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Is this a community cat attack or play that went wrong? — 3 Comments

  1. After viewing it a few more times, I wonfer if the cat was fleeing something and actually just ran into the !an’s legs, the surprise of it causing the cat to cling on. I have seen Mungo do the “litter skitter” after a thorough eliminatio, then go galloping off and play pounce on toys or if Mungo is feeling especially foolhardy, he wil play pounce on bitey Jet.

  2. I agree with Michael and Albert. It looks like the start of play to me, the bloke was surprised, had physical hysterics and fell over. The caught claw is probably why cat and man did not separate quickly.

  3. I might be able to tell if I could slow it down. But I can stop it and look at frames. The cat’s run up to the man does NOT look like an aggressive attack so I think Michaels’ sense of this is correct. If anything it looks playful. The cat is loping, straight-legged (not crouched low), with ears up (not pinned), and perhaps most telling is the tail on approach indicates “non-threatening, non-aggressive nor fearful; at worst unsure, or at best content and possibly friendly.” – The Telltale Tail chart shared/consensus world-wide. Once the man starts struggling as if he’s attacked the cat’s claw is caught and is pulled in many directions not of his doing. We also can’t see the aftermath once the cat is free. The video is not best evidence and at best gives a false perception of attack, except for the approach which is clear.

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