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Stray cat a suspect in attempted murder case in Japan

Sleep with one eye open, cat parents.

By Kate Wagner

Cats are a divisive breed. Some people love their callous, unloving nature, for some reason enjoying the fact cats will ignore you for hours and refuse to be held.

Think that’s harsh? You’re probably right. I mean, just ask the Japanese lady who had a stray cat literally try to murder her.

Mayuko Matsumoto was found bleeding profusely and unable to speak, leaving her daughter confused and anxious over what happened to her elderly bedridden mum.

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"When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn't know what had happened," Matsumoto's daughter told local broadcaster RKK.

Due to the severity of some of the wounds, the police launched an attempted murder investigation for the 82-year-old.

Authorities were left perplexed when there was no sign of anyone entering or leaving the property when she would have been attacked.

Then an investigator (probably a dog person) realised her wounds looked like cat scratches and turned their attention to the stray cats loitering around Matsumoto's house.

They reportedly found traces of what may be human blood on the murderous villain one of the cats.

"Police are analysing a blood sample taken from the claw of the cat which might have scratched the victim," national broadcaster NHK reported.

Although the police declined to comment on the specifics of the case, they said investigators weren’t disputing the media reports, which is a strange balance of vague and explicit.

Moral of the story? Become a dog person. And don’t come at me with all the deaths dogs have caused, none of them have had an attempted murder case launched against them.