More thoughts on Lux
March 18, 2014 11 Comments
The saga of Lux, the cat who held his people hostage in their bedroom and forced them to call 911, has been plastered all over the news world wide. It’s been analyzed ad infinitum, as cat experts are collectively rolling their eyes and wringing their hands.
While we can point out what caused the cat to react dramatically – the 7-month-old baby pulled his tail and Lee Palmer, the father, kicked the cat in a knee-jerk reaction – the family is/was woefully lacking in understanding feline dynamics – like many households that adopt a cute fluffy cat, subject it to all sorts of chaos, then wonder why it acts up.
Cats are not babies. They are not small dogs.
Lux is 4 years old. From the looks of the family structure, he was probably adopted as a kitten when Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker got together. “Oh, he’s so cute! Let’s adopt him!” (No, he is not a Himalayan.)
So they bring Lux home and dote on him. His “history of violence” probably manifested itself in stalking kitty behavior or biting and scratching when his buttons were pushed. As a result, the couple may have lost interest in him and left him to graze on dry food all day long; hence his ballooning to 22 pounds.
A couple of years pass, and they adopt a dog: Stressor number 1. Pomeranians are yappy little things though according to Dogtime.com, they’re among the least likely breeds to chase cats.
Stressor number 2: The baby. There are ways to prepare a cat (or dog) for the arrival of a baby. And once the kid is mobile, it’s essential to supervise him or her around the pet. This obviously wasn’t done. It’s never too early to start teaching kids how to behave around pets.
So it’s also obvious that Lux was relegated to the bottom of the household ladder – surrounded by formerly caring owners, who are now preoccupied with a noisy, grabby kid, and a yappy little dog.
The sad part is that the scenario is not all that unusual, which is how many cats end up in shelters once The Baby arrives.
The difference here is that Lux decided to take matters into his own … errr … paws and it made national headlines.
Update. According to KGW in Los Angeles, Jackson Galaxy of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” will visit Lux and his family to try to resolve the problem that has parents and pet owners at odds with each other.
“Every parental site on the Internet blames the cat for this confrontation. Every pet site blames the family,” he said, adding that something is wrong if the cat is acting out. “We need to step away from the hysteria. There is a story behind all this. Don’t assume anything.”
The fifth season of “My Cat From Hell” starts April 26.