Woman sues sister after she was attacked by her cat in Michigan and suffered several puncture wounds, lawsuit says

(CBS DETROIT) – A woman filed a lawsuit against her sister after her sibling’s cat bit her while she was at home in Michigan last year, leaving her seriously injured.

Terra Simpson traveled from Alabama to Branch County, Michigan, to visit her sister Samantha Scherer in December 2023, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that during Simpson’s visit, her sister’s cat attacked her without any warning. The cat bit Simpson near her right wrist and left multiple puncture wounds.

Simpson had a severe reaction to the bites, “requiring significant treatment for her right upper extremity, including surgical intervention, medications and physical therapy.”

As Simpson deals with the health effects of her wounds, she has filed a federal lawsuit against her sister for more than $75,000 in damages for her injuries and losses.

The lawsuit says Scherer allegedly knew or should have known about the cat’s “extremely aggressive behavior.”

Additionally, the lawsuit says the damages include serious injuries to Simpson’s arm, as well as other challenges or injuries that caused or worsened pre-existing problems. Injuries also include pain, suffering and mental anguish.

Scherer told the Detroit News she is shocked but not upset about the lawsuit because her sister has been through a lot and has medical bills to pay. She also said that the perpetrator of the attack, her 15-year-old cat Zoey, died in March.