It was a surprise. One day he didn't rush out of his pigloo when I fed him, so I was immediately concerned. He was very impacted and appeared dehydrated (dull, slightly sunken eyes). He was always impacted and always needing cleaning out, but this time the impaction was very difficult to deal with. I finally got "everything" out of his rearend and also syringed some apple juice into his mouth which he absolutely loved (apples were his favorite food) and accepted without any problem. It was 2 a.m. before I got to bed. When I got up the next day, T.J. was bright-eyed and purring up a storm when I gave him more apple juice. He had eaten hay and some romaine lettuce. It appeared that he had been drinking from his water bottle and that he was not dehydrated any longer. I cleaned him out and his bowels seemed to be moving okay. The crisis seemed to be over, but T.J. suddenly went downhill and died later that same day.
May little T.J. rest in peace.