Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Re: My cat swallowed a string
I second Heidi's thoughts.... Fergie needed to have eight inches of yarn surgically removed from her intestine last year, and when the vet got in there just two and a half days after she ate it the yarn was already starting to pull her intestines and she probably would have been dead in another day if we had not gotten her in ASAP. In her case, though, we KNEW something was very wrong because she would throw up even water, and her symptoms started less than 24 hours after she ate the yarn.
But definitely keep an eye on the cats and see if their behavior changes - avoiding food, problems pooping, constant meowing, lethargy - these can be symptoms of a lot of problems but since you know part of the story already you can be pretty sure of what the issue is in this case. Since it's been a couple of days you may be in the clear, but I wouldn't breathe easier for two or three more.
If you DO notice troubling signs and go to the vet, he/she can do a barium series, where they give barium to the cat and it will highlight anything in the stomach/intestines as it passes through. On Fergie's x-ray we could clearly see the barium pooling in her stomach, because the yarn was stuck in the beginning section of her intestine. Looking further down, chunks of poop were clearly defined in her colon, so if there had been a large glob of something in that area it would have shown up as well.
Let us know how things go!
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie