House Cat with ‘History of Violence’ Attacks 7-month-old Baby, Traps Family in Bedroom
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | March 12, 2014 4:34 PM EST
A 7-month-old baby from Portland, Oregon has been attacked by the family house cat with a "history of violence." Such violent attitude escalated enough to send its owners scrambling for safety behind the closed doors of their bedroom.
A cat climbs a tree at Kennedy Park in Miraflores district, in Lima February 20, 2014. A colony of about 200 cats living at the park in Miraflores and are fed by volunteers that give them their food, health care, and promote the adoption of cats according to the information from the volunteers. Today Peru celebrates the day of the cat according to local media. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
On Sunday, police authorities responded to an unusual 911 call of a terrified family towards its 10 kilogram (22 pound) Himalayan cat.
Lee Palmer, owner of the cat named Lux, told the 911 operator that they caught the black-and-white when the Himalayan animal had just scratched the face of their 7-month-old baby Jesse, causing minor injuries.
In retaliation, Mr Palmer admitted he "kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge."
"He's trying to attack us...he's very, very, very, very hostile," he told dispatchers. "He's at our door, he's charging us."
Mr Palmer said he and his wife Teresa Barker immediately grabbed baby Jesse, along with their dog, and fled to their bedroom to escape the 4-year-old male cat Lux.
The 911 operator said the cat could be heard yowling and hissing in the background as the couple waited for help to arrive.
"The 911 operator stayed on the phone with the caller to ensure the family, including the dog, remained safe in the bedroom as the cat screeched in the background," a Portland Police Bureau press release said, reported by Fox12 states.
The cat immediately scurried into the kitchen the minute the officers arrived and entered the house. Atop the refrigerator, officers snared it and then placed it in a travel-style kennel.
Sgt Pete Simpson said the cat continued to stay with his owners despite the incident.
"It's only funny when it's not happening to you," Ms Barker told KPTV.
"When this happens to you, I assure you, you will do the same thing."
"We are debating what to do," Mr Palmer said. "We definitely want to keep (the cat) away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior."
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