Housecat attacks alligator

A tourist visiting a Florida Louisiana tourist dump caught this intense scuffle between a cat and an alligator at a swamp. To see who won, click the play button above, where arketron's rare and excellent video can be viewed. "Housecat Attacks alligator"


  1. I love the people standing around thinking, “Hey, maybe the cat will get eaten.”

    Can I turn in my membership card for this species?

    1. I don’t have sound, so it looked a bit different to me. It looked like the locals had zero interest in cat vs alligator. Like they’d seen it too many times and knew the outcome.

      1. Thank you. In Brooklyn we don’t have too many cat vs alligator confrontations. I’m always happy to be reassured.

        And thank you BB for only posting videos where the kitteh wins.

      1. Was “dump” really necessary? I mean I can understand when you thought this place was in Florida, but..

  2. This gonna be like that video from earlier in the year where a dog was trampled by a deer?

    “Why didn’t they stop filming and do something to save the alligator?!”

  3. If I had been there, I would have chased the cat away from the gator. Who wants to see a cat get chomped in half.

    But I admire the kitteh’s courage.

    Here’s something that happened recently in our house. We happened to be watching “Nature” on PBS, and the show was all about wolves. Footage of wolves howling. Our cat (who had never shown any interest in the tv before) was transfixed, standing in front of the set, staring at these wolves. For the entire hour, she watched these wolves howl.

    Later, we found her cat poop on the floor outside our bedroom. This is something she’d never done before.

    Here’s what I think was going on in her mind: She left her poop outside our bedroom to mark her territory against the wolves. “These people belong to me. You will not enter their room.”

    Talk about bravery. One little cat against all those howling wolves.

    1. I have to give you credit for coming up with an interesting story about a kitteh from the prospective of a kitteh lover.

    2. I’m not exactly sure if that’s why, but, possibly more importantly, I love the way you told that story.

    3. Actually, you may find this even more interesting as I know what your cat did. Yes, it was using its poop as a sign. But it’s very unlikely that it was in response to watching wolves on TV. Cats (as you know) are a domesticated version of older wild cats. In the wild, animals bury their poop in order to not show that they are challenging the dominant member of their pack (or of the pack that may be in the area). When a cat leaves its poop outside of the litter box, is this a remnant of its old instincts from the wild and is trying to tell you that it is the dominant member of the house (the alpha if you will).

      Also, random fact that came to mind while writing this, I once asked an animal expert about what made an animal “domesticated”. It turns out that your cat and dog at home aren’t truly domesticated; they are simply wild animals that tolerate the company of humans.

  4. I’m not that intimate with boat licensing, but isn’t it possible that this is a Louisiana boat on a Florida waterway?

    1. Yes, it is. Boat registration is basically like car registration this way. You register it in the state where you reside, but you can take it out of state if you like. You can’t assume that because a car has Arizona plates that the car is necessarily in Arizona. Same with boats.

      The cat does not get eaten.

  5. Can someone just tell me if the cat gets eaten? I don’t want to watch a cat getting eaten, if that’s what happens here.

    1. I came here for exactly the same thing. I’m super sensitive to scenes of kitty pain or suffering. Not watching this yet…

      1. BoingBoing isn’t I don’t think they’d randomly show you videos of cats getting eaten.

        Unless it were funny, I guess…

        1. “[….] I don’t think they’d randomly show you videos of cats getting eaten.

          Unless it were funny, I guess…”

          You mean “unless the alligator was wearing Steampunk fetish gear.”

  6. I can take it when the cat leaves dead or dying mice around the house, but if I’m going to wake up and find a battered alligator thrashing around at the foot of the bed, Kitty and I are going to have words.

  7. The only thing you have to worry about when watching this clip is falling asleep. I too do not have sound, but I can’t imagine audio would have made this much more interesting.

    Summary of video:

    Cat whacks alligator’s snout with paw a few times, then they stare at each other for 30 seconds. Alligator crawls into water, grabs friend, and they both crawl out and stare at the cat for another 30 seconds. Someone pets cat. The end.

  8. I am a servant of the Secret Purr, wielder of the Claws of Anor — The dark water will not avail you, Lizards of Udun! Go back to the shadows!





  9. so, let me get this straight: croc beats elephant, cat beats gator. depending on what wins in a croc/gator brawl, could we have cat beats elephant?

    1. Sounds like rock, paper, scissors. What if the cat and croc teamed up on the elephant? What if we tossed a bee hive into the mix?

    2. I think the real lesson is that a croc/gator in water is dangerous, a croc/gator out of water is slightly less dangerous.

      From what I understand, they’re an ambush creature. If they can’t grab something in a single quick movement, they tend to not try. I don’t know why they’d come out of the water though.. maybe they were curious what the cute fuzzy things were?

      1. Just for the sake of good information, a gator the size of the ones in the film can still run on land about 8 or 10 miles an hour – that’s faster than you. Whoever fed these gators and thought it was ok for kids to be around them in mating season needs to have their herd thinned.

    1. So this is staged for tourist lulz.

      I work in entertainment, and after watching this I’d have been tempted to ask the cat what time the next show was. But maybe

  10. My cats watched this with me and assured me should an alligator get too close, they have me covered. Thanks Sparky & Olivia!

  11. Am I the only one surprised/concerned about the spectators (esp. children) acting so nonchalant with multiple alligators just feet away in the water? I’m not from an area where one sees gators in the wild very often, but was always told they could cover short distances very quickly if so inclined. If this is true, it would seem to be incredibly stupid to be hanging out so close, with apparently no worry about being attacked. Does anyone out there no whether this is normal alligator-in-the-area behavior?

  12. Am I the only one who thinks it looks suspiciously like the guy walking away from the camera at the beginning has just dropped the cat there deliberately, just before the video starts…?

  13. Those must be some wimpy-assed gators. The one was walking to the guy and he just stood there in his flip-flops, and the kid was 10 feet away petting the other cat, and no one seemed to care.

  14. It would have been a different outcome if it was crocodile versus kitteh. Crocs are aggro, gators are mellow.

  15. Watching the video and reading the comments I think we all need someone with experience and/or expertise with alligators to explain why the cat(s) and humans are not attacked. I always thought that alligators were still deadly on land. The cat is basically a one-bite meal, the child two or three at most. Are these gators in captivity and well-fed? I know that otherwise well-fed predators such as large cats in the zoo will still sometimes kill some unfortunate creature that wanders into their enclosure just out of instinct/boredom

  16. It’s generally not a good idea to let cats wander around outside because the cats will kill birds and mean people might hurt the cats. I was about to be angry at whoever let their cat be outside around alligators when I realized that they also let their children be outside around alligators. They must know something about the alligators that I don’t.

  17. Having lived in the land o’ gators for quite some time, I can tell you that people routinely give handouts to these guys and they quickly lose their fear of humans and will approach you expecting to be fed. They really aren’t dangerous until they reach somewhere over 3-4ft… then the habituated gators are generally hunted down by rangers in boats with shotguns. In fact, unless the gator is out of the 3-4ft range, animal control sometimes won’t respond to gator complaints. They are pretty mellow, but they will eat your pets if taken by the notion. We had an aluminum gator-proof fence for a reason…

  18. Watching the video and reading the comments I think we all need someone with experience and/or expertise with alligators to explain why the cat(s) and humans are not attacked.

    Florida redneck here. Much to the horror of my coworkers, I have captured alligators before when they happened to wander into our parking lot. (neither were nearly as large as the ones in the video) I guess this was probably a stupid thing to do, but what made it so fun (both times) was everyone’s reaction. You’d think I had hog-tied Godzilla. Alligators are essentially pretty docile creatures. Unless they have been previously fed, they do not look at you and see a meal. In fact, unless they’re in “feeding mode”, they tend to ignore other animals that typically would be prey. You can witness this in ponds and rivers and other various “dumps” (thanks, Mark) where turtles and wading birds will co-exist withing “striking distance” of alligators all the time. That said, while I’m not surprised the cat wasn’t eaten, I certainly wouldn’t have allowed any pet of mine to do that. While typically pretty docile, Alligators are also exceptionally stupid and therefore unpredictable (much like the rhino of Rhino v. Elephant fame). They certainly have a nasty bite.

  19. Zoo education specialist and Florida native/lifelong resident chiming in…

    As stated previously, gators can seem pretty “mellow” and “docile”. They can also be dangerous–especially during their mating season, when the males start to wander and end up in people’s pools and so forth (and yes, they CAN climb fences). Even then, though, most people don’t have too much to worry about from alligators as long as they keep their pets and children away from the water’s edge at dawn, dusk, and night. A nighttime dip in anything other than a well-lit swimming pool is not a good idea in Florida.

    That said…
    In most instances where a gator has injured or killed a human being (there aren’t as many as you may think), that gator’s been fed previously by humans. Feeding gators is not only a really awfully horribly bad idea, but at least in Florida, it’s also illegal. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to stop the folks on their backwoods holiday who like to see the wild alligator snap up their leftover hotdogs. I only wish they’d realize that by reinforcing the connection that humans = food, they’re endangering the lives of everyone who comes in contact with that animal. Just because the gator doesn’t bite YOU doesn’t mean it won’t grab the five year-old with the family who camps here two months from now…

    I was simultaneously horrified and unsurprised by the video (I also cheered for the cat), but I strongly suspect this gator has been fed regularly, judging by both the gator’s behavior and the people’s around it (and comments above seeming to indicate the same). Don’t know what the laws are in Louisiana, but sometimes I wish that being criminally stupid was an arrestable offense.

  20. Yes, yes! I know a bit about living around Alligators.
    They will eat large quantities of cats over time.
    They’ll eat dogs, even large ones.
    They eat creatures they see as prey, what they don’t like to do is fight things that treat them as if they were prey.
    Basically it’s all in the Attitude.

    I once lived in South Carolina’s lowcountry for the better part of a decade.
    Gators are common even inside of towns. It is normal to golf around them, they sleep under boat docks, lie in your backyard…

    When I first moved to SC, I visited a city park in Charleston.
    It was a toasty Easter Sunday, so people were taking sunny naps on the lawn by the water.
    What blew me away was to see Alligators do the same thing between the people. Nobody was the least bit alarmed about that.

    Here’s what I figured out over the next few years: Alligators are dangerous {to Yankees}. Every time you read about people being attacked by gators the victims aren’t from “’round there”. Almost every gator attack I heard of happened in Florida, a state filled with northerners, south of “the south”. It seems incredibly difficult for people seeing 12 foot lizards for the first time to not feed them. Once a gator has learned to associate people with food they are dangerous and have to be culled, killed, destroyed… Sad, but they taste like chicken. The gators do, I’m not sure about yanks.
    Although only the tails are really tender enough to be enjoyable food, best with a mustard based BBQ-sauce. =]

    The gators in the vid clearly already knew that cats are edible, but being confronted aggressively makes them unsure how to proceed.

    I had a dog that loved romping around the marshes, deep-wading and swimming, snacking on crabs, oysters and shrimp. I was always really worried about him becoming lizard food, but he wasn’t.
    When he came near a gator he went into attack mode biting them into their tails until they escaped. Because of this, I can tell you that scared alligators hiss loudly with a threatening open mouth.

    Kitty in the video did not scare off the gator, he just rescheduled the dinner appointment another time.
    Like most things in life – it’s all about the attitude…

  21. Same thing like how most people are scared of dogs or cats that are aggressive towards them, some of our parts, like our eyes cannot be replaced if damaged, and who needs an infected open wound? Cats and dogs can be pretty fast with the equipment to harm, I suppose that gator is actually displaying some wise caution.

  22. What I see here is a gator which has absolutely no interest in eating something with claws, when it knows ther’s a perfectly good hotdog to be had somewhere.

  23. Cats, man. They’re just made of pure win.

    This is yet another another example of why cats rock so hard… it seems you can say a kilo of cat is easily worth 5kg of anything else. Particularly impressed by the terrorising of bears (granted, Jack’s a bit of a meat-axe at 7kg).

    And not only that, but they kick arse at snuggling too. The pleasant audible expression of pleasure was a damn smart evolutionary move…

    Plus, I have a seen a dog* eat the shit straight from a cat’s arse. Fact.
    *if Shih Tzus count

    : D

  24. I’ve been to this place, Cajun Pride Swamp Tours in LaPlace, LA. I used to live in New Orleans and I’d always take out of town visitors on a Swamp Tour. The guides would always joke about how the cats fight the alligators but I really thought it was just a joke…

  25. So much hate mail… they were just letting nature run its course. and besides they knew the cat was that badass it didn’t need any help.

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