“Aggressive Cat” Russian Blue “Kush” To Go Home (update)
You may remember the story of Kush, the Russian blue cat who we are told went berserk and terrified her owners. To me it appeared like a copycat scenario to the one regarding Lux, another allegedly super aggressive cat who was diagnosed by the well-known cat behaviourist Jackson Galaxy.
You may remember that this cat was taken to an animal shelter for a 10 day quarantine to check out rabies which didn’t look all that good to me and I wrote a subsequent article about Kush with a video in which the cat’s owners explained why they thought the cat had gone berserk although they appear not to have said the same thing to the police or animal control. The owner’s explanation was directed at the news media after the event.Apparently the owners, Mr and Mrs Gregory were unsure whether they wanted to reclaim their cat but we’re now told that they have decided they want her back. Apparently, Kush has behaved well at the animal shelter. There has been no behavioural problems. People aren’t sure whether this is due to the insecurity of being in a strange place or whether being a different place to where she lives it felt inherently safer. The latter suggestion is probably wrong because animal shelters are rather unnerving places.
Deland, Florida, animal control officer Michelle Realander:
“They have decided they are going to keep the cat at this time,” she said.
“The cat is going to the vet for vaccinations and then to be spayed and then the owners will claim her.”
Story: Daytona Beach News Journal
The benefit of the doubt for the owners. Sassy kitty was an adult feral cat and never really took to house life. She remained territorial and aggressive with humans right up till the day she ran for the woods mid-move. Since even declawed, she took down full grown wild rabbits with ease, clearly, NO owner was right for her. Even my ‘cat whisperer’ of a mother couldn’t really cool the head of that tiny tiger. Some cats are just not wired for domestic living.
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How ridiculous calling the police! poor cat she looks so sad 🙁 I always get annoyed at these people who makes these damaging statements like ‘my cat attacked me’ or ‘my cat is a monster’ Its so irresponsible and the cat of course can’t tell his side of the story! Tell me why do we always believe the humans? the shelter should have never let the cat go back 🙁
I agree with everyone else who says Kush should be rehomed. Surely if the Gregorys were so frightened of her they wouldn’t want her back, it sounds to me like an exaggerated story in order to get press attention.
Some people will do anything for ‘5 minutes of fame’
I don’t believe any cat attacks a person unless they are goaded into it.
I think something similar can happen again. People don’t change. I am not sure Kush is in the right home.
Personally, I say…if you have to get police intervention to deal with your cat…you do not get her back. It is obviously an unsafe environment for the cat. She deserves a safe place.
Agreed. To even have the idea of calling the police for help is considered absurd by all decent and knowledgeable cat caretakers. It is beyond belief for me and the owners can’t be trusted.
She should have been rehomed. Some people shouldn’t have cats. I am glad she is finally getting spayed.
This is very concerning! I’m glad she is getting vaccinated and spayed but I’m not at all sure she will get the proper care once she goes back to live with the Gregory’s. I hope I’m wrong but I’m not feeling very optimistic about it.
Thanks for the update Michael.
This worries me a lot! Cats can behave in an extremely withdrawn way when stressed- I suspect that is why she has been acting “nicely” since she has been away from her owner’s residence. But color me jaded.
I’d rather she was re-homed to a really good home.
Michael, I agree with you. I truly believe that if this baby has another “incident” with unloving people, she will be history. She needs to be with a home that understands and is truly cat-compassionate. . .
Truthfully, I would rather Kush were adopted into a more loving home where she wouldn’t be locked in a bathroom all day or stepped on.
At least she’ll be spayed now after all these years.