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My cat just swallowed an unknown length of fishing line---is

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My cat just swallowed an unknown length of fishing line---is there anything I should do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Any fishing apparatus on it or just line?

How long ago did ingestion occur?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
8 hours ago and nothing was attached
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

This can wind up being a benign situation or something very critical. At this time, you'll need to be feeding higher fiber foods like canned pumpkin along with his regular meals in hopes that the fishing line moves through without concern. If ANY symptoms show up like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea/drooling, avoiding food or water, hiding, etc. you need to have him examined promptly. Fishing line is a high risk object to consume because it can stretch out in the intestines causing a linear foreign body and with the natural motion of the intestines use a "see saw" action to lacerate the intestines. Thus, it's prudent to err on the side of caution if signs of unwellness show so that you can seek diagnostics and treatment. If this does pass normally, the chance that it comes out in one stool is probably pretty low. If you do see any length hanging from the anus, trim it. Never pull. And allow him to continue passing it with time.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion today? ​

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He tried to vomit yesterday afternoon and not much came up--about the size of a half dollar and just gray stuff. He has gone to the bathroom a little, but probably not as much he would have normally expelled. He doesn't seem uncomfortable though.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Is he still eating and drinking well?