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« on: August 30, 2008 09:47:28 PM »

I want everyone here to learn this very important lesson.  Late last night, my kitty Vince accidentally swallowed a threaded sewing needle that had fallen on the floor probably several weeks ago.  The emergency vet found it embedded in his esophagus, and was unable to remove it.  I rushed him to vet after vet today, and no one was able to do anything but take more xrays, suggest yet another specialist, and give him more pain meds.

With full surgery he only had a 50/50 chance of survival, at a cost of over $2500.  I had to make the decision to let him go peacefully and painlessly before the needle found its way into his heart or lungs.  There was no third option.

It's amazing how something so small so carelessly overlooked can devastate, and how quickly it can happen.  So please please please look over your crafting stashes and put anything that can possibly harm your pet securely out of reach, keep your pets out of the area while you're working with potentially harmful materials, and clean up after yourself thoroughly.  I don't want anyone else to ever have to go through losing their best friend over one tiny sewing needle.

If anyone else has any experience with other craft supplies that can be harmful to your pets, especially the kind people wouldn't think of as harmful, please share them here.  There is no reason for anyone else's pet to be injured or killed by our hobbies.
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2008 01:41:59 PM »

thank you very much for the warning. I am deeply sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008 04:34:57 PM »

thats so sad i'm sorry Sad
any string or thread is dangerous too, it can get caught in the intestines and cause damage as well.
I'm always afraid of my dogs in my crafting room--i always keep them away jsut to be safe...
basically any pins/needles/thread/yarn is all bad!
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2008 05:58:24 PM »

Oh my gosh I am so sorry to hear that. I wish you lived here by me and the cornell vet school, totally awesome. They saved our Boston's eye when every vet wanted to just take it out. Sad

Thanks for the warning though, my craft area is right next to the doggie beds, never thought of them licking up pins......I will have to vaccum every time now!
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008 09:29:14 AM »

My dog loves anything metal so This sort of thing is second nature at this point. I keep my pincushions at the far back of the sewing table up against the wall so she can't steal them. all wire and such is put in plastic storage bins.
I'm so sorry for your loss and your warning is very important. Thank you for sharing no matter how hard it was. *hugs*
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 10:14:19 AM »

*sigh* This is very, very difficult for me to talk about still but just so other people know it can happen....

My cat died from eating a scrap strip of vinyl.


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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008 10:45:49 AM »

*sigh* This is very, very difficult for me to talk about still but just so other people know it can happen....

My cat died from eating a scrap strip of vinyl.
I had no idea cats would eat that sort of thing! Thank you for sharing! Vinyl was going to be one of my next projects. I really appreciate you sharing as I have 4 cats and you never know what they will be interested in. *hugs*
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008 11:05:49 AM »

It was sort of a semi circular thing and he really loved flipping things of that shape around and playing with them.. yea..
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008 01:04:16 PM »

Thank you for sharing that, I didn't realize something like vinyl could do serious damage either.  Why is it the naughty cats have the greatest personalities?  Vince broke most of my drinking glasses knocking them off the counters.  I'd always figured it would be a piece of glass that would end him, not some stupid little needle I missed picking up, so I was always careful not to leave any glasses out.
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2008 12:53:31 PM »

I am very very sorry to hear about your loss. It is really hard to anticipate these sorts of things. I make felt. Well I should say I did make felt, until I got my new kitten and had to spend nearly a week at the vet. He had eaten about 10 grams of wool roving from a box of my supplies. He's siamese and apparently they enjoy the taste of wool. I was very thankful that he eventually passed the wool "on his own," but I'm definatly not risking this again.

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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2008 05:58:08 PM »

I'm so sorry  Cry  Please don't be too hard on yourself though, things sometimes just happen no matter how careful we are.  Your kitty knew you loved him and that you would never intentionally hurt him.

I saw a show on animal planet where that happened to a cat, the needle was in the stomach and amazingly had not punctured any organs, they were able to remove it.  After seeing that I started being really careful about where I stick my pins and needles.  If it's not in use, it goes in a pincushion or in its box, and I count how many pins I have in use so I'll know if I lost one.  I still get nervous because I have a very lively, curious puppy who puts ANYTHING in her mouth  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2008 05:05:32 PM »

Luckily, my mom taught me when I was really little to put away anything like pins, needles or yarn, and to never leave a needle threaded unless it was in the needle book.  One thing we didn't expect was that our cats would love plastic so much.  One kitty took a bag of nutritional yeast from the counter and attacked it all over the house.  Luckily she didn't eat any of the plastic, and the nutritional yeast was non-toxic to cats, but had it been something else, she might have gotten sick.  Please make sure to put your plastic bags away in a place your cats can't get into.
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2008 07:05:44 PM »

I am SO sorry for your loss... that must be so hard, and well, I know because I had a rabbit for 5 years & he had a stroke in front of me this past Wednesday. He literally was my best friend & anyone can laugh at that because most people think "it was just a rabbit". My family & close friends know what he meant to me though, and this is a tragedy, just as yours is too. If you need a fellow craftster & griever to chat with, I'd be more then happy to so we can heal together. [I know this sounds extremely cheesy, but I guess that's how I get in a time like this.]

aww im sorry hun. thats hard, i also had a rabbit, i was so fond of her, the other 4 too, but when she passed it was so hard. and i know what you mean on people thinking its weird or nothing.. i had a chicken, pearl. hehe, she rode my handlebars on my bike all the way down the road.. i painted her nails when younger..
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2009 07:30:48 PM »

This is so important.  One of our ferrets ate an earplug.  We didn't know what had happened.  He just lost a lot of weight in a matter of a few days.  It didn't show up on x-ray, but his bloodwork showed elevated liver values.  Luckily, we elected to do exploratory surgery which we thought would end in a liver biopsy.  Nope, the vet found one nasty little squishy earplug filling the little guys stomach.  He lived and is currently running around the living room with the others.

I wish that people weren't made to feel silly when they grieve for a pet.  Pets are our companions day in and day out.  They make us laugh, give us comfort, and never judge.  It is totally valid to be deeply saddened by the loss of a pet.  For people who do not understand that, I can only feel sorry for them. 

Rabbits are not "just rabbits" at all.  Rabbits are amazing.  Most people don't experience their personalities when they only live in a tiny cage.  Rabbits are subtle poetry.  My bunny, Gabriella, went to the Rainbow Bridge suddenly 3 years ago.  The tattoo on my back that is my avatar was done that very day.  I turned my grief and sorrow into something beautiful and permanent...  for "just a rabbit".

Pet loss is legitimate grief. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2009 03:48:20 AM »

Oh my god, this thread has nearly made me cry. I am so sorry for the losses of those of you who have posted here. I'm off now to scour the flat for anything potentially harmful that I may have overlooked. If either of my two beloved feline companions were to get hurt I just wouldn't know what to do with myself. They are more important to me than anything else in the world.
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2009 07:32:11 AM »

I'm so sorry to hear that Sad Sad

Thank you so much for the warning though.  It's easy to overlook stuff like that and come to think of it, my cat puked up some thread a few days ago so it wouldn't be a big stretch for him to eat a threaded needle.
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2009 08:05:13 PM »

Even after this warning, and even after posting about my little guy.... I just got back from the vet. He grabbed my pin cushion while I was sewing and when I pulled it away from him he had a mouth full of pins. I could see three, and when I picked him up I could only find 2. Luckily there is a 24 hour emergency vet hospital near by, and thankfully after some expensive x-rays I found out he didn't actually eat the pin (in my haste I didn't notice that the he had dropped the pin on the hardwood). After hearing the first story in the post I wasn't willing to take a chance. I need to remember to be super careful about crafting around him.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2009 06:02:00 PM »

oh my gosh. I am soso sorry that happened.  How sad.  Thank you for sharing though, I will be even more careful around my cats from now on
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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2009 02:32:53 PM »

I'm sorry for your loss.  It's a constant struggle for me to keep my pins away from the cats because they will try and pull them out of the cushion to eat them.  I have a tackle box that I keep most of my supplies in and I've had to train myself to keep the pins in there when I'm sewing.
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2009 01:10:22 PM »

Very sad to hear but it is a good warning.

One of my cats likes to chew thin plastic so I do not leave anything plastic out.

I go so far as to count my pins when I'm sewing. I may take 20 out and make sure I have 20 in the end. I put all sewing supplies away and I vacuum the area after I have been sewing. Without a sewing room I can close off to the cats, it's the only way to keep them safe.
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2009 04:44:13 PM »

All these pet tragedies are so sad. I don't know what I'd do if anything ever happened to my dog Stanley. Just today I dropped a pin and had to shut him out of the room while I went over the floor with a magnet. If he'd been hurt at all I probably would have died. It's so easy to be careless but so hard to deal with the consequences.
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2009 06:48:47 PM »

thats terrible! i am so sorry, obviously i don't know how you feel, but i AM sorry..

my room is where i craft, so any loose thread lands there, and my mom only scrapbooks downstairs, so all he get to eat is paper

one thing though, my dog chewed a pen once and the ink made him sick
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