Lucy has 25,000 Instagram fans, probably due to her adorable looks and rare condition that makes her look similar to a bat.

Zilla Bergamini saw Lucy in a video shared by a cat breeder, and Zilla instantly fell in love with the Sphynx cat.

She spoke with Meow AF, recalling how it was “love at first sight.” But, Lucy was actually not for sale because she was sick.

As it turned out, Lucy was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (a condition in which fluid builds up in the brain).

The vet who diagnosed Lucy let the breeder know that he didn’t believe it would be willing to operate on the cat, though other vets might take her on. Despite the news, Zilla suggested she take in the special needs kitten.

Zilla began her preparation for Lucy. She diligently researched all things hydrocephalus, readied herself for potential outcomes of the condition, found top-rated veterinarian neurological centers across the country, and began to build a fund for expenses associated with Lucy and her condition.

Lucy found her home with Zilla in March of 2019 in Haifa, Israel. Zilla was nervous but excited about having Lucy in her life!

Zilla quickly discovered Lucy was not having bowel movements – and was constantly crying.

Lucy’s vet brushed off her lack of bowel movements, saying the cat was possibly “hiding it.” The vet also announced that Lucy would need to take eye drops for the rest of her life.

Zilla followed her intuition and sought a second opinion. Lucy was treated and was finally able to poop! According to MeowAF. Zilla recalled how Lucy “practically leaked poop 24/7 for more than two weeks straight”. Lucy had to wear a diaper at night and be helped by Zilla during the day – high maintenance is an understatement.

Despite the initial challenges, Lucy began to get healthier and her poop situation eventually regulated. Further, it was discovered Lucy would not need eye drops after all!

Lucy is happy and healthy (as healthy as she can be given her condition). She loves going on stroller walks with Zilla.

Zilla explains that cats with hydrocephalus are often euthanized because it’s believed they’ll be too expensive. Lucy and Zilla are out to show that this condition doesn’t have to be a death sentence for a feline!

If you’d like to follow Lucy’s story, go give her a follow on Instagram.