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Q. My cat has a piece of cotton string coming out of her anus, she has been to the littler box but nothing, what do I do please, I know not to pull it

A. You're right - don't pull the string. It's possible that the string is causing a blockage in her intestines. Especially if she's been in the litter box and hasn't been able to produce any stool, she needs to go in to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible for x-rays to see if there's a blockage. Strings can function similarly to the drawstring in the waist of a pair of sweatpants - they anchor in the intestines and then the intestines bunch up around them.

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DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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