Buddha, The Cat Who Lives Up To His Name

Thank you again for DDP/Buddha's role as my cat physical- therapy assistant

February 6th 2013 8:24 pm
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Thank you once again for honoring Buddha and Uno with another DDP and even both on the same day!

Buddha, ever living up to his name, has been busy today helping me encourage a hit-by-car cat to do her physical therapy. The hit-by-car cat's owner was going to have animal control take her and euthanize her but a friend of mine who worked for the owner intervened and so the cat (named Lucy Liu) came to me in December with a broken pelvis and peripheral nerve damage in her right hindleg. Her pelvis has now healed but nerve damage takes a long time to heal and I've been having to do physically therapy with her every day or so.

When I reached a point in her physical therapy where I am trying to encourage her to walk around and use her body more, Buddha usually is right there with me, helping encourage her. Sometimes a few of my other feline family will also interact very gently with her and try to encourage her to play.

I haven't put a profile up for Lucy Liu yet because I've been waiting for her to heal then I've been waiting for her to become more comfortable and at ease so I can get some decent photos of her. She mostly wants to curl up in a ball in her cage (an x-large plastic dog crate) and if she had her own way she wouldn't move at all except to go to her litter, water dish, food dish, and her bed. I put a figure-8 harness and a lightweight leash on her when I take her out of the cage to do her physical therapy. She has learned that when I put her harness and leash on her and take her out of her cage, she cannot get back to the cage until I take her back and once she realized she cannot get back to the cage on her own when I have her out for therapy, she's begun to relax more and pay more attention to things around her

When I do put Lucy Liu's profile up, I'll tell her story in detail in her own diary. At first her story has mostly consisted of letting her pelvic fracture heal. After that her story has mostly consisted of physical therapy. Lucy appears to be a very sweet natured cat but it's hard to yet know her real personality because when she first came, she was frightened, in pain, and uncomfortable. I have yet to see what she's like if she's able to get around normally and becomes more comfortable and sure of herself.

One thing's for sure. Buddha is a lot of help to me in encouraging Lucy Liu because being a cat, he's able to communicate far more effectively with her than any human can.

 
 

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Purred by: Alex R

February 7th 2013 at 4:56 am

Yay, Buddha! Keep up the good work, dude. We hope to see Lucy Liu up and around in no time!
Purred by: Henry (Catster Member)

February 13th 2013 at 3:41 pm

Oh Buddah yous is my hero!!!
Henry


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