Angel Lucy Liu(1-5-10/10-29-15

Domestic Shorthair/Siamese
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Age: 7 Years   Sex: Female

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Special Gift Box:
The family of Skittles (2002 - 2012), Mango, Caramello and Goji

Lucy, Lucy Loudmouth, Meowth

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Sun Sign:
Rainbow Bridge
Quick Bio:
-mixed breed-disabled -cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
December 4th 2012

January 5th 2010

Spotted Tabby

Having her neck and head scratched

Necessary restraint and anyone messing with her right rear leg or foot

Favorite Toy:
catnip mice

Favorite Nap Spot:
The foot of my bed or the shelf at the top of the biggest cat tree

Favorite Food:
Pounce kitty treats



Arrival Story:
The story of how I became guardian of Lucy Liu is told in her diary. Lucy is an interestingly marked cat because she has distinctive spots of the spotted tabby yet she also has some stripes like a mackerel tabby. Although she is a brown tabby, she has a lot of silver in her coat.

Lucy's come a long way from the little cat with the broken pelvis and the right hindleg that stretched stiffly out in front of her that she was unable to flex, a consequence of peripheral nerve damage on that side. When she first came, the muscles in her right rear leg were wasted away nearly to nothing. She got around by dragging her rear and flopping herself into her bed and litter pan etc. She couldn't sit or stand. Now her pelvis has healed, her peripheral nerves continue to heal, she's regained a good bit of muscle in her right rear, she's able to put a bit of weight on that leg and use it to some extent, and her overall condition has improved so much since she first came here even the vet remarked about it!

Lives Remaining:
8 of 9

Forums Motto:
Never Underestimate a Special Kitty!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
I fell 80 feet off of our 8th floor balcony and I survive

Lucy Liu came to me December 4, 2012. On the morning of March 15, 2013 Lucy Liu sat in a semi-normal sitting position for the very first time since she came. On March 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm, Lucy Liu stood on all four legs for the very first time since she came!

Thank you Catster for the tremendous honors of Lucy Liu's DDPs & her DOTD. I hope her story will inspire owners of other cats with similar injuries to give them a chance at life those cats need & deserve.

7-1-13 Lucy Liu has now "officially" reached a point where as one commenter so aptly put it,"Every pot has a lid." It became a matter of where the psychological disadvantages of further physical therapy are greater than the possible gains might be. Lucy is able to walk, jump up on/climb things, etc in spite of the curled toes limiting her usage of her right rear leg. It is still possible her nerve damage may heal further on its own.

Thank you to everyone for your DOTD & DDP pics, your rosettes, treats, special gifts, Pawmails etc, & for your caring, thoughtfulness & appreciation of Lucy Liu & her diary.

A Catster glitch caused all the captions, pic acknowledgements etc, on Lucy's photos to disappear. I apologize.

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February 13th 2013 More than 3 years!

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Lucy Liu Against All Odds

A Heartfelt Thanks

November 2nd 2015 12:31 am
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A heartfelt thanks to all who honored Lucy Liu's memory with stars, rosettes, and special gifts, and to those who made beautiful memorial pictures and left condolences on Facebook. Lucy's sudden death was a deeply painful shock to me. Lucy had overcome so many obstacles and challenges in her too-short life. She had survived being hit by a car, suffered permanent nerve damage, healed from a broken pelvis, and had been through physical therapy to enable her to use her right rear leg and learned to get where she wanted to go despite handicaps.. Lucy Liu was an inspiration to me as I went through dealing with avascular necrosis, three hip surgeries and 2 dislocations, two hip replacements and a revision, during the past year and a half. If a little cat could overcome all the problems and challenges that life after being hit by a car brought to Lucy, then surely I could overcome the physical challenges I met during all the time I spent dealing with surgeries, post-ops, physical therapy and the long times spent under physical/medical restrictions. Lucy Liu was a brave life-loving little kitty. I only wish she hadn't been called to the Bridge so soon.


Lucy Liu Suddenly Goes To The Bridge

October 29th 2015 7:31 am
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It is with deep grief and shock that I have to announce that Lucy Liu went to the Rainbow Bridge at approximately 8:45 am today. This morning I found her collapsed and dehydrated on the kitchen floor. Attempts to save her failed. As you know, Lucy Liu had a complex medical history, coming to me as a hit-by-car survivor with a broken pelvis and nerve damage to her right rear leg. She suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and had to have regular steroid injections to control iit. It's also possible her kidneys were damaged as well or that there were other injuries/damage to her internally that may have finally caught up to her and caused her sudden demise. Lucy was a brave little cat, she overcame quite a few difficulties to live a happy full life for the short time it lasted.. I will always miss her!


Doing Well, Enjoying Freedom, & Conning Mom!

October 28th 2014 10:28 am
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Hi! Lucy Liu here, enjoying my freedom of having the run of the house. I'm doing very well now. My stools aren't solid yet, but at least they're firm enough that I'm able to control them and make sure they end up in the litter pan. I don't enjoy getting my every-two-weeks shot but I guess it's a small price to pay for freedom. Otherwise, I'm doing well, in spite of the effects of the nerve damage to my right rear and the toe curl. I can jump up on things as well as a cat with four good legs. I can also outrun Mom as well as a cat with four good legs, MOL!

The one thing I can't do as well as cats with four good legs is scratch the right side of my neck. My coat, although short, tends to get a bit matted on the right side of my neck. Mom said she never realized that cats use their hind feet to groom their necks and other places their tongues and front feet cannot reach, until my inability to scratch the right side of her neck called this fact to her attention. However, I've managed to solve this problem too. I simply con Mom into scratching the right side of my neck or grooming it with out with her flea comb!

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