Fierce feline who terrorized Oregon family stumps ‘My Cat From Hell’ TV show host


In what truly epitomized the title of his
TV show, “My Cat From Hell,” feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy is calling his attempt to tame
the Portland cat notorious for attacking a baby and boxing his panicked owners into a
bedroom “the hardest case I have ever worked.” It got more difficult after the happy ending
for the cat named Lux soon unraveled. In the reality show that aired last weekend, Galaxy
persuades another Portland couple to take Lux while the cat is treated with antidepressants
and anti-seizure medication. A veterinarian diagnosed Lux with feline hyper-esthesia syndrome,
which can trigger violent behavior. But after the episode’s taping, Lux attacked his new
guardians and they gave him up for their own safety. “It was the worst letdown,” Galaxy
told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bigger shock. This is
the hardest case I have ever worked.” But take heart, Lux supporters. The 4-year-old
cat has become Galaxy’s buddy, and the reality star says he hasn’t given up. He’s placed
Lux in a veterinary clinic where the cat receives medication while undergoing treatment to try
to identify what turns this feline Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde. Lux became one of the most
notorious cats in pet history after his owner called 911 on March 9 as the cat terrorized
his family. Lee Palmer told dispatchers Lux had scratched his son’s head and was out of
control. The family barricaded themselves in a bedroom, and Lux could be heard screeching
menacingly in the background. Galaxy set up a series of meetings with Lux and his owners,
who did not return messages seeking comment. The episode shown Saturday demonstrated the
difficulty in solving the puzzle that is Lux. In their first encounter, Galaxy walks into
a bedroom where the cat’s fearful owners have sequestered him. Galaxy sees Lux peeking out
from behind a box. The cat’s eyes are dilated, a sign of distress. He growls. After making
eye contact at the cat’s level and offering treats, Galaxy is able to pick up Lux and
put him on his lap. The cat returns Galaxy’s affection as the tattooed TV host pets him.
“I do not see a vicious cat,” Galaxy says. “I do not see a killer.” In the show, Galaxy
temporarily puts Lux in the care of another couple to see whether the cat would be violent
in a different home. Lux attacked one of its new owners. A Portland veterinarian suggests
Lux be medicated, and the new owners agree to take Lux back. At first, it went well.
But after the show wrapped, the couple called Galaxy to say the cat had several violent
episodes. Galaxy said the cat was a danger to them and he understands why they couldn’t
keep him. Despite the outbursts, everyone seems to fall for Lux, a long-haired cat with
a sweet face. That’s the case for Galaxy, who has dealt with thousands of difficult
cats. “I fell in love with him the second I met him,” Galaxy said. “He’s the sweetest
boy in the world.” The reality star has made saving Lux from euthanasia his personal crusade.
The cat is at a clinic — Galaxy won’t divulge the location — where specialists are trying
to better understand the complicated feline. Galaxy works with them on treatment, and it’s
going well so far. The medication is starting to work. Staff members at the clinic put Lux
in different social situations to see how he responds. Galaxy hopes they can modify
Lux’s behavior so the cat can someday find a home. “I’m going to keep working with this
cat,” Galaxy said. “I’ve got to be sure I give him the best shot.”

11 thoughts on “Fierce feline who terrorized Oregon family stumps ‘My Cat From Hell’ TV show host

  1. I wonder if the vets found a cyst or a tumor to cause the episodes or if this is just a case of feline epilepsy….

  2. I wonder if Lux has something similar to bipolar or a personality disorder… But it's triggered. Maybe the answer lies in his past.

  3. I know it’s possible for cats to get anxiety and depression. I wonder if it’s possible for cats to get other mental illnesses?

    Maybe the violent episodes are due to something like hallucinations? It kind of sucks that it’s impossible to ask Lux what is going on in his head like you’d be able to with a human.

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