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Gastrointestinal foreign bodies in cats

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Gastrointestinal foreign bodies in cats

A gastrointestinal foreign body is something swallowed that is unable to pass normally out of the ‘gastrointestinal tract’ (which includes the stomach and intestines). Cats are naturally curious and playful and often play with small items that they could swallow accidentally. Cats are much more careful eaters than dogs and are much less likely to eat something unusual intentionally, however some cats will raid bins and may eat cooked bones which can splinter. This is a potentially very serious condition and if you think your pet may have an obstruction in its intestines you should contact your vet immediately.

Abdomen: foreign body - radiograph lateral ©David Godfrey

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