I know Ham’s got a large fan club here, so he needs major jingles today.
Normally he wakes me up crying to get out of his crate - if by some miracle I wake up before he does, he starts yowling when I turn on the bedroom light. This morning was silent. I rushed to get him out of the crate, and he was up on top of the kitty condo in there, just laying there. His eyes were dilated almost completely black, and when I talked to him, he kind of turned to me, but didn’t seem to act like he knew who I was. I petted him, thinking I could coax him down, but he acted surprised by that.
He wouldn’t track my fingers. He wouldn’t shut his eyes if I got my fingers close to them. He would turn to ‘stare’ at sounds - sounds he should know, he acted surprised by. He wouldn’t eat. I rushed him to the vet as fast as I could, and we’re waiting to see what they say. His eyes did react to light - once out of his crate (it has a blanket over it) and outside where it was brighter, the pupils reduced in size, but there’s clearly something wrong. I have no idea what it could be. Encephalitis is the first thing that comes to mind, but I have zero clue how that would have happened.
The vet just called - fever of 102.5, and his breathing is off the charts - 72 per minute. They started him on antibiotics, and gave him fluids. At least his vision seems to be better now - he’s tracking things more. I am completely freaked out.