Is your home Cat proof?

@EdwardF (431)
United States
January 16, 2007 10:15pm CST
One day my wife and I went to the mall to get a smoothie. Afterwards we visited the pet store. There was this little kitten in the corner by it's self and my wife fell in love with it. It was a full blooded registered Tabby Persian. We already had one cat and thought this would be a play mate for it. We took it home and named it Dusty. It just played and played. Then about a week later, it started gagging one morning. I took it to the vet's and He told me it had no fever and to bring it back tomorrow if it didn't get better. I drove home upset and the more I thought about it, the madder I got. I knew there was something wrong with this kitten. I called the vet back and asked for a different vet. I told her I had been in and was not happy with my visit. She said for me to bring her right in, chances were the kitten had an abstruction. She ran an X-ray, then did a barium test showing an abstruction. She operated immediately. She said it did have a high fever and probably would not have lasted the night. She pulled from it's intestant a large ball of cotton. The vet said for us to go home and see if we could find where it came from. After hours of searching, we found the problem. It was the backside of our table cloth. Who would have thought. We went around and tried to cat proof our home. We thought we had our home cat proofed by picking up anything the cats could swallow. Boy were we surprised to see our other cat with the same symptoms. We rushed her to the vet's and she also was operated on. She had eaten her wicker bed and a piece of wood had tore a hole in her intestant and became infected. Obviously we through the bed out. But who would have thought two every day items could hurt your cat.
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
18 Jan 07
You didn't say, are the babies ok now? I hope so! I am going to look around my house and see if there is anything that my sweet kittygirl could get into that could be dangerous. She loves to chase paper balls. My husband tears up paper and crunches it into a ball and tosses it. She has been known to leap high into the air to bat at it. She is not amused by "normal" cat toys. But I digress, do you think the paper is dangerous for her?
@EdwardF (431)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Dusty also likes to play with balls made from paper. She will bat it around for a long time until she gets bored. She has never tried to eat it and I believe it is probably safe to play with. I've also heard of other cats who don't play with regular cat toys. Not my cats! We have a box we keep their toys in and they are always dragging them out and playing with them.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
Oh my gosh, I hope your babies are ok. Animals are as bad as babies about eating just about anything they can get into their mouths. But the back of your tablecloth...wow.
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@EdwardF (431)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thanks for your concern. They are both fine now. It did help knowing to get the second sick cat to the vet early because of what we had gone through with the first one.
@suny1946 (275)
• China
18 Jan 07
yes,it is
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@magikrose (5424)
• United States
18 Jan 07
AWww the poor furbabies. Glad to hear that they are ok now. We just adopted 2 kittens this past November and to be honest I am constantely picking things up thatthey could choke on. Especially kids toys. We have 3 little girls who have barbies and I go nuts when i see one of the kittens playing with a barbie shoe or anything else that is for barbie. I have thrown away so many tiny arbie things it is not funny yet the yare still finding them. GRRRRRR. MY furbabies are not any diffrent than my kids. They all get treated the same. Some might say I treat my furbabies better than my own kids. LOL
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I had a friend who tok in two stray cats that would literally eat anything. The female loved to lick and chew fabrics and leather (like shoes) and even would lick the dog (golden retriever) so much that she would get huge hairballs that required vet treatment. The boy cat was more into anything in string form, shoe laces, ribbon, electrical cords... so she really had a hard time keeping them out of stuff, and racked up big vet bills in the process. Some cats are just like that for some reason, and it's increadibly hard to get them to stop. Hope that your two have learned their lessons and you don't have any more emergencies! Good Luck.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
17 Jan 07
You can never be too careful with pets I know. It's just a real good thing you called the vet back and talked with someone else. I hope the other vet got chewed out for letting the kitten go home like that, if not more then that. You never know what pets will pick up, play with or what could cause them problems. Our one cat, Tabby, has allergies horribly but when he was younger he had an Upper Respitory Infection. It was so bad he wasn't eating or drinking. We ended up taking him to the Emergency Room Vet and then again a few days later to the normal one. He did get better but he had us scared for awhile. I've seen cats grab things that they shouldn't from small rubber bands up to dollar bills. It wouldn't be hard for them to get sick from something like this. It does help when one really knows their pet and can tell if something isn't right.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I'm not sure you could EVER truly cat proof your home. For instance, I have (lets just say a few) cats. It's not uncommon to see them come into a room and you hear wrapping, like plastic. Look over and for some reason they love to chew on plastic. They COULD definitely eat it and end up with a blockage. They find earrings and knock them down and chase them. I'm sure they could easily end up choking on a small one. Face it, they're little punks! lol They love to get into anything they can!
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Wow, I hope everything is ok with your cats. WE have cats and we do have a cat proofed home. Sometimes this takes time to learn what cats will get into. Also, you could read a book on the topic. It will come naturally to you the more time you spend as a cat owner. Until then, the best of luck to you.
@xcmatx (173)
• United States
18 Jan 07
oh wow, i had no idea cats could get into so much trouble so easily, especially just with these everyday items. Hopefully they're alright. Thanks for sharing, i'll definitely remember this, and be sure to check everything when i think about getting a cat.
@anup12 (4182)
• India
18 Jan 07
Yes the cats can go nast at times.They need to be looked after very well.Even if you are not seeing them for some time they will do something.Cats needs a lot of love and constant attention.DO not worry they will be allright
@zam512 (75)
• Pakistan
18 Jan 07
as well it is written in my profile that i like pets which are secure and as far as concern about cats these are safe if you love them but according to mine cats have expression but servay says that this thing that cats have expressions is not right only on cats but it is absolutely right on all types of home pets if you love some oone then alternately he or she will love you so take care and always love the pets specially cat because one of my friend likes very much cats likke me
• Canada
18 Jan 07
Watch out for wool. Sometimes cats, and especially Siamese cats, really like to eat wool. So if you have wool socks, or a wool scarf, or a wool sweater, anything made from 100% wool, keep it out of the cat's reach.
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thanks so much for this post. I had not even thought about the cotton on the back of the tablecloth, and my cat loves to play with the tablecloth.
• United States
18 Jan 07
for now, when you go out you should maybe lock your cats in the bathroom with their food, water, and litter boxes. possibly separate bathrooms. leave some toys in there too. then, when you're home, when you see them misbehaving, spray them with just a light mist of water, and they will quickly learn what not to do. you also might want to consider having them declawed, or getting little plastic covers for their claws so they can't scratch up everything.
@ladybear (128)
• Denmark
17 Jan 07
Thank god that you were awake enough to call the vet back and have the cat checked again. But you are right they get into the darndest things those cats. And even things that you wouldn't think tasted very good they will eat.
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
17 Jan 07
wow!! I have an indoor cat but she's never eaten any of our furnitute, weird. My outside cat ate something one time (a rodent i think) and ended up having a horrible sickness, got vertigo, had a stroke, it just progressed. We thought she was going to die, but she actually made it. 13 years later, she's still alive.