Kit­ten Milo is sew lucky after eat­ing nee­dle

Vet re­moves ob­ject from oe­soph­a­gus

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A CU­RI­OUS eight-month old kit­ten was op­er­ated on after swal­low­ing a nee­dle and thread in front of his owner.

Milo the kit­ten is now re­cov­er­ing at his home in Hayes End, with own­ers Caro­line Shervill, daugh­ter Sum­mer and Caro­line’s mother Penny, after vets re­moved the sewing nee­dle and 30cm of thread from his stom­ach.

Milo had pulled the nee­dle and thread out of Penny’s hand as she was about to sew on a but­ton.

He then climbed onto a cup­board and looked her in the eye be­fore chew­ing and swal­low­ing the nee­dle and 30 cen­time­tres of thread in front of her.

Caro­line says Milo is proving to be an ‘ad­ven­tur­ous’ cat, as he was al­ready re­cov­er­ing from hav­ing sliced open one of his back paws.

She said: “The nee­dle mishap hap­pened on Thurs­day May 26.

“I had left for work but had only gone a few stops on the bus when my mum rang me to tell me what he had done.

“I got off the bus and got home as quickly as I could – I checked his mouth but couldn’t see any­thing so put him straight in his car­rier and took him to the vet.”

Dr Hazel Lee, vet at God­dard Vet­eri­nary Group in Hayes End, X-rayed Milo and could see the nee­dle and thread lodged in his oe­soph­a­gus.

She said: “It was es­sen­tial to re­move e them im­me­di­ately y be­cause the nee­dle could have caused se­ri­ous and po­ten­tially fa­tal in­ter­nal in­juries to his in­tes­tine.

“The op­er­a­tion went well and he should soon be back to his nor­mal self.”

Caro­line and her fam­ily were ‘so up­set’ when they re­alised the po­ten­tial dan­ger Milo was in, par­tic­u­larly as it came me so soon after his pre­vi­ous ac­ci­dent.

She added: “He had been stuck in­doors while re­cov­er­ing from that so per­haps he was get­ting bored and that’s why he was tempted by the nee­dle and thread.

“We’re re­lieved to see him re­cov­er­ing well and will be keep­ing nee­dles well out of his way from now on!”

n RELIEF: Caro­line and Sum­mer Shervill with vet Dr Hazel Lee and a re­cov­er­ing Milo; (right) the nee­dle and thread

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