Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Attack Kitteh!

Lux at rest - photo courtesy The Oregonian
Seems like this big ol' Himalayan (22 pounder) attacked a baby, scratching the forehead and drawing blood. Dad's immediate response was to kick Lux off the kid. Which apparently set the cat off:
A 22-pound cat named Lux had to be snared by Portland police officers after the owners said the ferocious feline attacked their baby in their Northwest Portland apartment Sunday.
Officers were dispatched to The Yards at Union Station in the 900 block of Northwest Naito Parkway just before 8 p.m., said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau.
Dispatchers stayed on the phone while the couple locked themselves — along with their baby and the family dog — in a bedroom, Simpson said.
Owner Lee Palmer told dispatchers the 4-year-old male cat "has a history of violence," and had scratched his 7-month old son in the forehead.
Palmer said he tried to get the cat off his son: "I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge. He's trying to attack us -- he's very hostile. He's at our door; he's charging us."
The dispatcher asked her supervisor if it was OK to send police on such an unusual call. It was. Meanwhile, on the 911 tape, the cat can be heard screaming in the background.
When officers arrived, they entered the apartment equipped with a dog snare and watched as the large Himalayan darted into the kitchen where it jumped on top of the refrigerator.
Using the snare, officers were able to wrangle the cat (perhaps jealous of said baby?) into a pet carrier.
No one was injured in the fracas, including the baby.
"We are debating what to do," Palmer said Monday. "We definitely want to keep (the cat) away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior."
According to a cat breeder website, Himalayans, or "Himmies," are "perfect indoor companions but they possess a playful side."
"I swear I have never seen anything like it," Palmer said.

Well, while I don't condone kicking the cat, I can understand. The thing was attacking his kid. If it were me, that cat might have been the first to achieve earth orbit without the use of rockets. Just sayin.'

But calling the cops? Sheesh. Man up, dude. Don't be such a pussy. Yeah, I went there!


DFW said...

Amen Jeffro. Take care of it yourself!

jed said...

The kicker is, according to one news report I saw, they're going to keep the cat. Uh, whut? Back when I was a wee lad, that cat would've been either taken to the Humane Society, or dispatched with a .22LR. It's probably a fine cat, in the right household. Living with that little yap dog is probably what's driving it nuts.

I suspect that the ratio of people who have pets to people who actually know how to properly deal with them is pretty large.

At least it wasn't a boa constrictor.

KPTV report on berserk cat

jed said...

Followup: They're going to get some cat therapy. Somehow, I think that actually results more in people therapy.

Well, beats shooting it in the head.

Jeffro said...

Cat therapy????? Does that require a cat whisperer?

Just another sign the apocalypse is nigh.....

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly

lisa said...

I heard this on the news this morning, I would not have a problem, who is the bigger species here!

Anonymous said...

The last sentence redeemed this post!

[ I had one of those days, thank you Jeffro for pick-mepup]