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BY JACKIE BROWN, FREELANCE WRITER
SPECIALIZING IN THE PET INDUSTRY
Cats Eat the
Every year, Catster’s sister publication, Veterinary Practice News, invites veterinarians to send in their wackiest submissions for its
They Ate What?! X-ray contest. Even
though a cat’s tastes are generally
more discerning than a dog’s, kitties
swallow their fair share of no-nos.
The 2016 contest honored two cats
who swallowed sewing needles (one
with the thread still attached!) and
a third cat who attempted to eat a
7-inch metal spring. All three kitties
made full recoveries. An especially
memorable submission was that of
a Maine Coon named Smiley. His
owner had been told by another vet
that Smiley had an abdominal tumor and nothing
more could be done for him. Lo and behold, Smiley
had in fact swallowed 19 headbands, several feminine
hygiene product wrappers, and plastic decorative
string. According to his owner, Smiley made a complete recovery and “smiles” every day.
To read the full stories and see all of the
honorable mentions, visit veterinarypracticenews.
Will Work for Food
Cats who eat their meals from food puzzles benefit physically and emo-
tionally compared to cats who eat straight out of the bowl, according
to a recent article published in the Sept. 2016 issue of the Journal of
Feline Medicine and Surgery.
It’s called environmental enrichment, and it makes sense when you
consider that problem-solving and physically moving their bodies to
get food is closer to what cats would do naturally if they were not
living like royalty with us indoors. This approach is often used with
captive animals in zoos. And after all, aren’t our cats really just
panthers and jaguars in miniature?