The couple who had taken in Lux the cat, whose violent tendencies
have drawn nationwide notoriety, have given him up, said Jackson
Galaxy, host of the show "My Cat From Hell" on the Animal Planet
In an episode of the show that aired last week, Galaxy diagnosed the
cat with feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which can cause
unpredictability, and prescribed medication to calm it.
Lux, a black-and-white Himalayan, made headlines and newscasts in
March when he scratched a 7-month-old baby's face, prompting the
father to kick the cat and barricade his family, including the dog,
in a bedroom. The baby was not seriously injured but the family had
to call 911 to have the police save them from the cat.
Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson said Lux was
the most violent cat he had seen in his 20 years with the Portland
Since Galaxy’s visit last month, the couple who adopted Lux found
his violent tendencies to be too much.
“Unfortunately, as time went on, Lux’s behavior took a turn for the
worse,” Galaxy said on his website. “As he was settling in with
Mollie and Jim, he would unpredictably snap – in essence, replaying
the 911 nightmare I had originally walked in on.”
Though the couple loved the cat, they couldn’t keep him. Lux is now
at an undisclosed foster home, according to officials at the Cat
Hospital of Portland who are working to find him a home.
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Galaxy said Lux has been responding to his medication and is doing
“I’m being cautious – can you blame me? Every single time I’ve made
assumptions when it comes to Lux, I’ve had my lunch handed to me,”
he said on the website.
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Bill Trott)
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