Belle lived at Best Friends Animal Society as part of their Guardian Angel special needs program.
Original Info from her Journal: This munchkin found help on Christmas Day! And what a pretty Christmas "Belle" she was. But this wonderful cat has a serious medical condition. When she arrived at an Arizona rescue group, she had a hard time walking, she trembled a lot, and sometimes she just fell over. She wouldn't have lasted much longer as a stray, so it's a good thing that rescue group helped out this precious eight-month-old. Her condition is called portosystemic shunt (PSS). Basically, her liver doesn't function normally, and it causes all kinds of trouble. She needs surgery, she needs medicine, she needs a special diet. She needed Best Friends! So her rescue group got in touch with us, and soon, Belle arrived – a bundle of playfulness and joy – but with a long road ahead. She's going to need surgery, and the surgery is not an easy one. It can be dangerous, but if it goes well, she can have a long, happy life ahead of her.
Right away after the surgery, Belle was doing well, but within roughly 36 hours, she was having seizures that we were not able to control. So, we had to anesthetize her for about 24 hours to "reset" her brain. We were able to wean her off the anesthetic, but she had not been mentally normal since. We were waiting to see if her liver would start functioning better; however, Belle started having more seizures that we were not able to control. It had been a week since the surgery, and she was still suffering from uncontrolled seizures and was still very mentally compromised. Given her physical state and lack of hope for recovery, we elected to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge. It was a very difficult decision to make.