Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards argued a case of animal cruelty Tuesday.
Richards presented the felony case against Larry Knox, who was accused of kicking a stray cat that had wandered into his home.
Knox called police himself to report the injuries to the cat.
Knox, 55, waived his right to a jury trial and the case was heard by Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis, who convicted him in the brief trial.
The cat, which suffered a dislodged tooth, a wound to its tongue and a scrape to its chin, survived and was later adopted, officials said.
Davis ordered Knox taken into custody after the conviction because he has multiple prior felony convictions.