Therapy Sought for Crazed House Cat That Attacked Oregon Family

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A man in Portland, Ore., is seeking professional treatment for the family cat after the animal went berserk at home.

Lee Palmer ended up calling 911 for help when he, along with his child, girlfriend and dog, retreated to a bedroom after the feline started charging at the family. Palmer told police the frightening incident unfolded when he kicked the cat to get it away from his baby, who had been scratched in the forehead by the cat after pulling its tail.

Palmer can be heard telling the police dispatcher that his cat "went over the edge" after he kicked it, forcing him and his family to shut themselves in the bedroom. The 4-year-old cat, named Lux, is a Himalayan mix that weighs 22 pounds.

"He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door," Palmer said to the 911 dispatcher. Lux can be heard yowling and screaming in the background.

Credit: Associated Press

After arriving at Palmer's home, police were able to subdue Lux with a dog snare and place him in a crate.

Palmer has no plans to get rid of Lux, even though he has had multiple offers from people wanting to adopt the cat after his story gained national attention.

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

A trip to the veterinarian is already scheduled, as well as a visit from a pet psychologist. Palmer hopes to give Lux proper medical treatment and therapy that could stop any future attacks.

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March 18 2014 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sad as he was offered to be adopted and rehomed. I hope these idiots NEVER have another animal again and PLEASE GET SPAYED/NEUTERED so there are less of you in this world

March 18 2014 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They LIED... Took him to a kill shelter: On Monday, Lux's owners dropped the heap of Himalayan he-cat trouble at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.

March 18 2014 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The cat should be removed from this abusive home, the owners should be charged with animal cruelty and not be allowed to own any more pets. Animal of any type should not be kicked, there is a special place in hell for these owners.

March 16 2014 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The cat should be taken from the home and placed with someone who would care for him, not abuse him. You do not kick a cat or any animal, he was abused and has more than likely abused in the past. The owners should not be allowed to own any more animals of any type.

March 16 2014 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TK Warner

The guy needs anger management therapy. He has probably kicked his cat many times in the past and been otherwise too rough and the cat has simply learned to react in a normal defensive manner. If the child pulled the cat's tail, why was the cat punished? It doesn't even make sense. This guy also needs some parenting classes.
Animal abusers usually also abuse their children. Why? Because abusers are people that use excessive physical force to express their frustrations with their children and pets.
The cat needs to see a vet and have it's ribs x-rayed. The howling that was heard in the background was from severe pain.
The man tried to turn this into a scenario where he was the victim. The cat is the victim of both the child's tail pulling and then the owner's kicking episode. This man's drama overshadowed the real issue which was a cat in extreme pain from internal injuries, and that needed to be taken to an emergency vet clinic instead of the man being busy creating a dramatic story to cover his bad behavior.
This man is unfit to own an animal and the cat's personality has probably been ruined by now. The cat needs to be rescued from that angry home and needs a calm environment where he can forget the abusive treatment and learn to trust humans again. Since the cat has been taught bad behavior, a home without children or mean people would be best.

March 16 2014 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Personally, I think the family needs counseling. The cat reacted to the child. The father reacted, poorly I might add, by kicking the cat. This has nothing to do with the cat's size or attitude. Somebody kick me in the back side, I'm likely to be mad too. But I have a 2yr old running around my house a couple times a week and I have large bully dogs. Difference here, is that I teach her to respect the dogs, their space and their food. Its not that hard. The family just needs to have a grown up in it.

March 16 2014 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Babies and children should be taught to respect animals and not pull tails or ears or otherwise molest them. If the baby is old enough to grab the tail he is old enough to learn NO

March 13 2014 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I had an insident with with a cousins siamese cat that had kittens. My son was about 3, we went to feed it (cat sitting) my son giggled loudy when he saw it on the bed. It lunged at him,on his forhead. I pushed it off it kept attacking. I shoved it off, grabbed my son and went running. When the cousin came home i told her. She had a daughter same age as my son. She poo pooedwhat i said. About a month later, the grandma was babysitting her granddaughter. The granddaughter screamed or was playing. The cat attacked and before the grandma could help the cat hadzeverly scratched the granddaughters face. She turned the cats as well as babies into a shelter that kills. But a woman was ther to adopt. She wanted them, so they got lucky. The wmen had no kids.

March 13 2014 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After a Vet exam to see if the cat is sick or not. Hands down the cat needs to go to another family with no children. You put your human baby on one side of the scales and the 22lb cat on the other, it's a given. The cat has to leave this family. Babies will be babies and next time the cat might take out an eye. Sorry folks with cats, but the baby has to come first.

March 13 2014 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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