Alas, Romeo is very sick this week. He's thrown up every night for the past three nights, and has bad diarrhea a few times a day. I can hear the chorus of voices now, "Get thee to a vet, get thee to a vet right NOW." Never fear, gentle readers, we've already taken that step, Monday evening, in fact. One night of being up with him cleaning up vomit and diarrhea was enough to convince me that we needed help, NOW!
We were told that he PROBABLY is trying very hard to dislodge a very large hairball, or a lot of hair is agitating his intestines. Yuck? I find that very distressing - especially since we've been pretty good about making sure that all of the cats except Annie get Petromalt twice a week. (And the only reason that Annie doesn't get it is that she refuses to even consider eating Petromalt. Ah well, she's very short-haired anyway.) Romeo is still eating and drinking food, and is alert, so the vet is not particularly concerned.
But he threw up again last night, and has had diarrhea a couple of times today. If these symptoms have not started to abate by tomorrow morning, then we're going to call the vet a second time, to at least inquire... is it NORMAL for a cat to be this sick over a hairball for this many days? Do any of you know?
I'm very worried about him. I've had cats for most of my life, and they've all had hairballs from time to time, but I've never seen anything like this before. I don't want for him to get too dehydrated - though he is an enthusiastic water-drinker, which I'm sure will help with that.
Poor Romeo! I'll keep you posted on what the vet tells us, but for now we're just trying to keep him in plenty of cool, clean water, and have food in front of him whenever he wants it. He's been staying in our bedroom, in the air-conditioning to at least spare him this miserable heat and humidity. Also to spare him the wrath of his sister Bit. :)
I think he's actually quite smug that he has the best room in the house, and he's greatly enjoying sleeping at our feet on the bed. Now, if we can just have a night where he does NOT jump down and start puking on the floor, I will feel that everything is improving...