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Author Topic: Kitty ate speaker wire and entire tail of shrimp...  (Read 6095 times)
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anna_2007
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« on: September 15, 2007, 02:06:02 PM »

I thought I adopted a 3 m/o kitten - instead I have a furry Harrier jumpjet/vacuum cleaner ... she jumped onto the counter and swallowed one of the very large, long, (cooked but still tough) discarded tails of the very large shrimp I had just cooked... then I discovered what she had been doing behind the furniture, when I  turned on the radio and got static... I found a neat pile of 1-2 inch pieces of speaker wire that she had been biting off... and she has indeed eaten swallowed at least one or more of them, because the remnants don't add up.

I guess I can throw out all my prior exp. with previous cats - e.g., they are mighty finicky - not this one...

I assume that "formerly feral" are endowed with magical powers - they can power-jump from the floor four feet up, and they can eat  strange inorganic and organic material and thrive... they laugh at the mention of vet intervention when they eat inorganic material...

She has tripled in size - but still skinny as a rail - since I got her one month ago, but one month ago she was 2-3 pounds and was malnourished...
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007, 02:32:46 PM »

Oh Anna, you need to kitten proof your house if you have not already done so.  Yeah, I've had wires chewed, by kittens and puppies.  The hungry little, mischevous buggers get into EVERYTHING.  I covered all my electrical outlets, made sure there were no wires they could get tangled in, cabinets closed,  any little holes they could crawl into and get stuck blocked up.  Once had a kitten that got into a floor storage cabinet and found the hole where the electrical supply came in, climbed into the wall.  Took us an hour to coax him out.  We could hear him meowing.  Thank goodness he was hungry.  We were getting ready to shut the power off and rip apart the wall.  No string or thread laying around.  They're like little vacuum cleaners, sucking everything up.  But they are so adorable.   Undecided

We had a big gap of several years between kittens and had forgotten all they can get into.  Yikes!
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007, 02:49:08 PM »

I thought I adopted a 3 m/o kitten - instead I have a furry Harrier jumpjet/vacuum cleaner ... she jumped onto the counter and swallowed one of the very large, long, (cooked but still tough) discarded tails of the very large shrimp I had just cooked... 

Yeah they are sooo fast at stealing food that is left 'unguarded' for  even a split second! I got so that I'd 'lock my dinner' behind a closed door if I had to leave it to retrieve something from the kitchen, while pet-sitting for my Mother's then new kitten!
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 05:11:36 PM »

Our last feral kitten was 3 weeks old & he got into the dishwasher motor. Needless to say he was crated unless someone could just sit & watch him.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007, 05:34:23 PM »

LMAO anna! Congratulations, you have a furry toddler.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007, 07:55:21 PM »

I have one cat that chews all the time on cords.  Every cord in our house is wrapped either with crinkle cord wrap or with plumber tubing (the tubing works best as he will eventually chew through the crinkle warp).  One year he chewed through the christmas tree lights.  We were sitting in the room and heard a loud yowl and just saw a blur run accross the room.  Needless to say he was afraid of the Christmas tree for quite some time after that.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2007, 08:38:07 PM »

I've just had a smaller problem with Sophie eating a piece of foil. Hairball remedy to help pass the eaten stuff would be a good idea.

As for the rest, you'll probably need to kitten proof the place. In IKEA stores you can find plastic tubing for the cables, that's what I normally use on any exposed cables, or some insulating tape so that it is not as easy to bite through. Although there aren't many exposed cables, since i recently bought and renovated the place with custom built furniture tobe as cat-proof as possible, so for all things which are permanently plugged in there are external switches and cables are hidden, apart from the necessary small length of cable sticking out from the feedthrough on the desk going to the monitor, mouse, and speakers.

If you have any items which are easily overturned, like umbrella stands, large plants etc. might be good idea to fix them with a wall bracket, I've done this with the fish tank and I don't have any other items which can be overturned apart from bar stools which are quite stable and if needed can be tied up in place for longer absences.

Another thing - you might consider installing stronger magnets or locks on cabinet doors. Once they learn to open it, if you install locks then there might be trouble, Mitzie dislocated her toe when I installed locks after she learnt to open cupboards. I think preventive measures so that they never learn to open it might work better, and also stronger or more magnets would be better than locks since there would be less chance of paw injury. Also, don't keep any potentialy dangerous items in cabinets on low level.

Good luck! I almost forgot how much trouble a kitten could be when I got Sophie, she didn't get into as much trouble aas Stefie and Mitzie when they were young (mainly because of various preventive measures) but she still got into lots of trouble. That's the way kittens are, I guess.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 01:29:28 AM »

Yup... that's the way: Kitten or Cat-Proof your entire house... its just amazing what they can get themselves into as young ones!  Never had a cat that chewed on cords... hmmm... that will be hard!  But plastic tubing will be one quick way to solve that problem.  Since you may have an indescriminate chewer on your hands, be careful what plants or flowers you have around the house!

My Cato once jumped up the kitchen counter and landed full "plop" on my pumpkin pie - it was still a little hot from the oven too!   thought I'd have to treat kitty paws for minor burns, but kitty was OK.  The experience has turned him off permenently from jumping on kitchen counters. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 02:14:58 PM »

Our last feral kitten was 3 weeks old & he got into the dishwasher motor. Needless to say he was crated unless someone could just sit & watch him.

You are RIGHT! I thought we were being cruel to think that also...

We did kitten proof - WE THOUGHT! - along the ideas of baby proofing - but she "has powers" I swear, she has this shape shifting thing where she can get into holes no mouse could...  our speaker wires were stowed and taped...

We actually saw a huge 4 foot high wire cage called a kitty condo ... but it needs to come with blindfolds and ear plugs - kitty has this Auschwitz survivor arms outstretched piteous meow that gets me each time... it got me last night...
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 02:21:16 PM »


Good luck! I almost forgot how much trouble a kitten could be when I got Sophie, she didn't get into as much trouble aas Stefie and Mitzie when they were young (mainly because of various preventive measures) but she still got into lots of trouble. That's the way kittens are, I guess.

I read your post! She had diarrhea since the shrimp tail and speaker wire, now getting better under control... so I figured no need to lube any further just yet  Grin She began pooping out a liquid and stunk of shrimp but do you think this stopped her ability to somersault dozens of times off the bed? Nope.

The vet said as long as she keeps eating and pooping it should be OK, but long and linear can cause problems and when they do, they stop pooping.

But the hairball remedy is something we'll use the minute her poopies return to normal. Thanks for passing that along...
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