Easter is a beautiful spring holiday that brings out the Easter decorations, including Easter baskets that contain Easter grass. The grass makes the basket look so pretty! But what happens if a cat eats Easter grass?
Has your cat eaten Easter grass? Are you worried the Easter grass will make your cat sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your cat eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about Easter grass and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Easter Grass?
Easter grass is that sparkly, shiny stuff used in Easter baskets. It’s made from shreds of plastic material and then put into the basket to make it look pretty. Easter grass comes in a wide range of colors, with green, yellow, and pink extremely popular choices.
While Easter grass is considered safe (when used correctly), what happens if a cat eats it?
Easter Grass & Cats
Unfortunately, plastic Easter grass is extremely dangerous for cats. For some reason, cats seem to be fascinated with Easter grass. Some want to play with it, but others try to eat it! Eating Easter grass could cause a life-threatening health problem.
Easter grass can clump together in a cat’s digestive system. If this happens, the grass may cause an obstruction. This is very dangerous, as nothing (food, water) can pass through the cat’s digestive system. She then becomes very sick.
What’s more, you may also find that some of the Easter grass is sticking out of your cat’s anus. If you see this, do not pull the grass out. It’s tempting to want to help your cat; however, pulling the grass out could cause major damage to her organs. So, don’t pull the grass out. Call the vet.
Symptoms of Intestinal Obstruction in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat eats Easter grass:
- Abdominal pain & swelling
If you notice these symptoms in your cat, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Easter Grass Ingestion in Cats
Treatment of intestinal obstruction usually involves surgery to remove the obstruction and repair any damage it may have caused.
The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical care after eating Easter grass. If your cat is fascinated with eating Easter grass, it’s best to keep it out of her reach. You’ll both be happier and healthier for it!