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Veterinarian Technician February 2011 (Vol 32, No 2)

Final View — Guess What the Cat Ate

by Jennifer Schloss, CVT

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    Charlotte, a 5-year-old domestic shorthair cat, presented with vomiting and lethargy. Radiography revealed a string-like object in the abdomen, and the owners agreed to surgery. Charlotte had a history of eating inappropriate objects, so staff members began guessing what the object was this time.

    During surgery, we quickly found and removed a hair tie. (None of the staff members had guessed correctly.) Charlotte recovered well and returned home in 3 days. Unfortunately, she continues to try to eat inappropriate items.

    Radiograph of a foreign body

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