Domestic cats have not only surpassed dogs as the most popular companion animal in the US, but they have taken the internet by storm.
The most recent cat video to go viral hit cyberspace yesterday following an emergency call placed to a 911 dispatcher in Portland, Oregon.
What we know is that the Palmer family’s 22 lb cat was holding the family hostage following a domestic dispute. It seems the rather heavy Himalayan scratched Mr. Palmer and Ms. Barker’s young child after the youngster pulled the cat’s tail. Mr. Palmer proceeded to kick the cat in the hind quarters, and “Lux” responded with a ferocious vengeance. This chain of events ultimately created a dire situation for the family and their dog, a Pomeranian.
Subsequent retaliation by dad evidently infuriated the feline so much so that he wouldn’t let anyone out of the bedroom. Hissing and screaming could be heard in the background of the call with the emergency dispatcher. Yes, one outraged kitty managed to keep his family at bay for an extended period of time, requiring intervention from local law enforcement personnel. The police eventually subdued the cat, which remains with his owners.
Jump ahead to this morning. The local news media caught up with the internationally renowned Cat Whisperer Mishelle Nagelschneider. The feline behavior consultant happens to live right in Portland, but she has not been in contact with the family. Although neither Mr. Palmer or Ms. Barker could be reached for comment, Ms. Nagelschneider shared her expertise and commentary on the matter with KATU. Ms Nagelschneider is the founding behaviorist of Oregon’s The Cat Behavior Clinic.
Here is the segment, which aired this evening on KATU.