Cat-astrophe? Feisty Feline Traps Agent at Showing

October 30, 2018

Cassie Sonnentag, a real estate pro with Century 21 Affiliated in Altoona, Wis., has heard the phrase “guard dog,” but she had never come across a “guard cat”—that is, until she was recently trapped at a showing by a crazed cat. She documented the encounter on a video that has since gone viral and has been watched by millions across the globe.

Sonnentag was prepping a home for a showing in Prairie Farm, Wis., and as she turned the lights on in every room before her buyers arrived, the owner’s cat stepped into her way. But this wasn’t just any kitty.

He was mad that she was in the house, and he was in protective mode. The cat hissed as she sneaked past to go up the stairs. Then, it was on. He chased after her, and even bit at her ankle. To try to reassure the cat, Sonnentag tried to pet him—but then he bit her hand.

When Sonnentag was in the bedroom, the cat’s meows and hisses got louder. The not-so-nice kitty was not going to let her out of the bedroom. Every time Sonnentag would try to go for the door, the cat would lunge at her, trying to scratch and bite at her foot.

“This cat went just crazy when he got upstairs,” Sonnentag says. “When the cat kept getting worse as I tried to get out of the bedroom, I grabbed my phone because I was scared he was going to really attack me and I wanted proof of what happened.”

The video shows Sonnentag trying to talk the kitty down as she tried to find a way out. But the kitty wasn’t having it. On Facebook, Sonnentag’s video was reposted by the Caters News Agency, an international news syndicate, and has nabbed 16 million views, as of Tuesday morning.

“I was so unprepared for this cat,” Sonnentag says. “I have never ever seen an animal act that way toward me, as I have lots of animals myself.”

Finally, after about 10 minutes of a face-off with the cat, Sonnentag was able to sneak past and quickly shut the door fast. As in the video, she says: “I’m just going to tell the buyer not to go in that room.”

But even after seeing Sonnentag’s video, the buyers weren’t afraid of any cat and insisted they still wanted to at least sneak a peek of the bedroom. As soon as they opened the door, the cat hissed. And the sneaky cat was able to get out again, and chased after them … all the way to the front door.

Sonnentag says she immediately sent the video to the listing agent, with the advice to lock the cat up for showings next time. “I honestly just posted the video to show: This is why you lock your pets up for showings,” Sonnentag says. “They may be fine with you, but that’s their home and they don’t want intruders in there.”

As for Sonnentag, she was relieved when her buyers said they did not want to see the house—or the cat—again.

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine