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Dog attacking cats in Monash

By Padoof - 23 May 2013 72

cat after attack

Yesterday morning I found one of my cats injured on the doorstep.  At first thinking it was the result of being run over by a car, I prepared myself and the kids for him needing to be put down.

Turns out the injuries are the result of a (big) dog attack, the teeth have punctured my cat’s thigh muscle in numerous places and he has some damage to his underbelly.  He should be ok.

In October last year my other cat was attacked by a neighbour’s dog;  poor cat was asleep against the house when the dog rushed over and took a bite (pictured).  I won’t go as far to claim that the same dog is responsible for this latest attack, but seeing as he is still seen roaming the street I do have to wonder.  After last year’s incident, ACT Dog Control did contact the owner, I will call them today (ACT Dog Control) to see if anything can be done.

I guess the point of the post is to remind people to contact ACT Dog Control if you see a dog roaming the streets.  Doesn’t matter if it’s only for a few minutes, this big dog was only going from his car to the house when he saw the cat and went for him.  A dog that goes for a small cat in such an aggressive manner, surely it’s only a matter of time before a cat is killed?  Or worse he goes for the toddler playing out the front?

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72 Responses to
Dog attacking cats in Monash
Ceej1973 1:15 pm 23 May 13

I’s sorry, did I miss something? Where is the evidence produced that the cat in question is a roamer. Where is the evidence that the cat in question is a hunter? Agreed, many domestic cats do attack and kill other wildlife, but in this instance there is no such evidence to warrant an eye for an eye attack on the cat or owner. The OP stated that the cat was asleep by its own house. Nowhere did she say that a dog was welcome on her property. A dog, was on her property because the evidence is in the attack. The cat is a pet, and as such the attack has caused grief to the cat and owners. That is the deliniation between a wild cat attacking native animals and a domestic cat being attacked by a domestic dog. All other issues relating to roaming domestic cats is a seperate issue, not meant for this post.

Padoof 1:10 pm 23 May 13

Some context: the cat shown in the picture was the one attacked last year. He was asleep in a raised garden bed against the house. I saw the dog run across the front of my house, leap up onto my front deck and by the time I got out the door he’d bitten the cat. The owner was in the street yelling for his dog to come back. The dog owner paid half the veterinary costs in relation to the cat’s injury.

In the absence of seeing anything with the recent attack, there’s no blame being assigned and I’m certainly not about to enter into the ‘cat lover’/’dog lover’ argument or generalise accordingly. If the same dog was responsible for the latest attack on one of my cats, my concern is that next it will actually killing one (heaven forbid not in front of one of my children) or one of the next door neighbour’s young kids who often play out in the front yard whilst dad is working on the car.

The point of the post is to encourage people to contact ACT Dog Control 62072424 or Canberra Connect 13 22 81 if they see a dog wandering the street.

Grimm 12:50 pm 23 May 13

bigfeet said :

All fault lies with the irresponsible pet owners who allow their pets to wander.

And I do wonder, is the original poster sure that their cat did not wander into an enclosed yard where there was a dog and was attacked there?

It does indeed. One irresponsible pet owner for sure who lets their cat wander, and possibly another who lets their dog wander, but we can’t even be sure of that.

I doubt the original poster knows or cares where their furry little predator goes, or what it attacks and kills. It’s all part of being a self centered cat owner.

nicnacvb 12:43 pm 23 May 13

So sorry to hear about your cat Padoof. I hope he recovers quickly.

Same thing happened to my mum’s cat bunch of years ago. Someone was walking their dog on a lead, but when they got to their street they let the dog run home. Only thing was he saw my mum’s cat asleep out the front of the house and grabbed her by the back leg and wouldn’t let go.

In the cat had to have the leg amputated end the dog owners were taken to court and ordered to pay the $4000 vet bill. Unfortunately they moved house shortly after and were never tracked down.

I hope you get a better outcome.

bigfeet 12:16 pm 23 May 13

Jim Jones said :

Really sorry to hear this.

Please ignore the rampant d1ckheads who will inevitably try to blame the cat.

I doubt you will find many people blaming the cat. The cat is not at fault.

I don’t think anyone will really blame the dog either. It is not really at fault.

All fault lies with the irresponsible pet owners who allow their pets to wander.

And I do wonder, is the original poster sure that their cat did not wander into an enclosed yard where there was a dog and was attacked there?

Captain RAAF 12:10 pm 23 May 13

Roaming cat gets attacked….and the problem is?

Keep it indoors or in a cat run where it can’t leave your property, where it should be.

Same goes for the dog!

Mike Bessenger 12:06 pm 23 May 13

Poor cat.
As a cat owner you are responsible for the cat. If you had not left the cat out this probably would not have happened.
Time for you and the dog owner to take some responsibility.

Jim Jones 11:46 am 23 May 13

Really sorry to hear this.

Please ignore the rampant d1ckheads who will inevitably try to blame the cat.

MsCheeky 11:45 am 23 May 13

Padoof, I’m sorry your cat was attacked, and it’s concerning that there are people irresponsible enough to let dogs roam the street. People who do that should not be able to have a dog and by all means, report the dog. However, I’m sure I won’t be the only person to think that you shouldn’t have had your cat outside unattended either.

Cats do exactly what the dog has done – attack smaller creatures. It’s just that those smaller creatures are not usually pets, but rather wildlife, so we don’t have owners putting photos on the internet with reports of the attacks. Keep your cats inside, folks.

Canberroid 11:34 am 23 May 13

Rach_13 said :

That’s horrible!!! I hope you find the culprit for the latest attack! If the dog is willing to attach a cat I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear it attacking a small dog or even a small child. I sure as hell wouldn’t be happy if it attacked my little girl or my dog!

As a life-long dog owner (and for many years a cat owner too), in my experience dogs treat people, other dogs, and small furry animals (cats, possums, rats etc) as three different categories. Some awful dogs will attack all three. I’ve had a dog that I couldn’t 100% trust around cats, but it would be a huge leap to translate that to problems with other dogs or people.

Of course, a simple rule is to not trust strange dogs or strange people.

Pitchka 11:34 am 23 May 13

bigfeet said :

Wow. So a dog got into your house, enclosed back yard or cat-run and attacked your cat? That it indeed terrible. That dog owner is certainly irresponsible and does not deserve the privilege of owning pets.

Or is it a case of TWO irresponsible pet owners allowing their pets to wander at large? If that is the case then both owners are equally at fault and neither of the people should be allowed the privilege of owning pets in the future.

This^
Having owned a pussy before (feline type), ive seen it bring home many a native animals..

Worst part is, not even the local asian takeway will want it with those puncture wounds, that’s where the best meat is.

HiddenDragon 11:22 am 23 May 13

If a dog (or any other pet, for that matter) attacks a person, I assume there would be some scope for legal redress, but if if attacks another animal (unless perhaps it is an animal with significant and recognised financial value) it would be just another one of life’s sad, and then get over it and get on with it moments?

bigfeet 11:15 am 23 May 13

Wow. So a dog got into your house, enclosed back yard or cat-run and attacked your cat? That it indeed terrible. That dog owner is certainly irresponsible and does not deserve the privilege of owning pets.

Or is it a case of TWO irresponsible pet owners allowing their pets to wander at large? If that is the case then both owners are equally at fault and neither of the people should be allowed the privilege of owning pets in the future.

Rach_13 10:52 am 23 May 13

That’s horrible!!! I hope you find the culprit for the latest attack! If the dog is willing to attach a cat I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear it attacking a small dog or even a small child. I sure as hell wouldn’t be happy if it attacked my little girl or my dog!

Canberroid 10:35 am 23 May 13

What happened to your cat is terrible, but to play devil’s advocate – how many birds and blue tonges has your cat (or the average house cat) killed by freely roaming the streets? Confining your cat to your house (or at the very least, your back yard) will prevent it from being killed by aggressive dogs and also prevent it from killing other animals. As a small bonus it won’t crap in other people’s gardens either.

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