Angry Cat Traps Family In Bedroom, Forces 911 Call

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Angry Cat Traps Family In Bedroom, Forces 911 Call

Cat 911 call

The 22-pound Himalayan kept an entire family, including the dog, trapped in a bedroom until police responded to a desperate 911 call.

Lee Palmer of Portland, Oregon, has a wife, an infant son, a dog and a cat named Lux. And Lux, according to Palmer, has "a history of violence." Yesterday, the cat scratched his son's forehead, so Palmer kicked the cat - and the cat dropped the hammer, forcing the family, including the dog, to flee into the bedroom, from where Palmer called 911.

"I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has went off, over the edge, and we aren't safe around the cat," he told the 911 operator. "We're trapped in our bedroom. He won't let us out of our door."

After learning that Palmer was calling about a house cat and not a rogue man-eating tiger that had busted out of the local zoo, the operator excused herself to determine whether this was something the police should actually be sent to deal with. Told that it was, she got back on the line and assured the worried family that help was on the way, although she seemed to struggle for things to say while they waited for the rescuers to arrive.

When animal control finally showed up, the cat jumped onto the refrigerator but they were able to grab it and put it into a pet carrier. Nobody was hurt, including the baby, and despite Palmer's previous statement about the cat's violent nature he later claimed he'd "never seen anything like it" before. Amazingly, as of yesterday the fate of the cat still hadn't been settled. "We are debating what to do," he said. "We definitely want to keep [the cat] away from the baby and keep an eye on his behavior."

Please, kids. Please. Stay in school.

Source: Oregon Live, WBTV.com

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A Himalayan? One of these?

I should have known. Evil little bastards!

Seriously, though, I've never heard of a single instance when kicking a cat had no bad consequences for the foot owner. That seems like a particularly bad call, the result of an unprepared owner realizing they don't know what to do.

22 POUNDS!!! What have they been feeding that thing? It's nearly twice the average weight of a cat that breed.

Am I the only one that finds Andy's avatar to be extremely appropriate for the story?

In my experience, Cats are generally quite laid-back animals. But you should never, EVER, assault an animal as, just like humans, they will fight back.

The number of stories that I've heard in the past few years of dogs that are physically abused killing somebody is far too high.

I clicked the link thinking it would be a somewhat wild cat like a lynx or ocelot. Somebody seriously called 911 over a pissy house cat? I suppose it's a little on the large side, but it's still just a house cat.

My philosophy on pets is 'Never keep an animal that you can't beat in a fist fight'.

For a cat to get that aggressive, something has to has gone seriously wrong in its life. Cats will not attack humans unless they feel seriously threatened or have psychological trauma from past attacks.

Judging by how Lee Palmer *kicked* the cat, he's probably no stranger to animal abuse.

kicking a cat is wrong and probably kind of deserved a bit of a reaction but locked in a fucking bedroom!?

A dog can be a huge snarling beast that can literally kill you, an over weight cat will scratch the shit out of you but I wouldn't back down from it.

Clearly the cat was upset that its owner were a bunch of morons. You can only live with inferior creatures for so long before you just snap. STAND YOUR GROUND, CAT!

Lady is probably seriously regretting her choice of mate. Dude... your balls.. surrender them.. now, your man license has been revoked. You are at least 5 times the size and weight of the cat, you have a brain and the ability to use tools... and you let it win....

I'm sorry, I don't mean to be harsh but.. you're officially downgraded to 'boy' now. A dog is one thing. I mean there are breeds that you would be well advised to put an oak door between yourself and them... heck even a wild cat...those can have rabies or all sorts of crap. But a house cat.. seriously, Dude likely couldn't look the animal control guys in the face after that.

To sum up.

The dude was was sent into hiding by what amounts to Garfield..

Hope the cat goes to a home where they'll treat it better. I've never seen a cat that's just violent.

My first thought was Rabies, but that is probably the first thing they checked for. I'm also guessing that part of the issue is that they didn't want to hurt the cat, so a lot of what people are talking about as far as fighting it are kind of moot. If this is really unusual behavior, and going by the fact that they are apparently keeping it and "keeping an eye on it" for the moment I'm guessing the level of danger it actually presents is minimal, and that if the problem persists someone will probably just step on it's neck.

I'm also guessing it's a small dog, a toy breed or whatever, since if the dog retreated, it probably recognizes the cat as being dominant, and under most circumstances that's not going to be likely, unless the cat is considerably larger which I'm guessing is the case.

omega 616:
kicking a cat is wrong and probably kind of deserved a bit of a reaction but locked in a fucking bedroom!?

A dog can be a huge snarling beast that can literally kill you, an over weight cat will scratch the shit out of you but I wouldn't back down from it.

Haven't seen too many cat attack videos I take it? A pissed cat is way faster than us and can jump over 6 feet high. They can easily tear your jugular or rip out your eyes before you can respond if you treat them lightly.

snekadid:

omega 616:
kicking a cat is wrong and probably kind of deserved a bit of a reaction but locked in a fucking bedroom!?

A dog can be a huge snarling beast that can literally kill you, an over weight cat will scratch the shit out of you but I wouldn't back down from it.

Haven't seen too many cat attack videos I take it? A pissed cat is way faster than us and can jump over 6 feet high. They can easily tear your jugular or rip out your eyes before you can respond if you treat them lightly.

No, just no. With the obvious exception of big cats (tigers), cats aren't a threat ... they are snooty pricks that claw the fuck out of you but tear your jugular? Not happening.

If you don't want to hurt a cat and it's going off then it ca rip you up but unless it's death by thousand cuts, you'll be fine.

It reminds me of a video where a cat swatted a kid, the mother tells the kid to smack the cat, and the cat pounces on the kid's face. Who thinks smacking a cat back is a good idea for something like that? I can understand if it was an actual attack, but for a small scratch that's one-and-done, no way. The cat doesn't understand that as a punishment, they see it as you trying to hurt them.

The details are somewhat vague here, but definitely the dad I see as being at fault. If the cat is known for violence, then why have him around a baby? What incited the scratch? Kids and pets don't always mix, and if unsupervised and play rough, then a pet might attack. Always supervise your kids when around animals! Cats in general often have little patience with kids. And there are also limited details on what the cat did afterwards, but I can imagine he would be pissy wussy after getting kicked and possibly hurt.

As a personal story, my cat loves people. He's even ok with kids most of the time. But once these two 7 year old twins were chasing him with kiddie trikes and making a lot of noise. He scratched them and bit their mom. The mom yelled at me, but I always tell her my cat has a certain level of tolerance to bullshit and the kids wouldn't back off and kept trying to run him over. Your kids bugged him more than an autistic girl that routinely grabs and cuddles him roughly. He's a very mellow cat, but he'll fuck you up if you push him to it.

Mcoffey:
Hope the cat goes to a home where they'll treat it better. I've never seen a cat that's just violent.

Are you serious? that cat's getting put down!

I guessing the cat reaction must be "I ain't having any of your shit today!" I'm guessingthe family were abusive to it or it's just agressive beforehand.

Ive seen cats freak out and met some bad tempered cats in my day but holy gods.

The day i lock myself in a room cowering from a house cat no matter how large it is i give up and just hang myself.

Really he should not have kicked it but once it freaked out its hardly an issue to you know grab it and pin it down, picvk it up put it in a closet or a room and close the bloody door. calling the police seems literally insane to me.

I hate reactions like "it's because it must've been abused" or "they probably asked for it".
Domesticated animals can be just as vicious, aggressive or unpredictable as humans or wild animals. It's why I'm scared shitless of horses, because anything can set some of them off, like a wrapped bale of hay or something else entirely inaminate.

Stupid shit can set off an animal, like a smell, a color or shape. The whole dog freaking out over a uniform? Yeah, that happens.
My cat doesn't care about fireworks or loud noises, but if you rustle a paper or a plastic bag, it'll flee the room. Why? There's absolutely no logical reason. Empty plastic bottles? They're apparently evil. Vacuum cleaners? Enemies of the fucking state that need to be attacked and then run away from (I put the cat in the next room so that I can clean, and it'll still come galloping in to scratch the shit out of it and then run away from it, everytime).

You should obviously always treat an animal with respect and train it properly, but thinking that they're these perfect little babies that will never harm anyone unless they're mistreated in some way is a naive line of thought.
Dog owners are the worst when it comes to these bullshit statements. "It's never barked at or bitten anyone." and yet your mutt just bit someone for a reason that we can't explain, because animals are unpredictable.

As for this family, it's odd, but 11kg's of furball destruction is not a fun thing to try and tackle. What're you going to do? Chase it out of the house?

This is going to end up being the go to 'get your cat declawed' story for the next few years.

Well we are talking about a animal who kills simply because it's bored. Also unlike dogs, cats are just dicks for the sake of it. Still if this cat has a history of violence why would you keep a baby around it.

Tanis:
This is going to end up being the go to 'get your cat declawed' story for the next few years.

I don't know why people don't just clip the nails shorter instead. People would probably answer by saying "the cat would likely go straight for your eyes if you tried", but they're not all mad. They don't all hate water and they don't all scratch people's knees off. Surely people can get them used to being handled or groomed early on so that lacerations and veterinary casualties don't become a reality.

Scarim Coral:
I guessing the cat reaction must be "I ain't having any of your shit today!" I'm guessingthe family were abusive to it or it's just agressive beforehand.

Probably abusive. One should NEVER hit a cat for any reason, it's not only cruel it doesn't teach them anything and only makes them hate you. Also, 22 pounds? That's at least 10 pounds more than it should be so they're probably overfeeding it too.

Therumancer:
My first thought was Rabies, but that is probably the first thing they checked for. I'm also guessing that part of the issue is that they didn't want to hurt the cat, so a lot of what people are talking about as far as fighting it are kind of moot. If this is really unusual behavior, and going by the fact that they are apparently keeping it and "keeping an eye on it" for the moment I'm guessing the level of danger it actually presents is minimal, and that if the problem persists someone will probably just step on it's neck.

I'm also guessing it's a small dog, a toy breed or whatever, since if the dog retreated, it probably recognizes the cat as being dominant, and under most circumstances that's not going to be likely, unless the cat is considerably larger which I'm guessing is the case.

Rabies doesn't work like that. Rabies requires contact with an infected animal, and a rabid animal may not even be aggressive. Rabies also involves heavy salivation, poor eating and drinking, poor movement, and will often show a very sickly demeanour. By law cats and dogs need to be vaccinated for rabies in the USA, so most cases are found in wildlife like bats. The only way you can have a definitive test for rabies in animals is to put them down and chop off their head to send in for analysis.

Either way, this doesn't seem like rabies, especially if the cat has a history of violence. Rabies will always kill over time, often a few weeks after symptoms.

omega 616:

snekadid:

omega 616:
kicking a cat is wrong and probably kind of deserved a bit of a reaction but locked in a fucking bedroom!?

A dog can be a huge snarling beast that can literally kill you, an over weight cat will scratch the shit out of you but I wouldn't back down from it.

Haven't seen too many cat attack videos I take it? A pissed cat is way faster than us and can jump over 6 feet high. They can easily tear your jugular or rip out your eyes before you can respond if you treat them lightly.

No, just no. With the obvious exception of big cats (tigers), cats aren't a threat ... they are snooty pricks that claw the fuck out of you but tear your jugular? Not happening.

If you don't want to hurt a cat and it's going off then it ca rip you up but unless it's death by thousand cuts, you'll be fine.

May be not kill you, but a house cat can fuck a human up pretty bad, especially since they often go for the face.

The comments in here make me weep for the human race. I own four cats and love them all dearly but if I see one of them attack an INFANT then you're damn right I'm going to do whatever it takes to get it away from the baby, up to and including a swift kick to the rear.

Cats are awesome but babies are more important.

Yikes, talk about an attitude problem! Alright, so maybe kicking a cat wasn't a good idea though it should have clawed a baby either)... maybe that cat should go to another home...

lord canti:
Well we are talking about a animal who kills simply because it's bored. Also unlike dogs, cats are just dicks for the sake of it. Still if this cat has a history of violence why would you keep a baby around it.

No they're not. No cat has ever done bad things just to be a dick, they've always done it because the owner either failed to do something or did something bad to them first, as was obviously the case here.

Smilomaniac:
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Do your research before you own an animal. No animal that is properly cared for will be aggressive unless they are provoked, like this cat was.

immortalfrieza:

Do your research before you own an animal. No animal that is properly cared for will be aggressive unless they are provoked, like this cat was.

That's a nice encompassing line that means absolutely squat, since "provoke" could be anything that we don't see as unreasonable.
It fits right in with the attitude that animals can do no harm and it's simply not true.

immortalfrieza:

Do your research before you own an animal. No animal that is properly cared for will be aggressive unless they are provoked, like this cat was.

I know from personal experience that this is blatantly false. My family rescued a kitten that had been left behind by a family that moved out. They weren't aware their cat had given birth in a wood pile and left the litter behind. Now, despite our best efforts to raise this cat with all the love and affection we could muster he turned into the meanest tom I've ever seen. The kind that would run up your back, dig in his claws and release just enough to slide all the way down. Just as a "hello."

Maybe kicking the cat wasn't the best way to handle it. I use a squirt bottle on my cats when they do something wrong, or I just hiss at them, and that gets them to calm down or at least stop what they were doing. I wonder what made it scratch the baby? Was the baby pulling its tail or something? I've never heard of a cat walking up and slapping someone just for the fun of it.

I've also never heard of a cat pursuing a fight with a human, although if I can did come after me, I would be pretty worried. I had my arm clawed up and bit pretty bad by a cat once. I wouldn't use my arm fully for about a week after, so I know that a cat, even a house cat, can mess you up pretty bad if it wants to. And they are fast too. It only takes a second for them to shred your flesh.

immortalfrieza:

lord canti:
Well we are talking about a animal who kills simply because it's bored. Also unlike dogs, cats are just dicks for the sake of it. Still if this cat has a history of violence why would you keep a baby around it.

No they're not. No cat has ever done bad things just to be a dick, they've always done it because the owner either failed to do something or did something bad to them first, as was obviously the case here.

Smilomaniac:
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Do your research before you own an animal. No animal that is properly cared for will be aggressive unless they are provoked, like this cat was.

yeahhh no, I've known plenty of cats who have been raised since kittens and I know for a fact are treated well that act like dicks to people with no provocation what so ever.

Smilomaniac:

That's a nice encompassing line that means absolutely squat, since "provoke" could be anything that we don't see as unreasonable.
It fits right in with the attitude that animals can do no harm and it's simply not true.

"Provoke" means plenty, and it's obvious what it means. It means hurt them in some way. If that's not plain enough, here:
1. Don't hit or attack them in any way.
2. Don't mess with their food while they're eating it.
3. Don't screw with their kids, especially when they're not around and don't trust you.
4. Don't just walk up and start petting an animal you've never met before. There's a good chance they will hurt you or try to run away.
5. Learn how to handle behavioral problems or don't have the animal.
6. Most important, make sure they aren't sick before you blame them for anything.

Animals have never done anything to anyone that those people didn't bring about. They are merely following their instincts and if their instincts tell them you are a threat you are going to get attacked.

My uncle was attacked by his cat for absolutely no reason a couple years back. Seriously. He had just woken up and was going to get breakfast. The cat jumped from the floor to his shoulder and just started slashing away. He has scars on his face, neck, shoulder, and chest. It required a hospital visit, and the cat was put down because he wouldn't risk having the same thing happen to a niece or nephew.

While it may be rare, it happens. And even a house cat can be vicious and incredibly dangerous. Getting to the place the cat can't reach was the best call, and believe me, I'd rather have morons on the internet call me a wimp than have a family member end up in the hospital.

lord canti:
yeahhh no, I've known plenty of cats who have been raised since kittens and I know for a fact are treated well that act like dicks to people with no provocation what so ever.

Pickapok:
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Wrong, you just don't know the reason they are doing this and don't care to find out.

Okay, I know these bastards can be a bitch to deal with with all the biting and scratching and whatnot... but come the fuck on, it's a fucking housecat. I mean, there were two adult people and they were too afraid to deal with a fucking housecat?

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