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I recently had an email from a woman who bought a kitten from me last Christmas.  She told me the little guy stopped eating and was not looking good.  She took him to a very good vet I recommended in Brisbane who promptly did a 3hr life saving operation and found the kitten had a stomach full of Hair ties that he had stolen from their little girls bedroom. Thanks to quick diagnosis this little devon is good as new.  Another friend of mine bought a Devon at a petshop.  This wonderful, character of a Devon also got sick was taken to the Animal Hospital on the Sunshine Coast and was found to have over 1 mtr of string in his stomach. He went through a tough, $1000.00 operation and come through well.  However, this naughty boy ended up back in Hospital for another $1000.00 operation to reveil a whole lot of Christmas ribbon stolen of the christmas presents again he lives to tell the tale. 
I wonder how many Devons do this, also how many die of this with wrong diagnosis.  I must say it is a Warning to all Devon Owners  and I do warn all kitten buyers to watch what their kittens are up to especially what they are eating.  Also, watch plant matter one of my cats eat a Canna Lilly and was very ill.

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  • This is one thing I keep warning my OH about. Our local newspaper is delivered with an elastic band around it. If I go & get the paper from the driveway I make sure it goes in the bin, but there are times I've seen them lying around on the table or bench (which of course is off limites-NOT) to our brood.
  • Yes, rubber bands give me the willy's too. Devons love these things and can be very dangerous. Wish they'd stay with the good old Pipe cleaner and even then I find relics of pipe cleaners around the house in the form of chewed out stumps.

    Joy said:
    This is one thing I keep warning my OH about. Our local newspaper is delivered with an elastic band around it. If I go & get the paper from the driveway I make sure it goes in the bin, but there are times I've seen them lying around on the table or bench (which of course is off limites-NOT) to our brood.
  • it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for pinching stuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
  • safety in the house isnt easy specially with siamese and also orientals and devons about - we have everything away in cupboards and drawers even put brass bolts on the kitchen units and asstd CARE CAT signs on the fridge, the freezer, the washer dryer doors as well ! if am busy working with things like with needles and threads or watercolours then have ot do this well away in another area, and the laptops is also out of bounds to the devon babies, saucepan handles are always turned away form the frount of the cooker, and lids are always on, and if the telephone ring then whether am cooking or ironing the gas flame or the electric plug is switched off first ! trying to thwart them is one womans work, last night some naughty devon went up the plate rack and pulled the electric cables off, thankfully not the BT internet phoneline though...
    shelly bramley said:
    it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for pinching stuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
  • I agree with this I think devons are very particular for stealing and eating things. I realise all young animals and children have to be watched but Devons seem in a league of their own for getting up to naughty stuff.
    They are so much like young children. I often get worried when a baby devon goes to a family that hasn't owned one before I just feel they get up to more weird stuff than other breeds and place their lifes at risk. I too watch everything, toilet seats down, no cords or strings or plastic bags around the place or I even worry about straps on handbags. They are mischievious little devils!!!!!! I also do not like collars at all on Devons - of course they have to be elasticised. I also watch coats and like the ones they can get out off if necessary. I worry sometimes when new owners want to dress up their young devons I think they need to be supervised with coats until they are very used to them.

    shelly bramley said:
    it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for pinching stuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
  • One of my kittens recently adopted has a thing for stealing money whenever she can and plays like crazy on the floor with it (coins) and stores them under furniture. She is also very good at fetch but she stores all her bits and peices she plays fetch with. She is a particularly busy, intelligent girl and it seems this little kitten needs a playmate (devon) or she could get into trouble too. They do seem to have peculiar tastes for things more so than other breeds I feel. We have had a few mobile phone charges chewed through and head phone cords

    shelly bramley said:
    it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for Ostuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
  • have heard oof puppies eating paper money but never a kitten hoarding coins - ps devons also do sometimes try to eat the strangest foods they see us humans eating - cherub tried an avocado and salad as a kitten and complete with vinegrette dressing which she dutifully drank with no ill effects afterwards - we do stop her when we have a chinese take away though ever since she sneaked off with some duck in plum sauce which did results in a drastic loo dash later....and from a catshow in a carrier in the car!

    Karolyn Ivanof 'Osheema Devonrex said:
    One of my kittens recently adopted has a thing for stealing money whenever she can and plays like crazy on the floor with it (coins) and stores them under furniture. She is also very good at fetch but she stores all her bits and peices she plays fetch with. She is a particularly busy, intelligent girl and it seems this little kitten needs a playmate (devon) or she could get into trouble too. They do seem to have peculiar tastes for things more so than other breeds I feel. We have had a few mobile phone charges chewed through and head phone cords

    shelly bramley said:
    it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for Ostuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
  • Funny another one of my adopted kittens absolutely loves spaghetti bolognese and also abit of a liking for a ready mix chicken curry called 'Chicken Tonight'. She demands a small bowl and is of course dished up a small bowl of these when the family has it for dinner. She is a very spoilt and chrished little devon girl . Actually, I think I remember reading that avocado was quite poisonous to animals but that wouldn't stop a devon LOL

    Babs Chiara Bailey said:
    have heard oof puppies eating paper money but never a kitten hoarding coins - ps devons also do sometimes try to eat the strangest foods they see us humans eating - cherub tried an avocado and salad as a kitten and complete with vinegrette dressing which she dutifully drank with no ill effects afterwards - we do stop her when we have a chinese take away though ever since she sneaked off with some duck in plum sauce which did results in a drastic loo dash later....and from a catshow in a carrier in the car!

    Karolyn Ivanof 'Osheema Devonrex said:
    One of my kittens recently adopted has a thing for stealing money whenever she can and plays like crazy on the floor with it (coins) and stores them under furniture. She is also very good at fetch but she stores all her bits and peices she plays fetch with. She is a particularly busy, intelligent girl and it seems this little kitten needs a playmate (devon) or she could get into trouble too. They do seem to have peculiar tastes for things more so than other breeds I feel. We have had a few mobile phone charges chewed through and head phone cords

    shelly bramley said:
    it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for Ostuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
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  • our two younger devs do have another trick - they chew the wickerwork off their cat baskets into bits - am always taking strands away from them - the monkeys !

    Karolyn Ivanof 'Osheema Devonrex said:
    Funny another one of my adopted kittens absolutely loves spaghetti bolognese and also abit of a liking for a ready mix chicken curry called 'Chicken Tonight'. She demands a small bowl and is of course dished up a small bowl of these when the family has it for dinner. She is a very spoilt and chrished little devon girl . Actually, I think I remember reading that avocado was quite poisonous to animals but that wouldn't stop a devon LOL

    Babs Chiara Bailey said:
    have heard oof puppies eating paper money but never a kitten hoarding coins - ps devons also do sometimes try to eat the strangest foods they see us humans eating - cherub tried an avocado and salad as a kitten and complete with vinegrette dressing which she dutifully drank with no ill effects afterwards - we do stop her when we have a chinese take away though ever since she sneaked off with some duck in plum sauce which did results in a drastic loo dash later....and from a catshow in a carrier in the car!

    Karolyn Ivanof 'Osheema Devonrex said:
    One of my kittens recently adopted has a thing for stealing money whenever she can and plays like crazy on the floor with it (coins) and stores them under furniture. She is also very good at fetch but she stores all her bits and peices she plays fetch with. She is a particularly busy, intelligent girl and it seems this little kitten needs a playmate (devon) or she could get into trouble too. They do seem to have peculiar tastes for things more so than other breeds I feel. We have had a few mobile phone charges chewed through and head phone cords

    shelly bramley said:
    it seems devons are known for this, a lady that had 2 kittens from me had a devon that had 5 operations because of eating anything rubber it even chewed rubber soles on a pair of shoes, devons are theifs and steel anything thats lying about, ours are buggers for Ostuff from the kids rooms esp lego pieces little tiny things we have now resorted to kids ensuring the bedroom door is shut at all times, strangly our red smoke devon has a thing for tissue paper loo rolls and kitchen roll but mainly when she is in kitten could this be a craving who knows! our little white devon boy chewed through a mobile phone charger cable plugged in too!
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  • Hi, this is a problem with me too. My Devon Wispa raids the bin in my studio for the plastic tear-off strips that come from cellophane self seal bags. I'm an artist and I use lots of these for sending my prints in. She tips the bin over, and rummages til she finds one, then starts chewing. She knows it is wrong as she will run off if she thinks I know what she's doing. I can usually chase after her and pull the chewed up mess out of her mouth - but once, it had gone right through, and she was running around with a poo dangling on the end of a 3" length of plastic! Funnily enough, she is very picky about actual food - the only 'human' food she will eat is the yoghurt coating you get on 'health' bars! She is 14 years old - no inquisitive kitten!
    Suzanne
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