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Portland cat who 'attacked' family now in shelter

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On Monday, March 17, KING 5 News reported that a Portland, Oregon cat named Lux who "attacked" his family is now in an animal shelter.

The 22-pound Himalayan had trapped his family in their bedroom after "attacking" their baby. The cat's owner, Lee Palmer of Portland, Ore. stated after the attack that he would take Lux to a veterinarian. They also stated that they would consider psychological help for the cat.

"We're not getting rid of him right now," Palmer had originally stated. "He's been part of our family for a long time."

According to Multnomah County Shelter director Mike Oswald, the Palmer family called animal services on Monday and asked that they take Lux. Oswald says that the cat's family hasn't made a final decision yet.

"Maybe it's something that can be worked out through mediation between the family and cat," stated Portland Police spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson.

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 stated 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.”

Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

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