Lucifer the cat (Luc for short), is only on his first of nine lives, and it’s a pretty good life for a feline who may have ended up in a bad way.
Luc makes his home in Perm, Russia, and he’s gotten a lot of worldwide attention for something special he does. While it’s common to hear about working dogs, it’s less common to hear about working cats like Luc.
Luc’s story about how he works as a therapeutic cat at the local Perm animal clinic has captivated millions. Go to Slide #9 to learn about his disability. Slide #7 reveals why he’s famous.
10. It All Started With a Rescue
Luc is a very fortunate kitty. He was in big trouble when his owners found him. This beautiful black cat couldn’t move his two hind legs, rendering him practically helpless. Without the ability to walk, Luc couldn’t get around easily, which made his prospects for the future very bleak. Now he has a forever home.
9. His Disability Is Permanent
Once he was in safe hands, Luc was taken to the vet and that’s when his new owners found out that his walking troubles are due to some type of serious spinal cord injury. This is pretty deep news for an otherwise healthy cat, but Luc seems to take it all in stride.
8. He Knows How It Feels To Be A Patient
While Luc was a patient at the Perm clinic, he was put on an examination table. Humans with kind faces and soothing words poked and prodded him with strange instruments. He was subjected to tests and some things were downright scary, but he got through it like a champ.
See what happens next.
7. Patient Luc Becomes Therapy Cat Luc
Luc’s kind and calm nature didn’t go unnoticed by the good doctors at the vet. Despite his rough start in life, and his permanent disability, Luc has a natural empathy that helps him make fast friends with other animals. After his release from medical care, Luc became a therapy cat at the vet clinic.
6. He Cuddles The Young
Imagine being a young, sick puppy or kitten stuck in a big, unfamiliar place all alone. Familiar faces have been replaced by the faces of strangers, and all you want to do is go home and be with your people. Suddenly, a gentle black cat curls up next to you, and his cuddling puts you at ease.
5. His Comforting Touch Helps The Injured
Luc goes to visit a new friend who has suffered an injury of some sort. He checks out the situation and makes a quick decision to gaze into the injured animal’s eyes. He knows what it’s like to feel helpless, and he uses his wide gleaming eyes, and body language to convey his caring thoughts.
4. He Makes Recovering From Surgery Easier
It seems like there’s always an animal who is in need of Luc’s therapy services. On many occasions, Luc is called upon to provide a comforting presence to a patient who has undergone surgery. These cases are tough, but Luc has the mental stamina to help patients get through those difficult days.
3. Some Cats Owe Their Life To Him
Just like humans, animals sometimes need a life-saving blood transfusion in order to survive. Being the kind of cat that gives fully of himself, Luc didn’t raise a hair when he was tapped to donate blood to a few cats in urgent need. Luc was monitored carefully, and the transfusions were a success!
2. Luc Loves His Job
If Luc could talk, he’d tell everyone how much he loves being a therapy cat. He enjoys visiting all the animals, and he doesn’t care one whit if the patient is a cat, dog, or hamster. All he cares about is making them feel loved and cared about, and his healing energy works.
1. Fame Hasn’t Gone To His Head
When Luc isn’t making the therapy rounds at his workplace or taking a play or nap break, he’s striking a model pose for the cameras. His duties include doing PR for the clinic. He’s naturally photogenic and totally comfortable with being an international media star. Primarily, though, he’s Luc the cool therapy cat.
On a daily basis, Luc proves that he’s an amazing cat in every which way. Any cat lover knows that cats cannot be forced to do anything they don’t like. Luc could sit around sunning himself all day, eating treats, and enjoying a great home life. However, he is perfectly at home at the vet clinic, and from all accounts, he’s happy to dole out gobs of TLC to other animals in need. His giving spirit is truly inspirational and touchingly heartwarming.
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