Cops Rescue Family From Irate 22-lb. Cat
Himalayan attacked, family locked themselves in bedroom
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2014 8:30 AM CDT
This photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby.   (AP Photo/Lee Palmer)

(Newser) – Portland police got a very strange call Sunday: A family was cowering in a bedroom after their 22-pound Himalayan cat went on the rampage, the Oregonian reports. "It has gone over the edge," Lee Palmer told dispatchers. "He's trying to attack us—he's very hostile. He's at our door; he's charging us." The 4-year-old male cat, named Lux, had first scratched owner Teresa Barker's 7-month-old son on the forehead after the baby pulled the animal's tail. Barker's boyfriend Palmer then kicked the cat away from the baby, setting the animal off, KATU reports.

As Lux charged, the couple locked themselves, the baby, and their dog in a bedroom and called police, as the cat could be heard yowling in the background. Officers showed up with a dog snare and chased the cat into the kitchen; it jumped on top of the fridge, but the cops managed to force it into a carrier. No one was injured, and no word yet on what will become of the cat—who, Palmer said on the 911 call, "has a history of violence." Palmer says the family is "debating what to do." Adds Barker, "It's only funny when it's not happening to you. ... It was very frightening."

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Elaine Tretter
Mar 19, 2014 8:15 PM CDT
Where was the mother and boyfriend when the child pulled the cat's tail??!! You should NEVER leave such a young child alone with any animal -- children don't comprehend the danger of their actions on the animal. No one should EVER kick a cat or dog, especially out of anger. I agree with Jackson Galaxy -- the cat should first be examined by a vet to determine if it is suffering pain or neurological issues before passing judgment on it. It sounds to me that the cat was only reacting to the pain inflicted on him by pulling his tail and then being kicked by a GROWN MAN!! No wonder he went "berserk"! I strongly believe that Lux should be re-homed to a loving new family (with no little kids) who know how to interact with animals successfully. And by the way, I agree that Lux is NOT a Himalayan breed! He looks more like he may have Maine Coon or Ragdoll blood in him. Both of those breeds tend to have large bone structure and weight to them . . .
Mar 17, 2014 5:58 PM CDT
If a cat scratched my infant child. I'd have done the same, if not worse. Screw all the people defending the cat. I choose my child over a cat any day, regardless of if my child was at fault.
Mar 12, 2014 2:20 PM CDT
Jackson Galaxy's take on the incident