|Buster on the roof, King of the Hill|
What happened?.....Thursday afternoon he suddenly went from being his usual active, playful self into almost total immobility, assuming a rigid "sphinx" position. He wouldn't eat or drink. Friday we took him the vet where they found he was somewhat dehydrated; they gave him saline solution. X-rays revealed nothing. "Sometimes", Dr. Jones told us, "they just get dried up for some reason and need a boost to return to normal." We weren't that lucky - Saturday he was still still. Back to the vet where he had a sonagram; the vet was now suspecting some kind of intestinal blockage, as he'd not eaten or drunk anything. Here's the sonagram. Doesn't it look like a little mouse is stuck in there?
For diagnosis of the blockage, they Xray'd him for a base line, then dripped barium into his gut. After a couple of hours they X-ray'd him again; you can see if the barium is going through the gut or backing up. Buster's gut, sadly, was backing up - we could see where the barium stopped just past the stomach. They decided to operate.
Poor cat was shaved, splayed out, gassed and operated on. His mouth was bloody from another anesthetic he needed. He endured cuts through all his abdominal muscle into the intestine, exploration up and down, where they found..........
We have these all over the house - Richard wears them when operating any kind of noisy equipment, we wear them in the movies during the previews; I put one my hearing ear in when I have hyperacusis.
As we all know, cats play with small objects, batting them around, chewing on them - bugs, sticks, small stones. Poor Buster had the misfortune to swallow this thing and it got lodged.
The vet's assistant told us they retrieve all manner of objects from dogs and cats guts. Cats like to chew string and they had to go in once and retrieve a string that you could see in the cats mouth at one end and emerging from it's rectum at the other. When they operated the string was tangled and knotted and balled up throughout the length of the animal. One of the most unusual and interesting object they told us they'd retrieved from a pet's gut was a woman's thong underwear. Hmmmmm.
Earlier today Alvarado Hospital called to say Buster was recovering on plan but his eyes are still dilated. We're hoping he'll be okay. He sure won't be on the roof in his King of the Hill pose for some time.