Cat Traps Family After Trying to Attack a Baby in Oregon

By: Erika Watts - March 11, 2014

All of the cat haters in the world will feel vindicated after reading about an incident in Oregon where a cat traps a family in a bedroom. This happened after the cat tried to attack a baby and the family dog. The bizarre incident led to the dad placing a call to 911 to get help with the situation.

The cat terrorizing event happened on Sunday when a 22-pound Himalayan named Lux apparently decided he had enough of pretty much everyone in the household and went postal. After trying to attack the Palmer family’s 7-month-old baby, father Lee Palmer kicked the feline in the butt, causing the cat to get extremely angry. The cat then tried to attack the family’s dog and began charging the Palmers, which led to them shutting themselves in their bedroom to avoid injury.

After realizing the cat had trapped his family in the bedroom and that they weren’t going to be able to get out of the room safely, Palmer placed a 911 call to ask for help.

Palmer told the 911 dispatcher that the four-year-old cat that trapped the family “has a history of violence.” It isn’t every day that 911 gets calls about abusive pets, but Palmer made his case and was able to get help after telling the dispatcher, “We aren’t safe around the cat. We’re trapped in the bedroom, he won’t let us out of our door,” and “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.”

Listen to the audio of the 911 call here.

After placing the 911 call, officers came out to the apartment and found the hefty cat perched on top of the refrigerator. According to the Portland Police Bureau report, the responding officers used a dog snare to capture the cat and place him in a pet carrier. Fortunately for the family and all involved, no one–including the baby–was injured.

Even though the cat has a history of aggressive behavior, Palmer says he hasn’t decided whether to get rid of the cat. “We are debating what to do,” Palmer said. “We definitely want to keep (the cat) away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior.”

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Erika WattsErika Watts is a former teacher, now stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for WebProNews. When she isn’t busy navigating parenthood and writing, she enjoys watching college sports and reading. Follow Erika on Twitter @erikawatts83, Pinterest or

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  • pumpkinpeachcake

    In most cases, it’s the people and not the cat who have problems. This is a good case for the “cat daddy” Jackson Galaxy. This poor kitty is not happy with his surroundings or his people and probably hates the baby because it gets all the attention. Please don’t give up on this kitty.

  • July Hamilton

    The story isn’t accurate. The cat scratched the baby AFTER The baby pulled the cat’s tail. The dad then KICKED the cat and the cat then attacked the family. Sounds like the cat was being abused by everyone in the family and the cat had finally had enough. This family doesn’t deserve the cat.