— -- A house cat is under quarantine after its owners called 911 to report that their pet had trapped them in the bedroom of their Florida home and “ripped” them up.
“She’s never been like this. I don’t know what happened to her,” Teresa Gregory can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher in audio of the Saturday call in which she describes the behavior of the cat, a 4-year-old Russian Blue named Kush.
Gregory, of DeLand, speculates that the cat’s fury may have been unleashed when she accidentally stepped on it in the dark.
911 Call Reveals Ore. Family Held Hostage by Fat Cat
Family Held Hostage by Fat Cat
Teresa Gregory said she and her husband had been injured by the cat, adding that the animal “tore me and my husband up.”
“We’re ripped up, I mean ripped up, pouring blood, she ripped us up,” Gregory said of Kush’s attack. “And she’s sitting right there. There’s no way to get out ... .
“We just need her out of our house. We don’t know what to do,” she said.
The Gregorys declined to comment to ABC News.
Police who responded called animal control, which took Kush into quarantine, where she was expected to remain for 10 days. Her shots reportedly weren’t up to date.
Kush is the second ferocious feline this year to have prompted its owners to call 911. Lee Palmer’s cat, Lux, went berserk in March after Palmer’s young son yanked on the animal’s tail.
In audio of that 911 call, Palmer, of Portland, Ore., can be heard telling the dispatcher that he had a “kind of particular emergency.”
“I kicked the cat in the rear and it has went off over the edge and we aren’t safe around the cat,” Palmer said. “We’re trapped in our bedroom and he won’t let us out of our door.”
The cat, a 22-pound male black-and-white Himalayan, could be heard hissing in the background.
Lux, who was 4 years old at the time of the incident, was subsequently featured on “My Cat From Hell,” a program on the Animal Planet network in which a cat wrangler works with the extraordinarily troublesome cats.
Lux is now at the Cat Hospital of Portland, which reports that he is medicated and doing very well.