Oregon's most famous resident, Lux the cat, made national headlines this year when he went on a rampage so violent that his owners were forced to call 911. So where is Lux now? And is he a total psycho, or are his humans just idiots? Only one man can get Justice 4 Lux: musician by night and cat whisperer by day Jackson Galaxy!
And first, can we all just salute Jackson Galaxy? He ain't scurred of no claws. He drives a pink convertible and walks around with a guitar case full of nip and toys. And I can tell you from experience that a guitar case is the LEAST convenient way of carrying around anything—even a guitar! That's how committed he is!
Jackson walked into that house, scraggly beard battling the Portland humidity, and found this scared little nugget hiding behind a treadmill in the shitty room (literally, given the dirty litterbox) where he's been held captive since his violent outburst.
In mere minutes, Lux was eating tuna treats from Jackson's lap like a purr-machine. Jackson's initial diagnosis was that Lux is suspicious but not vicious. My feelings about the matter are that Lux was pushed to the edge by having to live with this stupid baby:
And this stupid dog:
And this guy who made his case against a violent cat while sporting the remains of a black eye.
That gesture that Lux's guardian, Lee, is making is a reenactment of Lux clawing the baby's head during his violent outburst. This was after the baby pulled Lux's tail, which in my estimation is grounds enough to get rid of the baby. Lee then kicked the cat—a point controversial enough in the original story that he has downgraded it to attempting to kick the cat.
Jackson has clearly clocked owners Lee and Teresa as being deficient, but he's nice about it. He suggests a full medical exam to rule out physical issues, as well as special cat shelving and regular play time outside of the captivity shit-room.
When Jackson returns a few weeks later, he learns that there's nothing medically wrong...WITH THE CAT. Guardian Teresa is another matter, though, as she's clearly terrified anytime Lux so much as looks at her and is stressing him out by saying things like, "He's dead set on me!" when the cat is just standing there and meowing. Still, she wants to keep Lux, because she loves him so much as to lock him up in a cluttered room and freak out anytime he brushes against her leg. But seriously, she has good memories of Lux, who was like her baby until she got an ACTUAL baby, whose forehead Lux then clawed.
Jackson works with the Oregon Humane Society to put Lux into a "neutral environment" for a week with foster parents Jim and Mollie, also known as the heroes of our story.
But then OH NO! Lux was doing great until he TOTALLY clawed Mollie in the legs. Lux, man, what were you thinking? The vet does an MRI, which shows that Lux's brain is fine, then diagnoses him with feline hyperesthesia syndrome—a seizure-like condition involving hyperstimulation of the nerves. It causes cats to feel intense pain, and while they often turn on themselves, they can also lash out at humans. The vet recommends a course of anti-depressants and anti-seizure meds.
So, in answer to the question of "Is it the cat or is it the humans?" the answer is a little from column A and a little from column B. Jackson convinces Lee and Teresa to allow Lux to be re-homed, ostensibly because he could kill their baby one day but REALLY because it's obviously much better for the cat. Teresa is tearful but resigned, while both Lee and Lux are psyched.
And like the awesome crazy cat people that they are, Jim and Mollie totally love Lux and are committed to giving him the best chance he can get. They adopt him, and at the end of the show we learn that so far, Lux has been responding to his medication. There is no word on whether certain so-called "bystanders" are now cone-free.
Next time: Jackson Galaxy tackles an even bigger career-defining challenge as he attempts to cheer up Grumpy Cat.
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