When a 22-pound cat trapped a family in their bedroom and wouldn’t let them out, you have to laugh at the absurdity of the entire event. Apparently, a Portland, Oregon family decided the feline was threatening enough to place a call to 911.
It happened about 8 pm (PST) on Sunday night, when the cat who is known as Lux, had scratched their baby, forcing the family and a dog to barricade themselves inside a bedroom, CBS reported.
The family called 911 Sunday night and said that the cat had them cornered because the cat was upset with the family, and admitted that the baby’s father hit the cat after it scratched the baby.
Lee Palmer, the cat’s owner, told 911 operators that the baby didn’t need medical attention.
The mother of the scratched baby said, “Every time we opened our back bedroom door, the cat would hiss.”
On the 911 call, Palmer tells the dispatcher he kicked the cat “in the rear” to protect his child. Palmer says the animal then “just went off over the edge” — leading Palmer and his girlfriend to barricade themselves, their baby, and the family dog in the bedroom for safety.
On the call, the cat can be heard screeching in the background of the call 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 been violent in the past.
What is most astonishing about this event is that police were actually dispatched to the home, and they showed up. When they came into the home, the cat was hiding on top of the refrigerator.
Officers used a dog snare to capture the animal, and placed it in a crate.
The 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat owner said he’s taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat.
“We’re not getting rid of him right now,” Palmer said. “He’s been part of our family for a long time.”
The police issued a release about the incident that said in part, “The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city.”
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