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Thread: I feel like a bad kitty mommy

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    I just about had a heart attack......I'm sitting here reading the post and I look up and there is my baby (kitty) Sammie, who truly is the devil in kitten fur and she has a sewing needle sticking out of her month. She was chewing on the thread. Thank goodness I saw it before it really got into her month. But what a scare. I know many of us have our furry quilt inspectors close by us when we are sewing.....this was just a reminder to keep needles with thread safely away after use.

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    Glad you caught it before it all went down the hatch!
    I had a HUGE scare! We had just gotten a new kitten about 12 weeks old. I had been sewing the binding on a quilt, I got it finished about 10:00 one night. When I was done I stuck the needle with the bit of thread that was left into the spool of thread and put it with my sewing stuff. About 3:00am I got up to feed the baby and noticed that I had not put the lid on my sewing box I went over and noticed that the thread and needle were missing. I freaked out. I checked ever inch of the floor near my sewing box, searched every inch of the house could not find it anywhere. As soon as the vets office opened the next morning I called and took the kitten in for an xray because I just KNEW he had swallowed that needle and thread, but he hadn't. I came home and SEARCHED the house some more. NEVER did find the stupid thing. about a week later after searching every day for the needle and thread I realized that I had stitched the thread on with a lighter color thread than I had quilted it in and I had been looking at the quilting thread the whole time, the needle and thread were still in the thread that I had actually stitched the binding on with! LOL

    Don't beat yourself up about it, just make it a lesson learned!
    Also everyone with cats be careful about stings that you clip off while sewing. If a cat plays with and swallows them they can cause an obstruction and the kitty runs the risk of needing surgery to remove it even though there is no needle attached.

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    glad you caught it!!!!

    Many, many years ago one of my Grandma's cats swallowed a needle. She saw some thread coming out the "end" and gently pulled and the needle was still attached!!! Amazing that nothing bad happened to him!

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    Yikes, thank goodness dachshunds don't eat needles. He only likes chicken and beef. You guys be careful with those fur babies.

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    Oh wow! Glad you caught her! We have a cat that's a troublemaker, too. Only Dasher likes to sit by my sewing machine, pull the thread out of the machine....and watch me! AND he likes to pick up the pins off the magnetic pincushion and drop them to the floor. He watches each one to make sure it hits the floor. I've had to ban him from the craft room. I've been trying to talking DH into putting a screen door on the doorway!! LOL :mrgreen:

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    Wowsers! That could have turned out badly -- I'm glad you caught it before something awful happened.

    My kitty stays out of my quilting room, even though I leave the door open. He sits there wistfully staring in, but for some reason, will never come in (thankfully). I think he doesn't like the feel of tile under his feet, maybe.

    Yikes, thank goodness dachshunds don't eat needles.
    My sister had a pug that would eat anything. They ended up taking him to the vet for emergency surgery on multiple occasions because of things that he had eaten -- he had a special fondness for coins. They had to super-pug-proof their house, but he still managed to find stuff to eat sometimes.

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    Glad you caught the needle before it was swallowed. My brother lost a kitten because it had swallowed a button. What is it with our furry friends. They will eat anything.

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    My schnauzer as a puppy ate everything... he DID chew on a thread and got a needle in his mouth and swallowed the freaking thing. I had no idea that it had happened until he got really sick.

    X ray showed the needle stuck across his colon about two inches from finding its way out. $800.00 later he came home after major surgery. Most expensive baby quilt in the world!

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    I have a couple of funny "eating strange object stories." First off, my bichon has a strange desire to eat crayons. My daughter left her crayons sitting out adn the dog found them. i didn't realize this. I'm sure most of you have seen crayons that have been melted together into one large multicolored crayon, well that is what I thought I found in my yard this summer when I was mowing! :lol: Yep, came out looking a lot like it went in! :oops:

    About a year ago, I put some barrettes in my almost four year olds hair. They were the little metal barrettes that click shut, this pair happened to be green and guitar shaped. Yep, again, she was playing with it at daycare and swallowed the stupid thing. Luckily we have a great pediatrician who informed me that her father was a doctor in the prison system and you would be amazed at what the body can pass safely through the digestive system! Including straight edge razor blades.

    Still glad that Kitty didn't eat the needle, the stress of waiting is never fun!

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    Thank you all for you stories....and your concerns.

    Our little furry creatures are truly loved and I hate to see them harmed. Funny, they each have their own personalities....and she is just a curious, devilish little thing. I will just need to be more careful.

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    I can understand how scared you must have felt!

    Years ago my older kitty stopped eating and acted sick, then I noticed she had a sore on her neck, took her to the doctor and they said it was an abscess and put her on an antibiotic, but it didn't get better. Then they put a drain in. Still no better, finally they did an xray and she had swallowed a threaded needle which had penetrated her esophagus and lodged between it and into the muscle of her neck. Bacteria was feeding in between the two which caused the infection, after surgically removing it she was eating as soon as she woke up! (She is snoozing on my lap now).

    My black lab (now gone on to doggy heaven) at florescent crayons and I too had a glowing present in the yard several days later.

    Don't beat yourself up over this. Our fur babies can get themselves into as much trouble as our human ones. :wink: I am glad no harm was done (except to your nerves).

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    SO glad it turned out good news!
    We all worry about our furbabies.
    I have one that likes to pull the pins OUT of the quilt before I am done. Silly little rat bag!
    I try to make sure all pins/needles/sharp objects are off the floor, but sometimes accidents do happen.

    Just give the baby some extra love......hugs for you too!

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    That brings back memories.
    My Cat grab a needle out of my daughters hand while she was sewing. She swallowed it before we got to her, lucky for her it stuck in her throat. We rushed her to pet emergency and the vet took the needle right out...... here the clincher, she had swallowed a lot of thread a few days before and it had gotten into the lower intestines she would have died if she hadn't grabbed that needle. All this for only $1000.00 after surgery!

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    I worry about needles, pins, and thread. Our two older cats aren't interested, but our younger cat, a Siamese named Holly, loves thread and yarn. I try hard to keep it put away, but I'm sure there have been times when she's swallowed some. I don't think she's swallowed a needle yet, but I worry.

    However, our Pekingese, Sammy, (his pic is my avatar) is the worst. He was terrible when he was a puppy. He would eat ANYTHING! I wasn't sewing then, thank goodness, because I'm sure he would have scarfed down some needles and tons of thread. He loved crayons and we often found colorful "presents" in the yard. In fact, he still likes them. My granddaughters have been good about keeping them off the floor, but they spilled some the other day and Sammy ate a few before we got them picked up. He also liked earplugs, the kind that are attached together with a narrow band. My husband often wore them home from work, but was rarely able to take them back. For some reason, he didn't want to wash them, then wear them again, after we found them in the yard. And if someone dropped a coin, they couldn't pick it up fast enough to beat Sammy. He ate coins constantly. He was sort of like a bank, except he ended up doing the depositing. :mrgreen:

    It's a miracle Sammy lived through his puppyhood. We've never had to take him to the vet for anything he ate; he must have an excellent digestive system. Sometimes he did have tummy aches, but they always passed when, well, when whatever he ate did. I thought he'd outgrown his indiscriminate eating days, but recently he's been reverting to them. One evening a few weeks ago, he suddenly started running around the living room, grabbing Barbie shoes and taking them to his bed to eat. My granddaughters had been visiting earlier and spilled the Barbie clothes container, then had to leave before they got everything picked up. I guess Sammy just couldn't resist. Needless to say, I quickly picked everything up.

    Then last night, two band-aids fell off my finger. I have a cut on one of my fingers and it's too big for one band-aid, so I had to use two to cover it. I noticed they were getting a little loose, then suddenly they just slipped off my finger onto the floor and guess who was right there and gobbled them down quick as could be. I was reaching down to pick them up, but he was much faster than me. Two large band-aids! So far he seems fine, but I'll feel better when we find them in the yard.

    Oh, and I almost forgot the mouse he took away from one of our cats a few weeks ago. She must have caught it outside and I didn't notice it when I let her in. I was walking out of the kitchen when I heard her squeal and hiss, then suddenly Sammy came running into the dining room with a live mouse in his mouth. Oh my, it was so gross. I thought about trying to get it out of his mouth, but when he started crunching and munching I turned chicken and went into the bathroom and shut the door. When I came back out, there was no trace of the mouse and Sammy was laying on his bed with a very satisfied look on his face. Sort of smug, like a cat. Evidently his little tummy got filled up, because he didn't eat anything else for a few days.

    He's an old doggy now; he turned 10 in March. I don't know why he's suddenly started eating everything in sight again, but I'm being extra careful not to let things fall on the floor. Well, except for errant band-aids and such. And I really hope none of the cats bring any more mice in the house!

    Sandy

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    Our dog loves to chase bunnies and squirrels. She gotten a few birds and baby bunnies over the years but one afternoon she trapped and had a live baby bunny in her mouth with the legs hanging out. It made my DH sick that she did that but it is natures way. Yuck.

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    Our cat Buddy loves to push the pins into the pin holder and pull them out and bat them around the room. I do have them locked up in the sewing box but that little TURD has figured out how to get into it. So now it's locked in my dining room hutch.

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    oh my ..... scarry. i'm glad you brought this up, i did a quick check of my area

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    This has turned into a very interesting thread (no pun intended :wink: )
    I wasn't aware of all the interesting fixes other folks fur babies can get into!

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    Yes....thanks again for the responses. Sounds like quite a few folks have little devils like mine. She is a sweetie...but a devil also. I am so glad that all the other fur babies described are ok also. phew

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    Not only the cats are little stinkers! Tink was batting around an empty thread spool and having agreat time...I kept on sewing, and suddenly thought that I didn't have any empties....She had emptied an embroidery thread that I had dropped and eaten the thread. She just wanted another toy.......
    The next day we had pretty purple poop....... :roll: :wink: :?

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    What is it with siamese cats and thread? I had a seal point siamese, Sam was a beautiful cat, loving companion and a real clown! He got into my son's kit from cadets and he found the sewing kit, that night he was showing signs of being seriously ill, so off to the vet he goes, a 3 hour drive in the middle of the night.

    The vet operated and found he had eaten the thread and it had tied up his intestines. Six hundred dollars later, almost lost him on the operating table he comes home none the worse for wear. Not six months later he did it again, took the spool right off my sewing machine! Sam passed away on the second emergency trip out to the vet. :(

    A friend of mine has two siamese cats and they will eat any thread that is hanging off garments.... crazy cats!!

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    I do not allow the boys into the sewing room unless I am there and they are not allowed on the table. Mr. Bean usually just makes a pass through the room and heads out again and Monty jumps to the counter and up onto the cabinet. No danger there.

    I had seen an operation on a cat who swallowed a needle - so that was all the incentive I needed to keep the boys out of harm's way. Glad you found yours in time.

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    When I moved back home, my mom just got this 9 month old black lab/boxer/border collie mix and she'd tell everyone not to leave their stuff out. Well...one day I didn't close the door to my bedroom all the way, was gone for half an hour, and I came back to find my $30 MP3 player chewed up and splintered right on my bed (only had the thing for a month). Oh, I could have killed him and just about did, but instead put him outside so I wouldn't have to look at him and cried. Skynard will probably eat just about anything if you let him. Lately he's been trying to eat the acorns on the ground when he goes out for walks.

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    we have a beagle- known as the "beagle gone bad"- Trixie (must be something in the name). When she was a puppy she would grab anything she could- kitchen towels, shoes, anything not nailed down and chew it.

    One day we came home to toilet paper- from the roll on the holder in the bathroom, down the hall and out into the kitchen, about 20 feet worth. It was funny and taught us to close the bathroom door.

    We thought she ate a push pin once too- called the Vet, he gave us some things to do (it was late at night)- first time she ever had peanut butter on bread (to push it our her system). About an hour later, I found the push pin on the floor. Whew! Now she goes nuts when she sees the peanut butter jar.

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    I am so happy to hear that kitty is ok :D :D :D

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