I just got back from taking Oliver over to the vet. Right after I brought him to the bedroom for morning snuggles I noticed his left cheek was massively swollen and there appeared to be a laceration above his left eye.
Laura said when she got home last night she heard a cat fight and saw a big orange cat tangling with Oliver. She wasn't sure if it was Goliath. Whoever it was, they did a number on Oliver.
After seeing his injuries, I ran next door to the vet's office (yes, literally next door) and asked for their next available appointment. It turned out the next opening was right then at 8:00am, so I ran back home grabbed a carrier and Oliver and ran back.
A few minutes later the vet looked him over. She said he has a large bite wound above his eye and maybe another on his cheek. The swelling is an abscess. They will keep him for the day and fix him up. I'll know more details once they clean him up and get a good look.
Meanwhile I need to figure out how I can keep him inside for awhile (or forever) with his urine marking issue. I'll be pondering that all day.
I'm thankful to live so close to the vet and that they had an opening right then and there. I'm also thankful that Oliver does so well at the vet, he takes it all in stride - he was quite snuggly and even wanted his tummy rubbed on the exam table! Maybe that was because his usual morning snuggle time was co-opted by this adventure.
Oh, and I'm thankful that Oliver's insured!