"One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my hauntsabout town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence."
"He inflicted a slight wound upon my handwith his teeth."
The narrator came home intoxicated while trying to hold his cat (Pluto) and Pluto bit him for his cruel behavior.
"I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it,grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyesfrom the socket !"
The narrator was very upset with what Pluto did so he got a knife and cut out one of his eyes. The cat felt horrible and was surprised.
The narrator woke up a couple days after and got intoxicated again. He was still furious with Pluto so he hung him without any consent. Pluto died and the narrator did not have any emotional reactions.
"Onemorning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to thelimb of a tree."
"The falling ofother walls had compressed the victim of my cruelty into the substance ofthe freshly-spread plaster; the lime of which, with the flames, and theammonia from the carcass, had then accomplished the portraiture as I sawit."
After he has killed Pluto he is surprised to his house and belongings being burned down to the ground but his wife and him survived.
"It was a black cat a very large one fully as large as Pluto, and closely resembling him in every respect butone. Pluto had not a white hair upon any portion of his body."
The Narrator then wanted to go and find a cat that looked like Pluto to have a similar experience with him and he found one that looked very similar other than his white spot.
"What added, no doubt, to my hatred of the beast, was the discovery, onthe morning after I brought it home, that, like Pluto, it also had beendeprived of one of its eyes."
After a little while with the new cat, the white spot and the missing eye made the narrator furious because it reminded him of the abuse done to Pluto. So he wanted to do something about that.