Mr. K seems to have a bladder infection. The vet was stumped yesterday because it didn't seem like he did have one, but in the end, it turns out that is the problem. (Although there's also the backburner possibility of some kind of "rare" strain of diabetes, whatever that is.) Anyway, he's started antibiotics tonight, so barring rare diabetes-ness, he'll be much better in no time. Thank you to all - especially T.E. and Maude! - for your suggestions and good vibes. This is a major relief!
Also, on teaching, from which students have been fleeing: Things are going awesomely. As they did last term in my first-year class, and for the first half of the upper-year course. This term, my first-years? They absolutely rock. Chatty and confident and radical. My upper-years + two grad students? Incredibly inquisitive and attentive and right there with me and the material. The vibe in both classes is great, perfect from my perspective: casual but rigorous. So yeah, I wish there was some way of showing Chairs and Deans and such that things actually go really swimmingly in my classes, with the people who stick around because they're not scared away by the workload. The idea that the future is going to be determined solely by attrition/drop rates is frustrating.