On Tuesday, March 11, KOMO 4 News reported that an Oregon couple whose cat "attacked" them will be receiving psychological help for their pet - and they do plan to keep their cat.
The 22-pound cat, named Lux, trapped the couple in their bedroom after attacking their baby. Fortunately for the cat, they're going to seek medical attention and therapy for him.
Lee Palmer of Portland, Ore. said that he'll take Lux to a veterinarian. Lux is also scheduled to see a pet psychologist.
"We're not getting rid of him right now," stated Palmer.
"He's been part of our family for a long time."
The cat's attack was not unprovoked. According to Palmer, Lux attacked his 7-month-old child after the baby pulled the cat's tail. The baby sustained a few scratches on the forehead.
During the 911 call, Palmer states to the dispatcher that he kicked his cat "in the rear" and the cat then "just went over the edge" and that Palmer and his girlfriend had to barricade their family in the bedroom.
During the call, the cat could be heard crying in the background as Palmer stated with panic: "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door."
Police officers used a dog snare to capture Lux and then placed him in a crate.
According to Palmer, the family has had proposals from people wanting to adopt Lux, but the family wants to keep their cat.
Jackson Galaxy, cat expert and host of the show "My Cat From Hell," which airs on the Animal Planet, weighed in on the story.
He stated that there is always a human component to cases like this and said that Palmer needs to take Lux to a veterinarian to determine if the cat has any physical issues.
Pain can often be the root cause of apparently aberrant behavior among animals.
“It could be anything from an abscessed tooth to a brain tumor and anything in between,” stated Galaxy.
The cat first had his tail pulled and then was kicked by Palmer. Galaxy points out that the worst thing to do is to put your hands on an upset animal, as it only provokes them more.
Galaxy expressed concern that Lux's story would cause other cat guardians to relinquish their cats rather than trying to determine the cause of their behavior.
“I want to know what it is that caused this to happen,” he stated.
He added: “At the end of the day, I don’t want this cat to die because of the viral nature of this story.”
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