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post #1 of 14
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My 5-month old cat just threw up. It was a bunch of different colors and this is what I found in it: a blue plastic milk jug ring, a rubber band/hair tie I use to put my hair up, some ham I just gave him, and grass. I got home 10 minutes ago and he ran outside so that might be when he ate the grass (although he was only outside for 5 minutes tops). Did he run outside to eat some grass because his stomach was upset? I can't believe he ate all this stuff, do I need to hide all possibly edible objects in my apartment now? He loves to play with the milk jug rings and they would always disappear, but I just figured he lost then under the fridge or something. This is the first time I've ever seen anything like this. Does he need to see a vet? He's running around now like nothing happened.
post #2 of 14
You might want to take him to the vet just in case. I would start putting away any small objects that he can possibly swallow, because he could accidently choke on something when you aren't home.
post #3 of 14
With all that in his stomach you better keep an eye on him. I would, if he throws up anymore, take him in to the vet in the morning. You need to keep all small items away from this cat, sweep your floors every night and vaccuum daily. You would be surprised what falls unnoticed to the ground and rolls into a corner. And yes, you need to cat proof your home.Keep milk rings and bread ties away from this cat, put hair ties in a sealed container, flush dental floss after you use it. Let this cat eat more grass, his stomach is very upset and better he throws up what is bothering him instead of becoming obstructed or worse.
post #4 of 14
Oh my! This cat sounds like a baby goat we had one time. You are really going to have to be careful with this baby!
Linda
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice. Now I'm wondering why he hasn't thrown this stuff up before. I've had him for 2 months, given him a million milk jug rings to play with, but this is the first time he's thrown up garbage. Could he have passed them in the litterbox? I also give him a lot of q tips to play with, but they don't disappear, they're all over my apartment. Could he possibly eat those?
post #6 of 14
Maybe he never tasted the milk rings til now and swallowed it.
post #7 of 14
They do eat grass to make themselves sick when they need to. Watch him or her closely and if it happens again, take him in to the vet. Don't give him qtips! They will eat those! The only toys he should have are like an aluminum foil ball or empty boxes, unless you buy him toys from the petstore, like mice and stuff.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by MeowsersMom
Thanks for all the advice. Now I'm wondering why he hasn't thrown this stuff up before. I've had him for 2 months, given him a million milk jug rings to play with, but this is the first time he's thrown up garbage. Could he have passed them in the litterbox? I also give him a lot of q tips to play with, but they don't disappear, they're all over my apartment. Could he possibly eat those?
He could possibly eat anything small like a milk rings or q-tips. I wouldn't give him small things to play with. Make sure things you give him to play with are too big to swallow and do not have small parts. You don't want him to get in the habit of playing with small things and then swallow one and have serious problem. I would definately take him to the vet, as I said before. And mention all of this to the vet. They may want to check to see if nothing has gotten stuck inside him.
post #9 of 14
Also, don't give him aluminum foil balls to play with.
post #10 of 14
Like everyone else has said just watch him. I was just going to suggest another something for him to play with. Big straws! Marlee loves straws so much, and if you can find big ones he shouldn't be able to swallow them. Just keep an eye out, and once they get pretty chewed up, throw that one away and give a new one. If anyone thinks this is a bad idea, please tell me, but I've just noticed how much Malree loves them!
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Charcoal
They do eat grass to make themselves sick when they need to. Watch him or her closely and if it happens again, take him in to the vet. Don't give him qtips! They will eat those! The only toys he should have are like an aluminum foil ball or empty boxes, unless you buy him toys from the petstore, like mice and stuff.
You've gotta be careful with those mice, too. They can easily get the tails off them and swallow them. It's amazing what some cats will eat.
post #12 of 14
I find Fraggle and Angel go absolutely bonkers for paper balls.
post #13 of 14
Straws are okay to play with if you tie the ends together- tie the straw ends, don't use string or yarn or anything. Once they start poking holes in the straw- discard the straw though.

Honestly- one of my cat's favorite past times (messy though) is an old telephone book. We all have them somewhere in our home. I take the telephone book, lay it opened on the floor, sprinkle some catnip in a dozen different pages, then open the book to a page without catnip and walk away. The cats come up and start rifling through the pages, tearing them, shredding them, clawing them, rolling and sliding the loose pages. When they have enough ripped out they run under and over the tops of them. It is great harmless fun and keeps them entertained for hours.
post #14 of 14
I have to say that phonebook idea sounds pretty cool. MeowsersMom, good luck with your kitty.
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