Smokey Joe, aka "Jojo" has asthma, so hearing wheezy coughs and seeing him hang over the edges of counters and boxes while doing that always raises my suspicion that his asthma could be flaring ... and asthma can kill. Not that I'm a helicopter mom or anything like that! He also has pica - a condition where non-food items are consumed. His inert ingredient of choice? Plastic bags. I've found shreds of them in both vomit and feces. Ick! It seemed as though his meds weren't lasting the 48 hours between doses, with more episodes of coughing. Took him in to the vet and got an x-ray. His lungs are typical for asthma, with some evidence of dilation, but not obviously in trouble and he was breathing normally. His stomach on the other had, was enormous. He stayed at the vet overnight, fasting and a repeat x-ray was done. Still enormous, and no defecation had happened. He's going to stay at the vet this weekend in case he becomes acute, and if nothing moves through, he's having surgery on Monday. I'll go visit later today. *sigh* My budget really did not need this!