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PORTLAND, Oregon (WTVR) – A frantic father called 911 Sunday night after a bizarre confrontation with the family’s Himalayan cat named “Lux.”


"Lux" after Sunday night's rampage.

The Barker family said it all started when Lux scratched their seven-month-old baby and then went after the family dog.

That’s when the man of the house gave “Lux” a swift kick in the rear. Things then took a turn for the worse.

"He started hissing and just yowling... Yowls, not like a meow, but yowls. He was really like crazy,"  Teresa Barker said. “I grabbed my son and I grabbed the dog and ran to the back bedroom.”


Teresa Barker and her seven-month-old son.

Soon the child’s father also ran for safety and dialed 911.

The 911 Call

“I have a particular emergency here,” he told a 911 operator. “My cat attacked our seven-month-old child and I kicked… the cat in the rear and it has went off over the edge and we aren’t safe around the cat."

When asked if the child needed medical attention, the father said the boy “just had scratches on his forehead.”

But what really had him worried was the hissing and snarling cat that had the father, mother, baby and dog barricaded in the bedroom.

“He’s trying to attack us. He’s very, very, very, very hostile. When I leave out of the bedroom to let the police in, I’m going to have to fight this cat.”

The dispatcher next asked exactly how large the cat was. He said the cat weighed in at 22 pounds and had a history of violence.

“But he’s bad right now. He’s charging us at our bedroom door. You hear him?” he asked.

“Yeah I hear him,” the dispatcher said. “Keep your door shut, OK?”

When asked if he thought the cat would attack the police, the father simply replied, “Yes.”

“Tell them to be careful,” he warned.

Police Save the Day

When police arrived they spotted the cat scram into the kitchen and jump on top of the refrigerator.

Officers then  used a snare and eventually got an upset “Lux” into a crate.

“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,” Portland police said in a news release.

“Certainly it could have been catastrophic had it been attacking the officers,” Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson told a reporter from KGW.

attackcat2It is unclear whether the family will keep the 22-pound troublemaker after what happened.

“Now that I have a baby, maybe it’s not so good to have the cat.” Teresa Barker said.

But Sgt. Simpson thinks there might be another solution for the family.

“Maybe something can be worked out through mediation between the family and the cat,” Simpson said.

Why Do Cats Hiss

While it may seem funny to some, a hissing and snarling cat is no laughing matter. In fact, the animal's hissing is a dire warning, according to Animal Planet.

"Vocalizations warn you to stay clear, to step away from him, or those huffing, snake-like sounds will lead to something more serious," the website states.

Additionally, the cat's hissing may indicate that he or she is frightened and is going into defensive mode.

Experts advise giving hissing cat a chance to calm down.

"If he's being introduced to a new feline or canine roommate, supervise the interactions, always keeping them safely apart till your distressed cat adjusts to this new reality," according to Animal Planet.


  • DB

    I’m sorry that the cat scratched the child. But you don’t kick a cat or dog. He injured the cat and it probably isn’t the 1st time he’s kicked it. Maybe that’s why the cat reacted the way that he did.

    • Jeanne Murdock

      I agree. Older cats are often afraid of small humans and will scratch for what may seem to us no reason. Kicking a cat or any animal does NOT accomplish anything but injury. It certainly doesn’t make them less fearful, which is what needs to be accomplished.

    • Carole

      You are so right! You don’t kick a cat or dog!! He probably hurt the cat that’s why the cat was yelling!!

    • LoriJo Bean

      I agree, you NEVER ever kick a small animal, he could have done internal damage or broken something. I hope this poor terrorized cat gets removed from these horrible people who clearly have no idea how to take care of animals correctly–goodness help their poor baby–and gets placed in a loving home with someone who knows what they are doing and loves animals.

  • Wow

    My cats scratch me every day, they think it’s play. In the particular case the cat was obviously provoked… Any combination of animals and babies are not good, basically, you cannot change the scope of the environment that a cat this age lives in, otherwise it will become mean… Kicking an animal will not make things better, remember cats know no laws, if you cause them harm they will do everything and anything to eliminate the problem.

    You’re not very smart or humane to have don what you did and your animals should be stripped from you

  • jenny

    Totally agree. This guy isn’t a cat person to begin with if he goes around kicking his cat when the cat misbehaves. Give the cat a new home with cat people. Cats don’t just up and claw someone without reason.

  • connie

    i had a cat do that and the vet said get her fixed and she wont and so i did and she didn’t do it anymore,she probally veiws the baby as a threat to her being the one loved in the house but i agree you dont kick a cat he may have hurt her she needs to be giving to someone with no kids and get her fixed if ahe isn’t already

  • Belsma

    Oh, good lord. Just keep cat and baby away from each other and never kick an animal, unless it’s a life or death situation, or very serious. A nudge would probably have sufficed.

  • Carole

    Both my kids grew up with cats. Not one time did any of my cats hurt my babies & we were smart enough to not leave a baby near a playful cat! Also cats do not try to lick the milk off babies mouths, that is an old wives tale! People should not kick a cat or dog!!!

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