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Age: 19 Years Sex: Female Weight: 9 lbs.
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Fuzz-Butt,Stinky,Furr-Ball,Lucy-Ca t,Baby-Cat,Buddha-Belly,Braticus-C aticus
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April 13th 1997
Her kitty treats and sleeping in between Mom and Dad
Going to the "kitty doc" and having to take her medicine
Her catnip banana
Favorite Nap Spot:
Her "heaty bed" or Mom's lap
Turning the alarm on when she wants her breakfast
When my youngest daughter was 4 years old, she came and told me there was a calico kitten named Lucy who was supposed to be ours and was looking for us. She said she had seen her in a dream and was absolutely convinced we had to find her. She even drew a picture of her and immediately placed it front and center on the refrigerator. It was September 1996, and we began searching all the shelters in our area for calico kittens, but came up empty handed. We even tried to talk her into considering other kittens, but she insisted that Lucy was a calico. Kitten season ended and we still hadn't located Lucy, but kept looking. Finally, in April of 1997, one of the shelters we'd been to called to tell us a litter of kittens had come in with one true calico (the others were muted calicos). We rushed over, but by the time we got there, the true calico was already adopted. We tried to convince our daughter that perhaps one of the still available muted calicos was Lucy, but she insisted that Lucy had the bold, dark colors. At this point, one of the shelter workers told us they had a calico cat in the back room that was expected to have kittens soon, and that if we would take her home to have the kittens, they would give us the pick of the litter for free, explaining that calicos almost always have at least one true calico per litter. The cat had been picked up as a stray in January in the dead of winter in Pennsylvania and the shelter had nicknamed her "Suzie Q". We took her home and waited for the kittens to come, promising each of our two girls a kitten from the litter. Well, the kittens never came and I began to suspect something was wrong. My husband and I had also noticed that one of her back legs was bent and crooked and that she had a slight limp in the front when she walked. I took the cat to a vet who told me she was not pregnant, but instead was HIP positive, which accounted for her rounded belly, even thought she was skinny. I was told she might only be a HIP carrier, but that we should not get another cat to be safe. I was also told that there was no telling how long she would live. As for the bent leg and limp, he said she had obviously survived some type of injury as a kitten and had somehow managed to heal on her own and survive. Talk about a fighter! Already attached to the cat, and knowing the shelter would euthanize her, should I return her, I took her back home and told the girls she wasn't pregnant after all. I told them the vet had said she was about 7 months old, and I managed to convince my youngest that perhaps this was in fact "Lucy", since she would have been a kitten when we first began our search for her in September. That seemed to make sense to her, so "Suzie Q" became "Lucy". I never told the girls about the HIP and just hoped and prayed that she would be with us a long time. Well, here we are almost 15 years later. My oldest is married and expecting her first child in May and the youngest, who is responsible for our "locating" Lucy is now a freshman in college. My husband and I are so thankful that our Lucy is still with us, as the three of us age together. Lucy has shown slight signs of reduction in renal function, but nothing severe or needing treatment at this point. She is also on medication for heart and thyroid issues, as well as arthritis, but is still a happy and loving kitty. We feel blessed to have what is now our sweet geriatric calico cat.
I'd give anything to know her story prior to our taking her from the shelter!
10/16/12 - Last night we had to say goodbye to our beloved Lucy. With multiple health issues, and after a week's stay in the kitty hospital, we brought her home and managed to have a couple of precious days with her before it became obvious that her health was deteriorating again rapidly. We made the heartbreaking decision to end her suffering and help her pass peacefully. Our Vet was kind enough to drive out to our home so that Lucy could have her last moments in her favorite room, and in my arms. We will miss her greatly, but she will be in our hearts forever. Thank you Lucy, for all the love and joy you brought to our family for nearly 16 years. You were such an exceptional cat, and we know you have most certainly earned your "cat wings".
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I'm so honored and excited to be chosen to be one of today's featured diaries. Thanks, Catster for making my day purrfect!
March 5th 2012 8:16 pm
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There's Mom on the computer again, when she knows she should be holding and petting me! I managed for a few minutes to convince her to type and hold me at the same time, but alas, she gave up and dumped me back on the floor again. I guess I could hang onto her thigh one more time, but that only works well when I've "honed my weapons"...if only they wouldn't keep trimming my claws!
Well at least she's doing something important this time, namely writing my first entry!
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