Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The String Theory

Watcha lookin at?
Bujang sitting with grandma and keeping her company...
Oahhh...I'm too sleepy...
There is only so much a bodyguard can do grandma...
Emergency measures...Oh Oh!



Dr L advised that I give Bujang Laxatone once a day for four days to see if the string would come out of his system. He said it was a serious thing if a cat should eat string as it could mess up his digestive system and mess with his intestines. I was very afraid of this as Cousin R had a friend whose cat had to undergo surgery because he had eaten string. The cat is fine now.


The instructions say that I should put a little on his nose or paw to persuade him to eat it. Did he give me a hard time? YES! The paw trick did not work. Instead it spooked Bujang so much that he spent 10 minutes trying to shake it off his paw. By the time he licked what was left ...there was hardly anything.


I had given him his treat to persuade him that it was a good thing to lick the gel and Cousin R came up with a good idea :) So we put some of the gel on the treats. He ate the treats suspiciously but at least all of the treats and the gel were in his system. Then for good measure as there was some gel left in his plate, I put some of the broken pieces and powdered salmon treats on it. That worked very nicely for Bujang. He was not stressed out and we got him to eat his gel :)

Now we only have to see what will or will not happen ...

5 comments:

KXBC said...

Got to get the string out fast. Very dangerous. Read about Misty's story here. http://crewsviews.blogspot.com/

Search their previous posts prob a year or so back.

We used to use this laxative for cats (cannot remember brand but it has a blue cap with a white tube) and it is supposed to be fake choc flavour. Most of my cats lick it willingly off our fingers. Sold in PLC and most pet shops. Not expensive. MAybe you would like to try.

Anonymous said...

Some cats do like the tuna flavoured Laxatone. It may be easier the second time around ;)

meemsnyc said...

Oh no, sorry to hear that you ate string. Hope it comes out of your system soon.

Anonymous said...

However careful you may be, accidents still happen.

I saw my cat with string in mouth, other end still attached to fishing-pole (cat toy) handle. Panic, looked up net. Gently pulled & end of string (feathers gone) came out. It was a wake-up call. String-toys only with supervision & kept safely.

Keeping fingers crossed for Bujang.

Anonymous said...

My cat once ate a 5-7 inch long string. And we didn't even know! Luckily the string passed out in the motion. But the gross thing was that the start of the string was attached to the last poo piece which naturally was stuck at the anus. So he went around trying to shake the last bit of poo. I had to hold him and pull out the string!

But we only managed to pull out like 3/4 part of the string. (Imagine the string dangling from the anus, yucks!) Anyway, we cut it as close to the anus as possible. And luckily, he managed to pass the rest out a few minutes later! What an ordeal!