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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.
I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Newt.
Has he been vaccinated?
Will he let you check his mouth for any red gums, swelling or bad breath?
Oh gosh, ok.
Has he just vomited part of it?
Or do you think there could be more?
Ok, thank you.
And do you think he would have eaten these within the last few hours or over the last few days or weeks?
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I'm sorry Newt has these signs and know how concerned you must be.
The fact he has brought up only a small piece of a hair tie and you are concerned there could be more is a real concern to me.
Unfortunately, this type of foreign body is very dangerous to a cat as it can cause the intestines to 'bunch' and could even lead to intestinal perforation.
The fact he won't eat makes it more likely he does have a problem here.
If there is a real chance of him having a hair tie inside, he does need to see a vet urgently and there is no safe treatment we can provide from home.
The vet can check for obstruction and he may need a surgery to deal with it if present. The longer we wait when a blockage is present, the higher the risk of the animal passing away.
While there is a chance he is nauseous and does not have an obstruction, we need to have this looked into ASAP.
If it is an option at all, it would be best for him to be seen as an emergency, in case there is currently a blockage and the blood supply to the gut is compromised or he has an infection.
To confirm, they are going to call back tonight?
If you send me your postcode I can send you a list of open clinics in your area.
From home, we can offer regular water drinks and, if you have any, a rehydration solution for cats like Oralade or Lectade.
If he can hold it down, offer small and bland spoons of food (such as boiled chicken and rice) little and often.
Ensure he stays inside and monitor for any new signs such as trouble passing poo, a bloated tummy or lethargy.
Hopefully we can have him seen very soon and do let me know if there is anything else.
These are pet rehydration solutions you can get from pet shops, vet receptions and online.