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Angry cat to get some therapy


That 22-pound cat whose aggressive behavior forced an entire Oregon family (including the dog) to take refuge in a locked bedroom is going to get some therapy, according to its owner.

Lee Palmer, of Portland, says the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat, named Lux, is scheduled to see a veterinarian and to get a house call from a pet psychologist, according to the Associated Press.

Palmer called 911 Sunday to report that the cat had “gone over the edge,” scratching his infant son and chasing the family into a bedroom.

“We’re trapped in our bedroom and he won’t let us out of the door,” Palmer told the emergency dispatcher.

“He’s trying to attack us. He’s very, very, very, very hostile. He’s at our door. He’s charging us.”

You can download an MP3 of the 911 call here.

Palmer says Lux attacked his 7-month-old son, inflicting several scratches, after the baby pulled its tail. He said he kicked the cat in the rear to make it stop, which only led the cat to get angrier.

Officers arrived at the home around 8 p.m., according to the Portland Oregonian, and used a catchpole to snare the cat, who had darted into the kitchen and jumped atop a refrigerator.

Police issued a press release about the incident Monday and by Wednesday it had gained international attention.

Palmer says the family has received proposals from people wanting to adopt Lux, but the family is not taking them up on it

While Palmer told officers the cat has a history of violent behavior, the family plans to keep him, and keep a close eye on him, he said.

“We’re not getting rid of him right now. He’s been part of our family for a long time.”


Comment from Miss Jan
Time March 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

OMG there are so many things about this “story” that make my brain beg for mercy. I live in this area and you should see the multiple mis-reportings and vicious public forum posts about the family and their cat. First order of business: why let your baby pull the cat’s tail? (No parental supervision, that’s why.) Why keep any animal with known aggression issues with a small child? (No parental common sense, that’s why.) Finally, why not get a nice, kid -friendly dog instead? Answer: BECAUSE THIS FAMILY DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE ANY ANIMALS AT ALL, that’s why. Good grief. Let the baby abuse the animal, then kick the animal, then hire a pet shrink? Like my friend Linda often opines these days, I think we’re living on an alien planet.