Lucy (Adopted!)

Domestic Shorthair/Domestic Medium Hair
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Age: 6 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 5 lbs.

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Twizzly Legs, Twizzler, sweetie girl, Lucy Goosey, couch monster, "Pork Chop", Lucy-Locket

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

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Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-part feral-extra toe(s)
-disabled -cat rescue

August 29th 2010

Tabby and White

Cheek scratches and treats (You give her the treat and then she's all for cheek scratches!)

Wanting to be as close to people as possible but not actually wanting them to touch her but they just can't resist something this cute and fuzzy.

Favorite Toy:
Small light weight toys she can toss around with her twizzle paws and carry in her mouth like home made toys made of pipe cleaners. Really anything toy like that you happen to be moving around in front of her.

Favorite Nap Spot:
On top of one of her littermates, they make a great arm rests. She also has her own little rocking chair she sleeps on and loves the couch- no more sleeping under it where she can't people watch!

Favorite Food:
Soft cat treats- the perfect "getting to know you" bribe!

If you've ever seen a kitty with radial hypoplasia scoot around with their wrists you know that's a special skill in and of itself!


Arrival Story:
Lucy is the littermate or Ernie and Izzie. Unfortunately on the day they were trapped their caretakers weren't able to catch their mother or Lucy and Alfie- the littermates. Trapping efforts continued and finally after Ernie and Izzie had already been here a week all three were trapped. Turns out their mother had already been fixed in September by another caretaker she visited but the important thing is that all her kittens are safely caught.

It was extra important that Lucy got caught compared to all her siblings. Like Ernie, Lucy inherited the polydactyl gene and has extra toes. Unfortunately, Lucy also developed a rare complication of this particular polydactyl gene called radial hypoplasia which deforms the front legs and makes it more difficult for her to run or jump well enough to survive long outside. Lucy can get around inside well enough to use litter boxes just fine but may have problems jumping everywhere a normal kitty would and getting back down safely. She still loves to chase around her siblings and climb on to things, it just takes her a bit longer. So far she's still very nervous about being caught but quickly relaxes in our laps and enjoys long petting sessions. She loves to play up close and personal with us and observes us from a short distance all day long. Her confidence continues to grow every day!

Lives Remaining:
8 of 9

Lucy is...:
Already spayed, microchipped, dewormed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and "eartipped"- the top of her left ear is clipped flat as a universal signal to animal control and other animal rescuers that a cat is fixed and has a dedicated caretaker. If Lucy is ever lost and picked up this means she'll be more likely to be scanned for her microchip and reunited safely!

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I've Been On Catster Since:
November 25th 2010 More than 6 years!

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Lucy's Foster Progress

Headed to a new home!

June 6th 2011 10:07 pm
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Wow! It's finally happening- I think I found my forever home. Me and Alfie are going to go try out a cool new home with a really nice couple and their amazing family of all rescue dogs and cats. We've never lived with dogs before, so we'll have to see how that works out, but if it does we'll be in great company. They even have a kitty who hurt his hind legs and has had to develop super strong front legs to get around- like me in reverse! It's pretty exciting!

As far as my foster progress goes- I'm now at a point where I love to be around my people, mostly on or behind their computers or anywhere near them if they are waving a toy around or shining a laser pointer. I still run away a little when they try and pet me but not as much. I really like to talk to them from a distance- a good sign that I'm attached to people and want to keep interacting with them. Hopefully I'll adjust to my new family really quickly and get to this level of comfort with them and then under the guidance of all their cool cats and dogs I can go even further and become a kitty who likes being petted any time like my siblings. Alfie is the master of human affection seeking so he'll be a great guide for me! Wish us luck!


Biiiiig blizzard! Yikes!

February 2nd 2011 9:46 pm
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Last night and today we had tons and tons of snow (that interesting white stuff that falls form the sky I like to chatter at) and huge gusts of wind blowing it everywhere! It was scary even just hearing it from the safety of the indoors. The power went out a few times and even though we weren't too frightened we weren't our normal selves- even Alfie and Ernie wouldn't purr last night! When the storm cleared there were piles of snow 2-5 feet deep everywhere outside- a real mess! The feral cats our foster parents care for are missing in action and I can't imagine how my siblings and especially me would have survived this much snow if we were still living under a shed. I'm a very lucky little twizzly girl to be warm and happy curled up on my foster mom's feet with my sweet Alfie right now and I was just plain spoiled last night eating canned food while the blizzard raged on. Our purrs go out to all the feral and stray kitties out there battling winter weather!

In other news, I'm making strides! I'm out in the open now all the time; they stopped dragging me back to the cage a few weeks ago as the chase was too stressful. At first I spent a lot more time in hiding than my siblings but now I'm out in the open all day, I play up close and personal with my people when the others are playing, and they even get to pet me sometimes. Influenced by Alfie's love of people's laps I've twizzled onto foster mom's legs several times and have even found my way into her lap! I definitely struggle with confidence a lot more than the others but that's understandable with my condition and at least I'm proving to be a cat who is naturally curious about my environment and not content to hide in a corner! Engaging with people like this is a great sign for my "taming potential" so we're just going to stick with lots of play and food therapy and hope I get to be as friendly as my crazy brothers are!


Diary of the Day and... You Guessed it- Third to Purr!

December 18th 2010 12:49 am
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Oh gosh everyone- it's such an honor to be picked for Diary of the Day when I'm just a little kitten who was living under a shed a few weeks ago. My foster parents are pretty proud of me- but not as proud as they were last night when I broke the purr barrier! I was having a good long session in my hammock and decided a little tummy rubbing might be nice. Then a little tummy rubbing turned into a whole lot of tummy rubbing and before I knew it I was rolling around on my back, stretching out my little twizzly arms and bam!- my chest just started vibrating all on it's own! It took me a while to get started this morning but there were definitely repeat rumblings, I'm officially a purring kitty. Alfie is purring great, too. Poor Izzie is the holdout, stubbornly refusing to enjoy her pets very much, which means she'll probably be bunking with me in the cage tonight. Sorry sis, but if shy little me has already found her purr you're clearly way behind the times!

I'm also coming out more in the open when I'm out of the cage so I hope to post more pictures and maybe even video soon!

Thanks again everyone, I hope this brings more publicity for me and my adoptable siblings. We're halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago and hope you'll spread the word if you know anyone in that area thinking about getting a kitten (or two!)this holiday season!

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