency room. She freaked out or needed attention or an excuse to get some attention. Slow news day INDEED

  • braddyg Jan 2, 2009

    Personally, I love the first shot of the cat. It really does look like a mug shot. lolcat, anyone? :)

    Seriously, though, this is a sad situation. This lady had no business having a cat whatsoever. I seriously doubt the scratches "required" a trip to the emergency room. Not even that, but the fact that she then called Animal Control to report it...

  • saltnsanddefenderofdamiddleclass Jan 2, 2009

    homeland security should adopt kitty

  • howdiditgettothis Jan 2, 2009

    This is called "stupidity" not news.

  • PaulRevere Jan 2, 2009

    If she wasn't such a mousy lady...

  • elfprincess Jan 2, 2009

    Good grief! How is this newsworthy???? I have five felines and if I counted the times I have been bitten or clawed, I would run out of fingers, toes and numbers! Cats are very territorial and if this is an adopted kitten in the first place, then even more so. Since I can't imagine she carried her kitten to someone else's house, how did the sister's cat factor in to being in Buddy's domicile? And do is his just pay the mortgage payment.

  • clover1019 Jan 2, 2009

    is this really on here as news??? wow. I have much better attacks stories from working as a vet tech. poor kitty just wanted to play. he will be out of the slammer in 10 days. she should have just bit him back.