The Cat Attack that Prompted a 911 Call

Widespread media outlets report the story of a cat owner being attacked by his cat after he kicked it. How would you have handled this situation?

A recent news story about a cat has drawn a lot of attention, and a lot of criticism.

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On Mar. 9, Oregon resident Lee Palmer placed a 911 call to report that he and his family were being attacked by their 22-lb domestic cat, Lux. Apparently, the cat had scratched Palmer’s 7-month-old baby, Jesse, after the baby pulled the cat’s tail, and Palmer kicked the cat to protect the infant. The cat struck back — the details of how are unclear, Palmer simply said the cat went “over the edge” in the 911 call — and Palmer retreated to a bedroom with Jesse, the baby’s mother and the family Pomeranian to call for help.

The story ends with baby doing fine, the couple recovering, and Lux the cat remaining home, sequestered from Jesse. The aftermath, however, has stirred up strong reactions from cat advocates and parents, and derision from many others. Here are some examples of news coverage:

Local TV Station Talks to Cat Behavior Consultant About Attack Cat >>

911 Call for “Attack Cat” Released >>

In Face of Potential Mockery, Owner Assures It’s “No laughing matter” >>

We want to know: How would you have reacted to the situation? Has anything like this happened to you?

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