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Dog attacking cats in Monash

By Padoof 23 May 2013 72

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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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Dilandach 7:40 pm 26 May 13

Thumper said :

Got to admit, I’m amazed at the almost pathological hatred of cats displayed by some.

I’m all about equality. I hate cats and dogs equally.

Pork Hunt 7:26 pm 26 May 13

Thumper said :

Got to admit, I’m amazed at the almost pathological hatred of cats displayed by some.

Me too.

Thumper 5:42 pm 26 May 13

Got to admit, I’m amazed at the almost pathological hatred of cats displayed by some.

Zan 4:37 pm 26 May 13

You can get a cat and enjoy the purrs if you use one of these. http://www.catnip.com.au

Brianna 2:20 pm 26 May 13

I have wanted to have a cat for ages. I will not get one however, until I can afford to have a fully enclosed back yard where the cat cannot get out. Too many cats attacking wild life and roaming other people’s gardens. I suggest that you need to take partial responsibility for the injuries to the cat. It’s terrible that this has happened to your loved pet but it is something that could have been avoided.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:27 pm 26 May 13

DrKoresh said :

The reality of it, Dilandach, is that most cats are roamers and most cat owners are legally permitted to let them roam. Most of us take measures like bells or similar to mitigate the damage our animals do to wildlife, which apparently isn’t good enough for you, despite the way you completely side-stepped the notion that innumerable activities you presumably partake in also impact native flora and fauna. A cat napping on it’s own goddamn front-porch isn’t a fecking crime nor a moral travesty, and all you lot pontificating from your high-horses are being big-headed windbags.

I will ask again, why is it ok for cats to kill parrots but not ok for dogs to kill cats?

The only way to ensure native wildlife is safe from your cat is to keep it locked in.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:22 pm 26 May 13

Mr Evil said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Mr Evil said :

I dunno, but I reckon I’d be lobbing a nice cut of meat laced with rat poison over the dog owner’s fence.

Stop trying to be interwebs tough guy. We all know you would never do anything of the sort.

Do you have statistics to back that assumption up?

99.9% of interweb tough guys would never act irl as they do online. Source: http://www.interwebs.com

bundah 11:30 am 26 May 13

bigfeet said :

DrKoresh said :

The reality of it, Dilandach, is that most cats are roamers and most cat owners are legally permitted to let them roam. Most of us take measures like bells or similar to mitigate the damage our animals do to wildlife, which apparently isn’t good enough for you….

Tell me, how does a bell stop your cat being hit by a car, or being attacked by a dog, or being taken by a fox, or killed by Captain RAAF?

Its not just about protecting wildlife, or legalities, it is about a pet owners doing the best to care for their pet.

And as I have said innumerable times, anyone who lets their pet, whatever the species, wander is a completely irresponsible pet owner and really should not be allowed to own animals at all.

If Captain RAAF sets his sights on your pet whether it be in or outdoors you may as well read it its last rites!

bigfeet 11:07 am 26 May 13

DrKoresh said :

The reality of it, Dilandach, is that most cats are roamers and most cat owners are legally permitted to let them roam. Most of us take measures like bells or similar to mitigate the damage our animals do to wildlife, which apparently isn’t good enough for you….

Tell me, how does a bell stop your cat being hit by a car, or being attacked by a dog, or being taken by a fox, or killed by Captain RAAF?

Its not just about protecting wildlife, or legalities, it is about a pet owners doing the best to care for their pet.

And as I have said innumerable times, anyone who lets their pet, whatever the species, wander is a completely irresponsible pet owner and really should not be allowed to own animals at all.

Mr Evil 10:01 am 26 May 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Mr Evil said :

I dunno, but I reckon I’d be lobbing a nice cut of meat laced with rat poison over the dog owner’s fence.

Stop trying to be interwebs tough guy. We all know you would never do anything of the sort.

Do you have statistics to back that assumption up?

DrKoresh 11:26 pm 25 May 13

The reality of it, Dilandach, is that most cats are roamers and most cat owners are legally permitted to let them roam. Most of us take measures like bells or similar to mitigate the damage our animals do to wildlife, which apparently isn’t good enough for you, despite the way you completely side-stepped the notion that innumerable activities you presumably partake in also impact native flora and fauna. A cat napping on it’s own goddamn front-porch isn’t a fecking crime nor a moral travesty, and all you lot pontificating from your high-horses are being big-headed windbags.

Dilandach 10:33 pm 25 May 13

Padoof said :

I wonder why the Domestic Animals Act 2000 only talks dangerous dogs? Possibly because dogs kill people? I couldn’t find anything about cats…happy to stand corrected.

If domestic cats were large enough, they’d be right along side dangerous dogs. It is also why people generally aren’t permitted to own large ‘cats’. Then again, its not common to have sites populated with feral dogs. Cats on the otherhand…

Padoof said :

I am a responsible pet owner, most of you might argue against that purely based on the fact that I own two cats. Yes, it’s a sad reality that cats kill their fair share of our wildlife (as do dogs). In our house we mitigate that risk by the cats being armed (necked?) with motion sensor collars which beeps and flashes.

‘a half assed approach is good enough, dogs do it too so meh’

Padoof said :

And isn’t it sad when you realise how many of our lovely birds and marsupials are killed by those road beasts…cars. Perhaps we should ban all of them too?

Oh! Let’s all stop eating meat whilst we’re at it.

I suspect that many of you are those wonderful bike riding, nature loving vegetarians…but for now I’m going out to my backyard fire to drink a beer and eat lots of meat whilst my bleeding, limping cat enjoys the company of his loving, empathic humans before his next dose of pain relief.

Yes, lash out at people who have told you how it is. Get angry over reality. I’m sure denying it all will make everything better. No doubt you’ll probably continue letting your cat outside, part of the reason no doubt just out of spite from those who say cats belong inside.

The fact of the matter is that dogs don’t belong roaming around the neighbourhoods crapping, pissing and biting/killing things. They belong secured in yards, never to leave without a leash. Just as cats don’t belong roaming the neighbourhoods crapping, pissing and biting / killing things. Cats should be restricted to cat runs whilst outside or at the very least kept inside.

Its just a pity there are so many irresponsible pet owners in the ACT. Ones that take the ‘you can’t tell me what to do!’ approach despite the damage their choice of pet does.

“Oh, he’s a family pet and he’s never bit anyone in his life” says the guy who hands over his pet to the rangers that had just ripped open a toddler’s leg.

“Oh, he’s a placid, darling animal that we take to counselling three times a week to work out his instincts. Rest of the time he just sits in the sun.” said the cat owner whilst watching it spit out the third bird it had caught that day but the first that the owner knew about.

Irresponsibility. Dog owners and cat owners.

Onceler 9:52 pm 25 May 13

I was hoping our cat would make an impact on the swarms of Indian mynahs that plague our back yard. No luck so far. He has trouble with mice too – can’t seem to follow through with the coup de grace, leaving the vermin ample opportunity to make their getaway. Possums, currawongs and cockatoos easily intimidate him. Maybe he lost his mojo when he got the snip. How can I get him in touch with his inner killing machine?

stillflying 6:30 pm 25 May 13

This happened to my cat one time. Neighbours up the street had gone out of town, leaving his son to look after the house. He had a house party, leaving the gates open and his blue heelers got out of the yard. My cat was sitting on a fence and they leapt up against it, grabbing her by the tail and tried to viciously pull her off of it. My other neighbour saw this and tried to shoo them away with a rake and they turned on him, but they didn’t cause any injury to him, tried to go after his shoe.

My cat was very well cared for by the vet, who was worried about the shock of the accident, my cat had very bad injuries to her tail and her back hind leg. We informed at first the RSPCA and my Mum spoke to another department but I’m not sure who it was, we were asked whether we wanted to petition to have the animals put down but after the owners came back into town and were very apologetic we decided not to go ahead. But honestly I think the only reason they were apologetic was because we had the option to ask for the animals to be put down.

For the record, my cat has killed three animals ever, two were indian mynas and one was a mouse inside the house. The two indian mynas were when she was maybe one or two and going outside for the first time ever. We gave her two bells after the first dead bird and two more after the second (she became a very jingly cat). I know she didn’t kill any more because she had a very bad habit of bringing anything she killed to me.

She spent the day outside in the sun and exploring the yard, and at night she would come inside and cuddle up with me, we controlled when she went outside and in. I would not have liked to keep her inside all her life, I know she loved it outside and loved sleeping in the grass and sun. I don’t believe we should have to keep them locked up inside but instead manage any aggression towards wildlife.

bigfeet 5:32 pm 25 May 13

Padoof said :

…I am a responsible pet owner, most of you might argue against that purely based on the fact that I own two cats….

I haven’t seen anyone say that at all. It has nothing to do with whether you own a cat, or ten cats, or a dog, alpaca, ferret, pig, hippo or any other animal.

The issue is not the owning of the animal (any animal). It is allowing that animal (any animal) to roam unsupervised.

Any responsible pet owner does not allow that pet to get into a situation where it can be injured, or can do injury to others.

If you allow that animal to wander around unsupervised you do not have the best interests of that animal at heart and it would be better off with someone else.

Padoof 4:25 pm 25 May 13

I wonder why the Domestic Animals Act 2000 only talks dangerous dogs? Possibly because dogs kill people? I couldn’t find anything about cats…happy to stand corrected.

I am a responsible pet owner, most of you might argue against that purely based on the fact that I own two cats. Yes, it’s a sad reality that cats kill their fair share of our wildlife (as do dogs). In our house we mitigate that risk by the cats being armed (necked?) with motion sensor collars which beeps and flashes.

And isn’t it sad when you realise how many of our lovely birds and marsupials are killed by those road beasts…cars. Perhaps we should ban all of them too? Oh! Let’s all stop eating meat whilst we’re at it.

I suspect that many of you are those wonderful bike riding, nature loving vegetarians…but for now I’m going out to my backyard fire to drink a beer and eat lots of meat whilst my bleeding, limping cat enjoys the company of his loving, empathic humans before his next dose of pain relief.

bundah 1:22 pm 25 May 13

Rach_13 said :

Why are people in Canberra so against cats? Seriously what is your problem? Yes on occasion some do kill wildlife, that’s life! Just like a lion in the wild killing for its food! Not all cats attack wildlife. There would be no hope in hell that my cat could even catch anything! He really doesn’t care as he knows there is a bowl full of food waiting for him inside at no effort to him. I have had cats in the past that did catch birds, lizards, mice and even the odd snake (both snake and cat survived the altercation) but really that is just their instinct. If you don’t live in a suburb that has restrictions then sure let your cat out, we can’t bubble wrap everything, we can’t control everything! I do have one rule and that’s to always lock them up at night. As soon as the sun starts to come down then bring them in. That’s when their hunting instinct really comes in.

But seriously people lay off the cats! They are just another animal we need to keep the world going round! 😉

You are hilarious,what’s wrong with your cat? Is it disabled or grossly obese?

You might think it’s ok for cats,whether they be feral of domestic to wipe out various native species but anyone with a conscience or consciousness even,realises that it’s bloody disgraceful and should do whatever they can to minimise the impact FFS!

Callipo 1:00 pm 25 May 13

Are you sure a dog attacked this cat? Are you sure the culprit wasn’t a stray Turkey or a one eyed mountain Gorilla? This is why cats are cheap.

Grimm 3:39 pm 24 May 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Using rach’s logics then its ok to let dogs kill cats because its their instinct.

I’m pretty sure her moronic post was completely devoid of logic.

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