My husband and I were talking about this, and we don't believe it. Most modern handguns are drop safe. This mean you can drop them on the floor, and they will not discharge. Either this guy had an older gun, or there is more to this story.
As for 9 mm as being a gun that police officer use. It is a common caliber for police, military, and civilians. The Berettas that Army officers can be issued are 9 mm. Some police departments use 9 mm, while others opt for larger calibers like 40S&W and 45 ACP Also, 9 mm is popular amongst both male and especially female gun owners as it is seen as one of the smallest useful defensive ammos. I myself favor bigger calibers, but I shoot regularly.
Anyway, this man was not practicing proper gun safety! You never have a gun (loaded or unloaded) pointed at anything that you do not want destroyed. You always assume your gun is loaded. And it he wanted if with him in the kitchen, he could have bought a holster for it. Idiots like this give responsible fun owners a bad name.
As for the cat. He should make a break for it while he can.