Stray Cat Strut Sends Michigan Woman to Hospital

Stray catA 33-year-old Melvin, Michigan, woman is probably sorry that she ever uttered the words, “here kitty, kitty” to the stray cat that she took in last summer. The young woman recently made headlines after she was viciously attacked by the stray cat whom she befriended and lovingly named Buddy. The cat attack, which was caught on video by her home surveillance camera, shows the 33-year-old woman known as Maxx, being attacked, mauled, and probably wishing that she had thought twice about ever opening her doors.

According to Maxx, Buddy attacked her mother’s dog earlier in the day on November 30th, but even after the attack, the cat continued to hiss and growl at the pooch. In an attempt to avoid another cat attack, Maxx tried to shoo Buddy away. The video shows her not only shooing the feline, but kicking snow on it as well. After a few seconds of the snow assault, Buddy leaped into action, striking back with a sneak attack; proving that a stray cat is a force to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately for Maxx, Buddy proved to be more than a formidable adversary. The fearless feline latched himself onto the victim’s head, clawing, biting, digging and scratching. When the assault ended, Maxx was sent to the hospital with a gashed forehead and marked cheeks from the bites and scratches. After the cat attack, her face became slightly disfigured because of swelling, caused by infection, which later turned into Cellulitis, A painful, bacterial skin infection.

Though she tried to detach the wild cat from her forehead, Maxx’s efforts were not immediately successful because of Buddy’s teeth and claws.  In her recent interview with Fox News, Maxx stated that, “Your first reaction was to get him off and when I went to go pull, I could feel his teeth.”

Maxx, a long-time cat lover, who has been saving, caring-for, and housing stray cats for years, said that she took Buddy in last summer. “I actually saved him from someone who was going put him down and he was sweet as pie.” Even though the normally sweet Buddy had attacked several people in the past, Maxx was disbelievingly shocked and traumatized that he would take such an assault on the hand that fed him.

Because Buddy was a stray cat, both he and Maxx had to be tested for rabies.  But a true cat lover to the end, Maxx told Fox News that, “When they came to get him I couldn’t even watch because even though he did that to me, I couldn’t see them take him away because I knew what they were going do to him.”

For those who have experienced dealing with an outdoor stray cat, it’s a known fact that they tear open your trash bags, dig through your open garbage cans for food scraps and either meow or fight each other all night long. And though some can be very loveable, they should still be approached with caution because of cat attacks (like this), sickness and disease.

County officials took Buddy and tested him for rabies. The tests came back negative.

Maxx says that in spite of what happened with Buddy, she is still a cat lover and not worried about another cat attack because strays need love too.

By DeBorah Heggs-Alston

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