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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Us cats really do make good use of what we've got!
Bless you for taking such good care of Lucy. She has come a long way since we started keeping up with her on Catster.
You are both amazing!
You are one tenacious kitty, and strong willed to do things the way YOU want! You are a good example of why rehab is such a good thing, the better when someone wants to get better.
Purrs for continued healing.