The two little devils the night before last.
Arggghhhh! Why didn't I think about those fine little hanging cords? I was just thinking about keeping glass ornaments out of the cats' reach.
Left a message for our vet and waited for her return call. We've never been to the new cat hospital, which moved from within walking distance of us to about five miles away, in a part of town we never visit.
Hunted for that cord everywhere, with a flashlight, peering under bookcases that go right to the floor, in the fireplaces, everywhere. No sign of it.
Vet called back and told me to dose Harris and Toffee with 3ml of vaseline three times a day and to scrutinize the litter box for signs of gold. The string may pass without any effects or it cause problems that can be deadly.
For the next week to ten days, we have to watch them both for vomiting, lack of appetite, straining in the box, strange postures, depression, coughing, and signs of pain when we handle them. She said she could do X-rays, which might tell us who ate it, but doesn't affect our watch-and-wait treatment.
It's snowing like crazy, and our car is small and light, with rear-wheel drive. It may be stuck in the ice from the previous storm. We'll give them another dose of vaseline at midnight and decide about the X-rays when we see what the snow is like tomorrow. At the mildest hint of any of the symptoms, we'll call a cab and head to the emergency hospital that's only a couple of miles away.