Mylo Has a ‘Belly’

I assume that, given all of the lost cat posters in my neighbourhood, one of my neighbours is a werewolf. You may recall this carefully-worded poster featuring Mr. Softie. He was “heavier set”.

Yesterday I spotted a yet another new missing cat poster. Mylo (troubling spelling there) apparently a “has a ‘belly'”:

Another Lost Cat

It’s charming the way the owners choose to describe their pets’ girth. Why is ‘belly’ in quotation marks, anyway?


  1. Maybe the owner is an anatomist and figures that the word “belly” needs the quotation marks because it would be more accurate to say “large amount of subcutaneous adipose in the abdominal region,” but that wouldn’t fit on the sign?

  2. I think she is using “Belly” to refer to the patch of longer hairs some cats have on their belly. It makes it seem as if they have a big belly, while in fact it is just a bunch of hair.

  3. I’ve known Mylo since he was a wee kitten and he really does have a ‘belly’.

    He was adopted as a skinny stray, went through a bit of a fat patch in his adolescence, and slimmed down (sort of) in adulthood. Except for his gut, which never really recovered from his youthful indulgence. It wiggles and wobbles and is completely adorable.

    I hope he turns up! He is the friendliest marmalade cat I’ve ever known.

  4. It turns out poor little Mylo was hit by a car – he is dearly missed. As Heather described, the “belly” was actually loose-fitting skin and not the gathering of beer-induced fat which usually comes to mind. Not that the word belly always implies fat (the underside of a vertebrate, anyone?). The vet referred to such baggy feline midsections as “flubiscites”, but really, who would get that? Also, it didn’t make much sense. She was a woman who laughed at her own jokes. I hope this helps.

    -the Jennifer at Vancouver and Fairfield.

    PS: What’s troubling about the spelling of his name? Atypical, but how embarrassed should I be?

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