Photo Comments Age: 14 Years Sex: Female
Leave a treat for Lucy
Lucy Lu, Lucy Lucy, , Lucy Meow Meow, Lu Lu
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April 4th 2002
Quiet time with Mommy.
Other cats currently, hopefully that changes.
Milk rings, mousies, sparkle balls, shoe laces, book marks with tassles
Favorite Nap Spot:
The bed, the cat house, the cat tent, under the dresser, behind the sofa.
Maxx Cat Chicken. Soft food! Fresh water from the bottle:)
She tells me when she needs more water. She can clear the bed of toys in 5 seconds flat!
Lucy shared space with a gentleman who had HIV/AIDS and when he couldn't afford to keep her anymore he took her to the vet to to euthanized. When there he found that he couldn't afford that either. The vet knew of a local no kill cat rescue and shelter and called there to see if they could take her. Thankfully they could. Lucy was extremely timid at the shelter. She hid under her bed and didn't want to eat. I happen to volunteer occasionally at that shelter. I spent some time with her there and she ate some food for me and purred a bit. I thought she was a sweety. Well awhile later I found out she got adopted. All was good I thought. The founder of the shelter called to see how she was doing. The new "Mommy" said she wasn't eating and she had until Friday or she "was out of there". Well that didn't sit well. The founder said she was out of there now. Pack up her things, she's coming to get her. And she did, lol. And so Lucy went to her house. And that's where she stayed until it was time for her to move into her new house. That's where I came in again, lol. She called me up and asked if I would "foster" Lucy. Moving was a lot of confusion and stuff and Lucy needed some comfort and work. I didn't really want another cat, we had just lost two within a two week period. My husband and I were both still hurting. Still, I was drawn to helping this shy cat. At the same time I found out I had gall bladder surgery coming up. After much discussion, we decided to take her. I figured being home from the surgery was a good opportunity to send time with her.
She is still very shy, she runs and hides from my husband and sometimes from me. She is in our bedroom, with the door shut, we are trying to work time with the other cats in slowly. We tried the general cat population, we have 7 others, but that didn't work. I have tried a lot of different ideas and will keep trying until I find something that works. I love her and all my fur babies and am patient enough to wait for her to be ready to be part of the family. She enjoys spending time with me when I lay in bed reading and she sleeps with me and plays with me and for now, that's enough.
One thing I did figure out in her behavior relates to her being all four declawed. I am sure that given her first owner's health condition he did that for his safety. I noticed that when she would start to play bite she would jump up and run away right away. I imagine that he must have yelled or something at her for that. He probably couldn't have that happen either, just like a scratch, it would risk infection should a bite break the skin. So she was very scared about being yelled at. I have been working on her with that. Letting her know she won't get yelled at. Play biting is ok. She isn't being vicious or biting really hard. She has a lot of issues and I can't help but wonder what else went on. She's so shye and hides a lot.
She was kept seperate from the other cats for months, with visits at first just from Shasta. Then some of the other cats. Now we have Lucy free roaming the house and Baby in the bedroom, since the two don't seem to agree. We are hoping once Lucy is settled and comfortable, Baby can come out and life will be good:) Lucy is very talky and walks around with her long tail in the air.
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