Family calls 911 after 22 lb cat gets “hostile”

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Portland, OR — A fat cat with a bad attitude attacked a baby and forced a Portland family to hide in a bedroom before calling 911.

Police were called out to deal with the crazed kitty at The Yards at Union Station complex on Northwest Naito Parkway just before 8 p.m. Sunday.

cat911The man who called 911 told the dispatcher the cat “went over the edge,” and was charging at them every time they opened the door.

“He’s trying to attack us,” he said. “He’s very, very, very, very hostile.”

911 operators confirmed the baby did not need medical attention before sending officers to the scene.

“The 911 operator stayed on the phone with the caller to ensure the family, including the dog, remained safe in the bedroom as the cat screeched in the background,” a Portland Police Bureau press release states.

The responding officers snagged a dog snare to use in case it was needed to take the alleged cat criminal into custody.

The cat, named Lux, weighs 22 pounds.

When officers opened the door to the apartment, a black and white Himalayan darted into the kitchen, “attempting to flee custody,” police said.

The dog snare came in handy, as it was used to put the cat behind bars in a crate.

Officers then told the family it was safe to come out of the bedroom.

“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,” the Portland Police Bureau stated.

A motive for the feline’s frantic behavior has not been revealed.

“He’s got kind of a history of violence,” the caller told a 911 dispatcher. “He’s kind of a violent cat already. But he’s really bad right now.”

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    • Petfriendly2

      I wonder why the family didn't take the cat to a veterinarian long before now. Evidently, the cat has health issues and needs medication.

  • Balderdash

    Nobody could handle a cat bite to be let out of a bedroom? Grown people. Cat. How is this difficult to figure out? You're in a bedroom. If you're so terrified of a cat, grab a blanket off the bed or clothes from the closet, wrap them around your legs, and walk the hell out of the room. Jesus, people are complete morons.

  • Jacqueline Sparks

    WGN news reported the owner admitted kicking the cat.
    The cat responded by defending itself. I say replace the owners, they may have the bad attitude.

  • ChicagoCommonSense

    It's an effin cat! These Portland babies need to be charged with misuse of 911. Next time perhaps the fools should force it into a room and shut the door…rather than the other way around.


  • Mirta

    I feel sorry for the cat! Clearly, the owners have been ignoring the poor thing.The poor cat didn’t even attack the boy seriously. After all, the little boy pulled his tail and the cat scratched him to indicate he didn’t care for it. How would you like it if someone pulled your hair? Plus, seeing the cat heavy, indicates to me that the owners don’t even play with him and they just overfeed him so as not to pay him any attention. I question the parents intelligence allowing the 7 month old to play with the cat. Seriously, I feel for the cat being in a loveless home.

    • Activists Diary

      Many animals who were fine before children come into the picture react very strongly once a child is born, and especially when the child gets more active and mobile. Someone I know gave away her dog once her child started walking, because the dog attacked her child. (I saw that the dog was jealous from the beginning, but it took time for him to react that strongly.) That is the only appropriate thing to do. Unless, of course, you think your cat is more important than your child. Then, we really have a problem, don't we?

      • v86

        I'm sure that when it comes down to that kind of decision, you find a loving home for the cat. No one is arguing this point. But, THE CAT HAD A HISTORY OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR and this is what you bring a child into? An animal isn't a thing to play with, it's a lifetime commitment.

  • Kathy

    Don't miss the part that the journalist treated it like a joke. Maybe if you weren't sh*tty animal owners, that cat could have been stopped by you and not by the police (who's time was probably better spent *actually* saving people from real problems). If we find out they have that cat put down, I don't know how I'll stop myself from finding those people…at least have the decency to give the cat to a no-kill shelter if you can't deal…

    • Activists Diary

      A no-kill shelter should never take a cat like this, unless it's going to be held in isolation. The only solution, sadly, is to put it to sleep. There are plenty of other cats who are not aggressive who need homes. No reason to take a chance with this one. (See my other post as to why I feel strongly about this situation.)

  • Activists Diary

    Tragically, I have personal experience with this same exact situation. I had a large Tabby who attacked 2 adults in my home – and like this family, I thought I could keep him, because he returned back to normal fairly quickly. He had been a very gentle cat before I moved to a new home. He was held for observation by the vet, and his bloodwork, etc. was normal. Then he attacked me and would not calm down. I had to put him to sleep. The whole situation was painful, but obviously could have been much worse.

    I tell everyone now – if a cat acts like that even once, as hard as it is to do, put it to sleep. The other choice, possibly, is to drug it so much (and spend a lot on meds) that is practically in a coma, but you're still taking a chance that the meds won't work.

    For parents of an 8 month old who has already been attacked to keep a cat like this is not only incredibly stupid, it's at least bordering on child abuse. They are knowingly exposing their child to a known violent animal. Cat bites are extremely dangerous. Cat's teeth carry more germs than dogs' and blood poisoning can happen in a matter of minutes/hours.

    I wish I knew who this family was – I would contact them and try to talk some sense into them. I have a feeling they will change their mind after this story got so much media attention – at least I hope so.

    • v86

      I will not knock your decision to have put your cat down in a moment when that decision has already been made. I imagine that was an extremely hard decision to make (if I equate it to how my world would end if I ever felt that I had no other choice but to put my own cat to sleep).
      But I absolutely must call you out on your resolve that this is the absolute answer to every situation. I get a sense of this not only from this comment, but from multiple comments that really make it seem like you're on a crusade to ensure that all owners put their aggressive cats to sleep. There are many people that find themselves in situations where their cat is suddenly more aggressive than normal (unlike this news story in which the cat had a violent history of behavior!!). If those people don't do more than bring the cat to the doctor for a checkup before making the decision to put them down, I wholeheartedly believe that these people have not done enough!

    • Ana

      Absolutely agree with V86. There is an absolute lack of understanding of cats on your part, Activists Diary. "If a cat acts like that even once…put it to sleep"? Your home is evidently not conducive to having cats. Cats, as well as every other animal, have their reasons. They don't just mill about like automatons. They have their own worlds, their own feelings, their own language… and it is the LACK of understanding and compassion from people like you, that keeps our race from accepting these creatures as equal. Who knows what the reasons were behind this cat's behavior, but there are cats who simply belong in a different home environment. Perhaps the cat was neglected after the baby was born? Maybe it was under some kind of stress?

      I also have to comment on how insensitively and biased this article was written. A TRUE reporter does not use qualifying adjectives such as "crazed kitty" and "fat cat with a bad attitude". Where did YOU go to school?