How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Pet Doc Your Own Question

Pet Doc
Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 7115
Experience:  Veterinarian - BVSc (DVM equivalent). Special interest in canine and feline medicine and surgery.
9138059
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Pet Doc is online now

My 8 year old cat has just eaten a long piece of curling ribbon.

Resolved Question:

my 8 year old cat has just eaten a long piece of curling ribbon. he seems fine but what should i do please?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,

Thank you for your question regarding your 8 year old boy that has just eaten a pice of curling ribbon. Before I put an answer together for you, I am going to need a little more info about your boy:

- How is your boy in himself now? Has there been any issue since he ate the ribbon?
- How long was the ribbon approximately?

Once you get back to me, I will start typing up my response. Thanks for this and I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Dr E
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

good morning. he won't eat his breakfast but other than that he seems fine, responding well to cuddles and attention.i think the ribbon was about 50cm but it was all curled up so i'm not sure. with thanks

Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sue,

Thanks for the prompt reply. This ingestion is definitely a big concern for your boy, and you are going to have to keep a very close eye on him over the next 24 - 48 hours. As you may already know, string and ribbon are common culprits for foreign bodies in cats. They can cause all sorts of issues if ingested, particularly long pieces like the one your boy has ingested. In some cases, the string or ribbon will pass in it's entirety, while in others it can become lodged causing a partial obstruction, or worse - cause a telescoping of the gut (termed an intussusception).

The frustrating thing here is that there isn't a lot you can do at the moment. It is unsafe to make him vomit the ribbon, and there isn't much else we can do or give to lessen the likelihood of the ribbon causing issues on it's way through. The good thing in this case is that you know your boy has ingested the ribbon, and so you also know to keep a close eye out for symptoms including vomiting, lethargy, inappetance or difficulty toileting. If your boy develops any of these symptoms over the next day or two, please get him seen by your local vet asap. Likewise, if you see the ribbon coming out of his butt, please don't be tempted to pull it, but get him (and the attached ribbon) down to your local vet.

If your boy does develop symptoms, then the first step will be for your vet to carry out a full physical exam followed by an xray and ultrasound of his abdomen. If it is deemed that the ribbon is causing an issue, then your boy will need a full exploratory surgery to remove the string.

The main thing to remember here is 1) keep a close eye out for symptoms, 2) get your boy seen as soon as any symptoms appear (early treatment means the best success and less damage done by the ribbon) and 3) don't attempt to pull the ribbon out if it appears out of his anus.

For now - you could try feeding your boy some of his regular food. Sometimes this can mix with the ribbon to help wrap it up into a bundle. This can potentially help to limit the chances of the ribbon causing an issue on it's way through.

I hope all of the above makes sense? Please let me know if you have any other questions. My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Bonuses & positive feedback are always welcomed and very much appreciated

If you have any further questions in the future, I would be more than happy to help you again! Just bookmark my profile and ask a question via the question box.
Pet Doc, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 7115
Experience: Veterinarian - BVSc (DVM equivalent). Special interest in canine and feline medicine and surgery.
Pet Doc and 4 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Joey

    Dr. Joey

    Board Certified

    Satisfied Customers:

    576
    15 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ZF/zforward/2012-6-6_202211_headshot1.64x64.jpg Dr. Joey's Avatar

    Dr. Joey

    Board Certified

    Satisfied Customers:

    576
    15 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    185
    I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/NE/nekovet/2013-8-20_23339_nekovet.64x64.jpg Dr. B.'s Avatar

    Dr. B.

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1345
    I am a small animal veterinarian with a special interest in cats and am happy to discuss any questions you have.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3955
    15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    3073
    UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2359
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/fshlee/2009-7-15_23110_drlee.jpg Dr. Lee's Avatar

    Dr. Lee

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1219
    8 years of experience in veterinary medicine and surgery
 
 
 

Related Cat Questions