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22-pound cat holds Oregon family hostage


Oregon (ABC News) - An Oregon couple has a crazy cat story to tell. Their 22-pound house cat named Lux forced them to lock themselves inside their bedroom until help could come.

He may look cute and cuddly but don't make this cat angry.

Lux, a 22-pound, black and white Himalayan, who has a history of violence cornered his Oregon family in their bedroom, forcing them to call 911 for help.

911 call made my cat owner Lee Palmer: "My cat attacked a, a 7 month old child.  And I kicked the butt, the cat in the rear.  It just went off over the edge and we, um, aren't safe around the cat. It's a very large Himalayan and we're trapped in our bedroom, he won't let us out of our door."

Palmer and his girlfriend Teresa Barker said the feline turned ferocious after their son Jesse pulled its tail. Palmer kicked the cat which sent Lux into a rage. He then apparently chased the family into the bedroom.

"Every time we would open our back bedroom door the cat would hiss," says Barker.

Lux was eventually caught by police and placed behind bars...the bars of his crate, that is.

"The cat did not want to get back in the cage, that's for sure," said Officer Timothy Bocciolatt with the Portland Police Department.

Couple say they'll get cat help

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat who trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.

Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland says he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.

Palmer says the animal attacked after the 7-month-old child pulled its tail. The baby wasn't injured.

On the 911 call, the cat can be heard screeching in the background as Palmer says in a panicked voice: "He's charging us. He's at our bedroom door." Palmer also tells the dispatcher the cat has a "history of violence."

Officers used a dog snare to capture the cat, and placed it in a crate.

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