September 18th 2014 6:47 am
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After months of being caged due to uncontrollable diarrhea (explosive diarrhea at that, so loud sometimes that the humans could hear it two rooms away!), Mom and the vet finally found a steroid that controls my diarrhea well enough that I can be free in the house again and still make it to the litter pan in time. The steroid is called Depo-Medrol and I have to get a shot of it every two weeks. Now I don't particularly like injections, but it's worth it to have my freedom back.
I have inflammatory bowel disease, also sometimes called Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Feline inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is not a single disease, but rather a group of chronic gastrointestinal disorders caused by an infiltration of inflammatory cells into the walls of a cat’s gastrointestinal tract. The infiltration of cells thickens the wall of the gastrointestinal tract and disrupts the intestine’s ability to function properly.
for more information on IBD.
I hope my IBD stays under control now so I can continue being free in the house. I've been having a lot of fun lately doing sneaky little things I'm really not supposed to do, such as sitting on top of the microwave oven. When Mom told me to get down, I tried to tell her I'm just making up for lost time!
December 6th 2013 10:26 am
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I would like to thank everyone for your rosettes and pawmails and the beautiful pics you gave me for my Gotcha Day Anniversary. It's hard to believe I've been here a year already. I've sure come a long way since that day a year ago when my owner wanted to call animal control to come take me and euthanize me because I had been hit by a car at least 2 weeks earlier, couldn't walk, and didn't die from being hit and Angie, my owner's helper, stepped in and said she knew someone that might take me so I didn't have to be put down. Thankfully my owner agreed to let Angie make the phone call, my now forever Mom agreed to take me, and here I am, alive and well. I've learned how to compensate for my residual nerve damage and curled toes of my right rear leg and Mom says I do well. When I want to run really fast, I just lift my right rear leg off the ground and fly on my three good legs.
Mom's learned to scratch the right side of my neck for me because with my curled toes, I can't scratch very well with my right rear foot. I've got Mom well trained to scratch me!
My favorite place to lay is in a cat bed on the foot of Mom's bed. My other favorite place to be is under Mom's bed. I can get under the bed really fast if I see Mom coming with anything that resembles my steroid pill. Mom hasn't been giving me steroids lately because mysteriously, my stools are usually formed now and I only occasionally have puddle stools. Nobody, not even the vet, really knows what the cause of my diarrhea is but at least now it's only occasional. If it starts to become frequent again, Mom says I'll have to go back on steroids. I'm hoping it stays better. I hate the process of being pilled. It's not the pill I hate, it's the process. Mom said if I have to go on steroids again, she may see if she can get an injectible steroid for me since I hate being pilled so much.
Thanks again to everyone for all your appreciation of me and my diary and for all your caring, gifts, stars, rosettes, pawmails, and positive comments you've given me over this past year. Headbutts and purrs to you all!
October 27th 2013 10:55 pm
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How great it is to be free! Right now there's nothing more pleasant I can think of than laying on Mom's lap while she scratches behind my right ear, my head, and the right side of my neck. It's very hard for me to scratch my right side myself because of my curled toes problem. Until that $%&! dog interrupts things, I'm going to stay right here on Mom's lap. Keep scratching Mom, you won't interrupt my typing.
When Mom first sprung me from kitty jail, I hid under her bed thinking that as long as she didn't see me, she wouldn't put me back in jail. Then Mom told me that as long as I consistently make it to the litter and don't leave any poo puddles anywhere else AND that if/when I have to go back on my steroid again I'll let her pill me without running/hiding/fighting, I can stay free. Sure Mom, right now I'm so happy I'm willing to agree to whatever you say!
October 26th 2013 6:57 pm
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Earlier tonight Mom let Classy out of her crate but unfortunately for her, Classy proved to be still too fearful of the other cats to keep her freedom. In her fear she was trying to attack other cats, afraid they would get her if she didn't get them first. When Mom picked up Classy, Classy was so scared she even swatted Mom once. After Mom put Classy back in the crate, Classy calmed right back down again and was purring wanted petted.
Mom decided that this time, however, Classy needs to go into the bottom crate, that she needs to be at floor level where she has to see the other cats coming and going all the time and learn that they aren't going to hurt her. This was a big break for me! I was in the floor level crate below Classy's.
Now that I'm spayed, healing very well, and although I still have diarrhea, I'm getting all my stools into the litter pan consistently, Mom decided to let me out of kitty jail "on probation". Mom says this means that I get my freedom as long as I'm able to be clean but that if I start making messes anyplace else except the litter pan I'll have to go back to kitty jail again. Mom says she hopes I don't screw up because she wants me to be able to stay loose in the house so I get good consistent exercise.
So now Classy's back in kitty jail and I'm the one who's FREE. Mom doesn't have to worry about ME getting along with the other cats either. I get along fine with almost everyone, anyone who's a grouch I just stay out of their way.
October 21st 2013 8:28 pm
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I was the first one at the door when the Spay Neuter Clinic opened at 7 am today. I also was the only person there who was bringing more than one individual cat or dog in to be altered. With me were all three cats: Lucy Liu, Classy, and Aurora, in 3 crates. Each crate was covered with a big towel so the cat inside it would feel more secure. I filled out all the paperwork then left and drove home. Pickup time wasn't until 5:15 pm. I had a whole day to be anxious, hoping all goes well, looking forward to the relief of getting the newly spayed cats back home and settled in the comfort of their cages where they can convalesce.
Tonight Aurora, Classy, and Lucy Liu are home sleeping off the effects of anesthetic. Their spays went well without complications.
Now Aurora, Classy, and Lucy Liu are officially part of an elite group of kitties, those who someone cared enough about them to have them spayed. Proudly Aurora, Classy, and Lucy wear their eartips, the universal symbol of an altered kitty!
October 17th 2013 8:27 pm
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Keep your purrs, prayers, reiki, and the power of the paw coming for Lucy Liu!
Thank you everybody who keep sending me their positive thoughts, purrs, prayers, reiki, and the power of the paw for her.
Your purrs, prayers, reiki, the power of the paw and other positive forces definitely seem to still be helping Lucy Liu. She's still caged, still has to take steroids, but although her stools aren't solid yet, she has had a few formed stools lately which is an improvement over the previous "poo puddles." I've been giving her a little bit of honey lately too which may also be partly responsible for Lucy's recent progress.
Lucy still won't be able to be released from the crate for awhile though, because she's now well enough that most likely tomorrow or Monday, depending on when the spay-neuter clinic is able to spay all three cats, Lucy Liu, Aurora, and Classy will be spayed. After their spay surgeries, all three will have to remain crated for awhile. After that, if Lucy is still having formed stools, she should finally be able to be released from the crate although she will probably still have to be kept on steroids for awhile.
September 28th 2013 9:14 pm
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Your purrs, prayers, and the power of the paw, as well as the steroids and metronidazole, seem to be helping Lucy Liu. While her diarrhea hasn't stopped, its frequency and severity have lessened considerably. She's getting much less of the mess on herself, in her bed, etc, and much more of it in the litter pan. Lucy hates it when she gets the mess on herself and I have to help her clean it off!
Today Lucy is feeling well enough again to come to the front of the cage to "talk" to me, get petted, etc, instead of staying curled up in the back as she had been doing previously.
Hopefully Lucy will continue to improve and be able to be released from the crate before her confinement causes any problems with her mobility. Keep the purrs, prayers, and power of the paw coming please! They're workiing!
September 25th 2013 11:28 am
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Lucy Liu could use a little power of the paw, reiki, and prayer right now. A few weeks ago she suddenly developed diarrhea and has had to be caged again because of it. So far, the cause of her diarrhea remains unknown. In spite of her diarrhea, Lucy continues to hold good weight and condition. Most recently she's been put on steroids and metronidazole. They haven't yet had any noticeable effect although she hasn't yet been on them long enough to determine whether or not they will help her.
In addition to worrying about the diarrhea, I worry that the confinement will be detrimental to the progress Lucy's made in regaining mobility, etc. Hopefully something will work to return Lucy's digestive system and stools to normal again so she recovers and is able to have freedom of the house again and retain the progress she's already made.
So please if you have a moment, send Lucy some healing energy, say a little prayer for her recovery, give her a little power of the paw. She needs it. Please and thank you very much.
August 8th 2013 6:44 pm
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I lay in the dark, battling a migraine headache. Gently Lucy Liu rises from where she is lying purring on my lap, walks up my chest, and gently starts licking my forehead and then licks my chin. It seems she senses that I'm miserable and is doing her kitty best to make me feel better.
As Lucy washes my forehead, my chin, and then my arms in turn, I think about her. I think of how she came to me injured, broken, and damaged. I think of how lucky she was that my friend called me to take her. I think of how glad I am that I was able to save her from being euthanized.
I think of how lucky Lucy is to be here living with me.
Gently, Lucy put her nose near my ear, purring softly, comfortingly. All the while I was suffering the worst of my headache, Lucy stayed right with me, laying on me or beside me. I was touched by Lucy Liu's love, caring, and devotion.
I think I'm the lucky one, I think of how lucky I am to have Lucy, such a sweet loving little kitty who has been through so much yet never lets things get her down.
July 15th 2013 9:21 pm
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To summarize Lucy Liu's known injuries from when she was hit by a car before coming to me:
1. Broken pelvis
Although healed her pelvis is misshapen.
2. Peripheral nerve damage & hyperesthesia in the right rear. She's regained a lot of muscle tone in the right rear and her nerve damage has healed a lot, but it probably will never completely heal.
3. Severe toe contractures in the right rear, evidence of hyperesthesia and pain in the joint just above and behind the toes. This hopefully will improve some but probably will never heal completely. She may need to be declawed on her right rear foot because with the toe curl, it's a challenge to keep her claws from trying to grow into her pads.
4. Missing her incisors and a number of other teeth, likely due to her head striking pavement when the car hit her rear.
5. A tendency to not open her left eye as fully as she opens her right eye, also likely due to her head striking pavement.
In spite of these handicaps, Lucy Liu manages to get wherever she wants to go. She manages to get to the tops of the highest cat trees. How she does it, I don't know. I always find her on the top shelves of the trees, I haven't yet caught her in the act of getting up there!
Most of the time when she walks, Lucy walks on all fours, sort of walking on three legs and taking a quick hop when it's the right rear's turn to push off of the ground. When running slowly, she uses all four legs. When she's really in a hurry and runs fast, she holds up the right rear and runs on three legs.
Occasionally Lucy will misjudge when jumping up onto something or when trying to walk on something narrow. Sometimes she falls, usually she manages to make a compensatory move and recover her balance and get where she was trying to go. When she misjudges, Lucy will act embarrassed and look around like she's hoping nobody saw her slipup. I politely pretend not to notice it. I've also seen other cats nearby politely look away as if they didn't notice Lucy's slipup either.
Whether or not anything else can be done for her, whether or not Lucy's injuries manage to heal any further, one thing's for sure. Lucy makes the most of what she's got left to work with. Undaunted, she manages to get where she wants to go!
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