Warning to Tourists in France after Attack by Feral Cats

Photo Credit: Telegraph


According to this Telegraph article, visitors to one of France’s most beautiful tourist areas were today warned to be on their guard after a pack of feral cats launched an attack on a young woman.

Photo Credit: Telegraph

Photo Credit:  Telegraph

“About six cats pounced on the unnamed dog owner as she walked her poodle in the city of Belfort, in the popular Franche-Comte region, on the Swiss border, dragging her to the ground and mauling her.

She was bitten repeatedly and left with a torn artery which could have proved fatal, while the dog was also badly hurt.

It is thought that particularly high summer temperatures may have made the cats far more aggressive than usual.

Josette Galliot, the mother of the 31-year-old victim, said: “They jumped on her and managed to knock her over.

“The feral cats bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery,” Mrs Galliot told l’Est Republicain newspaper, adding that her daughter had been “living a nightmare” since Sunday’s attack.

The woman was rushed to hospital where she received treatment for her wounds, and a number of injections including one against rabies. The poodle was treated at a nearby veterinary clinic.

A local police spokesman meanwhile suggested that the attack was “very unusual” and therefore “a cause of great concern”.

He added: “Tourists from countries like Britain should certainly be wary – they should certainly not approach these cats, or try to feed them.”

There are an estimated 8,000 feral cats born in France every day but they are generally considered relatively harmless.

Colonies of feral cats usually begin with people dumping unwanted, unsterilised pets.”

Beware of feral cats when traveling to France?


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2 Comments on "Warning to Tourists in France after Attack by Feral Cats"

  1. I love these quirky posts of yours! Came across this as I was reading through your previous posts. My dog is half golden retriever, half giant poodle and would’ve protected me-I hope. 😉

  2. You gotta wonder what sort of blithering oblivious idiot would be walking a dog near a bunch of cats, feral or not? Never in a million years have I seen cats be aggressive unless they feel threatened. No cat “attacks” anyone or anything otherwise.

    And Kiki, you’d be surprised what damage a pissed off cat can do to a dog – size won’t phase them. I had a cat that would kick the butt of any dog that came near it – ferocious. Most dogs had the surprise of their life to see a cat defend itself rather than run when a dog approached. Saw more than one large dog go yelping away after finding out what a cat can do.

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