Some background: my Siamese cat has a proclivity for eating all manner of stringlike objects. About 4 years ago (when she was 1 year old), she found some string somewhere and ate it, and it got stuck in her intestines. She required surgery to remove it, which cost me close to $1000 in surgery and follow-up care.
After that event, I’ve been obsessive about keeping stringy things that she can swallow out of her reach. I’m diligent about putting things directly in the trash, not leaving out rubber bands (which she also eats if given the opportunity, but usually barfs back up), etc.
Fast forward to today. I’ve been working on a crocheting project and I’ve been careful about wrapping up the project each night when I’m done, so that she can’t find a loose end of yarn and start snacking. Earlier this afternoon, I put the project aside to take a break, leaving it with no loose ends, but with an exposed loop of yarn between the skein and the project. When I came back to it, she had chewed the loop of yarn in half and had obviously eaten some (the yarn is variegated in color, and the two remaining ends don’t match, hence she’s eaten the intervening color shift).
I gave her some malt laxative (hairball treatment), but I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to prevent a $1000 recurrence in the meantime besides wait. I already called my vet’s office and they’re closed until Wednesday. My only other option is to take her to an animal hospital, which will cost me inordinate amounts of money for what I’m fairly certain will amount to them advising me to wait it out and bring her back if the yarn doesn’t make an appearance on its own in a few days.
So…is there anything I can do right now?