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June 4, 2011 / Zoe

Raising For Daisy Etsy Sale.

Daisy's Etsy Sale and Raffle

Last Tuesday I left my sewing machine unattended for about an hour. I hardly ever do this because I have cats, and cats like string. But I’m human and I got distracted. When I returned, our youngest cat, Zelda, had the cotton thread in her mouth, and had pulled it all over the room. I removed a length of thread from down her throat, and sighed with relief, having seemingly dodged a bullet.

On Wednesday our middle cat, Daisy, started throwing up. We thought she had a hairball. She’s prone to them, with her gorgeous dense fur. When she hadn’t bought anything up on Thursday, we took her to the vet. She was very dehydrated, and was immediately put on fluids. They could feel a lump in her stomach, and while we were told it could be string, a tumour, or a blockage, I knew in my gut that it was string. I knew it would be black cotton thread.

She had surgery on Friday. The thread had ripped a hole in her intestines. This happens because the thread gets caught, and then the intestine keeps moving, trying to do its job, but it ends up just bunching together, and the string cuts though her intestine. She had about 5cm of dead intestine removed, and the good ends stitched together.

Right now, she’s still in a critical condition. There’s a good chance that the intestine won’t heal together, and it will start to die. If it doesn’t heal we will have to put her to sleep. 30cm (12 inches) of cotton thread might kill my girl. I’m staying positive, but it’s a very difficult time for us. Things are really looking promising now, we won’t know until she has a vet checkup on Friday (10/6) but she pooped! And she’s continued with the pooping and eating, she doesn’t have a temperature and she’s really happy and relaxed. I’m not happy and relaxed yet, but I’m getting there.

Daisy is the most wonderful cat. She loves to leap into bed in the evenings to have a chat, her voice always makes me smile, she has such a distinctive little meow. She loves it when you scratch the base of her tail, and she loves to groom her sisters. Her favourite toy is a scrunched up piece of paper, she’ll suddenly appear when she hears anything being scrunched up. She’s our little acrobat, she can leap so high in the air, and she once did a somersault onto the couch. She has one white whisker, which I really want to collect when it falls out, and has one white eyebrow hair, which makes her look perpetually dubious. We call her Fang, because when you scratch under her chin she curls her lip and shows off her fangs. We also call her Fuzzbutt, because she has the fuzziest of butts. The classic Daisy pose is in a loaf with one leg extended, which she uses as a pillow. We couldn’t possibly love her any more than we already do, and I can’t imagine my days without her.

Less than 3 months ago we nearly lost her sister, Maisie. Maisie had been living with diabetes, without showing any symptoms, and nearly died when her blood went acidic. She’s made a full recovery now, with the help of two insulin injections a day.

We managed, with help from family, to deal with Maisie’s $2000 vet bill. Daisy’s could double that. The estimate at the moment is $3200. (This is about $3400US.) I am trying to start my own small crafting business, and Matt is a student. That amount of money is beyond our comprehension.

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There are a few ways you can help.

First, I am having a sale. You can get 30% OFF anything in my store, please go and have a look and

see if anything catches your eye. Use coupon code: DAISY.

Second, I am organising a raffle. GO HERE to donate via PayPal. Every $5 will be an entry into a giveaway I will be posting next week. The prize will be lots of goodies from me, and other lovely cat loving bloggers. You can donate now, or wait and see what’s on offer. *Go here to see what’s on offer in the giveaway*

Third, if you’re a crafter, thrifter, cat lover, or any combination of the three, please email me ( ) if you’d like to donate an item for the raffle. I now have over 20 giveaway items that will be posted twice a day until they run out. I am shocked and humbled and excited and everything in between by the generosity of the handmade community. If you have something you’d really like to give still feel free to contact me.

And finally, please pass this along. Not only am I ‘Raising For Daisy’, I am also raising awareness of the dangers of cats eating thread, string, wool or ribbon. Crafting and cats seem to go hand in hand, but sometimes the results can be disastrous. Grab the code below to link to this post.

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Thank you lovely people, for all the emails, tweets and comments. Daisy, Matt and I all appreciate the thoughts and prayers more than you can imagine.



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  1. / Apr 15 2013 10:37 pm

    Wow, this piece of writing is pleasant, my younger sister is analyzing
    these things, so I am going to tell her.

  2. Ann-Marie / Jun 8 2011 4:09 am

    I just found your blog, and I understand this all too well. My big red tabby Diarmuid managed to unravel the hem of a bedsheet and ate about three feet of cotton thread. He even got it tangled around the base of his tongue — so the thread couldn’t come up and couldn’t go down. It turned into $600 worth of emergency surgery, x-rays, and two days of observation time at the vet — the last part because he wasn’t eating. I took him home, and the first thing he did was go to his own bowl and eat, so I felt much better. Of course the second thing he did was climb on my bed and start chewing on the sheet again.

    That was nearly ten years ago. Diarmuid is still large and in charge, and robustly healthy. Have faith — Daisy still wants to be with you.

  3. michi / Jun 8 2011 2:34 am

    oh my god, thank you for sharing this…i won’t let my cat play with strings or threads or anything like that most of all without supervision. I can’t afford to lose a cat…i can’t stand that…and i’m praying for daisy’s recovery..i hope she’ll made it. The good lord will help her get well…i hope i can be of help but for now life is not good with us and sincere prayer is the only thing i can do. @_@

  4. Ashley / Jun 7 2011 10:29 pm

    Reading this made me cry. I have a kitty that looks just like Daisy. I’m so sorry for what you are going through! I know how hard things can be when you are a student and artist with no steady income.

    I started a pennies for kitties jar back in october and well it’s not a fortune, I’m going to count it up and send the proceeds your way.

  5. Lindsay (The Craftafarian) / Jun 7 2011 8:30 pm

    oh goodness I’m so sorry! I almost had the very same thing happen to me when I got my first sewing machine almost a year ago. My kitties both had string sticking out of their mouths and I was able to pull it out–thankfully I’m a vet tech so I have access to a vet at wee hours of the night if needed. I would love to craft something for your giveaway–maybe a few things. I have to see what I already have and what supplies I have–due to finances the boyfriend has cut my hoarding off for now (its reasonable–I love crafting supplies). Please let me know if there is anything I can help with, or if you just need to talk please email me or contact me on facebook or something.

    I will be posting about Daisy on my blog today–I don’t have many followers but I’m sure if they follow me they love animals. 🙂

  6. Cathy / Jun 6 2011 9:49 pm

    Let me know if I can help you with my Etsy store, KittyLuv Needleart Collectibles, with some sort of promotion for your giveaway for Daisy.

  7. Cheryl / Jun 6 2011 1:57 pm

    Have shared on my FB page. I really feel for you and for Daisy and pray that she will heal in no time. xoxo

  8. Jodie / Jun 6 2011 1:55 pm

    Im so sorry to hear this 😦 Im a cat mum too, who sews and Im always scared of the thread/kitty combo, so know how heartbreaking this is. I will email you about joining the raffle, I hope you get together the funds, goodluck.

  9. ihavecat / Jun 6 2011 5:24 am

    Are there any updates on Daisy?? I am so sorry you must feel so powerless…..i posted your link in I HAVE CAT and will continue to do so. Thank you for being a good cat mama and taking her to the vet and having surgery even though it was $$$$$….i’m sure the cat community will pull through and help you with the bills. i’m so happy to meet another cat lover but sad it is under these circumstances.

  10. lesa / Jun 6 2011 1:43 am

    OMG i am so sorry for you.. My mom had a cat named Diamond and while i was visiting Diamond had gotten sick. She has swallowed a needle and thread. We rushed to to the vet mom knowing this was probobly what happened casue she could not find that needle.. and we found it. Diamond was saved.. I am praying for your baby i know this is just heart wrenching..
    I am so sorry.
    Love Lesa in Shelbvyille, Tn USA

  11. Becky W / Jun 6 2011 12:35 am

    Also – I’m sorry I meant to refer to ‘Daisy’ not ‘Zelda’.

  12. Becky W / Jun 6 2011 12:17 am
  13. Becky W / Jun 6 2011 12:14 am

    The exact same thing happened to my kitty last year. I am an embroiderer and I’d left some floss laying around. She will chew anything, and she chewed enough that it wrapped around her intestines. I am so sorry, I know how stressful this is and I am keeping you and Zelda in my thoughts. I’ve been trying to warn every crafter and cat lover I know about keeping thread/floss away from the kitties. I will certainly spread the word for you now. I hope everything gets better for little Zelda. If it’s any consolation, my kitty Bettie made a full recovery. Lots of love. xoxo

  14. ejorpin / Jun 5 2011 1:11 pm

    This is heartbreaking – I know how awful it is too have a sick animal, you feel so responsible for them. I really hope Daisy pulls through. I’m off to see how I can help x

  15. Alexis / Jun 5 2011 11:53 am

    Spreading the link to your blog around as far as I can.

  16. caren / Jun 5 2011 6:49 am

    I’ll help spreading the word (and donate!) , dear Zoe! Daisy continues to be in my thoughts. xox!

  17. fatcatfromvox / Jun 4 2011 6:00 pm

    I’ve joined your raffle 😀 check to make sure the monitos made it to you (not much, but I have unemployment pending….) Best wishes for Daisy!


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