In the late summer of 2013, Gary Nelson, a television news reporter in Florida, was unexpectedly sidelined from his job after venturing into his driveway. Mr. Nelson sustained an injury that required multiple hospital visits, surgeries, and hours of physical therapy. The cause of the injury was not a runaway vehicle, a jagged piece of metal, or a malfunctioning lawnmower; it was Mr. Nelson’s cat, Buckles. Buckles bit Mr. Nelson in the finger joint because he was not quite ready to come inside, causing the reporter to be unable to work for over six weeks. Despite the pain and suffering caused by Buckles, Mr. Nelson reaffirmed his love for his cat and stated that he had learned never to force a cat to come home before it is ready. Mr. Nelson’s story is a rare instance of serious injuries inflicted by a cat.
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