Robert White, 48, of Pleasant Valley Road was charged with disorderly conduct, third-degree strangulation and cruelty to animals after the incident in their condominium shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, police said.
When she noticed her cat was acting timid, he told her he had struck the pet, too, police said.
He went to his car and drove off before police arrived, but an officer found him in Manchester, police said.
He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Manchester today.
— Christine Dempsey