Hendrick feline better after bingeing on 3ft of gift wrap ribbon
Naughty cat needs emergency surgery after swallowing ‘linear foreign object’
A curious cat needed emergency surgery after eating more than THREE FEET of gift wrapping ribbon.
Owner Faith Orchard feared Hendrick was going to die, but the skill of our team at Vets Now in Reading managed to save her beloved pet’s life.
Faith and husband Tom had been away on a short break and three-year-old Hendrick was being looked after by a neighbour.
“He has an annoying habit of trying to eat any kind of plastic, but he has never shown interest in anything else,” said 29-year-old university lecturer Faith.
“I had noticed this piece of ribbon, that had been on a present, lying around. I put it up in a bowl, but he had obviously managed to get hold of it.
“When we got back late at night the first thing we saw was a couple of inches of ribbon sticking out of his mouth. I thought that was all there was, but as I pulled gently about half a metre came out and then it wouldn’t move any further.
“He started foaming at the mouth and choking and bringing up blood. We panicked and realised it was a lot more serious than we first thought as we then saw he had already been sick.
“I cut off the ribbon we already freed and then we called Vets Now and they told us to bring him in as quickly as we could.
“The fact there was someone knowledgeable at the end of the line instantly was amazing and so reassuring.”
Faith and Tom rushed Hendrick to Vets Now in Reading, one of a nationwide network of clinics and hospitals open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
When vets examined him there was no visible sign of the ribbon in his mouth, but x-rays and ultrasound revealed abnormal and worrying changes consistent with a linear foreign body in his intestine.
Emergency vet Anita Notenboom carried out an exploratory laparotomy, which involves surgery to explore the abdomen and its organs, and found and removed another 60cm of ribbon.
Anita said: “While Hendrick was stable on arrival, he did have abdominal discomfort and I was very concerned about the consequences of the ribbon reaching his intestine.
“I examined him thoroughly, gave him intravenous fluids and took blood samples to assess his health status. After further discussion with his owners, we agreed to operate on him that night.”
Anita added: “After making a small incision in his stomach, I managed to remove 60cm of ribbon without too much resistance.
“This type of operation can be unpleasant though, so to help Hendrick recover as painlessly as possible he was given analgesics and antibiotics.”