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Lacey Face, Sweet Pea, Silky Girl, Linda Blair head (new), Crazy Legs (new)
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August 17th 2004
Climbing up the seven foot cat tree
My refusal to share my food with her. Her brothers hate people food but Lacey will try anything.
Her big brothers, Loki and Pumpkin
Favorite Nap Spot:
Top of the couch
Loves human food, especially butter
A great climber, a kitty mountaineer
All I wanted was litter when I went to Doolittle's on Capitol Hill (later known as Chateau Animaux and now as Howl to the Chief) on a Sunday afternoon in August 2004. Capitol Street Cats had cats who needed homes there that day. I HAD to look. The volunteer saw the big S for sucker on my forehead, opened a cage, and put Lacey in my arms. I was a goner. She came home three days later. I think I'll start having my litter delivered ...
Lacey's mother and her siblings were brought to the Washington (DC) Animal Rescue League when Lacey was two days old. They were immediately fostered, and lived with a very kind woman from Capitol Street Cats until each was adopted. Lacey's sweet temperament and ability to hold her own with two adopted big brothers attests to the care with which she was raised. She has developed an interesting craving to chew cords and string which is a bit worrisome. The damage is annoying but not serious (though it did take me a while to figure out that the reason my dialup connection didn't work was that she had severed the modem cord). I am afraid she will test her teeth on something that actually carries current, so I bought some Bitter Apple for cats this week to paint on cords. Hope that works ... Added 11/27/05 Bitter Apple for Cats did not work. It doesn't taste that bad, it wouldn't dissuade me, either. So I have ordered some cord protectors. Hope that works. I am getting very worried about Lacey's predilection for chewing cords. Cords can be replaced but her, never. Added 4/25/2006 The cord protectors have saved my speaker wires from further depradation. But Lacey is just drawn to iPod headphone cords (she has killed two pair) and satellite radio headphones (killed one pair). Replacing them is pricey but it's my fault for not being more careful. Lacey is just being her crazy self. Update 08/18/06 Yesterday was the second anniversary of Lacey's arrival! I sang her the "Happy Home Day" song (in lieu of Happy Birthday since I don't know her exact birthdate). She has always been a sweetie and a joy. So glad she and I found each other. Update October 11, 2007 Lacey still takes out small diameter cords (iPod headphones remain a favorite) when I forget to put them away. I was shocked at her last exam when her vet said that she had lost two of those tiny front teeth on the bottom jaw. She is fine without them but I don't know how this happened except that cord chomping is probably the cause. She remains an affectionate cat and a daily delight. Update September 28, 2008 Lacey gets more vocal with time. She has quite a vocabulary and I believe, actual grammar and syntax! I wish I understood her better but we still communicate. She has the habit of turning her head upside down to look at me. I now call her "Linda Blair head" though Lacey's head revolves on a different axis ... Update 12/15/2009 Well, Lacey gave me quite a scare. I noticed after Thanksgiving that her, ummm, output was sub-par. I watched this for a few days until she had nearly simultaneous diarrhea and vomiting. She was at the vet the next day. The vet noted a weight loss since her last visit this summer. Usual bloodwork and xrays showed nothing so some special blood tests that can test for markers for IBD and pancreatitis were performed. It was a long week waiting for the results. She should have been fasting so the results were not definitive. Lacey is fine now but I remain watchful. Update September 8, 2010 Lacey had her yearly checkup last month and is fine. She has gained a little weight since last December's health scare but could easily stand to pick up a pound or two. Update May 16, 2011 Yesterday, Lacey progressed from licking my thumb to biting it. Ow! Despite liberal application of Neosporin, when I woke up today the thumb was a little swollen, discolored (the doctor called it "dusky"), and sore. Of course I can't see my regular doctor for a week but thanks to a clinic, I have a seven-day course of antibiotics. Lacey did not mean to bite me but I have certainly learned to be more careful. Her teeth are needle sharp. I had a tetanus shot the following week, just in case. Update July 25, 2011 Yesterday I had a lapse of attention. I forgot to secure the earbuds to my Crackberry and as the cords have the same diameter as iPod buds, Lacey had at them. My fault totally. New earbuds are on the way from Amazon. Update March 12, 2012 After Lacey's last annual exam in August, her vet said her teeth needed to be cleaned. Money was tight so I waited a few months. With my tax refund in hand and the promise of a 20% discount, I made the appointment for February 21. I was shocked when the vet called to tell me that the procedure had gone very well but that Lacey had a tooth cracked down to the gum line and it had to have hurt. I had no idea. I don't know how this happened but it was after the exam last summer. My poor baby girl. She hid it very well. She's fine now. Update July 16, 2012 Lacey had her annual checkup (and rabies shot) tonight. She's fine! Update May 20, 2013 Lacey remains her sweet self but she has taken out an Apple data/power cord and an external hard drive power cord recently. I have ugly protectors on the non-Apple power cords; I don't know how she found the weak spot but she did. I got careless with the Apple cord. She also destroyed my favorite set of headphones. I love her but she is one destructive little kitteh. February 5, 2015 Sweet Lacey continues to be a delight but there is a cloud over her health. She has been losing weight and occasionally her appetite. She is now on steroids and seems to feel better. She has always been a sylph but at her worst, she looked more like a wraith. Diagnosis is uncertain - IBD? lymphoma? - so her prognosis is, too. I am spoiling her with any food she will eat regardless of price. April 22, 2015 Still no clear diagnosis (absent extensive testing), but Lacey is doing OK though she does have the occasional bad day. I bought a baby scale to check her weight which she seems to be maintaining. December 2, 2015 Lacey is still losing weight. She is still on steroids but her vet is considering adding an appetite stimulant and/or an anti-vomiting drug to her regimen. She cannot even maintain a weight of six pounds. She was always a sylph but she looks almost like a wraith now. Still, she is happy most days. Having lost her brother Loki in October, I am not ready for another loss. But of course, I will take my cue from Lacey. December 7, 2015 Dr. Kats told me that Lacey's thyroid values which had always been a little off are now truly clinical. So it's another med for her. I hope this gives her some more time with me. April 1, 2016 Lacey only weighs five pounds despite being on steroids and thyroid medicine. She looks emaciated. She still eats and is very demanding about it but does not seem to get any nourishment from food. Dr. Kats says she has seen cats dwindle to as little as 2.5 pounds but by that time they are too weak to lift their heads. When Lacey begins to fade, I will make sure her passing is gentle. This is a very hard time with Loki gone, Pumpkin dying and Lacey fading. January 10, 2017 I lost my sweet girl on January 4. I was pleased that she made it through the holidays but knew she would not go deep into 2017. Her weight had fallen to under four pounds. Worse, she had begun to stumble and seemed uncomfortable all the time. So Dr. Kats helped her out of this life. Of course, I was with her all the way. I am at work today, accompanied by her ashes which I picked up on my way in. I miss her so much. But she is with her brothers (and possibly her mom and siblings) now.
Cords are for chewing!
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