Cat Expert Called in After Feline Attacks Familythe daily dish
Animal Planet's cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy is agreeing to take on the case of the disgruntled feline that attacked and trapped an Oregon family in its bedroom. The feline's owners had originally planned to keep the cat but have since decided to take it to an animal shelter, as reported by the Associated Press.
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The fate of Lux the cat became a hot Internet topic when Portland resident Lee Palmer called 911 to report that the family pet attacked his baby and trapped them, along with his girlfriend and dog, in a bedroom in their home. Palmer said the incident took a severe turn when the cat scratched the baby after it pulled the animal's tail. He said he kicked the cat to get it away from his child, leading the cat to turn highly aggressive. The public has since become divided about whether or not the blame lays with the owners or the cat.
"Every parental site on the Internet blames the cat for this confrontation. Every pet site blames the family," said Galaxy, host of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell." "We need to step away from the hysteria. There is a story behind all this. Don't assume anything."
Even though the family has since taken Lux to an animal shelter, they have agreed to therapy with Galaxy and Lux. Galaxy is heading to Portland to film the episode for his show's fifth season.
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The cat behaviorist believes there are various reasons why a cat can turn aggressive. There is no one way to deal with all of those possibilities, but he is determined to find out what set off Lux, 4-year-old part-Himalayan mix that weighs 22 pounds.
"I have no idea what made Lux aggressive," Galaxy said. "If you want a blanket statement on how to deal with aggression, how about 'Don't set the cat up for failure.'"
The thing that most bothered Galaxy was Lux's continued assault at the bedroom door after any threats to the feline were removed. Galaxy is also considering that Lux could have just been in a grumpy mood and lashed out as a warning.
"If I have a headache, I won't be the nicest guy in the world. I may snap at you," Galaxy said. "This may have been Lux's way of snapping. Hypothetically speaking, someone pulling his tail may have been the last straw."
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