Friday, July 07, 2017

Freaky Friday

TBT:  We had a mild scare a month ago.  I'm mentioning it now because Freaky Friday seems appropriate and I needed a while to make sure Iza was OK.  She is.

Iza recently discovered that the cat food cans, even when rinsed, held some licks of food.  She learned to pull a few cans out of the recycling pail I keep in the kitchen closet.  She doesn't get anything from them (all rinsed mostly clean) but there is enough of a smell to interest her.

Iza gets all the food she can keep down.  Her weight is above what it should be.  The Mews get fed 6 small meals per day because Iza can't keep down a normal meal volume.  The vet can't find a problem and she has even been x-rayed to look for tummy blockages.

Given enough food, she will simply eat until she throws up and then ask for more.  So I am constantly feeding her as much as she can eat without her "returning" it.  Marley and Ayla have adjusted to Iza's schedule.  So far, so good.

Recently, I baked chicken in the oven.  I use aluminum foil to keep the pan clean and allow for potato and onion slices to soak up the chicken fat below the rack.  I ball up the aluminum foil and throw it in the recycling bin.

Iza discovered the chicken fat coated ball of aluminum foil while checking out the cans one night.  That night, she chewed her way into the slight amount of fat left on the foil.  I took it away from her of course, and tossed the foil into the covered garbage can.

What I did not realize was that she had chewed the foil ball a while.  The next morning she horked a bit.  That's not unusual for her.  Some cats have various problems, and that is hers.  It's routine.

But this time, there was bits of foil in it!  6 piles of it!  She had been eating the foil to get at the chicken fat!

I watched her carefully all day and she seemed fine (and is).  I broke apart her poops with nails and latex gloves and examined the parts with a magnifying glass.  No foil no blood.  I was ready to bring her to the vet on a moments notice and had the location of the 24/7 vet clinic in my wallet.

Apparently, I have to keep the kitchen pantry door closed, but it doesn't close right.  Another home project...  I think the recycling bucket has to be changed to one with a lid.

The good news is that Iza seems to be eating more normally ever since.  Go figure...

Freaky...

15 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

What a relief - that must have been so scary.

Everything here has a lid on it, and when we go to hotels, the trash receptacles always weirdly disappear somewhere. It's kind of a bummer because I don't even get to look, but I guess it is for the best.

Megan said...

That was a bit worrying. Glad that she's okay.

Megan
Sydney, Australia

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

That is more than freaky, that is downright scary.
Glad to know sweet little Iza is OK.

Dog-guy did that once, he tried to eat the foil wrapping of a very cheesy burrito...and it was all over the floors including the carpet...he was fine, thankfully.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That must have been scary and I am glad Iza was okay after her unusual meal. I am lucky that Eric and Flynn never tried to eat anything they shouldn't, not even leftover food on a plate unless it was but into their bowls.
The cats we inherited from my mother in law were a different matter. You couldn't turn your back for a minute!

William's Kith & Kin said...

We think the foil is protecting her from aliens!

OK, we are joking and are glad she is OK from her bout with the recyclables. Our mom has suffered through a few pretty potentially dangerous bits with some of us, so she gets the panic. Sometimes you're being as careful as you think you can be and then some cat sets you straight.

The Swiss Cats said...

OMC, how scary ! We're glad the story has a happy end ! Purrs

Brian said...

I am sure glad she is okay and I know you will foil that fat habit!

The Whiskeratti said...

Iza, don't scare TBT like that. Hoomins are fragile, they can't take that kind of scare.

Pretinha said...

Ficou feliz que Iza está bem. Uma vez o Tom conseguiu abrir a porta de correr do meu guarda roupa e comeu um pedaço da minha bota de cano longo, por isso eu mantenho a porta travada com uma barra de alumínio. Nossos peludos são muito espertos.
Bom final de semana!

Mickey's Musings said...

We are so glad Iza is OK.
That must have been a very worrying time
Guess all humans will be more careful about how they dispose of yummy smelling things now.
Oh well, at least we will be safe :)
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is scary, I am glad Iza was fine after all that. Joanie does the same thing with food, she can only hold so much then yacks, but is always looking for food and will eat as much as she can get.

Jans Funny Farm said...

That would give you a scare! Glad she is okay.

Mary McNeil said...

So glad she is ok ! Cat-proofing, like child-proofing, is likely to have one or two missteps you couldn't even have imagined !

Katie Isabella said...

That is truly frightening. I would have freaked out! I would have done as you did and keep both eyes and more if I had them on her, her litterbox and her behavior. WHEW!

Sabina Ayne said...

Omg!! I'm so glad you're so viligant!! Also so glad Iza is ok !!