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Thread: cats that eat thread

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    I had to do a very sad thing Friday. I had to have my beloved cat Molley put to sleep because she at some thread. I did not know that this is dangerous for cats. They can not pass it through their stomachs and it causes the stomach to fold back over on its self and eventually causes perforation of the bowel. That is what happened to Molley and inspite of the efforts of the vet to save her it was to late. So please watch you cats that they don't eat thread. My vet said that is one of the biggest killers of house cats where their owners do sewing of any kind. I miss her so much and if I had known this I never would have allowed her into my sewing room.

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    So sorry....hugs and prayers going out to you!!!!

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    So sorry for your loss. We just had to put down our dog of 15 1/2 years, how sadly awful. I know your heart is hurting. Will keep you in my prayers!

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    OMG, I'm so sorry for your loss. My Schmoo ate a 4 inch piece of thread about 4 months ago, I don't know if it's still in her but she hasn't had any problems.

    Gee, I'll definitely be more careful with the threads from now on. I hope Schmoo will be ok, since it was such a long time ago.

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    I'm so sorry. I had a friend who's cat loved to eat those black, elastic, ponytail holders. Same thing happened.

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    how sad! i try to be so careful with my allie cats. when i first got her i was talking to my mom and told her how cats cannot eat thread and she brought up the subject of how years ago people would give their cats balls of yarn to play with. scary to think back then how many furbabies could have probably had longer lives.

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    I am so sorry! Even as careful as I am about keeping it away from them I have pulled thread out of my dog and cat's mouths. I lost 2 cats (old age) and a dog last fall and even though I still have a cat and just got a puppy my heart aches for them every day. I will keep you in my thoughts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
    OMG, I'm so sorry for your loss. My Schmoo ate a 4 inch piece of thread about 4 months ago, I don't know if it's still in her but she hasn't had any problems.

    Gee, I'll definitely be more careful with the threads from now on. I hope Schmoo will be ok, since it was such a long time ago.
    You would definitely have had to deal with it by now, so I think she's fine. A 4" piece likely passed pretty easily.

    Vi, I'm sorry for your loss. It was an accident, so I hope you're not blaming yourself. *hugs*

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    So sorry about your loss! My cats got into my little sewing basket and started eating the thread. She was on the other side of the room when I saw the spool laying on the floor. I picked it up and it was still attached to her across the room. I pulled and pulled and got the big clump out of her throat. Now, I make sure there isn't any for her to get. Also, I have a German Shepherd who will eat fabric scraps. I didn't realize this was happening until he was outside and I noticed he was having trouble doing his "Business" I went out side to see what was up and he had a strip of fabric hanging outside his body. I had to help him "finish the job" and now I keep the door to my sewing room closed when I'm not in there.

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    Oh no Vi, I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

    I'm pretty vigilant about pins and thread escaping my worktable but it can happen to anyone -- and my furbabies have certainly had their share of close calls. I consider myself extremely lucky that a severe accident hasn't happened here yet with all the pets we have.

    Wishing you peace in this difficult time.

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    I lived through the same thing. But our cat had PICA disorder and would eat ANYTHING. He didn't settle for thread. He ate absolutely anything off the floor or table that would fit in his mouth. We paid $1,500 for a surgery to fix his stomach and bowel and the doctor told us with his "problem" he should really be on some sort of cat prozac for life...and that he'd likely do it again. 6 mos. later he ate something again that caused a blockage and we had to put him down. The vet pulled all sorts of crazy things out of him. It was really sad and we felt terrible:<

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    So sorry for your lose. pets have a special place in our hearts.

    I noticed my cat had a string in his mouth. I pulled it gently until it came out of his stomach. It was a long piece. The vet said he didn't see any damage. I make sure no thread is out for him to get to now. It's been over 7 years so I guess I'm doing a good job.

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    so sorry about your cat :( and a good reminder to all of us to be careful how we store our thread...and to put it away when we are not sewing at our machines...cats love to play with our sewing stuff...but it isn't good for them to do as what happened to your cat can happen...again, so sorry.

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    I'm so sorry about your little friend. Thank you for warning us about what happened. My two cats are forever in my sewing room with me so I'll have to make sure they don't have a chance to get into any thread.

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    Sorry to hear about your cat, and thanks for the info. My cats goes where they want.

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    So sorry. Thanks for the info.

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    Thank you all so much for your messages of sympathy. I miss her so much as she was such a joy but she was also one of those cats that ate everything that wasn't nailed down. Not that she didn't get enough cat food, there was always food out for her. Her cat companion misses her too. She goes around the house looking in all the hiding places and cries. I feel so sorry for her. Just please be careful of your beloved pets around the sewing room. God Bless you greatly.

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I to have a cat that will eat anything. She does though up alot of times. I guess I am lucky she has not got anything that requires surgeries.
    I know when I was a kid; I had a cat that liked my yarn and one day (not knowing what I should do) I pull the string out and was amazed it was about 4 ft long. Don't remember what happened to the cat after that, it was a long time ago.

    Thanks again for the reminder.

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    I'm so, so sorry you lost your cat hon. I do feel for you.
    cats are like babies and you really have to watch them.
    i have three cats and they don't come into my sewing room, even though they would love to. mamma has to be tough!!

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    We had a cat that was a thread fiend, too.

    It's hard to lose a pet - ((hugs)) -

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    sorry about your kittie! my cat used to try to eat thread also. don't know what the attraction is?

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have a "thread eater" too! I keep all my thread in a drawer, and every time I leave the sewing room I have to take my thread off the machine and put it away. I keep the door closed when I am not in there, but sometimes she sneaks in when I am ironing or sewing and she hides and I do not know she is there. So I have to be religious about pulling my thread off the machine and putting it away. It is a pain in the neck, but not nearly has much trouble as the alternative!

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    my sympathy to you. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. It just tears your heart out. I have 2 cats who like to "sew" with me. I keep my thread spools in a drawer. I bought one of those little wooden chests you find in the unfinished wood section at the craft store. I made a little pin cushion to fit inside and can just flip the lid shut. (My "girls" like pins) and I use an empty container that bathroom wipes come in for my thread snips because it also has a cover. It's all worth the inconvenience.

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    Thanks for the information. I have 2 cats, one of which is VERY curious. I know you miss your baby very much, just as I would miss mine should something happen to them.

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