April 19th 2013 6:51 am
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On 4-12, Lucy Liu stepped forward, crossed her Rubicon, took her life into her own paws and changed it forever. She never returned to the crate again after that day. One of the very first things Lucy very quickly learned to do that day is to jump up, grab the top surface of my bed with her forepaws, and use the momentum of the jump along with the power in her front end to heave herself onto the bed. Once having worked this out, Lucy equally quickly claimed a spot on my bed as her new "security blanket" replacement for the crate and I moved her bed to this spot for her.
Several times I've seen Lucy rather ineffectively use her right rear to scratch behind her right ear. When her attempts didn't succeed to her liking, she came to me and talked me into scratching the itch behind her right ear for her. Still, the fact that she's even using her right rear to try to scratch her ear is a major gain in her progress.
An unrelated problem Lucy developed was an abscess in the bottom of her chin. Antibiotics and switching her from a hard plastic food dish to a stainless steel dish are effectively clearing this up.
Now except for really high places, Lucy Liu freely roams the house. She's learning very quickly how to get around and compensate for what her right rear leg cannot yet do. Although her toes on her right rear are curled under (and she has hyperesthesia in that foot, reacting in pain to any attempt to relax the toes with gentle therapeutic massage), she still is bearing some weight on the leg and using it. Her way of going is rather clumsy, kind of a 1-2-3- quick thump rhythm with her right rear only bearing weight for a fraction of the time her other legs bear weight in motion, but it is a 4-legged rhythm. In spite of the clumsy appearance of Lucy's movements, she can run fast too!
Lucy Liu continues to work on balance and walking across narrow places. She also continues to work on developing strategies for climbing. I'm sure that one of these days I will look up and find her on one of the highest shelves, prime kitty real estate for watching everything going on!
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So glad to hear that Lucy is still progressing! We continue to keep her in our purrs and prayers. Hope to read soon that she is using that leg normally and scratching her own itches.