Hello, there is a possibility that my cat ate a necklace chain (missing from the bathroom) and now, a couple days later, is making very frequent trips to the bathroom. Is a metal chain appealing for cats to ingest, and if it is, how likely is it to bind up in the intestines and cause problems?
I am an experienced vet and happy to help
Your cat swallowing something like this is a bit of a concern
A metal chain is not something that they would normally eat but cats can ingest things like this when accidently playing with them.
Normally if it was eaten and did cause a problem the signs your cat would show are:
Loss of appetite
Quieter than normal
No or only small amount of feces.
Your cat may not show all of the signs though but you would except to see at least one of them.
If they are making frequent trips to the bathroom do you know if this is for urine or feces?
Hello there, reviewing your text
The only symptom I've observed is that he's making frequent visits to the bathroom, I believe to pee. He also tried to pee in one of my potted plants whitch is unusual. He normally follows me wherever I go, wants to sit near me, ie, on the couch or bed, for example he seems content sitting on the floor next to me now. But it seems he wants to use the litter box every 15-30 minutes. I was considering changing the box to see what he's excreting and if he's not doing both.
It sounds like he has a urinary tract infection - unrelated to the chain ingestion
Is he passing ANY urine - even small amounts or is NONE coming out?
If he is passing NO urine at all then this is an emergency and you need to get to a vet ASAP
If he is passing small amounts then you need to ensure that he is still passing small amounts until you can get to a vet
He needs antibiotics and pain relief
The vet may be able to do an xray at the same time to check for the chain.....
Are you still there?
maybe he just doesn't like how full it is lol
sorry I didn't see you had typed
I guess you mean the litter tray lol
ok I have read what you said. I'm going to change the litter box right now and wait for him to make a few trips, then assess what he's passing. Like I said, I believe he tried to pee in the potted plant. But I will observe him for the next hour and make a decision whether I can wait until tomorrow or if this needs attention now.
Can I help any further?
No, you've been very helpful. I appreciate your time and advice :)
Happy to help!
Veterinarian with further qualifications in Animal Behavior. Knowledgable on cat behavior and health.
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