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Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy heading to Oregon to work with animal that attacked family

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell." Cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says the cat behaviour expert, who is heading to Portland soon to work with the 4-year-old part-Himalayan pet named Lux. Galaxy will film the visit for his show's fifth season, which kicks off April 26.

Cat takes US family hostage

A 22-pound (10-kilo) Himalayan cat attacked a baby boy and then took a US family hostage in their apartment, forcing them to call 911 to get police help. The ferocious feline first went for the seven-month-old baby, prompting owner Lee Palmer to kick the animal up the backside, but that served only to antagonize it further. "We're trapped in the bedroom, he won't let us out of our door," Palmer told an emergency services dispatcher in Portland, in the western state of Oregon.

Kids read aloud to cats in Toronto program to boost pet care, child literacy

TORONTO - Kids and kittens come together at a Toronto animal hospital that has students read aloud to abandoned cats in an effort to promote proper pet care and boost the children's literacy. The Kitty Litter-a-ture program held each Tuesday afternoon at the Dundas West Animal Hospital also has kids clean and feed their furry friends. The program's co-creator, veterinarian Scott Bainbridge, says it teaches children to be responsible pet owners while developing their reading skills. He says it also helps socialize the cats while they wait to be adopted.

Police, SPCA investigate after six severed cat heads found in Stouffville, Ont.

STOUFFVILLE, Ont. - Cat owners in a community north of Toronto are being warned to keep their pets indoors after a number of severed cat heads were found, one of them near a daycare. York Regional Police said Thursday there have been six recent incidents in Whitchurch-Stouffville where heads and, in one case, other body parts of a dismembered cat were found in public locations. Investigators don't know what the motive behind the dismemberments could be, said Const. Andy Pattenden.

Friendly felines are really natural born killers, US study finds

By Laura Zuckerman Jan 29 (Reuters) - Think of cats as cute purring bundles of fur? Think again. A new study says free-roaming kitties are serious killers. Such cats are a leading cause of deaths of birds and small mammals in the United States, with pet and ownerless cats blamed for killing up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion other animals each year, government scientists said in a study released on Tuesday.
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