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I have a one year cat who loves to chew on thin wires and plastic.

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I have a one year cat who loves to chew on thin wires and plastic. she swallowed a thin plastic strip and it has yet to come out in her Bowel movements that I can see. I think she has spit up because of several spots on my rug, but it is hard to determine being that I have 3 cats. Should I just let this run it's course? Thank you for your cooperation, Lois Torres.***@******.***
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 years ago.

Hello Lois, I'm Dr. Deb. I'll do my best to help you today.

I can understand your concern for Bella since there's always the potential for an obstruction or a perforation in the gastrointestinal tract for these cats who eat inappropriate objects such as wires or plastic.
However, if she's active, eating normally, not persistently vomiting nor showing any abdominal pain, then I probably wouldn't be too worried about her...not yet anyway.

It doesn't take much to trigger vomiting in a cat so if she's the one who's responsible for the spots on your rug, it may not have anything to do with what she ate as long as she's not non-stop vomiting or nauseous soon after she eats.

I'd probably continue to monitor her at this time although I might give her (or whichever cat you think threw up) over the counter Famotidine (Pepcid AC) which may help. The dose would be 1/4th of a 10 mg tablet twice a day.

I hope this helps. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 years ago.
Hello again,
I'm just following up on Bella. How is she doing? Deb