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Cat, Pooping String
ashleymarieriley posted:
My cat just jumped up on the couch & I noticed a string (maybe half an inch) sticking out of his behind. I asked my fiancé to pull it while I held the cat. He began pulling & it was longer than we anticipated. I told him to stop because I didn't want to hurt the cat. We cut off as much as we could... I figured he would get rid of the remaining string the next time he defecates.

1- Was that a good call? Should we have continued pulling? Could that have injured him in any way or would it have just felt uncomfortable?

2- Should I be worried? The cat is acting normal & does not act like he is in pain. From what I can tell, he has been having regular bowel movements. Could digesting a string or something similar cause internal issues? Curious.

Thanks in advance for any input.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
String foreign bodies can be very serious. If it doesn't pass, it will often damage the intestinal tract, which can be fatal. Never pull on the string. It's OK to cut it off, but an immediate examination is necessary before permanent damage occurs.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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