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post #1 of 28
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I have an 8 month old kitten. I turned around and saw she had a piece of her toy which is made with strips of corn husk hanging out of her month. It was about a foot long. I paniced which made her panic and she ran and managed to eat the whole thing.

She seems fine and playful she promptly ran over and ate her lunch. I called the vet and he said just watch her and see if she vomits or cannot use bathroom. Would you call another vet? Should I take her in right away. SHe is rolling around playing with her brother but the horror stories about cat's eating ribbon have me freaked out.
post #2 of 28
Normally toys are a concern. But since you say its a corn husk( I assume a real one) I would'nt worry. The kitty should just digest it like grass or catnip. I am sure its stomach acids would disolve it pretty quickly. Is it a REAL corn husk?
post #3 of 28
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Actually I think it is raffia now that I look at it. I am going to try and post a pic of the toy it came from. I am so angry at myself for letting her have that toy I am taking second looks at all the kittens toys now.
post #4 of 28
I am sorry I don't know what raffia is????? I never let Murphy play with his toys unsupervised they all have feathers and strings hanging on them. I pulled a string off one the other day myself! So you can imagine what damage little teeth and claws do. I would consult a second vet if you are still concerned though. Has she had a bowel movement since then?
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Ok this is what she ate, a strip from this - I cannot believe they can sell toys that are so dangerous http://www.imagesbyerin.com/teaser.htm
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
No, she has not gone to bathroom yet but it has only been one hour.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by DarciFinn
No, she has not gone to bathroom yet but it has only been one hour.
my cat ate a long curling ribbon one day and the next morning he well I found it in the litter box hanging in there.....
post #8 of 28
Do we know yet if it is natural or man-made, what she ate? I could'nt tell from the picture
post #9 of 28
Please watch her carefully if she does not expell it on her own within 24 hrs. Call your vet immediately and tell him what happened. Reason being the Raffia could wrap itself around her intestins and strangle the blood supply!!!!!!

Now in case you see it protruding from her behind - what ever you do DO NOT pull on it- ok!! If you do you could cause more harm than good. Raffia is like a knife and could shred her internals. Again call your Vet immediately.

Let's hope it's nothing but it could be a very dangerous condition that might need veterinary intervention.

Hopeing for all the best.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
I think it is natural but I am not sure, I already called the vet right after it happened and they told me to watch her. I really think I will call the ER vet for a second opinion as the night goes on. I am not sure how long until she is "put of the woods". She seems like her usual self but it may be soon for her to have problems as it has been only 2 hours.
post #11 of 28
Hopefully it will ball up in her stomach ( if she don't digest it) and it will pass easily rather than untangling in there and getting caught. Like I said if it is corn husk she should digest it no problems. I am sorry you are so worried now. You are a good meowmy!!!! The cats and I will be praying for you guys. Let me know if she passes it.
post #12 of 28
I too would just keep a close eye on her.

Many years ago my little Siamese ate one of the palm fronds that we got at church on Palm Sunday. I actually had no idea she had eaten it until I saw it sticking out her bum. I was ignorant about cats then and I admit I gently (and I mean gently) pulled it from her little behind. Fortunately for both of us I caused no damage and she went on to live many more wonderful years.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the answer, I am definitely watching her and she is loving the strokes and extra attention. I will let ya'll know what happens.
post #14 of 28
I would give her some Laxatone, if you have it -- to coat and soften the raffia (or whatever it is). I'm not a vet, though... do it only if you think it sounds like a good idea. :-)
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well it has been 8 hours and she is using her litterbox and eating and playful so I am feeling better but I am still watching her, luckily I work from home.
post #16 of 28
I prayed she would be ok! Keep us updated!
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks Mooch, it really does mean a lot this little fur babies really tug at my heart. I did not want to be a single woman who spoiled who kittens rotten but that changed the minute I brought them home!
post #18 of 28
I haven't read the whole thread yet but I have a grass skirt I bought from a party store to make a hut in my stud pen. Every cat who gets in the stud pen eats that grass skirt every chance they get! They don't just chew it, they actually eat the grass. I think it is similar to what your cat ate. None of my cats have had any trouble with it.
Your cat can't digest it so it will most likley come out the other end inside a stool.
=0)
post #19 of 28
just to add-I looked at your link. Im about 99% positive that it's the same stuff the grass skirt is made of.

here's the skirt in the picture. The cat is walking on top of it. It on the roof to the "hut" in his jungle stud pen. This is the closest pic I have right now.
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks Bengal Babe and all else, for the info and support! It looks as if litte Darci is doing well, the vet said she dodged a bullet and will be ok. I have gone back through their toys and thrown away anything that looks the least bit scary.

I am so surprised they sell such dangerous toys for kittens, but I guess one has to be smarter than the manufacturers out their to make money.
post #21 of 28
It's too late for this now but what I would have done was take her to the vet RIGHT AWAY after it happened so they could induce vomiting. Otherwise you're playing Russian Roulette. It might come out the other end just fine or it might get tangled in her intestines and require emergency surgery.
post #22 of 28
hmm...I wonder why my cats have never had a problem ith the stuff? You don't think they eat dry grass when they are outside cats or in the wild? I tried giving them fresh cat grass but they don't like it. They much prefer the dry grass skirt.
post #23 of 28
I wouldn't go crazy. My cats managed to eat thread and pieces of plastic bags. And you're right when you panick they panic and start eating even faster. She'll go to the bathroom and all will be fine.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by DarciFinn
Thanks Bengal Babe and all else, for the info and support! It looks as if litte Darci is doing well, the vet said she dodged a bullet and will be ok. I have gone back through their toys and thrown away anything that looks the least bit scary.

I am so surprised they sell such dangerous toys for kittens, but I guess one has to be smarter than the manufacturers out their to make money.

Yeah the manufacturers could care less about the health of our kitties, as long as they make sales We just have to be on the look out for the dangerous ones. Let us know when she passes it
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by chichismom
Yeah the manufacturers could care less about the health of our kitties, as long as they make sales We just have to be on the look out for the dangerous ones. Let us know when she passes it
Well wouldn't you say that anything could be dangerous if eaten? I mean ribbons, sisal rope, plastic toys, anything really...so it's not really the manufacturers fault, it's up to us to be careful about our cats not eating the things they might rip up. I mean, a cat can rip a piece of thread off of a cat bed and get that tangled in the gut...that dosen't mean the manufacturer should be at fault for using thread to sew the bed together.
I don't think that all manufacturers don't care. Maybe the ones with huge compaines that mass produce but there are smaller manufacturers out there that really love animals and that's why they started the business to begin with.
post #26 of 28
Yes Bengal babe, not all are bad- sorry I put them all down earlier, there are some really good companies out there that are interested in the well-being of our kitties. But i have experienced some really cheaply made toys in the past, poot stitching etc... those were the companies I meant to refer to. I was just caught in the heat of the moment i guess(lol) sorry if I offended anyone! I love you guys!!!!!
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by semiferal
It's too late for this now but what I would have done was take her to the vet RIGHT AWAY after it happened so they could induce vomiting. Otherwise you're playing Russian Roulette. It might come out the other end just fine or it might get tangled in her intestines and require emergency surgery.
Semi, just a note I did say in my original post, I called the vet RIGHT AWAY. They said not to come in. I am lucky in that if I go out on my deck and crane my neck I can see vets office and they know that. Maybe that is why they felt it was not necessary to race her over. I even called the ER Vet for a second opinon and they said to watch her but not to panic too much. I may sound a little defensive but I swear I love my kittens and would have more than willing to pay the vet any amount necessary.
post #28 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by chichismom
Yes Bengal babe, not all are bad- sorry I put them all down earlier, there are some really good companies out there that are interested in the well-being of our kitties. But i have experienced some really cheaply made toys in the past, poot stitching etc... those were the companies I meant to refer to. I was just caught in the heat of the moment i guess(lol) sorry if I offended anyone! I love you guys!!!!!
no offense taken.
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