Blink is a 5 year old Domestic Longhaired cat that came to Glenora Family Pet Clinic because he was not doing well for the past one and a half months. He was lethargic, he wasn't eating well anymore and lost a significant amount of weight. His owners remember that he was vomiting , but not for the last 2 weeks.
During the exam a large foreign body was palpated in his abdomen. Abdominal X-rays showed a large radiopaque foreign body that looked like a coiled wire. Blink's dad recognized this being part of his headphones cable that the cat must have chewed and swallowed . The wire slowly made it's way through the stomach and part of the small intestine but got stuck in the ileum!
Interestingly, Blink was still eating a bit with a large foreign body stuck in his intestine and he stopped vomiting for the last 2 weeks. He was also able to defecate since the coiled cord's diameter was so large and "stuff" was moving through.
After the cord was removed in surgery Blink recovered fast and gained back the lost weight. He is now back to beeing his normal self but he is not to be trusted around cables and wires anymore !