on the operating table. During surgery,
the vet found a large hernia containing
omentum and mesenteric fat, the injury most likely from being intentionally
kicked. While they were addressing
her mass, Silver Belle was also spayed.
There, Dr. Monnig found an even bigger issue — the petite cat’s uterus was
enlarged with a chocolaty liquid, the
result of a long-term uterine infection.
Dr. Monnig marveled that Silver Belle
was still alive.
The folks at FPAC doubled down on
their dedication to the precious girl.
Silver Belle was in quarantine for three
weeks, where she received antibiotics
and pain medication. As each week
passed, the cat care staff noticed that
Silver Belle looked younger as she
regained her energy. She also regained
her voice and started chatting up a
storm and eating up a storm, gaining 2
pounds in 10 weeks.
Once Silver Belle was out of the
medical woods and no longer required
any special treatment, it was time for
her to join the cage-free adoption
center. Because she was so small, staff
decided to try her out in the kitten
room. Silver Belle loved the kittens!
She also loved being gently caressed
and lounging on her cushy bed.
While waiting for adoption, Silver
Belle caught the attention of Eliza
Coriell. Eliza said she was drawn by
her beauty, but once she walked
over for a closer look, Silver Belle
sealed the deal with a loud unrelent-
ing meow. Holding Silver Belle, the
smitten adopter was taken by how
affectionate she was and how much
the cat had the characteristics need-
ed to be a therapeutic companion for
Now home, Silver Belle is the belle
of the household ball — holding court
with the other cats, sleeping on her new
family and dazzling everyone with her
kittenish enthusiasm for life.
Denise LeBeau is an
ist, writer, editor and
self-professed poet lau-
reate of the pet set. For the last seven
years, she’s been a full-time writer for an
animal welfare organization. She shares
her Hampton Bays, New York, home
with two rescued Siamese cats, Flipper
and Slayer, and two rescued moocher
mutts, Parker and Zephyrella. Connect
with her on Facebook.
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