Ask Dr Claire
My cat ate an ear plug yesterday
Obviously it depends on the size of the object in comparison to your kitten, so a small ear plug might be okay to be passed by a full grown Maine Coon, but not for example a small kitten.
While some objects go straight in one end and out the other, there’s also a chance of them getting stuck in the intestines and forming a blockage along the way. This is called an obstruction of the gut and is really serious (can be life-threatening) if left untreated.
Common symptoms of an obstruction include:
- Reduced or no appetite,
- Diarrhoea, and
- Weight loss.
If you notice any of the above, or are concerned re the size of the object, please head straight to your local vet for a hands-on assessment. Abdominal imaging (such as radiography and ultrasound) is often used to assess where the object is and whether it’s passing through.
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