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Famously violent cat ‘Lux’ may have been systematically abused by man living in the home — 12 Comments

    • Sorry ME. I wish the same. I could change the software but it’ll present problems. I think the Facebook comments can be amended.

      • From my childhood to this day I flinch if a hand gets too close to my face.
        The kind of aggression Lux showed to the people in his home to me is an animal lashing out because the last straw has been broken. He may have been defending his territory, his owner in a very ineffective way or simply lost it.
        Stress does not always rise to the surface during the worst encounters but builds up and can be triggered by something that seemed very unimportant at the time. The other suggestion is a traumatic brain injury from abuse that the woman was unaware of happening.
        Like many victims of abuse if this is the case with Lux he may need to be medicated for life or eventually put down. I haven’t been able to find any current info on him. Lux’s original owner does give unintended insight. Hand raised kittens are often a handful and become very attached to their human mama’s. I am a human cat mama and I know this. Between possible abuse another baby and moving things that will stress any cat something tripped the wire.
        https://catwisdom101.com/the-truth-about-lux-attack-cat/

    • WOW! That is the exact conclusion I came to when I read about Lux: PTSD.

      We had a cat like that when I was a teenager. It was very sad and heartbreaking to experience. The slightest thing would trigger his attacks. I hope that Lux will recover into the loving cat he was made to be.

      • I always thought this was the cause i.e. someone terrorising the cat. I am sure thousands of others had the same thought. I am pleased it has come out.

      • I’ve dealt with a lot of severely abused horses. While they can be steady mounts and trustworthy they should only be in the hands of experienced horse people. They are always at risk of having an episode by being accidentally triggered.
        I have also found that people rush forming new bonds of trust with an abused animal. It’s usually 2 steps forward and then dive off the cliff and then start again. I am not at all surprised that Lux was acting out even though he was in expert hands. Real experts understand the process and are braced for the roller coaster ride. Just becasue he was placed in a stable home doesn’t mean his aggression and fear and over-response to stimulus will shut off. You may dial the volume back and he may become more stable but it’s not a quick process. It is extremely important for the human in these relationships to learn to be non reactive and quite within themselves part of the cats or horses objectionable behavior is based on an expected response. You have to become their rock in the storm.

  1. Interesting read. I wondered at the time what triggered the so called neurological disease in Lux. so little is really understood about feline hypersthesia it’s within the realm of possibility that mental stress could result in an actual physical manifestation. Extreme daily stress due to abuse. Especially to a very human bonded cat. Micheal you published another piece about stress in the family home a while back. There is also the more likely possibility that Lux always had feline hypersthesia and the stress of being in a home where he was now being abused brought the symptoms to the forefront. Whatever guardians need to be careful in who they allow into their home constant conflict with a resident pet should be a warning flag. It is a form of domestic abuse to demand someone get rid of a companion pet that was there before them. The words love me love my cat have a much deeper meaning. Respect. As we see on My Cat(guardian)From Hell most of the behavior issues are human based and or a cat reacting to stress in the home. Cats are domestic but retain many of the primal instincts and behaviors of their wild relatives. Unlike canines that have been bred to be human submissive cats seem prone to react like wild animals when pushed to their limits. Nanny cams are incredibly sophisticated and reasonably priced. Every cat guardian should use them when introducing new housemates or significant others or with pet sitters. Maybe not nice but you have a right to know what’s going on. It’s also about establishing rules in your home for anyone there. We do not use yelling or any physical punishment. Our cats are redirected when necessary. I’d say for Lux and the comments of his former guardian he has PTSD.

    • I’d be willing to bet that the boyfriend was the original conditioner with that last kick being the straw that broke the camel’s back.

      • Well said. It all points to that. It was always the common sense cause. I surprised Jackson Galaxy did not mention it. Perhaps it was too sensitive a subject to mention on his show.

        • Lux may indeed have FH. However it’s a manageable conditions so someone abusing him would exasperate even a mild case. Stress management is one of the treatments.
          In almost all cases unless cornered or completely overwhelmed a cat will flee. Some house cats will become territorial.
          I would not be surprised if J Galaxy has holes punched in his walls dealing in a civilized manner for a TV and getting the owners to participate. I couldn’t do it. I’d just say I’m taking your cat and I’m going home!

          • Yes, good point. Nearly all cat behavior problems are in fact human problems which can make it very tricky to address them on television without the cat’s owner becoming aggressive and upset. He has to criticise the owners delicately. I think Galaxy is a skilled people communicator. In fact he has more skills in dealing with people than with cats.

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