NORWALK, Conn. -- Despite a three-hour standoff between a Stamford cat and its owner that drew widespread attention this week, human-directed aggression from cats is abnormal and a rare behavior, according to a Norwalk expert.
However, it can happen, especially when female cats are either stressed from queening or protecting kittens, said Dr. Elizabeth Zimels, a veterinarian at Broad River Animal Hospital in Norwalk. She spoke to Daily Voice after the recent Stamford incident in which a man called 911 seeking police help after his cat held him at bay, preventing him from entering his home. (See previous Daily Voice stories here and here.)
"There does seem to be a slightly higher representation of aggression toward men under that particular circumstance," said Zimels.
She also stressed that feline aggression is a serious hazard, and the man, Mohammed Lokman, was wise to avoid confrontation.
Lokman called 911 for help after his cat became aggressive, attacking and biting him. The cat had had a kitten the night before the reported incident.
Said Zimels: "We recommend keeping the cat and her kitten separated, preferably in a room with a calming pheromone diffuser, until the kitten is weaned."
She also recommended the cat should be spayed immediately.
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