There was a cat in the middle of the path, a man walked past it with his dog on the lead and it was fine. So i put my youngest dog on the lead.

next thing i see, the cat runs at my oldest dog and scratches her, she yelped and ran forward - terrified. She then tried to get to me but is scared and skirts round the edges. She was 4/5 metres away and not going any closer - when the cat charged at her.

As i get to her picking her up, my other dog is still on the lead touching my foot - my daughter is behind me screaming as it shocked her, and her dog was hurt. She'd left her scooter and ran at me.

Then the cat charges at my dog on the lead and scratched her across the face, making her mouth bleed!!! While Im holding the two dogs, my 6 year old is leaning behind me and i was watching so it couldn't come back.

The man with dog who was there says "sorry, thats my cat - these two are best mates, no idea whats going on!" He didn't care and didn't ask if my dogs or daughter were ok. Just went and patted his cat.

Is there anything I can do about this?

  • so what do you expect, the owner should have beaten up the cat to teach her a lesson?
    – Sonevol
    Feb 14 '19 at 4:19

Carry a can of compressed air with you. If the cat gets aggressive, give her a blast of the compressed air. It does not leave her wet, as water would, but it does make a hiss that she won't like, and the puff of air will discourage her.

This is especially good if the cat has an owner. Even though water won't harm the cat, it might annoy the owner to see her wet.

I've used compressed air in the past for cats and it works very well.

  • This is a good idea, in general cats do not like a lot of "loud" noises, so shouting at the cat can also help (and wont harm it :)), it has helped me chase cats away that wanted to fight my cats.
    – SerenaT
    Jun 14 '19 at 11:22

Yes, carry a water bottle, preferably with a squeeze stream top. The next time you come across that cat (or any other), squirt it (or splash it) with the water. The cat will not want anything to do with your group and will (most likely) go off into the bushes to clean itself up. No harm to you, your dogs, or your daughter. And no harm to the cat.

  • Good advice, but maybe don't squirt water at every random cat you encounter. Don't become the aggressor to protect your dogs from an attack that wouldn't have happened. If the cat comes running at you or your dog, feel free to teach her a lesson.
    – Elmy
    Jan 14 '19 at 10:34
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    Using water in self defense is a great idea, throwing water on every cat you see is just needlessly mean. I am sure if some random dog attacked a person's cat and they decided to respond by throwing water on your dogs days later you would think they were at best quite insane!
    – Meg
    Jan 14 '19 at 20:50
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    Seriously? You all thought I was saying, "just walk around soaking down every cat you see"?
    – elbrant
    Jan 15 '19 at 0:42
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    Not sure how else we're supposed to read "The next time you come across that cat (or any other), squirt it (or splash it) with the water"
    – user10093
    Jan 15 '19 at 9:53
  • It's called an "inference". By saying "that cat", you should have understood that I was referring to the cat that attacked them. Adding "or any other" would have extended the concept to mean "other cats that are displaying agressive attack like behavior".
    – elbrant
    Jan 16 '19 at 3:40

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