OMG! HELP please!

jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
edited 22 October, 2005 in Cat Health
Umm yeah... this is really scaring my meowmie! She woke up and found one of my toy mice without a tail. She usually cuts them off, but for some reason didn\'t this time [#*#&^&@]. It\'s about two inches long and it was made of a hot pink nylon type material. I AM SO SCARED!!!!!!!!!!!! She can\'t find it ANYWHERE so the only other place it could be is my tummy? This is awful! They thought I had once swallowed another mouse tail [the leathery kind with fur on it] and told the vet about it and she said that it will pass. THIS one is different though because it\'s not as thick and it\'s long and skinny. My meowmie feels so sick about this and said if anything happens to me she would just die!!! Love, Saffron

Comments

  • edited 27 February, 2006
    A piece of string that short may pass right through you. Then again, it may not. Are you eating normally? Have you thrown up since you ate the string? If you\'re eating and not barfing, it may be okay. If you start throwing up or if your mom sees string coming out of your bottom, you need to see a vet now. Do not come back here and talk about it. Do not let your mom try to pull the string out of you. Just find a vet that is open and go.
  • Stephanie BlaisureStephanie Blaisure BinghamtonMember Posts: 75
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Saffron.... I wish i could tell your mommy not to worry, but we're not really sure. I'd assume that you'll be ok, that it will pass. I dont' think it matters how thick or thin it is. I know this may be gross... but the doggy that lives here passes my mommies hairs all of the time (mommy sheds worse than we do LOL). If you are still unsure, call the vet just to make sure. But i'm assumming that you'll be ok!
  • Devyn GlennDevyn Glenn EastvaleMember Posts: 160
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Saffron, Check with the vet. My friend swallowed a string and she um who-know-what it out.
  • Sue KaufmannSue Kaufmann CranfordMember Posts: 1,465
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Saffron, definitely call the vet! Better to be safe than sorry.
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    OH dear, this is very scary! Thanks to everyone that posted. I haven't gotten sick and so far I'm eating normally. Does anyone know a time frame in which the coast may be clear? Our vet is closed, but this did happen once before with a mouse tail and that is why they started cutting them off [eewwe]. Like I said the vet seemed to think it would be just fine before. The only difference is this time it's a different type of tail. Alex- just out of curiosity... why not pull it out? I'm guessing because it would be attached to something? OOOH this is awful! Love, Saffron
  • MARY HEFFERNANMARY HEFFERNAN Valley of The MoonMember Posts: 13,688
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Saffron. Go to the vet. Some take "appointments" on Saturdays...but just go, whatever. Don't mess around. Please.
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    The only thing open is the emergency clinic. Won't they just tell them to observe me?????
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    Cats\' intestines are very narrow and full of twists and turns. If you pull a piece of string out, it can seriously injure the intestines. That is a life-threatening problem. I don\'t think this would be an issue with such a short piece of string. I just wouldn\'t want to risk it. Digestive transit times for cats are faster than humans. If it\'s making a straight shot through your digestive system, it could show up any time now. Then again, it could get hung up in your stomach, like a hairball, and then who knows? Incidentally, I wouldn\'t recommend taking Petromalt or anything like that to try to hurry things along. Tell your mom to be patient and check out your poop to see if the string comes out. If you start straining in the box, that is another situation where she might need to find a vet for you. (Typist\'s note: Why do they always do stuff like this on a weekend?!)
  • Toffy_VanessaToffy_Vanessa Member Posts: 4,074 ✭✭
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Saffron, I know going to the vet is no fun, but listen to your friends. My mom doesn't let me play with any toys with strings, feathers or other small parts that could come off easily. I play with those stuffed cushion type toys filled with catnip or honeysuckle. Toys made by Fat Cat Inc. are great. I don't get to play with plastic or rubber balls any more either. I never cared for them much anyways. I hope that everything turns out to be okay with you. Let's pray that you didn't swallow the tail in the first place but the only way you'll know for sure is if you get checked by the vet.
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    ALEX I KNOW, I KNOW!!! Every single time something has come up it's been on a weekend... or a long holiday weekend at that! ::end typist note:: Thanks for the information Alex and everyone! Oh goodie digging for buried treasures, what a fun thought, can't wait to see them do that! Seriously, wouldn't they just tell them to observe me? What can they do? An X-ray? Love, Saffron
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Thanks Toffy! I hope purrraying works! They think I'm so darned special and they are FAAREAKING me out with this!
  • Nancy RNancy R Member Posts: 63
    edited 27 February, 2006
    The emergency clinic near me was good, they did a lot to help me during my emergency. Maybe they can take an x-ray or give you something to help it pass through? The emergency place can be expensive though but if you are worried it might be worth it. Maybe you didn't eat it though and it just got lost somewhere? I hide my mousies all over the house and mommy doesn't find them until we move.
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    Bandit is right about that. Mom cleaned under the couch the other day and pulled out about 6 mice and 9 balls. Not to mention pens and other things I batted under there!!! MOL
  • Regine MelinRegine Melin BrooklynMember Posts: 281
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I would just relax and keep an eye open. After all, there is really no proof that you swallowed it. You could have just hid it somewhere mommy would never look. I'm sure everything will be fine just tell mommy to monitor me closely and if she really is that worried, make the next available appointment with the vet. Hope everything works out.
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi furrrrends! Thank you so much for your replies! Meowmie is SO excited because she found little linkin logs in my box!!!!!!!!!! That is a really good sign, huh? I know I still need to be monitored though. I love you guys! Saffron
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    It's amazing what humans get excited about, isn't it? I hope you continue to feel okay, Saffron!! Love Midnight
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    EVERYONE!!! Tonight around 12:30 a beautiful thing happened! I puuurrsonally don\'t know what the fuss was all about, but they went digging for buried treasures in my litter box and found the mouse tail!!!! TALK about GROSS! The girl made the boy do it hehhehehe, poor guy! There it was, shining like a nice peice of gold, that hot pink mousie tail! YAY! YAY! YAY! It was totally intact and still had the little knot in it! So I presume that the tail lifting inpections are over and I can get on with my little life again. So furrr everyone that was concerned and posted and e-mewed I thank you from the bottom of my litter box, err heart! There sure are loving, kind friends here on Catster and I appreciate all of you! I sincerely thank you! Love, Saffron PS -- PLEASE REMOVE ALL OF YOUR MOUSE TAILS!!!!!!!!
  • SterlingAndTheSTeamSterlingAndTheSTeam Mount OliveMember Posts: 41,262 ✭✭✭
    edited 27 February, 2006
    It probably was all those tuna tarts you had at Arthur's birthday party that pushed it through. Yea for tuna oil!!!!
  • MARY HEFFERNANMARY HEFFERNAN Valley of The MoonMember Posts: 13,688
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Saffron, we are SO happy for you... Now is this the End of the off-color Tail. Please ?? I mean, we are just POOPED. * delicately shakes paws *
  • Regine MelinRegine Melin BrooklynMember Posts: 281
    edited 27 February, 2006
    I'm glad everything is back to normal!
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    I\'m glad to hear that everything came out okay in the end.
  • Jan CrockerJan Crocker PlacentiaMember Posts: 241
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Whew! What a huge relief to hear that one of my favorite tortie sisters is doing OK! *hug* OK, Mom wants to say something now. It\'s your turn! Emmy\'s mom, to Saffron: Because your human mommy loves you so very dearly, I\'d caringly urge her -- while things are fairly calm and normal for her -- to find your nearest emergency, after-hours veterinarian, and to write his/her address and phone number down in an easy-to-find spot. These vets are sometimes hard to find, since they rarely advertise, but they\'re life-savers at critical times. Ask me: When I was out one Sunday afternoon the first weekend of June on a round of errands, Emmy\'s dad (my better half) had to withstand the agony of watching her writhe violently for about four minutes. She\'d had the second of her two grand mal seizures at that time. When I returned home shortly before 6 p.m., we dashed down two freeways (expressways, to those living outside Southern California) to the nearest emergency vet, about half an hour from home in Norwalk. The trip was totally worth it -- the wonderful, courageous, perceptive vet there diagnosed Emmy with epilepsy, which was confirmed four days later by her regular vet. Had we not provided our little girl with veterinary care at that time, there\'s a chance she wouldn\'t be alive today. To everyone\'s humans: Please, once again, take a moment to find an emergency, after-hours vet if you don\'t already have one. Having one might save your dearest pet\'s life. - Jan
  • Shelley BryantShelley Bryant SacramentoMember Posts: 1,376
    edited 27 February, 2006
    As someone who has had to be rushed to the Emergency vet with urinary blockage, I know that my person was very thankful that her regular vet had given her the number. Now when she is asked she can tell people that live near her where the closest Emergency vet is located. It can be a life saver for everycat.
  • Jennifer SchallyJennifer Schally Member Posts: 820
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Thankyou Saffron for sharing with catster. Our mommy never even thought of mouse tails being able to cause intestinal perforations. She cut all of our mouse tails off after reading this thread.
  • MARY HEFFERNANMARY HEFFERNAN Valley of The MoonMember Posts: 13,688
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Good tip about the emergency vet, Emmy! We are triple lucky, because the specialist who treated me, and our regular vet, and the 24-hour emergency are all in the same clinic!!
  • Jennifer NelsonJennifer Nelson St. CloudMember Posts: 18
    edited 27 February, 2006
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  • Jan CrockerJan Crocker PlacentiaMember Posts: 241
    edited 27 February, 2006
    You\'re most welcome, Vijay. I adore my regular vet -- she\'s brilliant, gentle, and perceptive. Unfortunately, she works \"regular\" vet hours, and given how hard she works, that\'s only fair. It was valuable that Mom and Dad got two separate opinions last June from both my regular and emergency vets about my ailment, which pointed to the same conclusion: epilepsy. Glad you\'re feeling lots better, Saffron. Next time you feel like munching on something, though, go to your kitty dish! ;-)
  • jen clarkjen clark StrongsvilleMember Posts: 1,099
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Andre... you\'re so welcome! I\'m glad that it helped you! Emmy... that is a great idea about finding an after hours vet! When I was a baby my vet gave me a welcome folder and it has all my information [vaccinations etc] and it also has the emergency hospital number and information. I just didn\'t want to go there because I thought they would just want to observe me. I\'m so happy everything is okay now though. Thank you to everyone furr your concern! Really great cats here on Catster and I\'m so happy know you! Love, Saffron
  • Angela Teigen-MargisAngela Teigen-Margis Oakland/Woodland/Los AltosMember Posts: 16
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hello Saffron- How are you feeling? Did your Mom find the string? I\'m going to the vet today to get a Barium treatment to see if I have string in my belly. I hope I don\'t need surgery! Love, Spot oops, Mom just saw the other posts. Duh! We\'re so glad that you are better and the string was found!
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