A man in that house identified as Raju Salve then threw out the animal. When Rangpise sought an explanation from her neighbour Salve, he along with three others struck her several times on her head and back with a bamboo stick and iron rods, a police officer said.
Rangpise died later of injuries she sustained in the assault, police said. A police complaint has been filed by the dead woman's son identified as Ajay Rangpise.
"Salve threw the cat outside the house. When Rangpise's family sought an explanation for his act, Ajay, his brother and brother-in-law were attacked by Salve and three others with sticks and pipe," a police officer at Pune's Hinjewadi Police Station said.
Apart from the man who threw out the cat, the three other arrested people have been identified as Amol Balgude, Ganesh Patil and Akash Monde, all residents of Mhalunge, police said.
Police said Ganesh Patil allegedly led the assault on the family.