toying with trouble

toying with trouble
Posted by on Feb 08 2013

When the dog’s away the cat will play… especially with the dog’s toys!

When pet parent Lauren came home one afternoon from walking Aurora, her nine-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever, she found a rope toy frayed to bits. The prime suspect? Her one-year-old kitty, Olivia. “She’s always been a bit of a chewer,” recalls Lauren, who has lost more than one pair of ear buds to her kitty’s curious taste. “But a dog toy? That was a new one.” A few hours later, Olivia began vomiting up bits of fiber and refused her evening meal, a sure sign something was amiss. After no signs of improvement the next morning, a trip to the vet was in order.

X-rays at the local emergency vet revealed strings from the toy stuck in Olivia’s intestines, requiring immediate surgery to remove. “I was so scared for her,” admits Lauren. “She’s a tough kitty, but still.” Thankfully, surgery was successful and the recovery — both from the operation and from the big vet bill as a result — was quick, thanks to Olivia's cat insurance from Petplan.

pet parent
lauren grant

unexpected tail
$4,850 for surgery to remove a linear foreign body

lives in
havertown, pa