By Heather Kilby
I cannot help but shake my head at the recent headlines about a housecat who supposedly held it’s owners hostage in their home in Oregon. Apparently the cat just went crazy and began to charge at the couple and their child. When the parents felt that it was life-threatening, they locked themselves in their bedroom alongside their pet dog. When the cat did not calm down, they called 911.
Did I mention this cat weighs 22 pounds? Headlines across the nation read “Housecat Attacks Baby, Traps Family in Bedroom.”
Get this. The couple wants to keep the dangerous feline, but get him some psychological help for his anger management issues.
Every news medium you can think of covered this story from NBC to Fox News Radio to The Guardian. Twitter blew up too and many were mocking the couple for their dramatization of the poor cat.
Was this necessary to report on across the nation? Are we running out of things to talk about? I sure hope not.
Now, I don’t know if I am more disturbed that these people are actually claiming this poor cat threatened their lives, or that the media is making this front page news? I think that the couple making these claims are frankly full of it and they exaggerated the situation and look absurd. Better yet, we have a lack of representation of The Paralympics, yet we are talking about an apparent people-killing house pet.
I am appalled.
Fox news radio described the 911 call and indeed you can hear the cat hissing and meowing and it does seem upset, but come on, I am not buying the extreme danger they portrayed (the couple and the media). I can understand if a mountain lion is on the loose in a residential neighborhood as being an important story to cover, but this has just completely blown my mind.
I am not a cat lover, in fact, I prefer dogs and have not owned a cat since I was a small child. I just see the reality of what people will do for their 15 minutes of fame and most importantly what the media will do to get a few Twitter posts, and it is pathetic.
We need to start covering topics that truly matter.