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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

This is my first time posting here! We have a 3 year old tuxedo cat named Knox. Well, last night we were playing with one of those string toys with her while watching TV. In the 1-2 minutes we weren't looking (stupid us), she chewed the string off and swallowed it! I would say it was about 6 inches to a foot at the most. It is a thin elastic string. We have already taken her to the vet and they gave us some Laxatone to help "coat" the string and maybe help it pass a little easier.
I know if she starts to not eat, get lethargic, vomit, etc that we need to take her in right away and she may need surgery. Has anyone else had any experience with their cat eating string? Did it pass naturally or did they have surgery? The vet said if she was going to get sick it'd most likely happen in 1-2 days and it's almost been a day. As of now, she is still eating, playing and drinking without signs of problems. I feel like a bad cat momma and that all of this is my fault! Any help would be appreciated!!
post #2 of 11
Welcome to TheCatSite.

Other members will have feedback for you but one thing I do know...
if the string starts to pass, do not pull on it.
Just cut off what is showing and watch Knox closely until the whole thing passes.

I am sending vibes that this string passes with no problems.
Knox.
Please keep us updated.
post #3 of 11
It's not your fault - it's the fault of the maker of the toy, if anything.

I'm sure it will pass through just fine. I haven't had a cat swallow a string, but once a dog I was sitting for (overnight) ate my headband, then proceeded to eat my underwear. And I guess everything passed through okay. So animals' digestive systems must be pretty tough.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Wow that's a lot to eat! Maybe I'm just overly paranoid because I've read all the horror stories of the intestines getting tied up because of the string and then the cat dying or having to have extensive surgery. I just want our baby to be ok I don't care how much it costs if she does have to have the operation, but I hope it doesn't come to that. She is really playful usually so I think it will be pretty easy to notice a change in behavior. She hasn't pooped today but I'm hoping things will work their way through soon!!
post #5 of 11
I hope she will be ok. My Coco another Tuxedo Cat did that last Christmas. My Sister bought the Cats two toys and I notices the inside gone and was wondering what happened. Then Coco was coughing and I thought it was her Asthma. Then she threw up and it was the inside of the toy. It was the ribbon and the string. It was alot but she was ok.
post #6 of 11
I hope it passes through ok! Good luck!
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
It seems to me like she's hiding a lot more the past couple of hours. She is usually very social. She also pooped a little and it looked more constipated than usual. I called the vet and they told me to give her an extra dose of the Laxatone, which I did. I guess all I can do is watch and wait til in the morning. Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by KittyKatFanatic View Post
It seems to me like she's hiding a lot more the past couple of hours. She is usually very social. She also pooped a little and it looked more constipated than usual. I called the vet and they told me to give her an extra dose of the Laxatone, which I did. I guess all I can do is watch and wait til in the morning. Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
So, how are things going? Did it pass through yet?
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yep, passed through and all is well..thanks for asking :-)
post #10 of 11
All of these stories reminded me of my precious Rottie I had that died tragically of cancer at age 4. I remember I would go out into the backyard once a week to pick up all the dog poop and at least once a month I would always see a sock, or pieces of bra, once saw a piece of my purse in his poo. There was always something different. He was such a bad dog LOL. So cute.

I am glad your baby is alright!
post #11 of 11
Glad to hear everything came out okay, so to speak.
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