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Ferocious feline 'Lux' who prompted 911 call may have incurable syndrome

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A gorgeous black and white 22 pound Himalayan cat named "Lux" made the infamous "Grumpy Cat" look sweet, when back in March his owners Lee Palmer and Teresa Baker called Portland's 911 about their cat's aggressive behavior, when the cat chased the family into a bedroom until police rescued them.

The drama started when the couple's seven-month-old baby pulled Lux's tail, and the cat responded by scratching the child on the forehead. When Palmer stated he "lightly kicked the cat" to get him away from the child, Lux turned into one nasty kitty; thus instituting the emergency call to authorities.

Saturday's Animal Planet show, "My Cat from Hell" was an in depth study of the cat's behavior and everything that led up to the infamous 911 call. Police used a catch pole to reel in the feisty feline at the couple's apartment. Part of the police report stated:

"Officers arrived and cautiously opened the door to the residence, where they saw the black and white Himalayan dart into the kitchen, attempting to flee custody. Officers were able to outwit the high-strung Himalayan, who climbed on to the top of the refrigerator, and get a snare around the cat and safely get the cat behind bars in its crate."

Read more of the 911 call by clicking here.

Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist and host of the weekly show "My Cat from Hell" routinely deals with those particular felines who just behave badly, but Lux turned out to be the "most complicated character" Galaxy admitted to ever having to deal with in the mysterious world of cats. As he researched deeper into the cat's behavior, as well as that of the family, a veterinarian from the Cat Hospital of Portland suggested that Lux might be suffering from feline hyperesthesia syndrome which can cause aggressive behavior. According to Wikipedia:

The cause of feline hyperesthesia syndrome is unknown. Some experts believe FHS to be a form of epilepsy, while others believe it is a behavioural disorder triggered by trauma...

Although any age, breed, or sex of cat can develop feline hyperesthesia syndrome, those most susceptible include the Siamese, Burmese, and Himalayan breeds."

Although there is no cure for this condition, medication might be able to control it. Galaxy, however suggests to the family that they re-home Lux since his behavior could cause a threat to the safety of the baby. During this time, Lux had been fostered by a couple identified as Mollie and Jim in a stress free environment, however Lux attacked Mollie's leg one day without any provocation.

Palmer and Baker were reluctant to give up custody of Lux, but now realize that their cat being locked up in a back bedroom to ensure the child's safety is no solution. Mollie and Jim, however were delighted to adopt the naughty cat.

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