08/22/2005: "Mystery Solved, Crisis Averted!"
Well, after being so worried and fussing over Lemoni for the past two days it turns out that naughty little Osiris is the one who ate the string! It came out tonight as one small tightly rolled ball of string and practically nothing else. (After boiling it for 10 minutes in hot soapy water) I measured it, I thought it was about 9-10 inches long but really it was 17 inches long and still in one piece! Also, it has plastic caps on both ends, like a shoelace and both caps were still intact.
I seem to have dodged a bullet this time. I'm not sure if I can get a spare string for my Powerball gyro, but if I can I'm only going to use the thing at work from now on. If I accidentally left it lying out again I might not be as lucky the next time and I'd never forgive myself if one of my cats suffered because of my absentmindedness.