Thursday, June 18, 2009

Victoria's Secret, again

Today I got to spend my lunch doing a great exploratory on a cat with a penchant for chewing up stringy things. In fact, this is her second surgery -- her owner wisely bought health insurance for her cat after the first operation.

She had chewed up a small purse strap, which went out the stomach into the first part of the small intestine, and it got all wadded up and angry on this strap. Fortunately it was easy to gently milk the strap back into the stomach and remove it there. Stomach surgery is much easier on the patient AND the surgeon! However, Ms. Eatsalot had quite a collection of objects in her stomach:

Don't you love this museum quality diorama of gastric objects my friend Susan made? That's 8 ponytail holders, a braided cord bracelet, at least 4 chewed off bra straps (from VS!), and tons of various ribbon pieces.

I reiterated to the owner how important it is to keep all stringy things under wraps - "Buy a lidded hamper for your lingerie!" She didn't seem too hopeful, since is living with a roommate. Some cats (and their owners) just don't learn! Better hang on to that insurance...

6 comments:

Emily said...

Ugh. That cat has a strange proclivity for that stuff, huh? Do you know what causes some animals to injest non-food items like this? It reminds me of pica.

peevish said...

My cat Nico used to love to play with the plastic tear-off rings from gallon milk jugs. Do you ever find those in animal guts?

ColeBugsmommy said...

That's quite a haul!

Anonymous said...

...UGH! how awful! I will never understand why Cats especially can swallow such long pieces of string etc..now if that was the remains of a Sharks' inside...... :)

A.Norma.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a big haul! Yuck!!!

I miss having Anna and Colin around - they are so interested in everything! As a consequence, I have had to enjoy my time here in NYC with Emily -- not hard to do with seeing Andrea Bocelli -- he was amazing!

Hope to see you all again soon.
Love, Nana

EdamameMommy said...

Holy cow! That is amazing.Can only imagine how footloose and ponytail free her guts are feeling now.