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Featured Cat Chewed On A Small Chicken Bone?

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by Mamawolf90, Oct 10, 2018 at 9:41 PM.

  1. Mamawolf90

    Mamawolf90 Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    my cat was found outside and we have no idea how long she lived like that, but she has a strange reaction to food, she eats her cat food as fast as she can, snarfs crumbs off the floor and tries to put her face in our plates. We’ve had her almost 3 years now and she still acts like this. Tonight we had Popeyes for dinner and as I was cleaning up I noticed she was crouched on the floor chewing and thought she found some crunchy crumbs from the skin of the chicken and went to see. She was munching on a small piece of bone and I had to try twice to take it away because she tried to run with it. I inspected the bone and it seemed like it was just a small wing bone. I threw it away. She’s been acting normal, actually kind of pleased with herself. She’s sleeping on my lap right now, which isn’t abnormal because she sleeps at night ‍♀️ I know most cats prowl the house at night, but mine sleeps with me. She’s not vomiting or coughing. She used her litter box this evening, although I’m not sure if it was before dinner or afterwards. She generally eats her dinner before us, so that way we hope she leaves our food alone. But should I call my vet in the morning? I’ve been searching google but I’m mostly finding stuff about cats who have actually consumed chicken bones she’s eaten strange things before, like when I first had her she tore apart some of my kids toys and ate the stuffing. I found it in her stool a few days later. I worry a bit too much and usually things are picked up before she can find them. I feel awful I missed a chicken bone tonight I even checked her mouth to see if I could see anything like tears or bleeding, bone fragments etc but I found nothing.
     
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  2. Margret

    Margret TCS Member Top Cat

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    If she just chewed on it she should be fine. Is the bone splintered? If not, I'd only worry if she shows symptoms. If she managed to ingest the cartilage from the joint at the end that shouldn't hurt her at all; the danger with bird bones is the splinters.

    Margret
     
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  3. Mamawolf90

    Mamawolf90 Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    The bone seemed really smooth and rubbery, the end piece was chewed though, so it could be possible she ate the cartilage! Thank you! So relieved right now! She still acts like a kitten and does something bad like this about every other week! Last time she decided to taste baking soda and yeast as I was mixing it to bake with, it freaked me out too! Lol
     
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  4. Margret

    Margret TCS Member Top Cat

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    Just so you know, it's perfectly normal to panic about these little ones. Have you seen that commercial that compares first time parents with the same parents after the third baby? First baby, they're so panicked that they drop the cell phone in the basin of water while trying to bathe the baby. Third baby they're simply carrying the the baby into the shower with them. It's a lot like that with cats, especially when you've never had one before.

    I wouldn't deliberately feed yeast and/or baking soda to cats, but a cat stealing some and eating it should only give the cat a temporary tummy ache and (one hopes) make her a bit wiser about what is and isn't food.

    Margret
     
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  5. JamesCalifornia

    JamesCalifornia TCS Member Super Cat

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    ~ One of my cats - "Big Boy " - inhaled an entire chicken leg bone ! I watched him for a few days. He's fine ... :winkcat:
    ( apparently cats love take-out fried chicken )
     
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  6. SmileForMe

    SmileForMe TCS Member Kitten

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    It is probably too late now, but for future reference when a cat gets into something and especially when they have chewed it, you should keep the questionable object. That way if you do need to take them to the vet they will know exact what and how much was possibly ingested. I would, at least, call the vet in the morning to express your concerns and see what they say. Until then keep an eye on sweet kitty for any changes in normal behavior. If she seems to be acting different or doing anything alarming take her to the vet immediately.
     

  7. Notacrazycatlady

    Notacrazycatlady TCS Member Adult Cat

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    My kittens knocked a glass bowl off a shelf some time during the night earlier this week and I found my older cat, Angus chewing on a chunk of the glass.:jawdrop: I took it away and checked his mouth --no blood and he was acting fine so I let it go. Tonight, I found him chewing on another chunk I'd apparently missed when I cleaned it up and ran the sweeper. :confused: Apparently he likes the taste of dusty glass :dunno:
     
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  8. amethyst

    amethyst TCS Member Adult Cat

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    You've got good advice already, just keep an eye on her. I did want to add though, fried chicken (meat no bones) is apparently one of the best baits to use to catch strays, I've heard it sometimes works better then tuna! So, not odd at all that she wants to eat the bones because they still smell like it. Also an animal that knows what it's like to starve often never totally mentally get over it. I have a dog who came from a very bad situation as a puppy, and he is almost 11yrs old now and still acts like he needs to scarf down any food like he hasn't eaten in days and might not for days.
     

  9. Margret

    Margret TCS Member Top Cat

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    Now that's scary!

    Margret
     
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  10. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Young Cat

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    Yep, scary. Just going around the house looking for anything I might have missed that's glass. It's outta here.
    Viewing light bulbs with suspicion.
     
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  11. Notacrazycatlady

    Notacrazycatlady TCS Member Adult Cat

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    All of my antiques and not-cat-friendly decor are packed away for the time being until they're a little older. The bowl that was knocked over was a small heavy glass that I didn't think would break if it hit the carpet from the shelf it was on--obviously I miscalculated how hard it would hit when one of them was scrambling to the top of the bookcase (it was just a 3 shelf unit that they like to sit on and look out the window). It looked like it had been flung a fair distance so they were probably playing tag and kicked it. I left some non-fragile or non-valuable items out just to see how the cats did with such things. They're surprisingly careful when maneuvering around them, but when they're chasing each other they don't always mind what's in their path.
     
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  12. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Young Cat

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    My math is lacking, so I'm sticking with plastic bowls (free with food), garden creatures made of resin. I'm thinking of double-sided tape for the less sturdy and metal bits, or, as you suggest a shelf in a LOCKED closet.
     
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  13. 1 bruce 1

    1 bruce 1 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Once upon a time we had a nice, sturdy floor lamp that was nice looking and shot a lot of light into a room. It was a good little floor lamp.
    Then Baby Girl showed up, and the sturdy floor lamp became flimsy.
    We were out one day, came back, got in the house area, and one of the dogs greeted us with three lightly bleeding paws.
    We figured she'd finally worn her nails down but nope, pads were cut up.
    I went into our small sitting room and found a half grown Baby Girl sitting in the middle of the room, surrounded by shattered glass ranging in sizes from tennis ball size to tiny, almost invisible slivers and a dead floor lamp trying to croak "Rosebud"...I panicked, grabbed her up and checked her over. Not a scratch.
    Normally, I'd blame the dog. But knowing this particular dog (a baby gate that moves 1/8 of a millimeter when touched by her feet sends her into a panic and she runs off), vs. Baby Girl (a robot alligator rushing at her that can scream "kill" doesn't even make her flinch), I am almost sure I know who is responsible. (And since the other cats didn't emerge for another 45 minutes, and looked cats with raccoon tails and owl eyes....)
     
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  14. Notacrazycatlady

    Notacrazycatlady TCS Member Adult Cat

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    :flail:
     
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  15. 1 bruce 1

    1 bruce 1 TCS Member Top Cat

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    It's why we never visit the circus or the zoo. We have one right here. :crackup:
     
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