Exotic cat breaks into home, attacks family pet outside infant's bedroom
A cat attack inside a Cranston home was caught on camera.
The homeowners said their neighbor’s exotic Savannah cat, which is not allowed as a pet in Rhode Island, broke into their home in October and bit and scratched their cat.
“It was terrifying,” Kristen Cuddy told NBC 10 News on Wednesday.
Her cat, Grace, was wounded in the attack.
“Grace was badly injured. She had multiple bite wounds on her,” Cuddy said. “This was a violent attack that happened just outside of our bedroom.”
It was also right outside the bedroom of their newborn baby.
“The scary part is all the hypotheticals and ‘what if’ situations, obviously as a new mom, what if the cat had come after my baby?” Cuddy said.
Kristen, and her husband Peter, said the neighbor's Savannah cat had gotten into their house through a vent.
It wasn't the first time it snuck in without an invitation.
They also have video of the cat walking around in their home a couple months earlier.
The Cuddys said the neighbor’s cat came in three times by knocking out a window screen.
Kristen said the cat's owner knew it was happening.
“I alerted her and I told the owner that I would hope that she could better control her cat,” Kristen said.
After the attack, the Cuddys called authorities and Animal control took the Savannah cat.
Rhode Island State Veterinarian Scott Marshall told NBC 10 that Savannah cats are not allowed as pets in Rhode Island, mostly because there's no sure rabies vaccine for them, but he said some of the cats can be dangerous.
Some states do allow them and Marshall said the cat from the Cranston incident has now been relocated to Massachusetts.
“The bottom line is we don't want this cat back in Rhode Island,” Kristen said. “We don't want that cat living here.”
NBC 10 tried to reach the owner of the Savannah cat at home and by phone, but a message has not been returned.
Marshall told NBC 10 that having a Savannah cat is punishable by a $500 a day fine, but he said the owner is not facing a violation because she was cooperative in relocating the cat out of state.