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I think she may have eaten a small chip from a ceramic bowl

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I think she may have eaten a small chip from a ceramic bowl I dropped two days ago. No eating, walking with her back arched (like after she was fixed). Very concerned.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the cat will be able to digest that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: Nothing else. She's up-to-date on her shots, otherwise healthy.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Has she had a normal bowel movement since you dropped the chip?

What food does she usually eat?

What color are her gums?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I will have to observe her. I didn't notice a change in her until this morning.
She loves soft cat food (although she eats hard food that has been moistened with water and ground flaxseed).
Amazing...I don't usually examine her gums. I can check now....
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No, I'd prefer to text.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Please advise.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply.

If, God forbid the chip was causing a blockage she will not be able to pass stools.

However, I doubt if it could harm her.

Give her wet food or tuna in oil to aid the passage.

Give her milk to drink now.

Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

let me know if she eats or drinks the milk............I will stand by

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Her gums look healthy...the same pink and "blue".
And yes, she is drinking.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Her drinking was very short-lived; she's covering her food again like she does when she's done eating,
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

OK, both of those things are very good. Now if shes arching her back she may not have even eaten the chip.

She may have pain in her stomach or back.

I want you to palpate her back and stomach and tell me if she reacts like it hurts her

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
She didn't react painfully, but her belly is fuller than normal.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
she's been licking there a little more than normal.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
But she's loving the milk.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Where exactly is she licking?

When was her last BM?

What and when did she eat last?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
She stopped as soon as she started. Any advice? I'm using two phones, so I'm signing off on one.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

After the milk I want you to give her mushy food to coat the chip (if its in there)like tuna or canned food

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
She's licking her thigh, not the starch directly. She's just distant; retreating to corners, less outgoing. Now she's crazy grooming. Doesn't that mean she's trying to lessen her anxiety?
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

It could mean she's in pain and trying to cope with it.

How much milk did she drink?

Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Is she gagging or trying to vomit?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Apologies...not the stomach directly (I know you understood).
Small sips, no food. She has a voracious appetite. She wants to eat, I can tell.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Look inside her mouth on roof and under tongue for a stuck item

Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Check her thigh and surrounding area for a bite or sting

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I was charged an additional $17.99 just now. I really appreciate you, but I'm a student and can't afford this. You've been very helpful. Thank you!
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

You should not have been charged anything until you actually rate an answer so I will notify customer service.

It is my pleasure to help such a wonderful person.

Is she eating ?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Nope. She's just curled in the corner. I'll take her to her Vet as soon as a can.
Thank you again for everything. Have a great weekend!
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

You are more than welcome.

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Good luck and please let me know how she is doing,

Terri

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