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‘Cat Whisperer’ on the Harrowing Hostage Situation with the 22 Pound Himalayan

The Cat Whisperer Mieshelle Nagelschneider

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.

With training in wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and comparative psychology, Dr. Schaul's contributions to Nat Geo Voices have covered a range of environmental and social topics. He draws particular attention to the plight of imperiled species highlighting issues at the juncture or nexus of sorta situ wildlife conservation and applied animal welfare. Sorta situ conservation practices are comprised of scientific management and stewardship of animal populations ex situ (in captivity / 'in human care') and in situ (free-ranging / 'in nature'). He also has a background in behavior management and training of companion animals and captive wildlife, as well as conservation marketing and digital publicity. Jordan has shared interviews with colleagues and public figures, as well as editorial news content. In addition, he has posted narratives describing his own work, which include the following examples: • Restoration of wood bison to the Interior of Alaska while (While Animal Curator at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and courtesy professor at the University of Alaska) • Rehabilitation of orphaned sloth bears exploited for tourists in South Asia (While executive consultant 'in-residence' at the Agra Bear Rescue Center managed by Wildlife SOS) • Censusing small wild cat (e.g. ocelot and margay) populations in the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica for popular publications with 'The Cat Whisperer' Mieshelle Nagelschneider • Evaluating the impact of ecotourism on marine mammal population stability and welfare off the coast of Mexico's Sea of Cortez (With Boston University's marine science program) Jordan was a director on boards of non-profit wildlife conservation organizations serving nations in Africa, North and South America and Southeast Asia. He is also a consultant to a human-wildlife conflict mitigation organization in the Pacific Northwest. Following animal curatorships in Alaska and California, he served as a charter board member of a zoo advocacy and outreach organization and later as its executive director. Jordan was a member of the Communication and Education Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CEC-IUCN) and the Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (BSG-SSC-IUCN). He has served on the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society and in service to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA Bear TAG). In addition he was an ex officio member of council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. Contact Email:
  • Stacey Wilson

    Poor misunderstood kitty.

  • DEBORAH summers

    i believe it was wrong to kick the kitty…i know our children are more important than pets yet animals are not human they are animals and there unpredictable especially cats…the cat was hurt when the child pulled the tail and then the mom turns around and kicks it that is wrong

  • Cat Names

    Of course children are more important than kittens, but we need to take care of our children and do not let them to play with cats and do those dangerous actions.

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