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Oregon cat that trapped family will undergo therapy
upi ^ | March. 12, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 03/12/2014 7:18:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono

The Oregon cat that attacked a baby and trapped his owners in their bedroom over the weekend won’t be losing one of his nine lives due to his antics, but he will be spending at least one of them undergoing therapy.

Lux, the 22-pound Himalayan house cat that prompted his owners to call 911 after a violent outburst, will be visiting a pet psychologist after he takes a trip to see a veterinarian.

The 4-year-old cat will remain a part of the family, despite his actions on Sunday. According to his owners, Lux has a “history of violence.”

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

Palmer’s seven-month-old child received a few scratches on the forehead from the cat after the baby pulled his tail.

“Officers arrived and cautiously opened the door to the residence, where they saw the black and white Himalayan dart into the kitchen, attempting to flee custody. Officers were able to outwit the high-strung Himalayan, who climbed on to the top of the refrigerator, and get a snare around the cat and safely get the cat behind bars in its crate,” according to a Portland Police Bureau press release.

“Officers then told the family that it was safe to come out of the bedroom. The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city.”


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Teresa Barker, left, with her boyfriend Lee Palmer and their 8-month-old son, Jesse. The baby pulled the family cat's tail Sunday, which seriously upset the cat to the point the family had to call 911 for help


1 posted on 03/12/2014 7:18:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I got some ‘therapy’ for it. It’s called a .410 PDX1 shell.
It’ll catch him even if he anticipates and tries to jump....


2 posted on 03/12/2014 7:20:04 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: JoeProBono

OREGON...another liberal nuthouse.


3 posted on 03/12/2014 7:20:40 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: JoeProBono
We know who the pussy in the house is.

And it ain't the feline.

4 posted on 03/12/2014 7:21:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: JoeProBono
Here's the only therapy that cat needs...


5 posted on 03/12/2014 7:21:58 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: JoeProBono

These people are just idiots who have no idea how to care for an animal.

And animals know it.


6 posted on 03/12/2014 7:22:01 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder if the cat’s tail is dislocated or has a spinal injury of some sort?

A good vet would check that out as well. The cat reacted to a perceived threat to its safety.


7 posted on 03/12/2014 7:22:01 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed...)
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To: JoeProBono

I suppose that under ‘Obamacare for Pets’, he’s eligible for subsidies...


8 posted on 03/12/2014 7:22:33 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: JoeProBono

Teresa, you do not have a boyfriend. You have a girlfriend.


9 posted on 03/12/2014 7:22:43 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: JoeProBono

Obviously the cat has his owners number. Most cats react badly when someone pulls their tail. Kitty needs a home with competent people.


10 posted on 03/12/2014 7:23:07 AM PDT by Himyar
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To: Gaffer

I was thinking along similar lines: either leather gardening glove therapy and a lifetime dose of live-outside-now tough love, or just disappearing the thing.


11 posted on 03/12/2014 7:23:27 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Gaffer

The baby pulled the tail of a 22-pound cat. It’s a cat, for heaven’s sake. The cat doesn’t need a shrink. The tot needs to not pull the cat’s tail. If the folks are concerned and want to keep the cat, why not declaw it? Or control their child.


12 posted on 03/12/2014 7:24:08 AM PDT by grania
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To: JoeProBono

Obviously, Jesse is the only male in the house.


13 posted on 03/12/2014 7:24:28 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Himyar

Who is paying the bill for this kitty shrink?


14 posted on 03/12/2014 7:24:40 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

/mark...


15 posted on 03/12/2014 7:25:46 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: proxy_user

The cat NEEDS therapy?

I think the STOOPID owners NEED the therapy!

I take that back the family needs therapy and I think the cat is the owner.


16 posted on 03/12/2014 7:25:47 AM PDT by Johnny_cash (10 out of 10 idiots voted for 0Bama!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’d fire the dog as well.


17 posted on 03/12/2014 7:26:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: grania
I watched a news video of this last night. First, the baby pulled its tail and the cat reacted like cats do - it scratched the baby. THEN, the boyfriend KICKED the cat. That is what led to the cat's violent behavior.

I think the boyfriend needs the psychologist and the cat needs a new home.

18 posted on 03/12/2014 7:28:20 AM PDT by Abby4116
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To: JoeProBono

The best therapy for that cat would be a hot lead injection.


19 posted on 03/12/2014 7:28:23 AM PDT by tatown ("So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it's still white men's fault.")
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To: Gaffer; All

We used to have an answer for that back on the farm — Burlap sack, truck ride down an old country road - MMMRRRROOWWWWWW - bye kitty.


20 posted on 03/12/2014 7:28:23 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Over to you! :)=^..^=


21 posted on 03/12/2014 7:28:49 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: JoeProBono
 photo CHICKEN_zpsa98a7e22.jpg Cat be taken to a Chinese Restaurant as a main course.
22 posted on 03/12/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: grania

I know the cat doesn’t need a shrink. It needs putting down.


23 posted on 03/12/2014 7:29:07 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: EBH
The cat reacted to a perceived created a threat to its safety.

Corrected it for you.

24 posted on 03/12/2014 7:29:12 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: areukiddingme1

In my neck of the woods, I’d just leave it outside for a couple of days and let the coyotes take care of it.


25 posted on 03/12/2014 7:30:10 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: MrEdd

The only threat I’ve seen out of this, is the stupidity of the owners, the boyfriend kicking the cat as well, and leaving a 7 month old child with an animal.


26 posted on 03/12/2014 7:32:02 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed...)
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To: Abby4116

I agree with you.

If they had done this to a dog, who scratched the baby, the boyfriend would have been arrested for animal abuse and the baby taken into child services for neglect.


27 posted on 03/12/2014 7:35:21 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed...)
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To: JoeProBono
I can think of one way to rehabilitate that cat...


28 posted on 03/12/2014 7:36:33 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: logic101.net

“Who is paying the bill for this kitty shrink?”

We are!


29 posted on 03/12/2014 7:37:29 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: JoeProBono
“We're not getting rid of him right now,” said owner Lee Palmer. “He's been part of our family for a long time.”

You're not big on protecting your family, are you, girlyman?

30 posted on 03/12/2014 7:37:48 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: JoeProBono

If the cat’s owner kicked him, like he said he did, then there is probably a history of animal abuse.
My own grandson pulls our cat’s tail and only once has our Maine Coon cat ever scratched him, and then I don’t think it was intentional. The cat usually softpaw whacks him 2 or 3 times and then skulks off to seek privacy. Our cat is the same size (22#) as this one and even softpawing will sometimes leave a slight scratch, just because the claws are 3/4-inch long and sharp and stick out a little even when not retracted. From the photo, the kitty looks like a typical Maine Coon, and they are renown for being calm and docile. (Of course if giving a bath, all bets are off and there will be blood.)


31 posted on 03/12/2014 7:45:43 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: grania

Have you ever had a seven month old baby?


32 posted on 03/12/2014 7:47:37 AM PDT by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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I don’t think I’d leave a 7 month old baby unsupervised with a 22 pound cat. Just in the course of play, that toddler could be injured.


33 posted on 03/12/2014 7:50:20 AM PDT by grania
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To: JoeProBono

First world problem.


34 posted on 03/12/2014 7:51:05 AM PDT by SouthParkRepublican
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To: JoeProBono

We know who needs therapy here and it’s not the cat.


35 posted on 03/12/2014 7:51:31 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Abby4116
I think the boyfriend needs the psychologist and the cat needs a new home.

I'm sure the cat lovers are going to hate me for this, but the animal will have to learn who is the alpha in the house, or it will end up in the shelter and unadoptable.

Yes, the child shouldn't be pulling on the cat's tail. But, the cat has to learn that it can't attack the child -- or anyone else in the family -- without consequences.

Responsible dog owners know they have to socialize a dog, so that it knows its role in the "pack". If the dog thinks he is the "alpha", you'll never be able to discipline him and will always be in fear of what it might do.

Animals don't understand "reason". If they think they can win a fight with you, you'll never control them.

36 posted on 03/12/2014 7:55:05 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: JoeProBono
My daughter has a cat although not this large. The cat is laid back and all four of the grandkids learned the limits of what the cat would allow with minor scratches.
By the way, yesterday when Shepherd Smith was reporting this he said the guy that made the 911 call was a ...........well a type of cat. That is really bad when Shepherd Smith calls you out as a pu$$y.
37 posted on 03/12/2014 8:03:23 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: justlurking

The concept of “alpha male” does not exist among domesticated cats. They are not pack animals.


38 posted on 03/12/2014 8:08:17 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: baddog 219
My thinking was along similar lines.

Then I read the sequence of events...

39 posted on 03/12/2014 8:10:26 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: JoeProBono

These people are too stupid to have a kitteh, any kitteh.
The people need therapy, the kitteh was just being himself.


40 posted on 03/12/2014 8:13:09 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: SoCal Pubbie
The concept of “alpha male” does not exist among domesticated cats. They are not pack animals

They are not pack animals but one usually rises to the top in my experience. It's always the male who keeps everyone else in line.

41 posted on 03/12/2014 8:14:36 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: JoeProBono

According to his owners, Lux has a “history of violence.”


Sounds like a feline version of “A Clockwork Orange.”

What’s the odds of the kid pulling a kitty’s tail again?


42 posted on 03/12/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Timber Rattler

Thinkin the same thing TR. Drop kick works good too. Worth the tattered forearms!


43 posted on 03/12/2014 8:19:34 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: grania

A seven month old is a mobile infant, not a toddler, they can’t be left unsupervised period. They grab for anything in grabbing reach and have just learned how to crawl. Any cat worth its salt knows not to stay in the same room with a 7 month old


44 posted on 03/12/2014 8:19:53 AM PDT by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: JoeProBono

Seriously?! Amazing how daddy has the equipment to procreate, but lacks the testicles to subdue an angry cat. Throw a damn blanket over the beast and throw the wadded up thing outta the house. I’d arrest the guy for being a candyass.


45 posted on 03/12/2014 8:31:07 AM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: JoeProBono

They probably thought it was cute at first. Then the cat reacted like a cat.

Pulling a cat’s tail can seriously it’s spine. Then it got kicked, so it was upset?! You dont say!

There are ways to avoid these situations. The ones to blame are the adults.


46 posted on 03/12/2014 8:33:41 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: JoeProBono

This article deliberately leaves out the part where the guy kicked the cat.

So, starting from the beginning. The kid pulled the cat’s tail. The cat perceived a threat and tried to protect himself. The cat scratched the kid. The father kicked the cat which became hysterical and went after the humans.

The cat does not need therapy. The cat needs to be in a home without kids and a man who kicks cats.

Cats have claws. Letting a cat go near a baby is dumb. Cats have instinct, not ethics or morals.


47 posted on 03/12/2014 8:45:56 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: JoeProBono

Don’t pull the cat’s tail. :-)


48 posted on 03/12/2014 8:46:44 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Gaffer

A buddy of mine was supposed to inherit a cat when he got married. As a gift, I made him the Original Dr. Wacko Feline Disposal Kit. It consisted of a claw hammer and a hazardous waste disposal bag.


49 posted on 03/12/2014 8:57:04 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: JoeProBono

These people are dumber than dog poo.

I had a cat that liked to get up on the kitchen counter. I kept a hockey stick just around the corner in the dining room. For fun, I’d come around the corner and flip kitty off the counter. I called it “going for the top shelf.” After a while he grew tired of playing “top shelf” and stopped getting on the counter.

He turned out to be kind a weird cat. Can’t figure out why.


50 posted on 03/12/2014 9:04:56 AM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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