Galaxy goes to Portland to act as Lux’s advocate and find out what’s wrong

jackson galaxy advocate for lux the violent-catGood news! Jackson Galaxy has said that he is going to Portland to speak up on behalf of this cat that has been branded violent. You may have read that Lux is currently in a shelter which, in itself, is cause for consternation amongst people who like cats.

This is actually better than good news, it is great news because there is no doubt in the minds of all cat lovers that Lux needs an advocate, especially an advocate who understands cat behaviour.

Jackson makes some good points. He says that every website about parenting criticises the cat and on every website about pets and cats, the parents are criticised. I would like to make a further point on that statement. The people commenting on sites about parenting are unlikely to understand, sufficiently, cat behaviour. However, the people commenting on pet and cat websites are likely to understand parenting and human behaviour and therefore I would suggest that what is stated on pet websites is more reliable. I don’t think that is a biased statement. I am just saying that, in general, people understand people better than they understand cats.

Jackson makes another good point which is that we need to step away from the hysteria of this story – the hysteria has been stoked up by the press – and start to get down to some cat behaviour basics and a bit of common sense. He makes the point to that we should not assume anything. What he is saying is that there needs to be a thoroughgoing analysis. Personally, I have a feeling that Jackson will be able to diagnose this problem quickly.

Jackson says that there are many reasons why a cat can turn aggressive. It is interesting that he says that he has known cats who acted in a similar way to Lux who were suffering from an abscessed tooth, brain tumour, hyperthyroidism or diabetes. In other words when a cat is ill and the illness is not necessarily apparent he or she may show signs of aggression which are misconstrued by the cat’s owner.

Jackson also says that parents should never leave a young child with a cat, unsupervised. I guess all cat lovers know that basic rule and all parents should know it as well.

Another point that this cat behaviourist makes is that a cat needs a place to retreat to, a place to hide when he is stressed. For example, a cat should be able to climb vertically to climb out of the situation. In the UK, Cats Protection, can supply a device that they call the Feline Fort®, which is both a place where a cat can hide and climb. When a cat has the ability to retreat to a hiding place it provides a period that Jackson describes as a “timeout”.

He says that he does not know at this stage what caused Lux to be aggressive but mentions a possible chemical imbalance (an illness) or a stressful environment or because he was kicked. He was concerned about Lux’s continued aggression (the assault on the bedroom or bathroom door behind which the family were hiding) even though the threat to the cat had gone. My gut feeling about that is this. The aggression continued because – and I’m guessing here – the environment was stressful and there may have been previous examples of this cat being, dare I say it, mistreated; although I’m not saying that the mistreatment was deliberate, it was probably due to a lack of sensitivity and knowledge. When a cat is under continued stress he becomes almost permanently defensively aggressive. This is what is what happened her, I sense.

That underlying stress in the environment meant that it did not take much for Lux to snap and become aggressive and when the child pulled the cat’s tail it was the last straw and that kicked off the retaliation by the owner when he kicked the cat.

Let’s hope that Jackson Galaxy can resolve this matter. A successful resolution would for Lux to find a new home as far as I am concerned. Note: there is probably an element of self-promotion by Jackson Galaxy here, which is understandable as this is a good opportunity to get some nationwide publicity.


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Galaxy goes to Portland to act as Lux’s advocate and find out what’s wrong — 28 Comments

  1. Yea i just hope so much that someone good will look after that cat. It worries me that that cat is going back into that enviroment

    • The solution, for me, is quite simple: real home this cat with people who understand cats. Any one of us, if we were available, would resolve this problem! There is still hype about this cat and you could argue in fact that Jackson Galaxy himself is hyping up the story by being involved but that said I believe that his involvement is good.

      • It wouldn’t surprise me if that was their intent all along. They seem devious to me, and what jumped into my head within seconds of reading the first article here on was that they wanted publicity from Mr. Galaxy’s team. But it didn’t warrant a comment on my part, because I knew that soon they would have publicity and that the catworld would reach out to our favorite Hollywood feline advocate. I have not been worried, since I saw the hits on google that first day it appeared on PoC. With what this poor creature has endured, and the attention that it has garnered, he will have a good home, 98% guaranteed.

        That is why my respect for Jackson is solid. I would like to see his more troubling moments though, I’d hate to go on through life thinking that he is infallible. 😉

            • You maybe don’t understand me, Michael, but I know that he is, and isn’t. Unlike you. We know this about You.

              I/We would not be so attracted to pictures of cats, if it weren’t for you. [I’m in a very low place rightnow, I feel responsible; I am responsible for my Panda’s suffering, being, reaching out for the caretaking that she needed. And, I failed her. I will take that to my grave. Which is quite the “funny” expression, considering that we live, what we experience in this life that we know. Where are our loved ones? In a safer “no-time, no dimensions, no-drama.” A “space” beyond our imagination. A place, from my perspective, where we are pure, and our only “end” is to reach beyond, to help those that need it. those are merely constraints in the Homo sapiens world.

  2. Michael: The people commenting on sites about parenting are unlikely to understand, sufficiently, cat behaviour. However, the people commenting on pet and cat websites are likely to understand parenting and human behaviour and therefore I would suggest that what is stated on pet websites is more reliable.

    Absolutely agree with you, Michael. And, Mr. Galaxy is, I think, the best cat psychotherapist in the…universe! Making a career of it, anyway. 😉

  3. Jackson is not only a cat “whisperer”, he is also a people “whisperer.”.

    While I wholeheartedly agree with most of what you say in this blog, Michael, there is one point in which we disagree to an extent.

    Jackson actually works with both the humans and the cats that are giving the people problems. In many cases the people involved do not only not understand the cats, they don’t understand each other at all. In there frustration over the feline’s “bad” behavior they often blame each other for the problem- try to make the other person wrong- etc.

    The cat doesn’t have the “problem”- it’s the humans that don’t understand their cats (or in many cases each other) leading to extra confusion and stress for everyone concerned.

    I totally agree with Ruth that if Jackson can’t get to the bottom of what is disturbing Lux- no one can! He is the bomb!

  4. Glad Galaxy is on the case and like others I hope Lux doesn’t go back to that family who have already proved them have no idea of cat care. I’m sure there will be a long list of people wanting to adopt Lux after all this publicity so I hope he gets his happy ever after very soon.

  5. I found this on Lux’s website

    Lux the Cat

    23 hours ago.

    [Mike Oswald, director of the Multnomah County Animal Services in Oregon, “Lux is in no danger at all” … “Euthanasia is not on the table,” … “The cat is with us and the family is undecided about what to do. They are deciding if they want to work with a cat behaviorist. If they don’t take him back, he will be put up for adoption.]

    -Joe Mason

  6. Thank goodness!
    I wonder how the family feels about Mr Galaxy’s visit.
    I felt that they didn’t want him in their home.
    So, now he’ll visit Lux in a public place.
    I expect that these “owners” are cringing.

  7. So good to hear this welcome news! I agree with the Cat Daddy. There is a reason behind this. He is the best, if not one of the only, people on earth to help this poor kitty and the family as well. Once everyone understands they may change their story 180 degrees. Thanks Michael.

  8. Thank goodness for Jackson Galaxy, if he can’t sort out this mess then no one can!
    I hope Lux doesn’t go back to his abusive family, I hope he is adopted by someone who truly loves and understands cats

    • Ruth, I certainly feel much more confident now that Lux will survive at least and hopefully he will be placed in a good home. Even if his aggression is due to an illness I still think that he deserves a different home based upon what I have read.

    • Me too I agree – he musn’t be forced back with the same familly – he will just remain unhappy. He’s unhappy. Poor thing.

      Good thing Jackson is around.

  9. God bless!
    As for the stress – it’s easy for a cat to be in stress for several days if he does not find a safe place or the apartment is small – just nowhere to run and feel safe. I went through a situation when a scared cat did not allows us to go out of the room. That was tough! Only determination and love allowed us to calm the situation down and noone git hurt. Later that cat showed himself as a loveliest fur baby. You just need to carry on and think what’s best for each one. Even for hardcore cat lovers like us some situations will require effort and brains.
    Hopefully the kitty will be safe with another family. It’s not only the kitty but also the environment he lives in. xx

    • Thanks Natalie.

      some situations will require effort and brains

      This I think is the key. It does sometimes require a certain amount of intelligence to create an environment for a cat in which he or she behaves in a way that we like. To respond to a cat’s defensive aggression with more aggression (hitting him) is to make matters worse and in the end the human nearly always loses one way or another.

      People should be able to use their intelligence to look after their cat intelligently. Sadly people are sometimes less intelligent than they think they are. This is called arrogance.

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