While some frisky kitties get a little too adventurous in what they choose to eat, they usually swallow items like dental floss or ribbon. But one recent discovery caught everyone by surprise.

A cat suffering from an upset stomach wasn’t getting any better, even after his pet parent gave him medication, so they went back to the animal hospital. With a series of X-rays, the veterinarian found a decaying lizard stuck in the cat’s esophagus!

The veterinarian suggested a specialist to remove it, but the cat passed the lizard before the appointment. Thankfully, the feline fully recovered.

The other silver lining of this story: It served as a good reminder of the unexpected and sometimes quirky things that can happen to pets. After this incident, the cat’s parent enrolled him in ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Have you recently bought ASPCA Pet Health Insurance for your pets after they experienced an unexpected illness or injury? Tell us about it!

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As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

Social Media Coordinator

Pet Parent to:

Lucy, an 8-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

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*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.