It’s not at all rare for cats to fancy plastic as a material good enough to chew on or to eat. According to veterinarians, distress calls from panicking cat owners exclaiming,” help, my cat ate plastic!” is quite commonplace.
In such cases that the cat swallowed plastic, vets usually advice cat owners to do the following steps:
- Observe the kitty for 12-24 hours, and do not feed the feline anything at all during this time.
- If the cat does not appear lethargic, feed a bland diet to the kitty. One good choice is baby food or cooked soupy white rice.
- If the cat’s condition improves, continue feeding the feline with this type of diet for 3-5 days.
- Observe the cat’s stool; take note if the plastic passed on the feline’s stool.
- If, after steps 1 and 2 the cat appears to be lethargic or very sick, rush the kitty to the vet immediately.
If owners are not certain that their cat swallowed plastic but suspect that the feline did so, they should watch out for the following symptoms:
- Bouts of vomiting
- Dry heaving
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in moving bowels
- Pain in the abdomen
If any of these signs manifest, rush ther pet to the vet immediately.
Prevention is the Best Cure
It is best to avoid scenarios wherein the pet would find a plastic snack. Keep such objects away from the feline’s reach to avoid that dreadful call to the vet crying that the cat ate plastic bag, or that the cat ate plastic wrapper. Carelessness and untidiness may end up causing owners a pricey medical bill or the demise of their beloved pet cat altogether.