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Couple Trapped, Attacked By Their Own Cat

Couple Trapped, Attacked By Their Own Cat

A trusted pet turning on its owners? A house cat, not one you'd find in the wild, attacked a baby in Portland and then trapped its owners in a bedroom.

"The 22-pound cat went on a spree last night first scratching the baby, then attacking the rest of the family ... he trapped the family in a back room."
"Every time we opened our back bedroom door the cat would hiss."

This is Lux. Yes, he weighs 22 lbs - pretty big for a pet cat. The Oregonian reports the chaos started when Teresa Barker's son pulled Lux's tail. The ferocious feline, as police are calling it, then attacked baby Jesse, scratching his head.

Parker's boyfriend and Jesse's father, Lee Palmer, stepped in at that point - kicking the cat away from the baby. And that's when Lux went wild, forcing Palmer to call 911.

"He's charging at us. He's at our door, bedroom door. Did you hear him? I think that was the cat. Yeah, year I hear him. Hold on." "Keep your door shut, okay."

When police showed up, Lux headed to the kitchen -- quote, "attempting to flee custody," as police put it. Officers used a dog snare to catch the cat.

And while the whole 'attack by a cat' thing might sound a little odd, Barker says it was no laughing matter. "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." (Via KATU)

The family is still trying to figure out what to do with the cat. For now, they plan on keeping the feline away from baby Jesse.

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bessiesbest March 11 2014 at 7:30 PM

Sounds similar to incident in this household several years ago; our cat's tail was inadvertently stepped on by woman; innocent dog standing near cat took brunt of cat's angry lashing. I think everyone in hh was laughing except cat.

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smokeygizjojo March 11 2014 at 7:04 PM

The cat was only protecting himself. If any cat got his tail pulled it would be natural for them to react. That would be like someone coming up and smacking you, wouldn't you react? The very same thing happened to my granddaughter. We felt that was a good time to teach her about being kind to animals. If I abused a pet and they attacked, I would feel I got what I deserved. The boyfriend should be charged with animal cruelty for kicking the cat.

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dusty754 smokeygizjojo March 11 2014 at 7:18 PM

I have seen kids pull the tails of dogs and cats and the animal did not attack. They either sat there or got up and walked away.

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racerdude650 March 11 2014 at 7:03 PM

The cat is NOT to blame, poor parental guidance and a major lack of common sense IS.

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dusty754 racerdude650 March 11 2014 at 7:23 PM

Yeah yeah blame the parents for not knowing before hand that a child would pull a cats tail. Of course from what I read, the cat didn't attack the kid that pulled its tail. It attacked a baby. well I guess it's the baby's fault for being there in the first place.

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sugarcreekchile March 11 2014 at 1:04 PM

I feel sorry for the cat living in that home. It needs to be given to someone who doesn't abuse animals. The mom and baby daddy just stood by and did nothing when their child was pulling the cat's tail. Any animal lover knows you don't let a child abuse a pet. Instead of picking Jesse up when they saw him pulling Lux's tail and telling him no, they let the kid continue to abuse the cat until Lux does what any cat that's being tormented would do. He swipes at their kid and scratches him. Then instead of picking the scratched child up and letting the cat settle down, the POS baby daddy kicks the cat for being a cat.

Who can blame the cat for going into attack mode? Too bad Luz didn't get a piece of the jerk. The cat's aggression was only targeted against its abuser since when the police came it fled to the kitchen. Lux isn't an attack cat. The big wuss says people wouldn't think calling the police was funny if it happened to them. The only thing that's not funny is animal abuse. Someone needs to give this jerk a swift kick in the rear so he can see what it feels like.

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bldrblue March 11 2014 at 1:06 PM

Idiots! Number one, teach your child not to terrorize the cat! Number two, don't kick the poor thing for defending itself against your unruly child! You do not deserve to own a pet so let someone else take the cat so it has a chance to not be owned by people who have no clue about animals. This is sickening.

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kbis46 March 11 2014 at 1:06 PM

What total morons to call 911 over their CAT!!! They shouldn't even have pets if they're this stupid!!!

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motorcycleitalia March 11 2014 at 6:59 PM

they are going to keep the cat? great idea!!!! your kid is gonna love that.

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alicejcheney March 11 2014 at 1:10 PM

Of course the cat will react if his tail is pulled and then he is kicked! Find a good home for the cat.

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TTigerLilyx2 March 11 2014 at 1:11 PM

My grandbaby is 18 months, and its an on going battle to keep him from loving the cats AND dogs to death. He's fast as lightening too, so old Kitty gets nailed from time to time.
Who's to blame?
WE are, for knowing the problem and getting distracted and letting him have a chance to reach her. All the no-no's in the world wont stop a determined child like one good cat smack will, I'm sorry to say!
His first word was not dada or mama but 'ice' for 'be nice' to the kitty, lol.
At 2 years, they know yanking on kitty is wrong and its 50-50 they will get scratched.
And shame on dad if he encouraged poor behavior in an attempt to get rid of the cat!
I have a relative I'm ashamed of who did that to his wife because he hates cats, and she refused to give up a cat she had had for years. She should have gotten rid of him not the cat! Disgusting.

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Lori McAllister March 11 2014 at 1:11 PM

I hope the cat is handed over to a rescue and not put down. That would be tragic. Cats are territorial and obviously felt threatened by the baby and then the adult who kicked it. The cat deserves a second chance and new home.

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