Both our cat and kitten have had visits to the vet within the past two days. Moby, our 9 year old orange tabby, who is usually very active and healthy, started acting odd. At first we thought he was just unhappy about the new kitten. But after our evening sauna/walk with the dogs we found him laying in our neighbors' driveway. I picked him up and he didn't seem hurt, but he didn't want to walk, and was holding his head crooked. The vet thought he may have feline vestibular disorder or that he ingested something toxic. They did blood work, x-rays and kept him overnight. Everything came back negative, and he is now back home sleeping a lot and not picking up his head - he is still a very sick boy. We researched vestibular disorder, and found cats can have the same symptoms if they eat the tails of "blue tailed skinks", which we have a lot of. The vet said he would have been vomiting if this were the case. After going through this with Moby, I am convinced that keeping a cat indoors is the way to go.
After leaving Moby at the vet, I came home to paint the trim in the doorway, and Kip, our kitten, tried to escape (he is being lured by the call of the wild). Paint brush in hand, I tried to stop him with my foot, which I did, and he went limping away. He wouldn't walk on his poor little paw the rest of the day and cried when I touched it. Again I went on-line to research how easy it is to break your poor kitty's leg (whatever did we do before computers?). Apparently kittens' bones can be broken more easily than I thought (no they are not like rubber, as I imagined). So off again to the vet I went to get an x-ray of little Kip's leg. At this point I thought they were going to call the social worker to report me for cat abuse. Thankfully, his leg is not broken and he has forgiven me (I think...)
Hopefully Moby will recover, and we won't have any more trips to the vet this week. Here are a few pictures of my "Cats on Drugs", with a cute picture of Buddy thrown in (he is wearing his cat concern on his face).