I meant to check in sooner but have immersed myself in an endeavor which will keep me busy through the weekend. Earlier tonight I returned home, sat at desk with bowl of Cheerios, saw my cat Santoro gallop through the air like winged cavalry. He seemed to be chasing a bug. A moment later I turned to see him on my bed foaming at the mouth. copious amounts of white liquid pouring over his chin and chest. I ran to him, he ran under the bed. Finally I reached him, grabbed a towel to mop fluid off face and body. He smelled like peppermint. Terrified by surreal episode I found name of 24 hour emergency clinic whose receptionist immediately suggested that I bring him in. Too scared to cry I prayed in the car, holding one hand on steering wheel and other on top of Santoro’s carrying case. Even his distressed meows sounded weak and unrecognizable. Then he went silent. Staring out windshield I used right hand to unzip carrier, stroked soft fur til Santoro popped out like Houdini and tried to escape. Relieved by his resilience I wrestled him back into case.
To make long story short emergency vet thinks Santoro ingested something, possibly a bug, which made him temporarily ill. All his vital signs looked good. Vet gave him subcutaneous fluids, anti-nausea medication, and suggested that I feed him a small amount of food at 1am to see how he handled it. She had no explanation for the peppermint smell of substance which had emitted from Santoro’s mouth. As we motored home I noticed a neon shamrock winking in the distance. Upon approach Irish tavern looked half empty. I felt like sitting down at the bar and putting Santoro on the stool next to me but we kept driving. Several hours after arriving home Santoro hungrily ate some food and now seems perfectly fine. So grateful.
Btw.. whilst waiting for 1am I took the opportunity to Google “insect that smells like peppermint”. Before you decide I’m crazy check this out. Too tired to think more about it now but I will return in 2 hours to ponder issue, move car out of 4am street cleaning zone, and answer post comments which have accumulated in past week. Hope everyone is well. Good night!