Yesterday, Oslo the Kitten (who recently turned one) barfed up a hairband. As he’d been trying to hack something up for a day or so beforehand (we assumed a hairball), we were relieved to see it. Obviously he’d gotten rid of the problem and we expected a swift return to form. (He’d been playful, cuddly, and good tempered up until the object was expelled.)
But then I got home Wednesday and found more hacked up hairbands. And a very listless little cat who wanted to play with his toys, but just couldn’t. After consulting friends and an emergency vet, I watched him for two more hours until Chris got home, and we took him to an all-night clinic.
X-rays revealed a little tummy full of “foreign objects.” He was given fluids and prepped for surgery immediately. The surgery took over two hours. The vet found two “clumps” of items, including 20+ hairbands, shoelaces, bits of plastic bag, etc. Basically, anything small enough to eat, he ate. And we never saw him do it, not even once.
After a sleepless night, we took Oslo from the emergency clinic to our regular vet’s office, where he will be monitored and given fluids. He’s also got a fever and they’re not sure why. We’ll pick him up in a few hours and take him back to the emergency clinic for another full night of monitoring.
He’s young and healthy, and we’re hoping he’ll bounce back from this despite how serious his situation is. Thanks to all of you who’ve offered support, prayers, and good thoughts via Twitter, Livejournal, and email. Oslo is our little boy, and we love him beyond measure.