Page last updated at 20:03 GMT, Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas decoration found in cat

Stephanie Williams and Leah
Leah has fully recovered from the surgery

A Middlesbrough woman was surprised to find a missing Christmas decoration in the stomach of her beloved cat, Leah.

Claire Smith from Middlesbrough became concerned when the one-year-old feline began suffering chronic sickness and weight loss.

An X-ray revealed the perfectly-formed Christmas tree decoration in the black cat's abdomen.

The animal underwent surgery to remove the tiny tree, which had broken into two pieces.

'Stressful period'

Vets at the PDSA animal charity carried out the surgery.

Head nurse Stephanie Williams said: "The last thing we expected to see was a Christmas tree staring back at us on the X-ray.

"Even small foreign bodies can cause so much trouble in pets."

Miss Smith, 27, said: "I was very surprised when the vets told me that Leah had swallowed a Christmas tree.

"I can see the lighter side of it now but it was a very stressful period.

"Now I make sure that nothing is left lying around that Leah can get her paws on."



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Lost cat turns up 500 miles away
15 Sep 09 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Surgery saves dog who ate Homer
30 Apr 09 |  North East/N Isles

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific