STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — “You said a cat?”
That was the response from a 911 operator when a Stamford man called Wednesday to report his cat was attacking him.
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Mohammed Lokman made the call at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to say he could not get into his Shippan Avenue home because his nearly 8-pound cat was being too aggressive.
“I have a problem in my home,” Lokman told 911. “I cannot go inside my home.”
911 operator: What’s the problem?
Lokman: The problem is my cat was getting too aggressive. I was inside and she attacked me, and she scratched me in my leg and bite me. So me and my wife, we come outside and now we cannot go in the home like for three, four hours.
911 operator: Ok, you said a cat?
911 operator: Where is the cat?
Lokman: In my home.
The operator then asked if he wanted the police to come and remove the cat from the home and if something was wrong with the cat.
Lokman said the cat had a kitten the night before and said she was acting fine until late morning.
He said it wasn’t until he came in from outside and changed his clothes that the cat tried to attack him.
He then locked the cat in another room, but it attacked again.
“We cannot move. We cannot do anything. It’s so aggressive and so mean,” said Lokman.
Lokman said he and his wife were sitting in their car in a parking lot because they could not get into their home.
The somewhat confused 911 operator asked the make of his car and then said she’d send the police.
They were advised to stay away from the cat for the rest of the night. The couple was eventually able to get back into their home.
The 911 caller told CBS2’s Sonia Rincon on Thursday that he, the cat and the kitten are all fine. He said in a year and a half he never had a problem with the cat, and he’s still not sure why it reacted that way.
Katina Wargo with Stamford Animal Control, who is used to handling frightened animals, said even the sweetest pet can get aggressive.
“But there’s usually a reason for it,” she said. “Like, if we knew that there was a kitten involved in this whole situation, I think people would look at it a lot differently.”
She said the cat probably felt threatened.
“A mom protecting its baby,” Wargo said. “She probably didn’t realize it was him, or she was on the protective mode.”