Look closely. That innocuous image of feline innocence is actually a scary cat-beast ready to attack at any moment. Or something like that. On Sunday night, Lux the cat had his owners trapped in a room in their own home, fearing for their safety. He attacked and scratched the seven-month-old son of his owners, Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker, after the baby pulled Lux’s tail. In reaction, Palmer kicked Lux.
The 22-pound Himalayan went haywire. Lux wouldn’t relent until the whole family, including their pet dog, was barricaded in a bedroom, calling 911, and prompting local news headlines like “family rescued from pet cat.”
Palmer told the dispatcher that ”[The cat] trying to attack us — he’s very hostile. He’s at our door; he’s charging us.” Yes, charging. Throughout the call, Lux’s angry, menacing meows are heard in the background. According to Portland Police, “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.”
Despite the drama, the family is hesitant to give up on Lux just yet. According to Palmer, “we definitely want to keep (the cat) away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior. I swear I have never seen anything like it.” They intend to take Lux to a vet regarding his behavior and consult a pet psychologist.
To those of us smirking at this story, Barker says “It’s only funny when it’s not happening to you. When this happens to you, I assure you, you will do the same thing.” I’d have to agree. As any cat owner knows, hell hath no fury like a feline scorned.
[Image via AP]