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Yes Hi, I'll Have A Nice Twist Tie With A Side Of Cocktail Umbrella

lolvo

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Last week, Miss Demeanor threw up a wadded-up twist tie. Fearing for her life, I took her to the vet for x-rays and they found no harm and no other items nestled in her greedy little gullet. We both walked away unscathed, and I with a slightly lighter wallet. Things like this happen from time to time with any cat, I thought as I drove home.

And here I am now a week later, waiting for the vet to call me back and crossing my fingers that I'll come away from this latest incident only $500 poorer. Earlier today, I heard something fall down the chimney and called up the apartment office to get someone over here to help me extract the poor creature. In the meantime, I baked pumpkins, roasted pumpkin seeds, and got one wedged between my teeth. Upon discovering that I only had two inches of dental floss left, I used a cocktail umbrella to pick the errant seed shard out from between my teeth. After waiting almost three hours for maintenance to drop by (apparently "on their way" means "after I have lunch and take a good long nap"), I shut Miss Demeanor in the bathroom so that the maintenance guy could extract whatever was nestled so unhappily up in the chimney (turns out it was a starling). After the maintenance guy evicted the bird and left, I opened the bathroom door and let Miss Demeanor out... only to find the remnants of the little yellow cocktail umbrella.

By remnants, I mean a few fragments of drool-soaked yellow paper. After searching the entire bathroom top to bottom, I have yet to find the wooden toothpick part of the umbrella or the little plastic rubber bands holding it shut, so I can only assume that she somehow ate the entire thing during the dozen-or-so minutes she was in there.

And that is why I am sitting here, typing up this post and sizing up the limit on my credit card while I wait for the vet to call me back.

Can something good please happen today? Please?
 

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Oh geesh...I sure hope she didn't eat it. Praying you find it some place other than her gullet. Try to stay positive.
 

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Yikes....well, know we are all here for you. We have a rule here after flossing...flush it. We had one of our girls way to happy to play with it once and I freaked. They just always seem to get into everything. Hopefully things will be fine. We have seen many concerned member's babies eat everything from yarn, thread, meat string and gosh so many other things. It does not always end up bad. I knew someone who had their cat eat their bikini top and had no idea until it was in the litter box!!!

The worst cases are when owners have no idea their babies have gotten into things and they get listless and weak and act odd for quite some time. That is the worst. Soooo...you are on it and that is a great thing. Please keep updating us. Positive thoughts go your way.


Patti
 
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I, sure hope, she didn't eat the the toothpick. If, she did, I pray, it's not lodged
somewhere. Keep us updated.
 

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@lolvo Oh my... Miss Demeanor is being miss Felon- you have had quite the week-
Continued good vibes that all will be okay- glad the xray was clear

**My vet had me take a pic of tobys X-ray with my cell phone so I would have it in case I needed to go to an after hours vet

I have little felons here that made me think hmmmm- and got a care credit card that can be used at my vet and my dentist

Please give Miss Demeanor kisses from my little felons
 

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Oh gosh! well beside the $$$$ I am so glad everything turned out well, peace of mind is worth every penny.
 

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Sounds like your naughty one will be ok. I've said it here before but I once found a threaded needle in Ickus' poo.
 

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Thanks for all of the good wishes and thoughts, everyone. When I got to the vet, I was informed that the x-rays showed no signs of foreign objects or inflammation... and that wood also doesn't tend to show up well on x-rays. Missy and I walked out with some sample treats (apparently she was a lovely patient), and I was told to watch for signs of lethargy and keep an eye on her litter box for signs of trouble.

We (yes, we) spent the rest of the afternoon shopping for toys to keep her busy and distract her from all things sharp and wooden. She got fussed over by several PetCo employees, sampled several different kinds of treats, became fiercely possessive of a catnip-stuffed carrot, explored under enough shelves to require another bath, and convinced me to spend nearly $50 on a variety of cat toys. So far, she has gotten the most enjoyment out of the Cat Dancer - a steal at $1.99 - and caused me quite a lot of worry in relation to the carrot. When we got home and I put her carrier in its usual spot, she got out, checked that everything in the place was still hers, and began to dash about the house yowling her head off, little brows furrowed in obvious consternation. Having been told to watch for signs of distress, I first tried comforting her (she ignored me), then feeding her (she scarfed every molecule and then resumed howling and running around), and then opening her carrier in preparation for hauling her back to the vet. The second I opened the carrier she dove into it, dug around a bit, and emerged victoriously with the catnip-stuffed carrot clasped firmly in her jaws. After rolling on it, chewing on it, and very (very!) carefully stowing it on the top platform of her new (and abominably dangerous) cat tree, she settled down and slept on my pillow, head resting on my shoulder.

I do hope she remembers where she put her carrot last night, and that she also remembers just how slippery the plush surfaces on that p-o-s cat tree are. I'll see if they improve with age, but I'm only giving it until I get my RMA number from the seller. If you want to know what kind of cat tree it is, PM me.
 

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Sounds like a fun day! So happy no issues. The Cat Dancer toy has always been one of Babas' favorites.
So simple and yet very enticing.

Patti
 

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So... I got home earlier today and spied a suspiciously-shaped nugget in her litter box. Upon poking and prodding it a bit with the litter scoop, I can now confirm that it is the entire toothpick section of a yellow cocktail umbrella, albeit somewhat bent and mangled. Missy seems none the worse for wear, and was avidly mangling her catnip carrot when I got home. I don't know whether I should be proud of her, or just confused as to how the entire thing made its way out in one piece.
 

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Wow...just glad the missing item was finally found and you can stop poop patrol. I bet you still found yourself searching every nook and cranny for it besides the litter box.

Patti
 

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While I am sure you didn't enjoy this entire scenario, I found your story quite humorous. It sounds like something that would happen with my babies. Sounds like she'll be a handful and you'll need to keep an eye on here from now on!

I am glad everything worked out ok!

Jen
 

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Oh man, so glad it made its way out and she is okay!!! What a little turkey. We had a poop patrol incident where Leo ate about 6 square inches of a blanket (?!?!). I have never been so happy to find chunks of red fleece in poop.
 

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We all can relate to poop patrol- these stinkers get into everything

Glad to hear all came out well and she is okay - quite the scare
We have probably all been there at one time or another be it cats or dogs

Be a good girl Miss Demeanor!
 

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Oh gawd... I'm torn between laughing at and cringing at the incidents you all have had with your own sphynxes. All I can say is that I have no idea how the entire toothpick section made its' way through her, considering that she's only barely wider than the toothpick is long on a good day. Yikes.
 

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So... I got home earlier today and spied a suspiciously-shaped nugget in her litter box. Upon poking and prodding it a bit with the litter scoop, I can now confirm that it is the entire toothpick section of a yellow cocktail umbrella, albeit somewhat bent and mangled. Missy seems none the worse for wear, and was avidly mangling her catnip carrot when I got home. I don't know whether I should be proud of her, or just confused as to how the entire thing made its way out in one piece.
I have to admit that, after my initial shock and slight worry for another naked was over and read that the toothpick had been ejected fully, I laughed my ass off. Very colorful story! :hilarious:
 
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