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I was tidying my study. I found a small ball of yarn and put it on my desk. Then I began filing some stuff.

Angus was sitting on the cat condo next to my computer and a few minutes later he began coughing.

I briefly had a cat who had lung cancer, so a coughing cat is scary to me.

I shut the door because if he was going to puke, I wanted him to stay where there was a hardwood floor, and I went over to see what was going on.

The ball of yarn was hanging out of his mouth. I picked it up and began pulling gently. About 3 yards of yarn came out of his mouth. He stopped coughing. A few minutes later he was rolling on his back begging to play.

This is a cat who won't eat a single table scrap or cat treat. Yarn and carpet fluff, on the other hand - Yum!

Safety note: If I didn't know that he had just started eating the yarn I wouldn't have pulled it out, because it could have gotten tangled up in his digestive system and caused damage when removed. Or at least I've seen that scenario on Emergency Vets.

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textivore
Aug. 17th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
I hope you'd have taken him to the vet right quick then?

I first read your title as POETS doing disgusting things. So now I'm stuck with an image of a goateed man in a black beret, drinking coffee but with yarn hanging from his mouth...
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
yep, he would have been in for yet another multi-hundred-dollar vet visit.

with apologies to Mark Strand:
String hangs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating fiber balls.
epi_lj
Aug. 17th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad he's okay!

Naughty kitty. :(

I've had to do that too (pull stuff that they just started chowing on out of their mouths). It's pretty gross.

I saw someone in the cafeteria today that looked just like you from the back! I kept wanting them to turn around so I could see if they looked like you from the front too.
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh no, my secret passage between my study and your cafeteria has been discovered!
epi_lj
Aug. 17th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
That would be awesomely handy! We could 'do lunch'!
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah! I'll have my people talk to your people.
usqueba
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Our cat does eat table scraps but he also will eat lint, carpet, plants, bugs (dead or alive) :P
firecat
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Neither of my cats eats table scraps or plants (but my previous cat ate both), both eat bugs, only Angus is a connoisseur of lint and carpet fluff.
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