The string disease

“String enteritis” sounds silly when described, but it is a very serious condition. A cat playing with a thread or string happens to swallow it. If the entire string passes into the stomach, no problem, but sometimes the end of the string gets caught around the base of the tongue.

This inevitably leads to severe digestive problems—vomiting, diarrhea and other problems—resulting from the cat’s intestinal tract trying in vain to pass the string. A vet should be seen, and the owner should definitely not try to pull out the string through the cat’s mouth.

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