Thanks to everyone, Shae, Annie, Jay, Liz, and Katie, for offering inspiring and comforting words.
We just got back from the vet and the news is bad. I was preparing myself for feline diabetes, perhaps kidney problems or even hyperthyroidism . . . a few things his symptoms indicated when I looked online.
Andouille has cancer, a large mass that’s in his lower lymph nodes and pressing on his lower intestine, which is causing the vomiting. He also has a rather impressive bladder stone which is why he spends so much time in the litterbox – there isn’t a whole lot of space in there for pee so he has to go all the time. They’re giving us steroids, antibiotics, and putting him on a special “stone diet.” Basically the tumor is only going to get worse and they can’t remove it without taking out part of his intensines, spleen, and some other organs, as it seems to have spread and taken over parts of those.
So he’s coming home for a while and, sooner or later, we’re going to have to make a call to the vet to have him put to sleep.
So. That’s that.