05:57 EST, 24 August 2012 | 07:00 EST, 24 August 2012
Injured: Nora Scott, 80, pictured after being mauled by a household cat
Bruised and bloodied, this vulnerable pensioner looks as though she has been the victim of a savage mugging.
In fact Nora Scott’s injuries were inflicted by an ordinary household cat.
The 80-year-old is now calling for laws to protect people from dangerous cats after being mauled by a neighbour’s pet while she tended her garden at her home in Staffordshire.
Mrs Scott was left with two black eyes and painful scratches after the cat clawed at her face, and had to go to hospital to get antibiotics.
‘It jumped up and clawed my face out of nowhere,’ she said.
‘There was blood everywhere and the thing could have had my eye out if I didn’t have my glasses on.’
Mrs Scott, who has lived at her terraced house in Tunstall for 26 years, has said she is so terrified of the black cat she has even considered moving, but decided to stay put.
Savage: An ordinary domestic cat like the one pictured above was behind Mrs Scott’s startling injuries (file photo)
‘I’ve thought about moving but I’ve lived here 26 years and can’t see why I should move because of a cat,’ she said.
However the elderly woman’s fear of the vicious moggy, which is named Rnia, means she has had to sacrifice her beloved garden flowers.
‘I love my garden but I’ve had to cut all my flowers back so I can see if the cat is there,’ she told the Sun.
Mrs Scott said she had spoken to police about the incident, but claims she was told there is nothing they can do.
The pensioner – who now carries a water spray with her when she leaves her house – has called for a law governing dangerous cats, similar to those protecting people from attacks by dangerous dogs.
Mrs Scott said the cat’s owners had apologised to her after the attack, and told her they would have it rehomed.
Terrified: Mrs Scott has said she is afraid to leave her house on her own in case she has another run in with the vicious feline
Her daughter Lynne Sams, 62, was visiting her mother when the cat struck.
She said: ‘Nobody is willing to do anything, but it would be a different story if a rottweiler had gotten hold of her leg.’