Skills: The ability to beat up her 15 lb brother & make him run from her; ability to be a witch one minute & a sweetheart the next; sits on command & comes when called (well, when Gino's name is called)
Arrival Story: My mom volunteers at a local animal shelter. She would often home foster mother cats & their kittens. She was fostering a cat with 5 kittens & I fell in love with the two fluffy tiger babies. A few months earlier, I had adopted a kitten from the shelter, but the poor little girl was too sickly, and passed away one week after I took her home. I really wanted to open my home to a needy pet, so I decided that I would adopt the two tiger babies. I figured two was better than one because they could keep each other company. Gino & Lucky are both special needs cats. Ever since they were babies they've had chronic sinusitus. They have some sort of allergy that they are constantly sneezing. Gino actually outgrew it for two years, but it came back. I've tried pills & liquids, but it’s a battle to get them to take them. My vet finally had a pharmacist make a transdermal lotion that I can just rub in their ears & it works awesome
Bio: These lucky kitties are fortunate enough to live in the mountains of upstate New York. They are house kitties, but I do allow them outside when I am home to supervise. We live in the country, so there are lots of chipmunks & mice for them to chase after in the woods. Just like children, I make them come inside when it gets dark outside. The downfalls of the country are the wild animals that come out at night (owls, coyotes). Even though they get mad when I make them come in, I wouldn’t ever risk their safety. Lucky Lucy is a little lover girl, cuddle bunny. She loves to cuddle & loves when people visit so she has a new lap to lie on. She gets so excited that she runs from lap to lap giving everyone about 10 minutes of her affection which includes licking for about 5 minutes & then chomping into your skin. The only thing she has a CATtitude with is brother, Gino. Where ever he is lying, she wants to be - especially if it’s on a human’s lap. She will bat the heck out of him until he moves. Lucy is mama’s little girl & sticks to me like static cling. She’s sitting on my lap as I type this. After Cracker passed away, she got much worse & won’t ever leave my side. I think she’s trying to fill his void and make me not so sad because HE was always at my side.
Yesterday I said goodbye to my little Princess Lady Lucy - she is with Gino now. It was such a hard decision to make but I had to do what was best for HER and not be selfish. She had gotten so she wasn't eating, her nose was starting to bleed, and her little eye was just so swollen. I didn't want her to suffer & I know she couldn't tell me if she was hurting or not. She was still being her cuddlebug self - always on my lap & purring up a storm. Not sure if the purring was contentment or pain though - she had been on pain meds for the past 10 days.
I didn't want to make this decision & I thought she'd have more time. I just know that there was no getting better for her & she would only get worse. I refused to let her starve to death & she just wasn't eating. So with saddening heart I took her to the vet yesterday so she could be at peace with her brother, Gino.
On the way to the vet I saw a rainbow, and I took that as a sign of Gino & Cracker welcoming their sister home.
Goodbye my Sweet Sweet Lucy - I miss you so much already.
Well Monday was Lucy & Gino's birthdays...Lucy is my first pet to make it to age 12...Unfortunately Beanie wasn't here to enjoy it with her.
Lucy went to the vet on Friday for an evaluation - she is now down to 5.7 pounds. She hadn't been eating very well & thats why she went to the vet. He put her on pain meds (she doesn't seem to be acting like she is in pain....) & sent her home. She was very hungry once she got home & was eating all her food. She's still full of lap sitting & purrs - wants to be the cuddlebug she always has been. Although she's been spending a lot of time sleeping in strange places, even the bathtub.
I know I'm going to have to make a decision but I don't feel she's ready yet...If I knew for sure she was in pain, I would do it for HER & not be selfish. But I figure as long as she's still eating, purring & cuddling I will not make that decision.
Again - I want to thank you all for your well wishes & birthday wishes for my sweet Lucy....She is such a sweet girl and does not deserve for this to be happening to her.
First I want to thank everyone for the purrs, prayers, rosettes & gifts for my little Lucy. I apologize for not being able to get back to each & every one of you. Thought I would give the background on Lucy's illness - I was so consumed with Gino being sick & the vet had actually thought that Lucy's biopsy 'might' come back okay. Unfortunately that isn't the case.
Lucy's salivatory duct has poor differentiated cells that is becoming final tissue. They are becoming primitive aggressive & there is high activity - its invasive & inoperable. The cancer is pretty much in her gums & mouth - the vet feared this when he saw her & removed her tooth - he said this type of cancer is very aggressive & it happens a lot in older cats. I don't know how much time I have with her & don't know when I'll know when its her time. The vet says when she stops eating I'll know its time. I dread that moment. Right now she is eating canned food & still has an appetite. Her eyes still have that sparkle & she purrs up a storm. She has lost a ton of weight though - she can't weigh more than 5 lbs.
I feel so sad and depressed....First losing my 'main man' Gino & now seeing my beautiful princess in this state. It just seems so wrong to have both my kids struck with illness at the same time. I keep wondering if Gino actually knew how sick Lucy was & he lost his will to live.
Thank you all for thinking of me & my kids at this horrible time - I really appreciate all your thoughtfulness. I will try to keep you updated on Lucy as much as I can.