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Thread: symptoms of thread ingestion by cat

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    Senior Member lisalisa's Avatar
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    So I'm really good about keeping the threads up because of the cat. He isn't really the type to eat string so I'm not overly concerned, but over the past few days he has fallen ill. Acting listless, dry heaving, not eating and occasionally acting like he has a fur ball. He's not cleaning himself and his hair is falling out. I'm getting him to the vet first thing in the morning.

    I was just wondering, for those of you who have gone through this. What are the symptoms? Should I alert my vet to the possibility of him eating thread? Of course I have a few cats, all of whom get ill from time to time. I'm probably just being paranoid, but you guys have me all wondering now and I can't stop thinking about it.

    Tell me it isn't so. I'll never forgive myself if this ends up being the case.

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    What a sweet kitty. I don't have a cat so I can't advise you but I'm sending best wishes that all everything is ok with your little love.

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    My cats never eat thread but do get sick occasionally. It does not hurt to give your vet any information that might help though. Good luck

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    What a pretty face. I have no idea about thread symptoms. Have you given him a hairball remedy? I used to have a little long haired cat who needed it regularly.

    It's sad when our fubabies are ill or hurt. I cut the quick quick badly today on one of my dogs when trimming her nails. She is wrapped in gauze and vetwrap looking pathetic. Not because she's in pain, but because she got in trouble for removing the first bandage. At least pouting keeps her quiet.

    Best wishes on your app't.

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    My. Cat was acting the same way, turned out to be underactive thryoid,, she's now on a daily pill, no more trouble.

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    you can tell he don't feel good hope he gets better
    sending a little (((HUG))) for him

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    I had a cat that ate things he shouldn't and I'm sorry, but it sounds exactly like your cat's symptoms. We had to do a $1,500 surgery to remove the obstruction. And then he did the same thing 6 months later and we had to put him to sleep. He suffered from PICA which he ate anything he could find...toys, shoe laces, anything that could fit in his mouth.

    You need to take him to the vet and yes, tell the vets he likes to snack on string.

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    We make our own hairball remedy by using peanut butter with some fish oil mixed in (from capsules). It has greatly reduced the amount of hairballs and their coats actually seem to look better. Our vet said it was okay to give them.

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    Poor sweet baby. I hope it's nothing serious. Glad you're taking him in.

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    He is so cute. Hope he is okay!

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    He is so sweet- I used to give my cat straight cod liver oil, just put it on her paw, and she would lick it off, she loved it.

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    The symptoms that you mention could be caused by things other than eating thread. The best idea you have is to take him into the vet. They can check and tell you for sure. It could be lots of things, hope its not serious! Please let us know...he sure is cute!

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    I'm so sorry your furbaby is sick. Hope he gets better real soon.

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    Hope he's ok! I'm anxious to hear what the vet says...

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    Just to update: He seemed to have gotten better this morning on his own. We called the doc and they said to keep an eye on him and if he shows any relapse to bring him in Saturday.
    I think (I hope) he is going to be fine.

    thanks for all your well wishes and concerns, you're the nicest bunch of people I've ever kept company with.

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    My cats never ate string.

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    He's really a cute cat. Never had one eat thread but my dog ate almost a spool of thread. I caught him eating it. For a little while my husband thought he had swallowed the bobbin too but thank goodness he didn.t. Hope your cat does better.

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    I dont think mine would have ate it, but you know how cats are if they lick something off of themselves, they'll likely just swallow it. That's what I was afraid of.

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    Dropping in for an update.. Glad he is better..

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    Sorry to hear about you kitty.I know how worried you must be. Our little dog chewed up end of my ear phone. I found little piece but the big piece that goes in ear couldn't find was worried she swallowed it and it was going to get stuck. Later found it in dinning room. WHEW!!!
    Hope all goes well for u and kitty.

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