He said he and his wife, retired nurse Eileen Gough, 77, were watching television when the cat “suddenly” appeared.
“When I got up, it dashed off into a spare bedroom and I found it hiding under the bed. I tried to coax it out but it wouldn't budge, so I got a broom to ease it out. But when I went to pick it up, it just flew at me and sank its teeth and claws into my forearm,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “It was going berserk and flew around the room, knocking things over, including a Victorian ewer on the mantelpiece, which smashed.”
Mrs Gough said her husband’s arm was “bleeding quite badly” after the attack – he later had a tetanus jab – and one room in the house “now stinks”.
“The cat had clawed its way up curtains and sat on the edge of the sash window, and that's where it was the following morning,” she said.
They contacted the RSPCA, but Mrs Gough said the charity refused to come to take the cat away.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “The RSPCA is an animal welfare charity and our donors expect us to use our limited resources on animals who are suffering or in distress or danger.
“So long as a feral cat is healthy, he or she will live happily outside and so when we are busy we have to prioritise other animals who are in greater need of our help.
“We would advise anyone who finds a feral cat has entered their home to keep a distance and ensure they have a clear and easy exit route - such as an open window or door - so they can make their own way out.”
The cat was eventually removed by a neighbour - but only after he put on motorcycle leathers to protect himself.