My girl, for years, has told me over and over,’ Don’t leave any of your yoyos where the cats can get at them. One of these days a cat is going to eat a string and get really messed up’. And over the same period, I have told me girl,’ Don’t worry about my yoyos; just keep track of ALL those pins and sewing needles you use while doing your Embroidery and stuff’. She tells me,’ Well I never, unlike you, leave my stuff unattended’.
So several months ago, I was in the Kitchen, giving 2 of my cats a 2A demo and my girl was sitting in her handmade Amish Rocking chair, doing some Ebroidery stuff on a Hoop. She set the hoop down on the chair and went back to the ‘craftroom’ to get something. She was back in less than about 45 seconds. She shouted to me,’ Patti is on the rocking chair!’ I stepped around the corner and saw the Tortie cat jump off the chair. Karen ran over and picked up the hoop and screamed, the Needle is gone! The cat ran in the Master Bedroom and hid under the Brass Bed. I crawled ALL over the floor of the house, to see if I could find that Needle??? Zero luck. I checked out the cat and She seemed fine at that time. I scoured the floor for hours on end. That night, I got a mini mag light and rolled it around the floor; looking for the glimmer of that needle?
No luck. A day or so went by and we just shrugged our shoulders and thought we dodged a bullet. Then the next day; Patti was making noises like when people try to clear their throat. And I never ever heard a Cat make any such noise like that before. Then she started walking like she was tiptoing on thin ice; very delicately.
I called up a Vet and talked about my Cat ‘Possibly swallowing a Needle. She told me Certain Death or 1800 bucks. I called another Vet and they told me to bring in the Cat before she dies screaming… approx. cost 2000 bucks. So I called another Vet and said,’ Hey I don’t even know if the cat Did swallow the needle’? They told me: 55 for visit… 150 for Xrays… if the cat shows the needle…$3000. I told the Vet,’ If I paid 3 grand for a needle removal; I might as well donate my brain to Science, since I would prove it is not working properly; that’s for sure.
So… I got the Cat and took her to ‘Another’ Vet only about 10 minutes from my house. I put the Carrier on the table and told the Doctor this,’ I’m not rich and I’m not broke. I got a cat here that most likely swallowed an Embroidery needle. I have called several Vets already and they all want me to help them make the downpayment on their new Cars, it seems. I just want to pay you enough to take your crew to Disneyland. I will make you a Deal I cannot refuse; I will pay you 1000 bucks or less; to show me just how good you are. He smiled and took an xray. Needle to the Max>> at an odd angle in her intestines; in no way leaving out the rear on its’ own.
He said, ’ I will do it; slow day today’.
Patti is fine now. Cost $850.
<>I just found it amusing that my girl soo much worried about the yoyos and it turned out to be a needle and cost me some bucks. Now I watch my yo strings even closer because I certainly don’t want to bounce for another Surgery, that’s for sure.
PS… happens to be my girls all time favorite cat. So there were really no other options.