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Crazed 22-pound kitty to see psychologist

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The story of Lux, the 22-pound cat that scared a local family into calling 911 for help, is going viral. In just 24 hours, the family's story has hit Gawker, Time and even the Daily Mail in the UK.

Teresa Barker says her cat became crazy with rage this weekend after the family's 8-month-old grabbed his tail. The family says Lux scratched the boy in retaliation, so the boy's dad kicked the cat back.

From there, things got so out of hand, the family says they were forced to take cover and call police.

"It's only funny when it's not happening to you," said Barker. "When this happens to you, I assure you, you will do the same thing.

The family tells FOX 12 they are overwhelmed with all of the media attention, and have now decided to take Lux to a cat psychologist to help work through their issues.

They have one of those for cats? Who knew.

But, as it turns out, there are a handful of them across the region.

"It's becoming known that there is help for people with cat-behavioral problems," said Laura Speirs, the kitty counselor and certified cat behavior consultant.

Speirs said she believes what Lux did was likely not malicious.

"This is a very extreme example, and this is what made me even more sad is that things escalated to this incredible high example of this poor cat feeling so threatened that he didn't know what else to do except attack anybody in his sight," said Speirs.

"In my opinion, he felt threatened by whatever went on in the house, and then with the owner's reaction, it's quite understandable because of the fear that their baby was hurt, so they attacked back. It's just sad, I feel for both sides," she said.

While she may not be Lux's official shrink, Speirs says if she had to guess, she said she believes the first step toward fixing the feline is to set boundaries in the home.

She admits it's a difficult thing to do with small kids and cats. If need be, she suggests providing the cat with an escape route if it ever feels threatened again.

"Small children are erratic, and cats don't know where the child is coming from. Depending on the position of the cat, they can feel threatened and upset because they don't know what the child is going to do," said Speirs.

"There's always something that drives the cat's behavior, and understanding patience and love is the way to go, rather than being upset with the cat," she said.

Slideshow: Lux the cat and the baby he's accused of attacking
Original story: Crazed kitty attacks baby, forces family to call 911

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