Need help/advice about pet.
My friend of 13 years has undergone a dramatic change in behavior lately. She is a mixed breed cat and has always been very affectionate
toward me, licks my hand, rubs against my leg, follows me everywhere, etc. We have long time established activities such as she would always sleep near my feet in bed, sit on my lap while watching TV, even curl up in my lap while I'm
on the computer. One long time practice was our taking walks together. She would paw the door and then jump on top of my recliner. When I got close enough she would stand and put her paws on my shoulder and I'd pick her up and carry her outside for our walk, during which time she'd lay across my arm and watch the sights.
The last two weeks or so she has stopped sleeping in bed by my feet. Now she sleeps in her carrier (which she's always hated because it means a trip to the vet), or under the bed. If I place her on the bed as before, she immediately jumps off and runs underneath. She won't sit next to me anymore and instead keeps a lot of space between us. She still acts like she wants to go on walks, but if I try to pick her up, she shrinks back and even hisses, but seconds later acts like she again wants to go for a walk. Activity between us is now very limited, she naps on top of the kitchen cabinets, literally as far from me as possible. Now when I'm on the computer, she lays by my feet, but avoids contact with me. She also sniffs everything I touch as if I'm a stranger to her. She even refused to get on the couch until I moved a pair of sweats off of it, prefering to lay on the newspapers underneath.
Sometimes she'll walk toward me like her old self, but at the last second turn away in another direction. She gives me the strangest looks, almost as if she doesn't know me.
I'm retired, so I'm with her 99% of the time as I have been for 6 years. Nothing traumatic has happened to her, she's strictly an indoor cat, up to date on all her vaccines. Her eating and activity level are the same. The only change in her environment is we're living in a new home we moved into on July 31st, which was more than 2 months ago and she seemed fine then.
I'm just really concerned at her being so off key. I'm planning a trip to the vets, but was hoping a fellow member might have some insight.
Any animal experts, vets, etc. out there?
Any help is deeply appreciated.