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Could your pet be at risk of going crazy?

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A Portland, Ore. family is playing nice after saying they were attacked by the family pet; they even had to call police for help.

The family pet, a Himalayan cat, scratched their small child in the face after the child pulled it's tail. Then, the family found themselves being held hostage, barricaded behind a bedroom door.

The child's father called police to save them from a 22 lb. house cat, which can be heard in the 911 tapes screeching and clawing at the door.

The large feline named "Lux" reportedly attacked their 7-month-old baby. The parents admitted to kicking the cat before it turned on the entire family.

Columbus Veterinarian Doctor Hank Hall of Northside Animal Hospital says there are many factors that could contribute to a pet going mad.

"[The pet] could have a brain tumor. It could be diabetic. High and low blood sugar could trigger a seizure. Parasites could also cause them to scratch at themselves and get grouchy after a while," Hall explained. "Sometimes some of them just have a bad attitude."

Cats can be fierce fighters equipped with claws and little vertical limitation.

"We've seen some cats in here, oh no! They're not playing," Hall exclaimed.

If your family pet attacks, the Oregon family took the proper steps to ensure their safety.

"It was smart of them, put some distance here, lets figure this out. I know it sounded kind of wimpy calling the 911 on your own animal, but they did the smart thing," said Hall. 

Other smart things to remember, it's important to keeps your pets at a healthy weight and their vaccinations up to date.

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