I’m having a problem with the cat. He’s getting visits from some of a neighboring stray, and the stray and Harry are not getting along.
It all began about 8:30pm Tuesday, with “The Prince” making noises that I thought were sound effects from a TV show at first. You know that “RRR-EEE-AHH” noise a cat makes when it screams? Harry can make that noise perfectly, I have now learned.
Naturally, I go out there and try and keep order. I try and grab Harry to calm him down, as I’ve only seen him act that way one time in the five years I’ve cat-sitted for him, and taken care of him full-time since January of this year.
Attempting to touch Harry was a BIG mistake, as he goes all Tasmanian Devil on my left hand in his blind rage. He’s biting me so quickly and strongly that I don’t even feel pain until a few seconds after his attack. I quickly dab the wound with Neosporin, then go out to chase the stray away from the house. (It has since healed quite nicely, the photo you see was taken a good 24 hours after the attack.) After that, I shoo the stray away from the house to bother Harry no more.
Tonight, it happens again twice, but it proves anticlimatic. I again chase the stray cat away from the house, but this time he or she returns to taunt Harry some more. I have some Keep Off repellent in the house, so I liberally spray that outside to keep the stray away, and a little in the house to try and calm Harry down.
But Harry’s outburst has me worried about his future. Stray or no stray, I can’t have the cat wildly screaming every night like that, nor can he attack his master like that by attacking me.
To be continued at some point in the future…