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Domestic hair small approx 2 year old feline. Ate small

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Domestic long hair small approx 2 year old feline. Ate small piece of a chicken bone 2 nights ago. Has been vomiting but has been eating/drinking. Don't know if excreting in litter box due to multiple cats.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

The signs of gastrointestinal obstruction are persistent vomiting and/or anorexia. Because Princess continues to act normal and - most important - is appetent it's very unlikely that obstruction exists. The chicken bone may have irritated her GI tract, however. It's too late to treat with a laxative and so I would continue to "watchful wait" for another 24 hours as long as she remains stable. If her vomiting exacerbated or she lost her appetite, however, her vet will want to X-ray Princess's intestinal tract to get a better idea of how much bone - if any - remains and, if so, how likely it is to pass unaided.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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