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I woke up this morning ready to start 50/90... got some lyrics down and then found that my cat had vomited all down the front of my mandolin. It got mushed under the strings onto the fingerboard, under the pick guard, even under the bridge. It doesn't look like any got into the sound holes. I took off all the strings and I think I got it all. I'll stop by a music store for polish and whatever they have to protect it. Anyone have any tips on how to get the bridge back on correctly when I restring it? Sigh. Not how I had planned on starting.

Start by measuring from the nut to the 12th fret. Then position the bridge exactly that distance from the 12th fret.
Once it's strung and back in tune, play the harmonics at the 12th fret, then fret the note. If the fretted note is sharper than the harmonic, move the bridge further away from the 12th fret. If the fretted note is flatter than the harmonic, move it closer.
You'll probably find that the bridge will need to be at a slight angle, with the bass strings needing to be a fraction longer than the treble strings.
I hope this helps.

Ouch. I read that and it.. erm.."inspired" me. Blush

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Nothing to add to what @Dragondreams has, other than don't worry about getting it "perfect" fixed bridges, and I mean that you can't adjust each individual string/saddle , you might not ever get every string perfectly intonated, but as close as you can is usually plenty good enough, and with acoustic instruments that's something that temp/humidity will always change from "perfect" anyway.

I've had a lot of instrument mishaps, but I'm thinking and I'm surprised I've never had a human/animal puke on one that I can recall Biggrin So there's that I guess haha.

My constant companion (also a cat) did manage to throw up all over my guitar synth controller (a Roland GR20) a few years ago - and it took months to fix all the damage. I had no idea that cat sick could be so corrosive! Biggrin

Yeah, like Dragondreams said it is so corrosive. Cats have an extremely acid stomach. It's how they can eat raw flesh and not get sick.