Now as I am sure you can appreciate, Kitty having ingested string is a worry and we do need to tread with care. The problem with strings and other linear foreign bodies is that they often leave the stomach but one end lodges at the exit valve while the rest keeps going. And as I am sure you can appreciate, if this happens, we eventually end up with a taut string pulling the gut into pleats (like an accordion). This can cause obstruction (since the clear path through the gut is compromised, as well as because feces can form around the string and lead to a mechanical obstruction as well) and it can also cause damage to the gut itself. If you imagine a taut string in the delicate material that is the gut can act like a ‘cheese-wire’ and just saw right through the gut. If this happens, then we can see bacteria leaking out of the GI into the abdomen leading to a serious abdominal infection (peritonitis).
Signs that the string is causing trouble for her would include lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, or becomes restless or has abdominal discomfort. As well, a lack of feces is also a serious concern in these cases (since it can be a hint of obstruction). So, since she is showing some of these, we do really need to tread with care and think about having her seen by her vet as soon as we can.
In the meantime, as long as that belly stays comfortable, we can try a bit of supportive care. To start, since she has shown nausea signs and we do need her eating and drinking; you can consider treating her with an antacid. Common pet safe OTC ones we can use include Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), or Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet) Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before offering food to allow absorption. Of course, do check with her vet before use if she has any known health issues or is on any medications you didn’t mention. As well, if you try this and find her nausea too severe to keep it down, then that is usually a red flag that we need her vet to bypass her mouth with injectable anti-vomiting medication
If she can keep that down, we can then try to get the string passing for her. To do so, we can offer a light diet (ie boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free)). If we can get her to eat, then we can add a dose of hairball medication (ie. Catalax, Laxatone) to her food to try to slide this string through. And if we can really getting her eating for us, we could also try adding a spoonful of canned pumpkin to her food since the fiber would help push this through.
Overall, we need to be very careful in this situation with Kitty. Since she isn't sore with this, we can try the above just now to soothe her stomach and try to get her eating so we can help this pass. If she just won't or shows any of those more worrying signs; then we' d need her seen as soon as possible in case this is causing a blockage that needs to be addressed surgically.
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