You know how in certain editions of D&D a housecat could pretty easily take a wizard?
Well, we had a bit of a test of that the other night.
Jenn (housemate) seems to have acquired a cat. It has been living in her room since July 4th. I have a cat. Angela also has a cat. Angela’s cat, Tempest, is odd and goofy and desperately wants to be near the other cats – who really want nothing to do with him.
Anyway, Jenn’s cat (whom we shall call Kitten X) is a shy thing who mostly wants to hide in Jenn’s room. Wednesday, she locked X out of her room for a bit, thinking it would be good for her. Unfortunately, Angela left the attic door unlatched. Kitten X hid in the attic. Tempest followed her up there. …and, lo, there was a confrontation.
The cats began making horrible yowling noises that sounded almost human. My cat wandered confusedly up to the attic (which she is normally afraid of) to find out what the racket was. (I told her to go back downstairs and she did.) Tempest and X were all puffed up.
I mentioned that Tempest is odd. I should point out that he tends not to emote like most cats. For instance, he’d never hissed until he met my cat… at which point he decided that hissing was a standard greeting.
Anyway, Angela tried to separate the two cats. She did this by grabbing Tempest – which she’d never have done with any other cat who was acting like him. He bit down on her hand. Hard.
I should point out that Tempest, while not huge, is solid muscle.
Yeah. It hurt her. She’s still in pain. She’ll probably have a cool scar in the shape of a cat’s mouth, even. She didn’t, however, need to go to the ER. Given that Tempest is really a pretty strong cat, I think it would be very impressive for a housecat to be able to take out a person in a fight.