Skip to comments.Oregon cat that trapped family will undergo therapy
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 wont 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.
Palmers 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.
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
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....
OREGON...another liberal nuthouse.
And it ain't the feline.
These people are just idiots who have no idea how to care for an animal.
And animals know it.
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.
I suppose that under ‘Obamacare for Pets’, he’s eligible for subsidies...
Teresa, you do not have a boyfriend. You have a girlfriend.
Obviously the cat has his owners number. Most cats react badly when someone pulls their tail. Kitty needs a home with competent people.
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.
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.
Obviously, Jesse is the only male in the house.
Who is paying the bill for this kitty shrink?
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.
I’d fire the dog as well.
I think the boyfriend needs the psychologist and the cat needs a new home.
The best therapy for that cat would be a hot lead injection.
We used to have an answer for that back on the farm — Burlap sack, truck ride down an old country road - MMMRRRROOWWWWWW - bye kitty.
Over to you! :)=^..^=
I know the cat doesn’t need a shrink. It needs putting down.
Corrected it for you.
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.
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.
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.
“Who is paying the bill for this kitty shrink?”
You're not big on protecting your family, are you, girlyman?
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.)
Have you ever had a seven month old baby?
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.
First world problem.
We know who needs therapy here and it’s not the cat.
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.
The concept of “alpha male” does not exist among domesticated cats. They are not pack animals.
Then I read the sequence of events...
These people are too stupid to have a kitteh, any kitteh.
The people need therapy, the kitteh was just being himself.
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.
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?
Thinkin the same thing TR. Drop kick works good too. Worth the tattered forearms!
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
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.
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.
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.
Don’t pull the cat’s tail. :-)
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.
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.