We’ve all heard the dangers of giving cats cooked bones. There are so many things that can go wrong, should a cat get into something he shouldn’t. Such is the case of Tommy, a 10-pound Queens, New York cat who is lucky to be alive after swallowing a wishbone.
Although wishbones are legendary for bringing good luck, this wasn’t the case with Tommy. Back in April, his dad David brought home a take-out meal of rotisserie chicken to his Queens apartment. He made sure to dispose of the bones in the trash so Tommy wouldn’t be tempted. Unfortunately, Tommy, being a cat and cats snoop, got into the trash overnight. Monday morning David found Tommy bleeding from the neck as he sat crouched in a kitchen corner.
At first David thought Tommy had injured himself in a fall. Then he discovered Tommy had broken into the trash, devouring the leftover chicken-wishbone and all. The injured kitty was rushed by David and his mother Darlene to the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery after Dr. Yvonne Kline noticed a bone in Tommy’s throat. The wishbone was removed by reaching down the curious kitty’s throat (under sedation, of course) and his wound treated and closed with 12 stitches.
Since Tommy hadn’t been neutered, Dr. Kline cut off his kitten making parts while he was sedated. Tommy didn’t have to stay long at the vet and was sent home with antibiotics the next on Tuesday. Tommy had to keep his stitches in for two weeks and no permanent damage was done. David was working the day Tommy was to return to the vet to have the stitches removed, so David’s brother Daniel, along with Darlene volunteered to make the return visit.
David describes Tommy as his soul mate. His adoption tale reads that David was working as a shop supervisor for a mechanic. One day a driver came in complaining about a noisy motor. When the car was inspected, Tommy was found hiding behind the gas and brake pedals. David describes the relationship between himself and his much-loved cat as
“We relate to each other, and he trusts me. He even has a sense of humor, like me. “He means so much to me. We were destined to be together”
Cat lovers do their best to protect their cats, but accidents do happen. I believe it my duty as a writer to report on as many mishaps as I come across, especially when it could save a life. I’ve written several articles on the dangers cats get into, none of which were intentional. Those links can be found following this article. We all know how much danger a cat can be in when living outside. It’s important we realize the great indoors can be just as dangerous, if not deadly.
Please note that cats on a raw diet are given bones, but there’s a big difference between a raw bone (which is natural) and a cooked bone that is brittle and can splinter anywhere in a cats digestive system.
Source article on ASPCA website. Photo credits: ASPCA.
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