An Oregon family had to call 911 after their 22-pound black-and-white Himalayan cat attacked the 7-month old and then “went over the edge.”
The family locked themselves in their bedroom along with their baby and family dog. 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.
“I kicked him in the rear and he just went off, over the edge,” Palmer said. “We are not safe around the cat. We’re trapped in the bedroom. He won’t let us out of the door,” he added.
When Palmer called 911, he explained to the dispatcher the cat “went over the edge,” and was charging at them every time they opened the door.
“He’s trying to attack us,” he said. “He’s very, very, very, very hostile.”
911 operators confirmed the baby did not need medical attention before sending officers to the scene.
“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 states.
When officers arrived, the man told the dispatcher he was reluctant to let the police in because, “If I leave the bedroom, I’m going to have to fight the cat. Tell them to be careful, the police.”
Police managed to apprehend the suspect with cleverness, instead of sheer force.
“They saw the black-and-white Himalayan dart into the kitchen, attempting to flee custody,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau. “Officers were able to outwit the high-strung Himalayan, who climbed on to the top of the refrigerator, and get a snare around the cat and safely get the cat behind bars in its crate.”
Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland said he’s taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.
“We’re not getting rid of him right now,” Palmer said. “He’s been part of our family for a long time.”
Palmer says the family has had proposals from people wanting to adopt Lux, but the family is not taking them up on it.
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