The Portland, Oregon couple who called the cops on their cat on Sunday, saying they’d barricaded themselves in the bedroom because the cat had gone berserk and attacked them, have been in the spotlight since the story grabbed international headlines.
Many news stories treated the case as a sideshow, but the details of the incident made many question the cat’s safety and whether he should stay in the home.
Lux is a 22 pond Himalayan who Teresa Barker says she’s had since he was a kitten. Teresa Barker and Lee Palmer’s baby pulled Lux’s tail, prompting Lux to swat back. Lee Palmer admitted on his 911 call to police that he kicked the cat, and said the cat then went out of control in attack mode, prompting the family to lock themselves away from him and call for help.
“He attacked our baby, so we got a bit of adrenalin rush,” Barker said of the incident. “If you had a cat and you had a baby… I assure you, you’d do the same thing. We were worried about the baby; we could’ve cared less how the cat felt.”
Fortunately for Lux, police didn’t take him away and have him killed over the incident. He remains in the home.
After the story spread across media outlets, offers came in to the couple, to provide therapy for Lux or to give him a home where he wouldn’t be kicked and have his tail pulled. Media outlets also came knocking on the couple’s door, and they’ve given some interviews.
The Oregonian followed up on the story this afternoon.
Barker’s response when asked about the offers to adopt Lux was this: “It’s not going to happen — I’m not getting rid of my cat right now,” she said. “I’ve raised him since he was a baby … we’re taking different precautions.”
She says she and Palmer are keeping Lux and the baby away from one another for the time being, and she thinks the cat will eventually come out from under the bed, where he took refuge.
“The cat never attacked the baby until he pulled on his tail,’’ Barker said. “The baby runs after the kitty and goes ‘ki-ki’ and tries to grab the kitty. He does the same with the dog. The only difference is the cat attacks and the dog doesn’t.
“We gotta watch the cat around the baby. Period,” she said.
Read the full update to the story in The Oregonian, and see their video report from this afternoon: