Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday cat selfies: Blind cat Lucy gets a room of her own


Back in 2010, when I first started writing about blind cat Lucy on this blog, I often maintained that blind cats are no different than other cats. I think I wrote about that pretty eloquently, when I look at old posts like this one.

But, as Lucy ages, some of her little quirks are starting to show. And while she still loves to pose for photos for The Cat On My Head and the Sunday selfies series, her photos might start to look a tiny bit similar from here on out.

Why? Because Lucy has a room of her own right now.

Lucy the cat in her own room

Lucy grew up with another cat of mine named Eamon. She and Eamon were very, very close. They slept together, groomed one another and doted on one another. She was a member of his community, and she loved him dearly. When he died last summer, her world changed. And she changed with it.

I think her blindness played a role. She seemed very confused about where Eamon was. And when she realized he was gone and she had no cat to guide her through the house, she became disoriented on a regular basis. She seemed lost, much of the time. And she ran into things incredibly frequently.

Lucy also stopped soliciting attention from other creatures, including the humans. When I tried to pet her, she would flinch and cower. And when my husband tried to pet her, she'd hiss. We chalked it up to grief, and we tried to help when we could. We gave her new beds and new toys, we tried to play with her and we tried to supply her with treats. We thought it would pass.

Lucy the cat in her scratcher

But the months stretched on, and while she got better, she just didn't return to the happy and joyful kitty I once knew. When I met foster Fergus, I thought I might have found a solution, as he and Eamon shared personality traits. I thought Lucy would have a chance to really bond with something she could whip into shape and play with.

But Fergus made things worse. Since she couldn't see him, she became an easy target for sneak kitten attacks. It made her nervous. Now, Lucy hissed all the time. And she stopped using the litter box altogether.

So I did some kitty jenga, moving Popoki into my writing studio on a full-time basis, and placing Lucy in Popoki's old basement room. I thought it would be a temporary measure to help reinforce good litter box habits. But as it turns out, Lucy may really need her own room all the time. 

Lucy simply loves her little room. She happily snoozes the day away in a variety of different beds, and in the evening, she comes out for time with me, the husband and our dogs in our rec room, while the other cats stay behind a closed door. She purrs and kneads and drools and head butts. And when it's time to go back to bed, she heads right into her room, happy as anything.

Can you see it in her selfie?

Lucy cat selfie

I'm not sure if this will be Lucy's forever habitat. She may decide that she likes cat friends and open spaces once Fergus is older and a little less crazy. But for now, I am thrilled to have my sweet kitty back.

I know some of you also have separate cat communities. How do you feel about it? Leave me a note in the comments, will you?

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18 comments:

  1. Seems like Lucy has found happiness in the peace of your room, and thus removed her self from fearing the strange new world she has tumbled into... I think in time as you say she will with one cat at least, learn to trust again... maybe if you have another senior cat that can come to her aid she will cope better when the time comes? She looks adorable, and a favourite of ours to see on the Sunday Selfies. purrs Erin

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  2. It sounds like you have a found a good solution, even if temporary, for Lucy. It's good to read that she's happy and enjoys time with you in the evenings. Things may change and it sounds like you're very sensitive to her needs. She's beautiful!

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  3. We hope it will work out in time that Lucy will socialize again. We always give a homeopathic remedy when a love one has gone, so that the animal can let go and accept the loss, or a Bach Remedy for the changes that have taken place. Pawkisses for a wonderful day :) <3

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  4. Sweet Lucy. We don't have separate rooms here, but if we needed them Mommy would make sure to give it to us. Lucy is lucky to have a human who loves her so much.

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  5. Gorgeous girl. I'm glad she's back to being happy and back to being herself. Bear was pretty relentless with Kitty too.

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  6. Lucy is such a dear. I am glad you have found a solution for her worries.

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  7. What a sweet girl. This definitely sounds like a move for the best for Lucy, and I hope it continues to keep her happy and well.

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  8. Your solution is marvelous. The whole episode would be upsetting to me but it does sound like Lucy is happy and perhaps in time will crave some other kitty attention.

    Jean

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  9. I am glad you have found a way for Lucy to be happy again. I have different cat zones in my house and KaTwo has her own room. She comes out sometimes, but she needs the area to herself or she has fits where she chews her tail. Just like some people need a lot of personal space, I think some cats do too.

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  10. We're glad to hear you've found a solution for Lucy and she is happy again. Our Zoey doesn't get along with the other cats very well and as a result she has her own room where she stays most of the time. It's a nice room with windows, a bed to sleep on, lots of toys...and she is very comfortable in there. When she is out in the rest of the house, she seems really nervous and not comfortable at all. ~Island Cat Mom

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  11. The story about Lucy made our mommy so sad until you came to the end. We are so happy Lucy is returning to her old self. Without Eamon she was obviously lost and disoriented, but now with the confined space she most likely feels safe and secure again. Thanks for hopping and sharing this story. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  12. Lucy is beautiful, and we are glad you have found a solution that works best for her. She looks happy in her selfie picture.

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  13. Wow you now qualify as Soothing Spirit for happy kitties. Congrats on your solution and glad you could do it! Lucy looks lovely....

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  14. Lucy is so beautiful but it seems like she was uncomfortable without her mentor. I think you have found a great solution for her that she is also very happy with.

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  15. Sounds like the best plan for now and maybe when fergus is older that will be the time to try and reintroduce her and him together,We have to do what's best for our babies,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  16. Lucy has obviously found her peace. Possibly with time she will accept another cat, but after losing Eamon, this may be her new comfort zone. As long as she is displaying her happiness with the arrangement, I would be thrilled personally.

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  17. You take your cue from Lucy, what she wants goes, and the others fit in. If he finds she has a stable place she may like it for a long time, but we ready to be flexible if Lucy suddenly feels she wants the wind in her whiskers and to see some sunshine. Heck, doesn't she miss her boy it moves me grealy and makes me sad. Thank you for making sure she is happy.

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  18. I have had older cats retire to their own areas on their own, and currently have a cat that has her own room out of her fear of others. She is happy there.

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