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Lux the cat is back! “He’s got kind of a history of violence,” Lee Palmer told a 911 dispatcher last week. “He’s kind of a violent cat already. But he’s really bad right now.” (Photo: KPTV/Portland)

PORTLAND (KPTV) — Lux the cat, the viral sensation kitty who cornered his family in a bedroom as they called 911, is back home with his family after spending a few days at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter.

Lux’s owners picked him up from animal control on Thursday morning. They’re now seeking out some professional help for the heavy kitty — and the host of Animal Planet TV show “My Cat From Hell” is headed to Portland to film an episode with the family.

Show host and behaviorist Jackson Galaxy said cats don’t turn on their families for no reason, and it could be anything from a chemical imbalance to an abscessed tooth that caused the aggressive behavior last week.

Lux’s owners handed him over to animal control earlier in the week, but they ultimately changed their mind and decided they wanted their cat back. Animal Services staff said they determined the cat is healthy and shows no evidence of abuse, so they released it back to the family.

“As we do with any owners who surrender their pet to the shelter and then change their mind, we work with them to find the best outcome for the animal,” said Mike Oswald, Animal Services Director. “And do everything possible to support keeping the pet with its family.”

Lux’s rise to fame came after his owners felt the need to call 911 on him back on March 9.

Teresa Barker says the cat scratched her infant son after he pulled on his tail. Barker’s boyfriend, Lee Palmer, then reportedly kicked the cat, who went crazy with rage, forcing the family to take cover.


“He’s trying to attack us,” Lee Palmer told the 911 dispatcher last week. “He’s very, very, very, very hostile.”

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  • Mary Crosbie

    Of course there’s a reason for the cat acting aggressive. From what it sounds like the little kid is allowed to pull his tail and probably poke hos eyes and other abusive behavior. The cat only has one way to defend himself and that’s to hiss and scratch. Then when the father kicked the cat what did he think it was going to do.

    And what is Animal Control thinking in letting that poor cat be put back into that situation. People who abuse animals should not be allowed to have them!

    • sam

      They forgot to mention the “lil kid” is a 7 month old baby. That knows no better, I am sure the cat does though. He was most likely crawling around being curios like most babies and reached out and grabbed his tail. I hate when I see the judgmental comments these people post. You don’t know this family from the hole in your you know what?!

      • Mary Crosbie

        And I’m to assume Sam that you do know this family?

        The cat behaviorist stated that animals do not turn on their owners for no reason at all. So, what if the little kid is 7 months old? Does that mean he should be allowed to pull the cats tail without consequence? No, in fact if the cat scratched him in response, then the cat should not have been punished for a natural reaction to pain. This should teach the 7 month old that if he does something to the cat, it will result in an unpleasant consequence. That will stop the child from doing it again.

        Regardless of any of this, a grown human should NEVER kick a domestic house cat. If the cat is that mean, he doesn’t need to be in that home with a vulnerable child and a grownup who doesn’t know how to treat animals. If, on the other hand, the cat has been driven to this behavior by ill treatment, he still doesn’t need to be in this home. I do not need to know these people to arrive at these two basic premises.

        I only want what’s best for both the family and the cat. Hopefully, the animal behavioralist will be able to bring a good conclusion to this situation.

  • D-min

    Kick the cat? Scratch or bite me or a 7mo old cat gets kicked. Ain’t human so punish it. If it had been me, animal control would not been involved. I’d have a cat skin cap and kitty us good eatin I hear.