Cat ate string, how long to pass?

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MAG:
Hi folks-
Saturday night at about 9 pm our cat, Mariposa, swallowed a piece of cotton string. It was soft cotton string (not kite cord), about 18 inches long. We saw half of it sticking out of her mouth, went after her to get it from her, and she bolted the rest down while we tried to grab her.
Called emergency vet; they said to keep feeding her, NOT PULL on it if it starts to come out, and monitor for any signs of discomfort.

OK it is 36 hours later. She's pooped a couple times (no string), is eating normally, and is acting in her usual fashion (sleeping, watching us with an air of superiority). No signs of discomfort.

Yesterday afternoon we started giving her Laxatone, to make sure she's properly lubricated to hopefully ease the passing.

How long should it take something to work it's way through in the normal fashion? I'm worried about the posts I've seen of things "sawing through the intestines." YUK!
Her normal vet is open today and we will call them, but I thought I'd post for experiences here. Basically, how long do these things take, presuming the string passes through her without serious problems?

Marc
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kaeli:
[nq:1]How long should it take something to work it's way through in the normal fashion? I'm worried about the posts ... post for experiences here. Basically, how long do these things take, presuming the string passes through her without serious problems?[/nq]
The string can get entangled in the intestines and never come out. She can die. Take her to the vet. She may need surgery. If nothing else, the vet can give her an enema and speed things along.
If the string were going to come out on its own with no problems, I'd say 48 hours. However, after 48 hours, if it wasn't going to come out on its own, the intestines might already be badly damaged.

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MAG:
[nq:2]How long should it take something to work it's way ... take, presuming the string passes through her without serious problems?[/nq]
[nq:1]The string can get entangled in the intestines and never come out. She can die. Take her to the vet. ... intestines might already be badly damaged. ~kaeli~ In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes. http://www.ipwebdesign.net/wildAtHeart http://www.ipwebdesign.net/kaelisSpace[/nq]
Hi Kaeli-
Thanks for the feedback. Meanwhile, we spoke with her regular vet who advised holding off on surgery for now (we're at 38 hours). They advised increasing the laxative dosage. Surgery carries its own risks, and they are advising us to wait and see for the next day or so. So far the cat is giving no signs of distress, eating well, and pooping normally.

I just hate the idea of her intestines being chewed up! This is so stressful.
Marc
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kaeli:
[nq:1]Thanks for the feedback. Meanwhile, we spoke with her regular vet who advised holding off on surgery for now (we're ... eating well, and pooping normally. I just hate the idea of her intestines being chewed up! This is so stressful.[/nq]
I sympathise. One of our cats ate a piece of a shoelace once. Thank goodness she was okay - the vet gave her an enema and was able to remove it. It was only 6 inches though.
I hope your kitty turns out to be all right.

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Phil P.:
[nq:1]Hi folks- Saturday night at about 9 pm our cat, Mariposa, swallowed a piece of cotton string. It was soft ... for experiences here. Basically, how long do these things take, presuming the string passes through her without serious problems? Marc[/nq]
If I were you, I'd have an ultrasound study done ASAP to make sure the string isn't pleating up the intestines. X-rays won't show the string, but they might show pleated intestines. I'd repeat the ultrasounds until she passes the string... I tend to err on the side of caution which some people consider "overreacting"... but that's just me.

String and threads are particularly dangerous because they tend to pleat up the intestine and also cut through the intestine wall leading to the very serious condition of peritonitis.
Best of luck.
Phil
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PawsForThought:
[nq:2]Called emergency vet; they said to keep feeding her, NOT ... take, presuming the string passes through her without serious problems?[/nq]
You might ask your vet about performing a barium contrast study to make sure the string is not getting bound up in her intestines. Good luck and keep us posted.
Lauren

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KellyH:
[nq:1]Hi Kaeli- Thanks for the feedback. Meanwhile, we spoke with her regular vet who advised holding off on surgery for ... eating well, and pooping normally. I just hate the idea of her intestines being chewed up! This is so stressful.[/nq]
I would take her to get an ultrasound ASAP, as others suggested. If you haven't seen any string come out of her yet, then I would worry. My cat Argyle died from swallowing fishing line when he was only 3 years old. We had no idea that he ate it until it was too late. He was hiding in my closet and very ill. Part of his intestine had to be removed, but he had developed a bad infection and died post-op. Granted, fishing line is a lot more likely to cut through something than a cotton string, but I would definitely err on the side of caution in this case. You are lucky that you saw your cat eat the string and can monitor her. We had no idea when Argyle ate the fishing line.

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MAG:
[nq:2]Hi folks- Saturday night at about 9 pm our cat, ... presuming the string passes through her without serious problems? Marc[/nq]
[nq:1]If I were you, I'd have an ultrasound study done ASAP to make sure the string isn't pleating up the ... intestine and also cut through the intestine wall leading to the very serious condition of peritonitis. Best of luck. Phil[/nq]
Hi guys-
Still waiting. Thanks for the followups. We've talked to our vet, and she says that as long as the cat is eating and pooping normally, and acting otherwise normally, that she will probably pass the string OK. So, we've been advised to sit tight for the moment. I'll keep you all posted.
Marc
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PawsForThought:
Kelly, I am so sorry to hear about Argyle.
Lauren

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