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My cat ate plastic packing tape. I know this because he

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My cat ate plastic packing tape. I know this because he regurgitated it along with what looked like watery blood. He is resting quietly now and seems ok. Should I bring him to the Vet emergency hospital?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 9 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I recently came online and see that your question about Pippin hasn't been answered. I'm so sorry that you've had to wait for a response, but if you still need assistance, I'd like to help if I can.

This doesn't sound like an ER situation at this point since he's not continuously vomiting and seems to be his normal self. Tape of this kind isn't going to show up on an x-ray so the ER hospital isn't likely to do much for him at this point since he's asymptomatic other than tell you to monitor for signs of an obstruction (see below).

It's quite possible that he vomited all of the packing tape which he ingested and this is the end of the matter.

Obviously, we can't know that for sure, of course, so you'll want to monitor his stools for evidence of the tape as well as for signs of an obstruction. Those include recurrent vomiting, lethargy, disinterest in food and/or possibly abdominal pain.

More than likely, he'll be just fine but at least you'll know what to look for if he's not.

I hope this helps; again, my apologies for the delayed reply. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 9 months ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Pippin.

I assume that he's doing fine but just wanted to double check. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Deb