I came into work last Friday to find a young cat who had been vomiting for the previous 3 days. X-rays taken the day before showed this:
Question 1): Can you find the foreign body?
Question 2): Can you guess what it is?
1) I would hope everybody would see the bright white object in the center of these X-ray pictures. In radiology-speak, white means "radio-dense," that is, the most dense object we can see. Least dense is air, followed by fat, fluid, bone, and finally most dense, which is metal.
So, now you know it is metallic. Any guesses as to what this kitty ate?
Here is our recovering patient, post-op, after a gastrotomy (incision into her stomach) to remove the foreign object.
And, here is my abdominal incision:
This is what you can expect after a straight-forward, routine gastrotomy in a cat. The incision is about 2 inches long, and the skin sutures are buried underneath the skin, so they will dissolve. In a dog, I would probably put the sutures on the outside. (personal preference) Bella will have to be quiet for the next week to 10 days, but was already feeling better when she went home the next morning.
Oh, yes, the answer to question 2:
Bella ate a dime. This is a really un-cat-like thing to do. I expect this sort of goofy behavior from a dog, but cats usually eat things like ribbon, string, or a needle and thread. Rarely (in my experience) do they swallow coins or other non-stringy objects.