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My cat ate part of a chicken bone. What should I do?

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My cat ate part of a chicken bone. What should I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago via Vet.com.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I would like to help.

As you may already know bones can cause obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. But, more often than not cats are able to digest the bone without any problem. Inducing vomiting is not indicated as the bone can damage the esophagus on the way out. This is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like pepto bismol.
2- Do not induce vomiting.
3- Continue to feed as usual.
4- If during the next 3-5 days you see the following symptoms: lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, constipated or diarrhea, etc. follow up immediately with a veterinarian. These are all signs of potential obstruction or perforation of the intestinal tract. In the meantime, observe and change diet as above then wean back into regular diet.

Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.

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