KATIE: Waffles, today's blog post has nothing to do with crimes of fashion. It's a much more serious matter.
WAFFLES: Can I still wear my hat? That's not a crime, is it?
KATIE: Fine, keep the hat. But I suggest you take a seat and listen. I've got something important to talk about.
WAFFLES: Do YOU want to wear my hat? It might make you look more serious and stuff.
KATIE: Waffles, I don't think I need any help looking serious. And stuff.
An Important PSA From Katie
Friends, if you were tuned into our Facebook Page yesterday you may have heard that I was hauled off to the vet. I'm ok, doing fine... but we all had quite a scare and decided it was important to share what happened so that it doesn't happen to you. Although it does involve a fashion faux pas, it's much more serious than wearing horizontal stripes inappropriately or pairing black socks with sandals.
Hi, My Name is Katie and I'm a String-A-Holic
From a very young age I've had an dangerous obsession with string, ribbon and cords. There's just something so enticing about those dangly little things. This obsession turned nearly fatal when I was only 3 years old.
I found a very long piece of pink organza ribbon. It was left over from Christmas and tucked away in a box in the storage closet. That didn't stop me from finding it and secretly playing with it until... I ate it. By the time I started to show symptoms that something was wrong, it had already lodged in my small intestine. So late one Sunday evening I underwent emergency surgery to remove the ribbon. The surgery saved my life.
Ever since, Glogirly has been religious about keeping strings, ribbons and cords secure and out of reach. Even still, I find stuff. I'm like a feline bloodhound.
When Fashion Turns Dangerous
That's Glogirly's sweater. Until yesterday, it hung in her closet along with all her other shirts and sweaters. It's very pretty and trimmed with fringe along the bottom. Let's just say it's now a tassel short.
I couldn't help myself. I may have missed those dangling strings altogether had it not been for my cushy blanket on her closet floor by the heat vent.
When Glogirly found a hunk of black and white string that I'd coughed up, saw that I wasn't much interested in breakfast, and then for the trifecta, noted that there'd been no litter box activity on my part, the alarms went off. One hour later I was at the vet, getting x-rayed and examined by people wearing those huge protective gloves. Yes, they know me well.
The good news is that nothing is stuck in my small intestine that shouldn't be there. When we got home I ate my breakfast and started to feel better on my own. Glogirly has an appetite stimulant at the ready should it become necessary. But for now it appears we've dodged a big string bullet.
Surgery is scary. It comes with many risks and costs beyond just the financial. It was very hard on me and the experience has stayed with me all these years, making even routine visits to the vet extremely stressful.
Check Your Closets
So please, cat-parents, check your closets. Get down on the ground and look at the world through our eyes. Do you see anything potentially dangerous? Something we might decide to play with or eat? Because I'm pretty sure I'm not the only String-A-Holic out there.
And Don't Wait to Call Your Vet
Time is of the essence when you've eaten something you shouldn't have. Please seek help from your veteranarian right away. ...and please, if you see anything coming out the "other end"... do not pull. Get to the vet STAT.
Be safe, kitties.
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Thank you so very much,
Katie, Glogirly & Waffles