April 4th 2013 10:39 pm
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Tonight at 12:53 a.m., Lucy Liu made her very first leap and reached her greatest milestone yet.
Earlier tonight, I put Lucy into the room I use for letting each individual newcomer cat exercise, run, play, etc. Lucy as usual immediately made a beeline to try to beat me to the door, wanting as usual to get back to her crate. She is secure in her crate and really dislikes having to come out of her crate for any reason. If she had her way, she wouldn't ever have to come out of her crate. After making Lucy spend a couple of hours in the exercise room, I went to return Lucy to her crate.
As soon as I opened the door to the exercise room, a small dark object flashed past me with what seemed to come close to approximating the speed of light. Evidently the height from the floor to Lucy's crate is higher than she wants to jump & evidently she wasn't inclined to try to go up the steps on the step stool either. After a quick glance at her crate, Lucy ran to the new cat tree & with a flying leap she propelled herself straight up onto the lowest shelf of the tree which is 19 inches from the floor, and ran into the little kitty house that is on that shelf.
Now 19 inches is a height that's nothing at all to a strong healthy cat with full use of all four limbs. But when a cat hasn't been able to jump at all for months now, this first jump of 19 inches is a major accomplishment.
As with Lucy's other accomplishments, her left hindleg supplied most of the rear power. However, she did bear some of her weight on her right rear in her mad dash across the floor and when she made her jump, she did move her right hindleg along in a weak imitation of what it's normal motion in a jump would have been. She also put some weight on her right rear when she landed on the shelf.
Now, approximately a half hour later, Lucy Liu still is laying inside the little house on the cat tree's lowest shelf. The step stool sits beside Lucy's crate. I decided at least for the next couple of hours, I'll just wait and see what Lucy does next. After that, or whenever I decide to go to sleep, I'll return Lucy to her crate for the rest of the night if she hasn't returned on her own accord already.
Tomorrow like it or not, Lucy will again find herself in the exercise room. When the time arrives to come open the door and let her out of the exercise room, I hope she will give me an encore performance of tonight's leap, her first.
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We are having a wonderful time watching your progress Lucy! This just gets better and better. you go girl (and exercise for you mom) big hugs
Lucy's leap is a testament to your dedication!
Yeah! Way to go, that's exciting!
Just soo happy and proud Lucy is acting like a kitteh again! Your a VERY special mommy !!!
WOW... That is so wonderful. Remember I told ya us cat's can and do overcome all odds. I have faith that before long you will be doing more amazing things.
Yay! Great job, Lucy! We know your mom is very proud of your progress. Keep working at it and you can do anything! Purrs....