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Q: My cat threw up my shoelace..now what?

January 22, 2010 | By Elaine L. | 6 answers | Expired: 1629 days ago

Elaine L.

My cat ate my shoelace and threw it back up. This happened wednesday. Since then he hasn't been playing much or eating much. He still eats and drinks just not as much. He still poops and urines. Should i take him to the vet? What do you think is wrong with him?

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BDougher
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Jan 25, 2010

He probably needs a vet.

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Jillian
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Jan 24, 2010

part of the shoelace may have just scraped his throat, or it could have done some real damage. anytime your cat eats something foreign and has some problems after, they should get to a vet. i'm sure you threw it out, but if you can remember if any part was missing be sure to tell your vet. they will most likely want to do an xray and if part of the lace is still inside your cat, it could lead to exploratory surgery. sometimes fibers or plastics {or other materials} can get stuck in their digestive track. this is very serious and can sometimes kill off part of the intestines if not gotten to early enough. most likely though it just irritated his throat, but when cat's are visibly not feeling well an office visit is always in order.

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Debby
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Jan 23, 2010

if the shoelace had plastic on it. it could have scrape or scratched something inside.. it might be uncomfortable. plastic can do a lot of damage inside an animal. I would take him to the vet's as a precaution. if he ate a shoelace he could have eaten something else.

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Ethel02
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Jan 23, 2010

He could have eaten something else, or the shoelace could have done some damage, I would be at the vet yesterday.

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Michele Z.
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Jan 23, 2010

When Luzy swallowed a few feet of word processor ribbon, I pulled it out and called the vet. I was told to keep an eye on her, but that there probably wasn't anything that could be done unless something really happened. I know this doesn't really offer any advice, but I'd say that a shoestring is probably less serious than ribbon with ink on it! If you think all of the shoelace came out, just keep an eye on your cat and watch for complications. On the other hand, if you are sure that not all of the shoelace came out, call your vet to inform him/her of the situation and get his/her advice. It is also a good idea to know of a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital in case your cat develops a problem when your vet is closed.

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jackie
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Jan 22, 2010

most definately take him to the vet better safe than sorry

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