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Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and Beth today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you but need a bit more information in order to better assist you if you don't mind.
How long ago did this happen?
Did you see her ingest it? Could she possibly have chewed it into smaller pieces?
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It is really a waiting game at this point. There is no way to predict if it will be cause a problem or not. String foreign bodies are usually only an issue if they get anchored somewhere along the line and the distal intestine starts to "ride up"or pleat itself up around it. There is a very good chance it could just as easily "ball up" and pass just fine. If that were to be the case, Laxatone or even any food will help her to move it along faster.
What you want to be watching for is any signs of GI distress. This would include lack of appetite, vomiting, or abdominal pain. I would not be too concerned if you do not see any evidence of it in her stool. It is not uncommon for us to be watching for something to pass and we never see any evidence of the foreign body in the stool.
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Giving her some packed tuna would be fine. Laxatone can be administered two to three times a day, usually a dose the length of the first joint of your finger.
Usually the signs of a string foreign body will show up in 24-36 hours, but I have seen it also show up later. The further we get from 36 hours the less likely we will see a problem. Even though you may not see her pass the string, I would still check her stool so that if you do see it, you will know it is out and you can stop worrying.
Good luck and please keep me posted as to how things progress.
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Thanks for the update.
Nothing that you are reporting has me too concerned, but I'll feel better when she at least passes some stool. There is nothing more you should be doing other that keeping her feeding schedule normal and monitoring her. If you wanted extra piece of mind today, it might be useful to have her abdomen radiographed. There is a particular pattern that will show up in the intestines when there is a string foreign body or obstruction. If there was any question or suspicion, some barium could be given.
Sounds good. Thanks for the update.
Usually, if it was going to get hung up and cause a problem, it would be in the first 24-36 hours, maybe 48 tops. If it is "digesting" and breaking down, I would be less worried that it will be dangerous. I have seen many cases where we are watching for things to pass and they never do, so we have to assume they are rendered into small enough pieces that they can't be seen. I know it is unnerving to watch her so closely, but as each day passes without an issue, there is less likely a chance there will be one.
I think as long as she is not showing any signs of "distress", I would not be doing anything differently. If there was anything serious, like a string foreign body obstruction, she would be uncomfortable by now. I have seen even chicken bones "digest" in 24 hours, so not impossible, but I understand that the concern is this is not a natural substance.
I love cats, but they will be the end of me yet! So much worrying!
She sounds like a wonderful companion.
One would think that by now, it would either have been passed or digested. It sounds as if it is breaking down and passing in pieces. It didn't sound like she ate that much to start with, so if it has been passing in pieces for days, I would suspect it is almost done.
I am sorry but I never saw your post from the 8th.
It would be odd that there would still be yarn that she is passing, but the vomiting is making me a little nervous. I would have her examined and have an xray of her abdomen performed.
The dry stool is not good. Maybe that is part of the problem (and unrelated to the yarn ingestion). Perhaps a little stool softner may help. Try a little Miralax powder on her food. Start with 1/4 teaspoon per meal and see if that helps.