it didn't take long to figure out, actually. the first thing i did was feel his bladder and it was full and hard and he gave a yowl but produced no pee. i called the vet. we went in.
the doctor said 'good call' and said he'd have to be catheterized and spend the night and all that stuff that little blocked cats have to go through.
i left messages for c and went on to school and she came home and visited him at the vet's and he is ok if somewhat uncomfortable with his catheter and e-collar and now the vet thinks i am a star roommate. i didn't tell them about the pathological responsibility i feel for all cats.
so anyway i did all this before 10am. it was an eventful morning.