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New York Cat is Lucky to be Alive after Swallowing a Wishbone — 8 Comments

  1. Another good article and links. I just watch a court TV episode (Judge Judy) where a neighbor saved their neighbors’ puppy after she noticed it outside having lost weight and clearly had a chicken bone stuck in it’s throat. The pup’s owner wasn’t home so she took it to emergency where they surgically removed it immediately. The good neighbor paid the bill but the pup’s owner refused to reimburse her! Obviously she took them to court where the Judge ruled that because it was a dire emergency: her trespassing and taking their dog to the vet was legally permissible if not obligatory, as was reimbursing her regardless of getting their permission. I actually used kinder words than the judge here. I also saw a PSA that informed that it’s also legal to, as a last resort (can’t find owner or police), break into a car to rescue an animal in danger of heat stroke, and you are not liable to pay for the broken window… just as if it were a child in danger.

  2. I don’t know how many times that cat caretakers need to be told not to toss their cats any chicken or turkey bones. Those bones splinter and can puncture any portion of the alimentary system from the esophagus to the bowels. That “treat” can cost you about $1000.00 for surgery, etc. or the life of your cat if you don’t care enough to get medical attention.

    • I always thought bowel and never even considered the throat. The pillow fringe cost Susan Schreck THOUSANDS!

    • It is interesting that I have page on a domestic cat eating bones as it is good for the cat’s teeth. I guess the point is this: a cat can eat a chicken leg with plenty of flesh on it but not a small bone with a bit of meat on it. Is that it? Or should cats never eat off the bone?

      I don’t think all bones are bad. My cat eats mice and there is no harm for him in that. A1 Savannahs fed their cats chicken legs from time to time and Bruce Fogle the well-known vet/author recommends bones as a teeth cleaner.


      I agree with you but I don’t think there needs to be a blanket ban on all bones for cats.

      • My understanding is that only poultry bones are dangerous, whether raw or cooked.
        If someone keeps or breeds Savannahs, I feel certain that they could have the means to toss their cats beef instead of poultry. How do we or Dr. Fogle feel about feeding raw, or even cooked, fish with bones?
        It’s a negative in my book even though I’ve read about big cats catching fish.
        I don’t really care whether I’m wrong. My policy is to always err on the side of safety. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I harmed a cat by giving something that I felt was questionable.
        As an aside, I know that pork bones are very hard and unlikely to splinter. But, have we ever seen a packaged cat food containing pork? I don’t think I have.

      • We used to give our cats raw chicken leg bones or neck bones but stopped because feeding raw is very complicated. I wouldn’t give raw or cooked anything that looked like it could get stuck in a cats digestive system.

    • So absolutely true Dee!! We are crazy careful about any bones that are cooked. They go into the compactor right away- not even in the garbage pail since cats will get into them when they catch a whiff of a poultry or steak bone.

      I just don’t understand why some folks aren’t careful about such things. It’s not only the cost of the surgery to save a life- it is the pain and suffering that these cats must endure.

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