Swallowing Foreign Objects

Early diagnosis is key if your cat swallows a dangerous object. Look for signs that your cat has ingested something it shouldn't.

Posted: Wed Nov 20 00:00:00 PST 2002

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CatThe key to successful treatment of foreign object ingestion is early diagnosis. Objects have to be of certain composition and density to be observed on X-rays. Although they are excellent diagnostic tools, X-rays cannot detect everything your cat may swallow.

It is important for cat owners to recognize when a pet is not eating or feeling normally. The signs associated with foreign object ingestion are drooling, frequent vomiting, projectile vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, depression and dehydration. These signs warrant a veterinary examination. If you have any reason to suspect that your cat has swallowed a foreign object, you should alert your veterinarian immediately.

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CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

4/10/2013 1:21:43 PM

Dylan -- You must be so frightened! To be safe, do as the article suggests: "If you have any reason to suspect that your cat has swallowed a foreign object, you should alert your veterinarian immediately."

Dylan    International

4/9/2013 1:25:52 PM

We think our cat 'may' have swallowed a small needle and cotton but he is showing none of the associated signs or symptoms. What should we do?

Mary    Chandler, AZ

3/27/2013 3:28:30 PM

Oops... meant to type that I AM kitty proofing my house!

Mary    Chandler, AZ

3/27/2013 3:27:09 PM

If you think or know your kitten/cat swallowed something foreign you need to take it to the vet. My 10 month old kitten just had surgery yesterday. She threw up all day Sunday and was still sick Monday. I took her in and they did an X-ray. She had one item (an ear plug) in her small intestine and two items in her colon. The ear plug was not moving through her and she had to have surgery. It's not cheap by any means. I am not kitty proofing my house. I can't afford to do this again!

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