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A Close Call With Luther

December 19th, 2010 at 02:14 pm

I had a mini heart attack today. (Not a real one.)

Earlier in the day, I was wrapping Xmas presents on the dining room table. This year's theme is "organic" and "natural," so I am using plain brown paper wrapping and dressing it up with fern seed fronds I collected from the yard as well as oats (which I also grow), and a few bows.

I had a piece of plain white string, the kind you use for household stuff. I had cut it and was dangling it in front of Luther, who loves to play whenever, however. He leapt at it,and then I remembered I had some name tags upstairs, so I dropped the string to Luther, who has at least 3 other assorted strings laying around the house, while I went upstairs. I came back down in less than a minute, JUST IN TIME TO SEE LUTHER LICKING HIS CHOPS, the way he does when he's just eating something really good.

The string. I looked all around. Could not find it. It was a mighty long string. That's why I hadn't imagined he would actually swallow it. It had to be at least 15 inches in length.

I began freaking. The thought occurred to me that he might need surgery becus the string could become an obstruction or get all tangled up in his bowels. I went online and began looking for information, imagining the many hundreds I'd spend when I don't have the budget for this. Somewhere I read that others had given their cats laxatives daily until the cat passed it, but sometimes they didn't and they had to rush their pets to emergency surgery when the cat stopped eating in a day or two.

I gave Luther the laxative treats, which he loves. They don't call him "Hoover" for nothing!

A little later, i went down to the basement to do a load of laundry and I noticed either cat poop or vomit on the concrete floor. I went to clean it up with a paper towel and I saw that it was vomit.

Lo and behold, an early Christmas miracle...there was the long piece of white string covered with some cat food and a few of those laxative treats.

I feel SO relieved. I immediately threw away 2 of the strings I had laying around the house.


That's him, on the right.

In other news...
Got together with my friend and we drove down to a neighboring town to check out a brand new health food store. They had a huge selection of everything. Now while I'm used to health food store prices, this store was way too expensive for me to consider visiting with any kind of regularity. They did, however, have lots of free samples of stuff, everything from cereal to lip balm to organic raisins to vitamin supplements, so i grabbed one of everything Smile

After that, we hit a gift shop for holiday browsing and then, after debating whether to grab a bite at a cheap diner somewhere when i really didn't want to spend the $$, she invited me over her house and we had a cup of tea and caught up. I gave her her Xmas present early (a collection of chocolates from Trader Joe's) and we broke into a Peruvian chocolate, which was pretty good.

Then, becus I desperately need the exercise, I walked home from her house, about a 15-minute walk, right before dark. It was cold, but I'm so glad I did it.

Last night i watched a good netflix movie, As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me. It was a WWII movie about a German soldier who landed in a Russian concentration camp, escaped the camp and walked 8,000 miles across Siberia back to Germany. It took him 3 years and is based on a true story.

9 Responses to “A Close Call With Luther ”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sometimes it is nice when they vomit! The movie sounds like a good one.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I'm glad it worked out with Luther.

    WARNING - SOMEWHAT GROSS STORY BELOW!

    When my best friend's kitten was small, we were out shopping & got a frantic call from her boyfriend. The little kitten took a long piece of floss out of the trashcan & ate it. It had made it all the way through his system & part of it was out & part still in. Long story short, he panicked & she had to go home & manually help get the thing out. EW! lol

  3. M E 2 Says:



    OMG! Those cats look like they are holding hands, er, paws, in that photo!! Smile


  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Your cats are so adorable! Glad Luther is ok Smile P.S. My cat is a plastic lover....chews and licks it....no idea why and dried flowers too....we have had some interesting vomit also.... unfortunately, it always ends up on the carpet, never the hardwoods!

  5. Homebody Says:

    Yes those cats are adorable. Luther was my grandfather's name. I have had to "cleanup" my dog too when he has been eating too much green grass, no he does not throw it up.... gross....

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Oh! I'm so glad it turned out on a positive note. That sure does sound scary!

  7. dmontngrey Says:

    Oh, I LOVE this picture! Too cute! Smile
    Yes, that is scary. When we moved, my mutt got a hold of a needle and thread hanging from a bulletin board that was leaning against the wall. Thankfully I was standing right there when she did it!! Eek.

  8. Ima saver Says:

    Glad Luther is ok!

  9. Dido Says:

    Glad Luther is OK! Great picture of the kitties! While mine will now be ok being within a foot of each other, you'd never see them touching (other than the nose sniff greeting).

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