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Terrified family calls 911 after pet cat attacks baby and traps family

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Ailurophobia is the irrational fear of cats. But one family in Portland seemed to have a rational justified fear of their own pet cat.

The Barker family says their 22-pound house cat attacked their baby and continued to threaten the family, forcing all of them and the family dog to barricade themselves inside a bedroom, CBS affiliate KOIN reported Monday.

The family called 911 and the operator stayed on the phone and could hear the cat, Lux, screeching in the background.

"Every time we opened our back bedroom door, the cat would hiss," owner and mom Teresa Barker told KOIN.

She admitted the baby's father spanked Lux after the baby was scratched but said he was merely being protective.When officers got to the house, the cat ran into the kitchen and jumped on top of the refrigerator. Officials captured and crated the cat.

The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family, who is still debating whether to try to find Lux a new home.

What do you think? Is the family overreacting? Or does the cat pose a real threat?



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