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Kate

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Do I need to do anything? Is this dangerous for him? What signs of stress or problems should I watch for? Little bugger :(.
 

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Oh no! Bella had to have surgery to remove 24 inches of string she swallowed. When she went poo the string was hanging out of her butt. She had also been vomiting and not eating before I noticed the string. Keep an eye on him.
 

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@Kate Yikes. How long do you think the piece was and was it truly yarn? I would touch base with vet and ask for sure signs to look for. But the basics are lethargy, lack of eating and drinking, throwing up, distress. If you see the yarn come out the end, do not pull it, go to vet and have them look. You will need to be on poop patrol constantly to see if this passed. If any of the issues above, please go to the vet and do not wait.
Hoping this takes care of itself.


@Cleopatra Beers had her baby do the same and she might me able to add some signs to look for.

Patti
 

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It was probably about 24 inches, and it was definitely yarn .... Blue yarn! I checked in her mouth and didn't see anything. Guess I will watch out the other end. Should I still feed dinner like normal? Unfortunately, my vet is closed for tonight, so I can't get over the phone advice.
 

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Oh, NO... I would watch her through the night and call first thing in the morning.
But, if she changes in anyway, I wouldn't wait until tomorrow. I don't know, but, she will probably
need to have surgery. Please keep us updated about her. Will pray for her.
 

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I would not give him food, just in case they need to do surgery tomorrow. Keep a close eye on him through the night. Make sure that he has access to water. I would even keep him enclosed in a room with his litter box and water until you talk to the vet. That way you know where he is, that he can't get into anything else, and he can't hide on you if he isn't feeling well.

The good news is that you saw him do it, and know exactly what he ate and how much. The bad news is figuring out how to get it out of him.
 

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Hi--Please take your baby to the vet NOW! Do not wait to see if he starts vomiting.
Sorry to hear about this. Patti @Catzzzmeow is right. Our Cleopatra ate 32 inches of white acrylic baby yarn when she was 11 months old. We never saw her do it--the only way we found out was when she began to vomit at 4am on a Sunday morning. She vomited 2x, then ate her breakfast and vomited all of it, and then vomited 3x more that morning. We took her to the emergency vet at about 9am, and an xray showed that her small intestines were starting to "accordian." That's when the gut tries to pass the yarn into the colon, but instead of the yarn passing, the gut literally climbs up the string or yarn. Just like @Joanne, we ended up having surgery. The difference is that Cleo's yarn never got through her entire system.

If I were you and you have an emergency vet, I would take him NOW. I'm sorry to sound alarmist, but waiting could hurt him more. If he needs surgery, it could be less complicated if it is caught sooner. Good luck to you!
 

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Yoda got very sick. She was vomiting, so I took her to the vet. He did X-rays but it didn't show anything. He knew there was something because her vomit smelt like a bowel movement. They did surgery immediately. It had wrapped around her intestines. Yoda is never sick, so when she started throwing up I knew there was a problem. I thought she was just sick, I never imagined she had gotten a hold of string. When the vet felt her stomach, he told me it felt like it was twisted. After what I've been through with Yoda, I would take her to the vet. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
 

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Checked under his tongue, and there is nothing there. Getting to the vet tonight is very difficult, and it's -30 out right now. My other kitty goes in for her spay tomorrow morning first thing, so I will bring Jack along for a check (provided we don't have a 911 emergency through the night). I can hold off on his dinner for tonight to, just in case.

Oh, I just feel sick about this :(. So far he's acting completely normal. He ate it about 3 hours ago, how long until it might start to come out the other end?
 

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Not sure...I don't have personal experience with this. I just don't want you to feel alone. Perfect that you already have appt at vet in morning. Please update us after your appt.

Patti
 

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Checked under his tongue, and there is nothing there. Getting to the vet tonight is very difficult, and it's -30 out right now. My other kitty goes in for her spay tomorrow morning first thing, so I will bring Jack along for a check (provided we don't have a 911 emergency through the night). I can hold off on his dinner for tonight to, just in case.

Oh, I just feel sick about this :(. So far he's acting completely normal. He ate it about 3 hours ago, how long until it might start to come out the other end?
Cats food takes at least 8 hours to digest. Probably 12 hours before you would see a bowel movement. The problem is, with a foreign body in there, the rates may not be the same.
 

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Great news ... Just scooped the litter box, and there was a full piece of blue yarn mixed into jacks poop! On went the gloves so I could get a good look and measurement! What we do for our nakeds! All 22 inches accounted for.

I cannot thank you all enough for your support and advice!
 

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Great news ... Just scooped the litter box, and there was a full piece of blue yarn mixed into jacks poop! On went the gloves so I could get a good look and measurement! What we do for our nakeds! All 22 inches accounted for.

I cannot thank you all enough for your support and advice!
Holy crow, that is super lucky and good news! Hope you and naughty little Jack are feeling better! What a relief.
 

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Great news ... Just scooped the litter box, and there was a full piece of blue yarn mixed into jacks poop! On went the gloves so I could get a good look and measurement! What we do for our nakeds! All 22 inches accounted for.

I cannot thank you all enough for your support and advice!

Very lucky. And yes, the things we do for our naked kids. LOL
 
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