I was at the sink, washing dishes. Suddenly I heard a sound coming from the other side of the counter. I recognized it as the noise my cat makes when he is retching, although it sounded a little different than usual.
I rounded the counter, expecting to have to do some cleaning up - and what I saw shocked me. My cat wasn't retching - he was choking.
Earlier that day, I had taken the photos for my post It's a Puzzle, in which I published a photo of an apron with a puzzle logo on it. I had laid the apron on the table, and not thought anything of it.
One of the thin apron strings had apparently dangled off the table, catching the cat's attention. He must have started to chew on it, as I saw the end was in his mouth. I ran over and grabbed the apron. I pulled -- and pulled. Finally, the end of a very slimy string appeared - almost all of which had been located somewhere in my cat's GI tract. Had I not been there, I have no idea how he would have dislodged it from his system.
We try to never leave elastic bands where our cat can find them. If ingested, they can lead to a blockage or other intestinal issue requiring surgery; yet he will seek out, chew, and swallow any that he can find. Once, he even dug through my purse and pulled one out from there! Curling ribbon, pony-tail holders, and string are equally dangerous. I have even heard of a cat chewing on the thread dangling from a pin cushion, and nearly ingesting the needle. It is up to us to protect our cat from these perils.
|Elastic bands, pony-tail holders and curling ribbons are all household dangers for cats.|
|A thread from a pincushion can tempt a cat to chew on it, and then possibly even swallow the attached needle!|
Fortunately, my cat survived without the need for a trip to the vet. In order to take the photos for this post, I had to get the (now clean) apron back out, and recreate the scene. Immediately, the cat was attracted once again to playing with the apron strings. This time though, I took the apron away before the tie ended up once again down his throat!
I'm pretty fond of this cat. I'm glad I was there to help him when he decided to swallow an apron!
What other hazards would you list for cats that pet owners should be aware of?