Despite all our efforts, our bigger cat Dozo found a curling ribbon bow and ate I don't know how much. He's done this twice before, both times passing the piece within a day or two. This time he's been throwing up since yesterday late morning, with nothing in the litterbox. He got a heavy dose of lax today, and if there's no improvement by morning I'll be calling every vet in three towns to see who can get him in first. He's acting normally so far as I can tell (except angry about the lax, which he hates) and still wants to eat, but... I'm absolutely sick about it. Don't think I'll be getting a lot of sleep tonight. He found the bow at the bottom of a bag I didn't know was there. All the ferret-proofing we've done, and Dozo finds a ribbon somewhere. I'm so angry with myself.
Any good thoughts for Dozo will be greatly appreciated.
Dont be angry with yourself, cats find things all the time that we dont notice. My cat always finds elastics and ropes and dust and all sorts of things and chews on them. We never know where she gets them from
The ribbon might be caught in either his stomach or intestines and if he hasn`t pooped it out I recommend going to the vet. He might need his stomach pumped or a small surgery to get it removed.
If it is still there I recommend given Dozo some oil. I know it helps clear up everything to help out hairballs and all. He might not like it so you can mix it with his food, works amazingly. ;D
I was just coming to post an update... Dozo's doing well.
We had a bad spell a few hours after I posted first, when he began to act lethargic and refuse all food and treats. He's the best purring cat I've ever met, so when no matter how many rubs he got he didn't want to purr, I was pretty scared. I think now it was all the lax on an empty stomach making him feel sick.
He woke up me Monday morning dry heaving, since I hadn't fed him since we realized it was almost certainly a blockage. The vet was able to take him in right away that morning and get x-rays within two hours, which suggested that the ribbon had already progressed into his colon and would hopefully pass on its own. He didn't try to vomit again, so they let me take him home that night. As soon as I took him out of his carrier he went straight to his dish and happily wolfed down a normal dinner, then proceeded to act entirely normal... except for nothing in the litter box.
So we left him with my parents during the day so someone would know if he pooped or threw up, and he did neither. I was starting to worry again this morning, because my usual vet is off the rest of the week for Christmas... and then Mom texted me saying he pooped, for the first time since Friday. I was so happy I told everyone in the office
So as long as he stays regular without more vomiting, I think we're out of the woods. No barium series, thankfully.
Wanted to add... Office visit/examination, two x-rays, and sub-q fluids ran me $150, just for comparison. Barium series would've been about $350.
Post by sherrylynne on Dec 25, 2009 1:17:53 GMT -5
You could also get some pumpkin into him to help pass anything he might eat. With my cats, though, I have to syringe it after thinning it out with some water. It does work! I'm so glad Dozo has had a poop, but still keep an eye out, since blockages can move.