Friday, November 27, 2009

What happened to Bella?

Bella, pre-amputation

After a 36-hour absence, our cat Bella showed back up in our yard last week with a severely broken leg and several bite wounds. Luckily, my husband works from home and found her right away. After an emergency amputation and four touch-and-go days in the hospital, our sweet girl got to come back home with us.

The title of this blog is inspired by the Red House Painters song "Three-Legged Cat."

she was asleep when i hobbled to the bed
with a broken foot bleeding
i clawed at her head
"the mirror tumbled on me," i cried
"but it wasn't my fault," i lied
spend my whole life neurotic and fat
now i'm just a three-legged cat
doctor said, "we'll have to amputate that"
so now i'm just a three-legged cat
a three-legged cat

Bella's first day home post-amputation


  1. OMG what an awful awful thing to have happened to Bella. Thank God your Hubby was home.

  2. I know, I hate to think what might have happened if we didn't find her when we did. Her leg was already very infected, and I don't think she could have made it for much longer. I'm so grateful every day that we have her back with us!

  3. We decided to read about Bella's story from the beginning.

    How awful it must have been to see your beloved cat so injured.