December 2008 Issue

The Danger of String

A cat and a ball of yarn is an adorable picture, but the hazards aren't worth it. Same goes for holiday ribbon and tinsel.

Brooke Remy of Boston, MA, was delighted to watch her cat Puddles play with a long, pink ribbon she had just taken off a gift box. He twirled around and around and rolled over on the floor. Brooke tired before Puddles did, and left the room for about five minutes. When she returned, the ribbon was gone — except for about two inches sticking out of Puddles’s mouth. He was coughing and drooling. Running over to him, Brooke began slowly pulling the ribbon out of his mouth, watching in terror and amazement as she removed eight inches of wet pink ribbon from his throat. Puddles was lucky that Brooke had returned in time. If he had swallowed the ribbon without Brooke’s quick intervention, he could have suffered very serious, even life-threatening, damage to his intestinal tract.

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