Cats’ love affair with fake grass commonly used in Easter baskets is long noted in our hospital emergency rooms. It’s crinkly, colorful and just so fun to gnaw on. It can also clog up their small intestines.
“If your cat eats only a small piece of Easter grass, it’s possible that it could pass through the intestines without causing a problem. Unfortunately though, it’s impossible to predict whether it will pass on its own or cause a problem,” says Dr. Adam Lancaster, a BluePearl board-certified veterinary criticalist.
If your know your cat ate Easter grass and she is vomiting, seek immediate veterinary care as a small intestinal obstruction can be life threatening if not treated.
Say your cat did ingest Easter grass but isn’t showing any signs of being sick, what then? “It’s still best to take our cat to your family veterinarian sooner rather than later. Your family veterinarian may be able to remove the Easter grass before it causes a problem,” advises Dr. Lancaster.
Treatment may vary from induction of vomiting to endoscopic removal of the foreign object to surgery as a last resort. In general, pets that undergo appropriate treatment in a timely manner are likely to fully recover.