I know we are all responsible pet owners. I think I am too, but every once in a while, we slip up, so I’m reminding all of you kitty lovers out there to keep a vigilant eye out.
My cat Silverbelle just came successfully out of an hour of surgery to remove about 15 inches of quarter inch wide elastic from her stomach and intestine.
I was suspicious yesterday, since she had been feeling low for more than a day, and she had emerged the day before from the sewing room with a guilty look. And I just knew…….she sucks down latex based elastic like it is spaghetti. Several times I have seen the last inch passing over her lips just in time to grab it, and pull out many wet inches of elastic. It’s practically cat floss! Well, I didn’t get it this time.
This morning, she was still low and slow, not eating, and barfing. I could hear her bowel sounds, and she cried in pain when I picked her up. I knew what it was. So in we went, and a barium xray confirmed the suspicion.
I hope she recovers, but this is a hard lesson for me to learn, at a thousand dollars and counting, assuming there are no post surgical complications. That’s a thousand dollars I’d rather have spent on gorgeous fabrics.
So, sewists, learn from my mistake, and be vigilant with the stringy things around the kitties. The vet said this happens all the time, and she has just removed some narrow ribbon from a kitty a few days ago.
“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch. “ ~Leo Dworken