Bearsden OAP attacked by stray cat in her home

Mary Forbes (86) was attacked by a cat that came into her house through cat flap to fight with her cat. Mary with Buster-the one that got into the fight'Photo by Emma Mitchell'27/3/13
Mary Forbes (86) was attacked by a cat that came into her house through cat flap to fight with her cat. Mary with Buster-the one that got into the fight'Photo by Emma Mitchell'27/3/13

A PENSIONER is recovering from serious injuries after she was attacked by a vicious cat in her own home.

Mary Forbes (86), from Teith Avenue in Bearsden, was awoken from her sleep in the early hours of the morning when she heard cats fighting upstairs in her home.

She discovered that a large male black cat had got into her house through the cat flap and was attacking her own male cat, Buster.

Mrs Forbes, who also has an elderly female tabby cat called Dinky, said: “They were making a terrible noise. I could heard very loud shrieks and hissing.

“At first I felt disorientated and then I realised my cat was in a fight.

“I could hear them battering on the floor and when I found them they were taking chunks out of each other.

“There was blood and fur everywhere.

“It was like something out of a horror movie.

“I tried to pull them apart as I didn’t want them to hurt each other.

“But as I bent over the cat grabbed my leg to bite it and then scratched and bit my hand. The pain was terrible and I was really frightened.

“I didn’t know what to do so I called the police for help.

“Eventually my cat chased the other one out of the house.

“The police were wonderful when they arrived. They helped to clean my wounds and mop up the mess.

“They couldn’t believe my injuries had been caused by a cat and kept asking me was I sure it was just a cat.”

The officers phoned an ambulance for Mrs Forbes and she was taken to the Western Infirmary, where her wounds were stitched and dressed.

She has since had a new cat flap fitted to prevent other cats coming into her house and she has become much more wary of cats she doesn’t know.

Mrs Forbes added: “I’m very lucky that my wounds didn’t become infected - the whole incident has shaken me up quite a bit.

“I’m only just starting to feel safe in my home again now.

“People have told me since that I should have thrown a bucket of water over them, but I just couldn’t think straight at 2am in the morning.”

Mrs Forbes’ cat Buster didn’t sustain any serious injuries, but he has been limping since the fight.