Mother, daughter trapped by aggressive house cat

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Officers got into a standoff with an enraged cat early Tuesday morning after it allegedly trapped its owners in the bedroom of their Chula Vista, California home.

According to Chula Vista police, a woman and her adult daughter called 911 at about 4 a.m. to report that they had barricaded themselves inside a bedroom in the 4000 block of Neptune Court because their cat would not let them out.

They told emergency dispatchers that when they tried to exit the room, the cat became furious. Officers responded and tried coaxing the cat, named "Cuppy," by softly calling it, until it eventually walked out on its own.

Cuppy has reportedly been the family pet for 14 years. However, he’s unpredictable – especially when the neighborhood stray cat stalks their yard. It had never escalated to a 911 call before.

“He’s just a ball of fury I guess,” neighbor Karen Yarger said.

Chula Vista police said animal control usually takes these calls, but there was a big delay overnight.  Officers were in the area, and without high priority calls and were free to help.

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