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.