Veterinary staff examining an emetic West Highland terrier were shocked to discover the cause: five cat ornaments.

Veterinary staff examining an emetic West Highland terrier were shocked to discover the cause: five cat ornaments.

westie cat x-rayOne-year-old Snowy, from Wyton-on-the-Hill, Cambridgeshire, was brought to the Cromwell Veterinary Group’s St Neots branch suffering from mysterious vomiting symptoms.

An initial examination was inconclusive, but subsequent x-rays revealed Snowy had consumed a 2in plastic cat. When veterinary surgeon Carol Barker went to remove the cat from Snowy’s stomach, she discovered another four smaller figures.

westie cat x-ray 2“It was the most interesting, unexpected thing to find – and they make for great x-ray pictures,” Miss Barker said.

“Most cases of this kind we see involve stones and other items dogs can’t digest. I’ve removed ear defenders from the inside of a cat before, but Snowy’s case was definitely the most bizarre.”

Miss Barker removed the ornaments in a straightforward operation that took less than an hour. Snowy has fully recovered and is home with her owners.

“Hopefully she won’t be eating anything else like that,” Miss Barker added.

Photos: Sarah Bruce, Cromwell Veterinary Group.

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