An sort-of friend's cat ate some string (they don't know when). Yesterday the cat threw up a small section of string. Today it seems okay but is occasionally trying to throw up but is not having any success.
They have no money to go to the vet (they are trying to find one that will accept a payment plan). But over the phone the vet recommended giving the cat hairball remedy.
How serious do you think this is? Should they hairball remedy it and wait and see...or go to the vet even though they can't pay?
(If it was my cat, we'd have been at the vet yesterday...)
I have had my cat eat things when she was younger without us knowing it until later. We'd find them in the litter box. One of the things was ribbon from a birthday package. If the vet recommended the hairball remedy they should try that. I think it would work. It will make the string come out one end or the other.
With a situation like this the only thing a vet will do is "wait and see". What they're looking for are signs of intestinal obstruction.
If it were my cat, I'd give the hairball remedy and do the "wait and see" at home. Signs of intestinal obstruction are loss of appetite, vomitting (esp bringing up fecal matter), no bowel movements, pain, lethargy. A vet can palpate the abdomen and feel for an obstruction, but that's not something you can do if you're not experienced.
If you suspect obstruction, then call the vet now. And watch for string in the litterbox deposits. If you see any string hanging out the back end, be VERY cautious about helping it along. If you feel ANY resistance at all, don't keep pulling, but get the cat to the emergency clinic.
Most times these things resolve without serious complications. Just keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.
My cats have never eaten anything, but my dog has.
My vet told me to watch her. Any vomiting after eating, not eating, or not going to the bathroom is a fast trip to the vet. Also, any sign of discomfort.