As you know, Melly likes to chew things. And when I say "things," I mean all of them. She is like a teething puppy.
Anyway, Melly is particularly fond of chewing on the buttons on my pajama tops. Most of the buttons are over sized and sturdy, so I don't usually worry about it. However, late Tuesday night, Melly was going to town on a smaller, thinner button when I heard a crunch. It was the button--or rather, three-quarters of it. (Thankfully, not the part with the thread attached.) I immediately tried to wrestle it away from Melly, but she swallowed it before I could.
I am a glass-half-empty sort of person, so every worst-case scenario immediately flew through my head. (Also, it was past midnight, and I wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders.) I stayed awake with Melly for a couple of hours, but she seemed fine, and after a while, refused to let me hold her anymore.
Wednesday morning, I found a hairball of Melly's, but--frustratingly--no button in the puke. Melly was her usual self, although in my panic, I thought she seemed a little subdued. But she ate with gusto and didn't complain when I palpated her belly. I debated staying home from work to watch her, but had to go in to the office.
I was a bit of a wreck at work, and finally, around 1:30, I couldn't take it anymore and had to go home and check on Melly. A coworker and friend came with me, and on the way home, I called Melly's vet and left a panicky, shaky-voiced message describing the situation. I was convinced I'd find the worst when I got home, but when I opened the apartment door, Melly was there to greet me, tail straight up in the air as usual. I scoured the place for vomit, but there was none. I fed Melly some treats, which she gleefully ate. The vet called back and said that a button that size shouldn't cause much trouble, and just to keep an eye out for it in the litter box. I went back to work feeling much lighter indeed.
As I type this on Wednesday evening, Melly is being her usual ridiculous self, but I can't stop watching her (and giving her lots of extra snuggles!) in case that pesky button decides to cause trouble. Please keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't!