April 12th 2013 6:08 pm
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Today at approximately 4:30 pm, Lucy Liu came to the threshold of the Rubicon, the point of no return. Once you go forward, there is no going back. Lucy paused there at the threshold, clearly uncertain of whether to turn back or go forward. She started to take a step forward. Then she paused, turned around, went back to her bed, sat down, stood up, and again came to the threshold of the Rubicon.
It was as if Lucy Liu knew that this would be the very biggest surge forward her progress has ever taken. Once she took that first step forward, things would never be the same again.
Lucy Liu has already come a long way from the condition she was in when she was first brought to me. In the first photo I ever took of her, where she's curled up in her cat bed in her crate, her right hindleg is stretched stiffly forward. The muscles were so atrophied that her right rear leg resembled a stick more than a leg. In the picture it's difficult to even recognize where her right hind leg is at. The muscle atrophy at that time also is the reason her head and body proportions look strange in that photo. Compare that photo to her recent photos and her progress is obvious.
On 4-4-13, Lucy Liu made her very first leap since she came to me on December 4, a leap that sent her 19 inches up onto the lowest shelf of the new cat tree. While leaping a height of 19 inches is nothing for a normal cat, it was quite a feat for a cat who was hit by a car in mid-November, suffered a broken pelvis and peripheral nerve damage to her right rear and who:
First was able to sit fairly normally on March 15.
Stood on all four legs for the very first time on March 17.
Stood on her hind legs in her crate for the first time on March 29.
Now Lucy Liu stood at the threshold of the Rubicon. One step forward and Lucy's life would be changed forever, she would never be able to go back to the way things were before this first step.
Gathering her courage, Lucy Liu stepped out of the crate onto the top step of the stepstool. There she paused. Then she stepped down onto the second step, then to the floor. She'd done it!
Lucy Liu now has entered a new life of freedom to come and go between her crate and the rest of the house as she pleases. As long as she is still dependent on the crate as her "security blanket" and refuge, I'll leave the crate door open with the stepstool in front of it so Lucy can enter and leave the crate at will.
Lucy Liu walked over to the new cat tree, leaped onto the lowest shelf, and entered the treehouse there where she proceeded to curl up and stay until 8:58 pm. As I was writing this, she then jumped down off the cat tree, returned to the stepstool, and went up the stepstool back into her crate.
Today at approximately 4:30 pm, Lucy Liu bravely crossed the Rubicon. And her life will never be the same again.
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'Anna and all her furlings clap their paws for Lucy Liu' We are so proud of you my furiend! what a wonderful day for you. Sending you lots of love and hugs
This is tremendous news. Mom is getting a little teary. Happy tears.
WOW!! Just so imp[ressive for this little kitteh to go from crate to anywhere she wants..
Oh my goodness! I have a big lump in my throat (not a furball)?